The Essentials of Paris in a 3 Hours Guided Tours

A Paris private tour specifically designed for first-timers who want a first comprehensive discovery of the historical heart of the French with a professional guide lecturer.

Palais du Luxembourg, Paris, France to illustrate Paris Essential Private walking tour, France.

Luxembourg Palace and Garden close to the tour departure point.

Paris Private Tour The Essentials in 3 Hours in a Nutshell

170 € for 1 to 2 people + 40 € per extra person 

  • +/- 3-hour history oriented guided tour in English
  • Really private tour = your party only (6 people max.)
  • +/- 6 km distance covered
  • Postgraduate (MPhil) certified French national guide
  • Flexible schedule  – 7/7 if available


What’s in the tour?


Ancient Rome

Moderne Era

Middle Age









Arc du Caroussel

Palais Royal

Quartier Latin

Place Vendôme

Palais du Luxembourg

Most Famous Gardens

Champs Elysée Garden

Palais-Royal Garden

Tuileries Garden 

Luxembourg Garden

Place de la Concorde Scenery

La Madeleine 

Arc de Triumphe

Assemblée Nationale


Hôtel de la Marine

River Seine Scenery

Ile de la Cité




Musée d’Orsay



Pont Alexandre III

Légion d’Honneur

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

Know more about Yves, your private tour guide in Paris

What to Expect in the Tour?

The principle of this Paris essential 3 hours tour is very simple: to give you a maximum of knowledge and insights of the historical heart of Paris.

The tour is structured in five parts:

  • Latin quarter from Luxembourg
  • Ile de la Cité, Notre-Dame and Pont Neuf area
  • Louvre, Palais Royal
  • Place Vendôme area
  • Concorde area


The tour route components given are purely indicative and may vary due to contingency and to the walking rhythm of the group. There is no warranty to reach the Concorde area at the end of the tour.

The River Seine is very present along the route.

If you run very short of time, we also propose a 2-hour version of the tour for a more concentrated overview of the heart of Paris.

We have also offer a super extended  “full day”  version of the tour including a visit of the Louvre. 


Photo of famous Paris bookshop Shakespeare and company to illustrate the 3 hours Paris essentials private tour. Paris, France.

Photo of the famous Paris bookshop Shakespeare and company that we will normally cross on our route in the first part of the tour in Quartier Latin.

Photo of the Hôtel de Ville de Paris to illustrate the Paris essentiel 3 hours guided tour.

Photo of the hôtel de Ville de Paris, initially a Renaissance building heavily modified and extended during the following centuries. This is a milestone of the second section of the tour.The public square in front of the building was since the Middle Ages the bloody Place de Grève where were performed most of the public executions in Paris. During the French Revolution, the first Guillotine execution was performed there on April 25, 1792.

Photo of the Pont-neuf at twilight to illustrate the Paris 3 hours essential tours, Paris, France.

The Pont-Neuf at twilight, this bridge which is the oldest of Paris is one of the main milestone of the second part of the tour. In the background on the left is the Conciergerie and on the right is the cupola of the Pantheon which is closed to the location of the tour departure point.

Photo of the Cour Napoleon in the Louvre to illustrate the 3 hours Paris essential tour.

The cour Napoléon (Napoleon square) with the famous Louvre’s Pyramid. The Louvre is the main milestone of the third part of the tour.Photo © Broaden Horizons.

Place Vendôme photo to illustrate the Paris 3h essentials tour.

Place Vendôme the main milestone of the fourth part of the tour is one of the world’s most famous symbols of luxury, a showroom for the most prominent jewelry of the planet. 

Photo of Place de la Concorde, to illustrate the 3-hours Paris essential  tour.

Photo Place de la Concorde. It is the main milestone of the fifth and last part of the tour. We may reach it or not in function of our rhythm in the previous parts of the tour.  In the foreground Concorde famous 19th-Century fontaines.

Things to know before Booking

Meeting Point

Close to Panthéon,
exact meeting point given in booking document (email). 

Access: Métro line 10 station Cardinal Lemoine.


Paris Private Tour the essentials in 3 Hours Attention Points

  • Tour is on foot.
  • Prices do not include transportation, food, drinks or any other extra services.
  • Neighborhood tour: we don’t enter in monuments unless otherwise specified.
  • Tour duration & content are purely indicative, they may vary due to contingencies.
  • Weather: the tour will start on schedule rain or shine.

Book your PARIS Private Tour THE ESSENTIALS IN 3 Hours

Just follow the below 4 steps online easy process.   

1. Request a date & schedule for your tour

2. Receive our answer email - if yes you have 24h to pay

3. Pay your private tour on line by credit card

4. Receive
confirmation & meeting point

Nota bene : answer to step (2) is most of the time yes. 

Photo of Bust of Victor Hugo photo, the famous French writer author of the Hunchback of Notre-Dame de Paris to illustrate the  Notre-Dame to Le Marais guided tour in Paris, France.

Tour Saint-Jacques, one of the tour highlights visible from Ile de la Citée. Photo © Broaden Horizons.

Photo of the Palais Royal gardens to illustrate the Paris 3h essentials tour.

Gardens of the Palais Royal (besides the Louvre) are on the tour route. In our opinion one of the most attaching places in Paris.

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