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Bastille Tours

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Bastille
With its mixture of gourmet markets, cutting-edge drinking holes, and historic landmarks, Paris' Bastille neighborhood allows travelers to escape the city's bustling center and discover the "Parisian's Paris." Boutique and bohemian, Bastille buzzes with creativity, most evident in the shops and artist studios that populate its streets. The heart of the area is Place de la Bastille, the former home of the Bastille fortress, where traffic whirls at a roundabout topped by the 170-foot (52-meter) Colonne de Juillet.

The Basics
Due to its historical significance, the Bastille district is an integral part of many Paris city tours. Specialized excursions that focus solely on the Bastille arrondissement are also available, and one of the best ways to absorb the culture and French history is on a food tour that centers on the area's thriving culinary scene and markets. Feast on French delicacies and enjoy wine tasting at Marche d'Aligre market, browse shops selling charcuterie and cheese, and stroll along Promenade Plantee, a 19th-century rail viaduct transformed into the world's first elevated park. Other Bastille highlights include the Viaduc des Arts, a modern version of an old Paris viaduct, Port de l'Arsenal, and Opera Bastille, an innovative structure whose interior can be explored on a guided tour.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • A Bastille tour is ideal for history and food lovers.
  • The neighborhood is most often visited on half-day walking tours of Paris.
  • Book a tour of Opera Bastille in advance to see the opera house's interior.

How to Get to Bastille
Bastille is easily reachable by car, train, or on foot from the center of Paris. The Bastille metro station is serviced by Line 5—it takes about 40 minutes to reach from central Paris landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower. If you're time-rich, walking to the Bastille district along the banks of the Seine River will reveal Paris' finer details. During the 90-minute stroll along Quai d'Orsay, you'll pass the famous Louvre museum pyramid, the Notre Dame Cathedral, and a scattering of bridges and parks.

For a half-day hike, follow the Promenade Plantee on a 2.7-mile (4.5-km) trail to Bois de Vincennes, former royal hunting grounds home to the Parc Zoologique and Parc Floral de Paris.

When to Get There
At night, Bastille comes to life with an eclectic mix of swanky wine bars, raucous taverns, atmospheric jazz clubs, and cutting-edge cocktail bars. Begin your evening with fine French fare at an intimate bistro and end your night dancing among Parisians.
Address: Place de la Bastille, Paris, Ile-de-France 75004, France
Admission: Free
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Small-Group Gourmet Food and Market Tour of the Bastille District in Paris

Small-Group Gourmet Food and Market Tour of the Bastille District in Paris

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Discover the fascinating history and flavors of the vibrant Bastille district of Paris. Follow your local foodie guide to the area’s best-kept gourmet secrets, including patisseries, delicatessens and wine bars. Explore the specialty food stalls of the Marché d’Aligre market to see how local Parisians shop, and enjoy six tastings of sweet and savory favorites along with samplings of French wine. Numbers are limited to eight people on this small-group tour for a personalized experience.
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  • 3 hours
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$109.62
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Bastille District: Food Tasting, Promenade Plantée and Viaduc des Arts Walking Tour

Bastille District: Food Tasting, Promenade Plantée and Viaduc des Arts Walking Tour

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Explore gourmet shops and bustling food markets in Paris on this 3-hour walking tour of the Bastille district. Follow your guide from the Place de la Bastille to the Port de l’Arsenal, where the Canal St-Martin joins the Seine River. Stroll beneath the trees along the Promenade Plantée and admire the Viaduc des Arts. Visit Alain Ducasse’s famous chocolate shop, wander through traditional food markets and learn of the French Revolution in 18th-century Paris. Your tour size is limited to eight people to ensure a more personalized experience.
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  • 3 hours
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$115.71
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Paris Full-Day Tour: Become a Parisian for a Day

Paris Full-Day Tour: Become a Parisian for a Day

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Eat, shop, and sightsee like a true Parisian on this full-day tour of the City of Light. Soak up the glamour of Paris’ fashion district and historic shopping arcades, browse the stalls of a local market, and peek inside churches only known by locals. Follow your guide through the bustling neighborhood of Le Marais, passing Notre-Dame, the Louvre, and the Centre Pompidou. Along the way, taste a host of Parisian delights including macarons, pastries, cheese, wine, and French liquors. This small-group tour is limited to just 12 people, ensuring a personalized experience.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$187.51
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Off the Beaten Track: Guided Bike Tour of Paris Local Districts and Stories

Off the Beaten Track: Guided Bike Tour of Paris Local Districts and Stories

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See Paris like a local as you pedal around its vibrant neighborhoods, lively markets and hidden sights on this small-group bike tour. Explore the famous Latin Quarter, the Jewish communities of Le Marais and the historic Place de la Bastille, as well as enjoying views of iconic landmarks like Notre-Dame Cathedral. With plenty of rest stops and photo opportunities, this tour is suitable for all ages and fitness levels.
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  • 3 hours to 3 hours 30 minutes
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$47.50
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$47.50

Seine River Cruise and Paris Canals Tour

Seine River Cruise and Paris Canals Tour

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See Paris’s iconic landmarks and lesser-known gems from the water on this 2.5-hour combo cruise down the River Seine and Canal Saint Martin. Glide past riverside monuments like Notre Dame and the Louvre, and then explore a side of Paris many tourists miss as you float through the tunnels, bridges and locks of the city’s historic canal system. Live onboard commentary from your guide illuminates the story of these picturesque waterways built by Napoleon. Choose from several daily departures to suit your sightseeing schedule.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$26.80
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Small group Paris tour: Wine, Cheese & Pastries at the Marais

Small group Paris tour: Wine, Cheese & Pastries at the Marais

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Dive into the gastronomic wonders of Paris on this tasting tour of the Marais. Explore the gay-friendly, eclectic district full of medieval architecture and Jewish-influenced eateries, and hear engaging historical commentary along the way. Crunch into a delicious baguette, try a macaron made by an esteemed pastry chef, and sample French liqueurs. Pass by top attractions including the Hôtel de Ville, Rue Sainte-Croix-de-la-Bretonnerie, Rue des Rosiers, la Place des Vosges, and la Place de la Bastille. Numbers are limited to 12 people on this small-group tour.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$112.00
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$112.00
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Bastille: Architecture, Artisans and Anarchy - Immersive Podcast Tour

Bastille: Architecture, Artisans and Anarchy - Immersive Podcast Tour

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Love podcasts? You'll love our immersive walking tour of Bastille! The digital audio guide can be downloaded anytime directly on your smartphone! Come and discover Paris in a new light with this unique audio-guided podcast tour exploring Paris's architecture! You will be able to listen to the renowned architect and photographer Juan Jerez as he leads you around the treasures of the city and shows his favourite photo stops. Wander through the 12th arrondissement and unveil its history, artisanal roots, its role in the 1789 Revolution, and the architectural jewels that define this neighborhood. You'll be able to stand in the very spots that saw the beginning of the historic revolution in France and explore the artisanal roots of Faubourg St Antoine. Here, you'll learn how this neighborhood inspired the French Revolution and Juan will give you a deeper insight to its architectural style.
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  • 45 minutes to 1 hour
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$6.62
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Paris Bastille District Pub Crawl

Paris Bastille District Pub Crawl

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Get to know the nightlife scene of Paris on a pub crawl of the Bastille district. With a guide, you'll receive drink specials, VIP entrance to one club, and tips about the best of the city's nighttime venues. Enjoy a chance to discover a side of Paris that many visitors never see.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$18.28
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$18.28
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Paris Nightlife, Private Walking Tour From Bastille To The Latin Quarter

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Paris Nightlife, Private Walking Tour From Bastille To The Latin Quarter

Do as the Parisians do: sipping wine along the banks of the Seine or at a chic café. You’ll get a local perspective on this personalized tour of Paris at night. Spend 5 hours exploring Parisian nightlife, including vibrant or tucked-away neighborhood bars. Afterward, your guide recommends trendy clubs and music venues to continue your party until the sun comes up. Please note, food and drinks are your own expense.
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  • 3 hours
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$107.85
$134.82
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Paris Bistrot Crawl: Wine, Beer and Aperitif

Paris Bistrot Crawl: Wine, Beer and Aperitif

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Immerse yourself in Parisian culture as you visit local wine bars, bistros, and brasseries. Begin at the historic Place de la Bastille, visit residential neighborhood Faubourg Saint-Antoine, and explore the Marché d’Aligre, one of the city’s oldest markets. As you walk, you’ll stop to sample snails, charcuterie, cheeses, and of course, delicious beer and wine.
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  • 3 hours
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$112.00
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$112.00
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Paris Top Attractions & Hidden Gems around your Hotel Private Orientation Tour

Paris Top Attractions & Hidden Gems around your Hotel Private Orientation Tour

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Get an insider’s perspective on Paris with a private walking tour of your favorite neighborhood. Learn local history, discover tucked-away treasures, and get the scoop on the best places to eat, shop, and explore. Take your pick of diverse neighborhoods including Montmartre, Eiffel Tower/Champs-Elysées, St-Germain-des-Prés, Marais/Bastille, Opéra/Louvre, Montparnasse, or Panthéon/Latin Quarter. Enjoy the full attention of a private guide, who customizes your tour based on your interests and preferred pace.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$133.97
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Paris Private Full Day Tour – Skip the Line Tickets to Louvre & French Lunch

Paris Private Full Day Tour – Skip the Line Tickets to Louvre & French Lunch

Feel the magic of Paris in this unique Full Day Private Tour visiting the most emblematic places of the city. Walk through the beautiful Tuileries Gardens until Place de la Concorde, where Marie Antoinette was beheaded and the Champs-Elysées starts. Relax and watch the bohemian Parisian life, while you have your coffee sitting in a cafe bar with typical round tables. Enter the beautiful St. Chapelle with your skip the line tickets, where you'll be struck by its towering blue stained-glass windows. Taste one of the best gastronomies in the world, in an incredible Parisian restaurant. Get away from the tourist tide and get lost in curious colorful streets that only your local host can take you. The famous Notre Dame, on the banks of the Seine River, is a must that you can not miss. Before finishing this fantastic tour, your private host will give you skip the line tickets to get lost inside the Louvre Museum. Enjoy and feel the best of Paris in this amazing Full Day Private Tour!
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$246.87
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Paris Private Tour with Skip the Line Tickets to Eiffel Tower

Paris Private Tour with Skip the Line Tickets to Eiffel Tower

Feel the magic of Paris in this complete half-day Private Tour, visiting the most emblematic places. Admire the Louvre Museum and walk through the beautiful Tuileries Gardens to the tragic Place de la Concorde, where Marie Antoinette was beheaded and where the Champs-Elysées begins. Relax and watch the local life, in the most bohemian neighborhood of the city, Saint Germain de Pres, the center of French intellectuality in the '60s, while you taste Parisian crepes, sitting in a round table. A visit to the charming Ville Saint Paul in the Marais district and to the elegant Place des the Vosges is a must. Visit the beautiful "Ile de la Cité", and its famous Notre Dame Cathedral, on the banks of the Seine River. Get away from the tourist tide and get lost in curious colorful streets that only your localhost can show you. Before the end of this fantastic day, your private guide will give you fast track tickets to visit the top of the most famous monument in the world: the Eiffel Tower.
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  • 4 hours
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$153.40
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3 days in Paris with a Private Guide

3 days in Paris with a Private Guide

UNESCO–listed Paris is widely considered among the world’s must-see cities, but navigating by map to explore independently cuts into valuable sightseeing time. On this tour, leave the map in your hotel and explore Paris with your private guide to lead the way. Customize your itinerary to hit top attractions like the Eiffel Tower, or step off the tourist trail to corners of the city many visitors miss.
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$547.00
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$547.00
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Le Marais Private Walking Tour

Le Marais Private Walking Tour

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Learn how the Marias was transformed from a favorite haunt of nobility into one of Paris’s most chic and edgy neighborhoods on a private walking tour. Trace the history of this multifaceted district that's alternatively been the city's aristocratic haven, Jewish quarter, working-class slum, and now a destination for fine art, high fashion, and gourmet dining. Connect sights like Place de Vosges and the Pletzel area to the artistic and cultural heritage of the Marais as a private guide shares local anecdotes and hidden treasures.
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  • 2 hours
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$243.59
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Marais semi private walking tour

Marais semi private walking tour

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Get a feel for one of Paris’s most beloved neighborhoods on this 2-hour walking tour of the Marais. Going with a guide ensures you learn facts often missed by visitors about the area’s most important landmarks, from the Centre Pompidou to the oldest paved street in the city. With a group size capped at 10, this walking tour offers an intimate perspective on the area’s history and atmosphere.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$121.79
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$121.79

Le Marais Discovery Stroll - 3h Private Tour

Le Marais Discovery Stroll - 3h Private Tour

We will take you to one of Paris' most interesting, trendy and bohemian neighbourhoods! We start this walk at the historical Place de la Bastille. We will enter Le Marais to admire a 17th century Royal square (Place de Vosges) that houses a museum, fancy properties, art galleries, expensive restaurants and more! We will explore the area while admiring the contrast between the old Jewish quarter and the trendy Gay neighbourhood. Our tour finishes at a well known and controversial Contemporary Art museum.
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  • 3 hours
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$394.60
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Private Paris guided Tour by classic 1970 Mercedes S Class

Private Paris guided Tour by classic 1970 Mercedes S Class

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Drive through Paris in a vintage Mercedes 280 SE S-class on this short but sweet tour. Get off the beaten path and discover parts of Paris that most travelers don't get to, such as the Place des Vosges, the Albert Tower and the Lutece Arena. Learn about some of the secrets and lesser-known facts of Paris' history from your driver and guide as you ride in style.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$154.59
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Walking tour in Faubourg Saint Antoine

Walking tour in Faubourg Saint Antoine

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I propose you to discover the old artisan and worker heart of Paris. A district born in the Middle Ages outside the walls of the town but which greatly contributed to forge its destiny. Here the history of Paris was written, not the History of kings and queens, but that of workers. Here won't admire the great monuments or the large boulevards, but small, old shops and narrow, twisted alleys. Come and discover the Paris you don't expect! We'll start our tour in Place de la Bastille, emblem of the French Revolution, where we will tell the true story and refute false myths. Then it's off for a 2-hour stroll through the heart of the Saint Antoine district and its secret passages. Small detour in the district of Aligre to visit its market and its ancient shops. We will end with a walk between Viaduc des Arts and Coulée Verte to admire the Made in Paris handicrafts and the rooftops from the top of a hanging garden.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$17.98
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Treasure hunt in the heart of Faubourg St Antoine - Special for groups and families!

Treasure hunt in the heart of Faubourg St Antoine - Special for groups and families!

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The Faubourg Saint Antoine is a district that is not easily given to passers-by in a hurry, you have to take the time to enter the courtyards, take the small passages, stroll and be amazed. It is a fascinating and incredible story that of the Faubourg, a story of craftsmen and revolutions, which I invite you to discover using a quiz. The questions on your cell phone will help you find the small details and hidden passages yourself. Two versions are available: - for families, version suitable for a younger audience (from 10 years old) - for groups of friends or colleagues, version suitable for an adult audience (subsequent customization possible for companies, ask for a quote) Possibility to meet the artisans, visit the shops and / or book a "do it yourself" workshop.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$23.97
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$23.97
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Comprehensive Paris Collection: 9 podcast walks to discover the city

Comprehensive Paris Collection: 9 podcast walks to discover the city

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Love podcasts? You'll love our immersive walking tour of Paris! The digital audio guide can be downloaded anytime directly on your smartphone! We've teamed up with expert historians, storytellers and influencers to give you a unique and engaging experience of Paris! Embark on a Parisian adventure discovering the main highlights and hidden gems of the city thanks to 9 audio guides to lead the way! We will discover some of Paris's most iconic landmarks as well as taking you off the beaten track and away from the crowds to discover some of the lesser known places! The self-guided audio tours have been designed with a diverse set of interests for the culturally curious. You'll be able to discover: The Latin Quarters, the Louvre and Tuileries, Sainte-Chapelle, the Père Lachaise Cemetery, Montmartre, an Instagram Tour of Ile de la Cité, the Eiffel Tower and a tour on Parisien architecture! You really will see it all on these eye-opening tours of the 'City of Light'.
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  • 1 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$26.52
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$26.52

TMAX Tech max scooter rental Yamaha 560cc (A2 license) Paris

TMAX Tech max scooter rental Yamaha 560cc (A2 license) Paris

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Bikeloc is a scooter and motorcycle rental agency. Located in the heart of Paris, travelers can get there easily. In addition, we offer the best rates on a very wide range of scooters / motorcycles. In your rental already includes: - a helmet - a pair of gloves - a lock - an insurance
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  • 1 to 28 days
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$128.35
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$128.35
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Paris: Amazing Typical night out Private tour

Paris: Amazing Typical night out Private tour

Enjoy the nightlife as the locals do in Paris! When the sun goes down, visit the hotspots where the locals go out to enjoy a drink and some snacks. Last but not least, go to a place that's best known for its live music. Here you will enjoy a nice beer together with your local friend to finish the evening in a very relaxed way. By the end of the night, you will feel like you just went out with a longtime friend in Paris. * 100% customized around your wishes * Enjoy an evening out with an area in Paris * 2.5 hours Walking Night tour * Shoot the legendary Absinthe * Spend a typical night in Paris! * Enjoy a French apéritif in an alternative and unique French bar * Explore this famous neighborhood
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$254.06
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The French Revolution Walks

The French Revolution Walks

This 3-hour tour will unveil some of the places that played a key role during the years of the bloody revolution against the French monarchy in the 18th century. You will see the site of the public guillotine in Place de la Concorde and the Conciergerie, a stunning Gothic palace that used to be the place were prisoners awaiting trial were kept, including Marie Antoinette. Other highlights of the tour include the Palais Bourbone, home to the Assemblée Nationale, the legislative body that represented the common people of France and abolished the monarchy, and the complex of Les Invalides, the veterans hospital that was raided by rioters who stole the weapons for the storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789, a date that today is a major public holiday in France.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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$210.32
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