Marais Private Tour
This Marais guided tour is not like the others: it starts in île de la Cité in front of Notre-Dame Cathedral. Why? We think this is a great way to discover and understand the evolution of Paris from Gallo-Roman origin to the medieval era, from Notre-Dame early gothic to Renaissance design and to le Marais 17th century hôtels particuliers mansions. A private tour done by a fully licensed guide lecturer.
Marais PRIVATE Tour Essentials
120 € for 1 to 2 people + 25 € per extra person
- +/- 2-hour history oriented guided tour in English
- Really private tour = your party only (6 people max.)
- +/- 3 km distance covered
- Postgraduate (MPhil) certified French national guide
- Flexible schedule – 7/7 if available
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What’s in the tour?
17th Century Paris
French & Paris History
Paris Medieval City Wall
Baroque & Gothique Churches
Ile de la Cité
Half Timbered Houses
Place-des-Vosges Royal Square
Hôtel de Sully 17e Century Mansion
Hôtel-de-Sens Royal Gothic Mansion
River Seine Sceneries
Your Private Tour Guide in Paris
Certified French national guide
BA, Magna Cum Laude, Heritage Developpement & Preservation from Conservatoire des Arts et Métiers
Postgraduate from Paris Dauphine-PSL University
Why A Marais Walking Tour startING from Notre-Dame?
Well, just because it is more logical to start to visit a city from the beginning.
This tour does not only gives you the opportunity to discover some of the most important landmarks of Paris, but it is also before all the best way to understand the evolution of the city from Roman Empire to the modern era.
A tour definitively designed for those who like history.
The Notre-Dame to Le Marais Walking Tour is definitively
a must to get a glimpse of Paris from Roman Empire to 19th-century !
Marais from Notre-Dame Tour Content
Île de la Cité: the Heart of Paris
This Island is well known to be the island where is located Notre-Dame, the Paris cathedral, one of the most visited and photographed locations in the whole world. But the Cité island is also the historical heart of Paris, it was in the first centuries of our era the place where was standing a Gallo-Roman city first called Lutecia, which name changed during the beginning of the 4th century in civitas Parisiorum shorten in Paris.
Notre-Dame: Gothic Splendor
This cathedral is a work of art and poetry. We will start by admiring the details of the facade and go into the symbolism evoked by the artists who built and eventually restored Notre-Dame.
We will get a small taste of the fear and sheer despair felt by the prisoners who were asked to beg for forgiveness and redeem themselves right before they die in front of the portal portraying The Last Judgment.
We will look at the gargoyles, the statues, the shapes, the flying buttresses, the parvis…
Île Saint-Louis: Entry Gate of Le Marais
We will then walk through some of the quainter and more quiet places passing along Isle Saint-Louis finally reaching Le Marais.
Charming Saint-Louis Bridge links Cité Island and Saint-Louis Island, the place is often animated by street painters, singers, or musicians, and allows a nice view of two important monuments of the Le Marais west-end.
- Tour Saint-Jacques: a route of Santiago de Compostela UNESCO World Heritage monument.
- Hôtel de Ville: The Paris City Hall, drew by famous Italian Renaissance architect Boccador.
Previously used as pastureland the Saint-Louis island was only urbanized during the 17th century and it is full of hôtels particuliers (private mansions) of the time. They are so many of them that the place is often called “the island of the mansions”.
Ile Saint-Louis is also well known for its famous Bertillon Ice Creams which have the reputation to be the best in Paris.
Le Marais: Paris’s History Storefront
This district of Paris, as Ile Saint-Louis, is mainly known for its 17th-century Hôtels Particuliers. Nevertheless, we will see that Middle Ages also left their mark there. The discovery of medieval Paris is an important aspect of our Notre-Dame to Le Marais Walking Tour.
In fact, Le Marais is one of the oldest districts of Paris which follows the traces of the ancient French kings as well as the various revolutions and riots which were not too scarce in the Paris of the past.
After evoking disappeared fortresses and royal palaces, the tour will come to an end as we pass through the unexpectedly quiet urban Village Saint Paul where tourists are encouraged to take in the beauty and peace of this off-the-beaten-track spot in Paris.
Place des Vosges: Le Marais Royal Square
Ultimately, our Le Marais Guided Tour will come to a full closure at the prestigious Place des Vosges, initially named “Place Royale”, it is the oldest square of Paris and the most famous sightseeing of Le Marais. Built by the willingness of Henri IV, it is finally inaugurated for King Louis XIII’s wedding in 1610. A few times later the square became famous for its sword fighting duels as related in the famous Three Musketeers Alexandre Dumas Novel.
More about Paris Le Marais Walking Tour
Historical Periods Broached During the Tour
- Roman Empire, the beginning of Paris
- Middle Ages, an amazing demographic and cultural growth
- 17th century, “Le Grand Siecle”, Le Marais apogee
- French Revolution, a big impact on Paris monuments
- First and Second Empires, Paris transformation eras
An Architecture Oriented Guided Tour
- High Middle Age Gothic versus Jesuitical Baroque.
- Canonical versus non-canonical church orientation.
- Medieval timbered houses, cellars, and alleyways.
- Civil Gothic with watch turrets, pinnacles, and gables.
- The Italian origin of Renaissance architecture.
- Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian architectural orders.
- Classical 17th hôtels particuliers “between court & garden” layout with their stone, or brick and stone facades.
People We Will Speak About During the Tour
- Richard the Lionheart: King of England.
- Saint-Louis, Philippe-Auguste, Charles V, Henri II, Catherine de Médicis, Henri IV, Louis XIII: Queens and Kings of France.
- Napoleon I, Napoleon III: French Emperors.
- Cardinal de Richelieu, Duc de Sully: French ministers.
- Gabriel, Comte de Montgomery: Captain of the King’s Scots Guard.
- Boccador: Italian architect of the Renaissance
- Victor Hugo the famous writer.
- Eugène Violet le Duc: 19th-century french architect.
- Jim Morrison: American singer and poet
Things to know before Booking
Close to Notre-Dame Cathedral,
exact meeting point is given in booking document.
Access: Metro line 4 station Cité or Saint-Michel. RER B or C station Saint-Michel – Notre-Dame.
Marais Tour Attention Points
- Tour is on foot.
- Prices do not include transportation, food, drinks, or any other extra services.
- Neighborhood tour: we don’t enter monuments unless otherwise specified. More specifically here we don’t enter in Notre-Dame. Nevertheless, we may enter Saint-Paul and/or Saint-Protais churches.
- Tour duration & content are purely indicative, they may vary due to contingencies.
- Weather: the tour will start on schedule rain or shine.
Book your Marais Private Tour
Choose below your tour: You will then be asked : -> choose the number of people, date & hours of visit -> after our validation-> pay on line.
Marais Walking TourExtended tour (2 hours)
For 1 to 2 people + 25€ for any extra person
A group of maximum 6 people exclusively yours