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Jazz Walking Tour

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Paris, France

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Overview

Dive into the musical history of Paris' Jazz Age on a walking tour that concludes with a jazz performance. Visit the iconic nightclubs, bars, and neighborhoods of Les Halles, the Latin Quarter and St-Germain-des-Prés to see where Jazz Age artists spent their time. Stop at famous spots like Le Caveau de la Huchette and Les Deux Magots before ending a concert of live jazz at Le Duc des Lombards. Group size is limited to 15 ensuring personalized attention from your guide.
  • Walking tour of Paris' past and present jazz scene
  • Stop for a drink and soak up the atmosphere of a Latin Quarter cafe
  • Enjoy a live jazz concert at the famous Le Duc des Lombards jazz club
  • Small-group tour limited to 15 ensures a more personalized experience
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Entrance to one of the best jazz club in Paris
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

3 Place Saint-Germain des Prés, 75006 Paris, France

Departure Time

6:15 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Begin your jazz tour of Paris in the St-Germain-des-Prés neighborhood, where you'll meet your guide. This, along with the nearby districts of Les Halles and the Latin Quarter, was a center for jazz in Paris during the 1920s. Famous jazz musicians from within France and outside the country made frequent stops in this part of the city in underground clubs and bars.

Walk to two famous neighborhood cafes – Les Deux Magots and Café de Flore – as you hear stories of the history of jazz music in the French capital. These cafes are popular stops for tourists today, and during the Jazz Age were popular haunts for jazz musicians as well as writers, artists, and other intellectuals. Stop to see where the underground Club St-Germain-des-Prés – a common stop for American and French jazz artists – once was. Learn how basement clubs like this one are what gave jazz fans the nickname of troglodytes, meaning 'cave-dwellers.'

Pause to see the hotel where jazz performers like Bud Powell and Kenny Clarke led jam sessions late into the night – and where Clarke's signature bebop drumming was perfected – in the 1920s and 1930s. Visit the club called La Chat Qui Pêche, where Powell's bebop piano was often heard.

See the site of the famous Le Tabou nightclub. In the early 1950s, this was the club where French musician Boris Vian helped bring American jazz musicians to the attention of the club's hip clientele. Take a break at a cafe in the Latin Quarter to hear more about the evolution of jazz in the city, from the folk music known as Chanson Française that was popular before World War I to jazz being introduced in 1919, when the shift in musical styles wasn't accepted by everyone.

Pay a visit to the oldest jazz club in the city, Le Caveau de la Huchette, before heading over the Seine on the Pont Neuf to the last stop on your tour – a jazz show and dinner at Le Duc des Lombards in Les Halles. It's one of the city's best-known jazz clubs where you'll revel in the jazz music.

The menu for dinner varies; see a sample menu in the Itinerary section below.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Seine River
Pass by the Seine River cruise and see a nice view of Paris
Pass By:  
Latin Quarter
Pass by the Latin Quarter where the Famous Notre Dame Cathedral de Paris is situated
Pass By:  
Pont-Neuf
Go through the Pont-Neuf, one of the beautifulest bridge in Paris
Pass By:  
Saint Germain des Pres Quarter
Pass by St Germain des près, one of the most renowned neighborhood in Paris
Pass By:  
Les Halles
Les Halles is a visited neighborhood in Paris
Stop At:  
Le Caveau de la Huchette
Of one the best jazz club
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Duc des Lombards
one of the best jazz club in Paris
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A minimum number of 2 persons is required
  • Dress code is smart casual
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY UNIVERSAL TOUR GROUP

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  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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It was great wandering the streets...
John W
, Jan 2018
It was great wandering the streets of Paris with the guide pointing out many things. The jazz session at the Duc du Lombards was very good, the food quite good.
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We had a wonderful tour. Our guide...
Thomas P
, Dec 2017
We had a wonderful tour. Our guide gave insightful history and being a musician himself helped cover the current jazz scene. We felt comfortable with our guide while walking through many areas of the city we had not visited before. The jazz club had a front row table reserved for us. Great tour!
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This never happened. I was at the...
kblatt9990
, Aug 2016
This never happened. I was at the appointed meeting spot and was there for an hour, never finding anyone that remotely resembled a guide. I had left several voice mails that night and had sent email to no avail. I received no communication in return. This was extremely disappointing to me.
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My wife and I had a fantastic time...
Craig H
, Jul 2016
My wife and I had a fantastic time on the tour. Laurent had a rich background of knowledge of all places we visited - he made St Germain come alive with jazz greats of the past. The club was fantastic - an intimate gathering of music lovers enjoying some outstanding New Orleans jazz. We will definitely go on this tour again.
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Excellent show, great guide and...
Lester S
, Jul 2016
Excellent show, great guide and outstanding evening in Paris. Perfect for jazz lovers and history buffs looking to understand World War I and II night life and entertainment. High quality dinner and bottle of wine, too.
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Laurent was a very informative guide...
jennylef
, Jul 2016
Laurent was a very informative guide who led us around the Saint Germain des Pres area, showing us jazz clubs and filling us in on the history of jazz in Paris. The dinner and music at the Duc Des Lombards was fantastic! The Joscho Stephan Trio were great. I highly recommend this club, the attentive waiter, the great music. Really worthwhile evening.
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Worst evening I have had, After all...
Veepers
, May 2016
Worst evening I have had, After all the drama, of the cancelling my ticket last minute, all I got - a tour with just me, - was a walk around for an hour not 3 as promised, - stopped for a drink which I paid for both of us - dumped at a Concert left to sit on my own, I thought this was going to be a tour with other people. After I specifically told the guide my preferences being Trad or blues, I totally dislike Modern Jazz and put it in the same category as Rap Crap or Techno rubbish, that I didnt consider it music just noise as there is nothing tuneful about it, I was assured that this would not be the case. - The food was mediocre at best - I had to send the wine back because it was undrinkable they then after complaining sent me a drinkable one - To top it off Modern Jazz ! I asked if there was going to be other music I was told that this was it, So I left after the first bracket, my ears couldnt take any more, I feel totally ripped off. I thought that it was going to be a walking tour around different Jazz clubs experiencing different music etc. instead all it was, was a walk around closed venues, and just pointed as to where it happens, and left at the worst venue, my ears are still recovering.
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It was just my husband and me and we...
Cynthia P
, Oct 2015
It was just my husband and me and we had a great time with Laurent. He was very knowledgeable about the jazz and music history in Paris. He also pointed out other items of interest during our walk. The Jazz club we went to was packed, but we got right in and had a great table. The Jazz was outstanding and the food was good too! this was one of the highlights of our trip and would do it again.
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This tour did not deliver either our...
Tracey S
, May 2015
This tour did not deliver either our expectations which we formed from the Viator tour description and did not deliver some events that were outlined on the tour description. The live performance was not Jazz. While the performers were skilled musicians It was not even close to being a jazz performance. The performers during the show made the comment in a joking manner we have been told that if we want to be paid tonight, we need to play some jazz. They did cover one jazz standard in their own genre but it was still not jazz. The tour description states sit back and let the smooth sultry sounds of jazz flow over you, you expect a jazz performance. That's why we booked this tour and it is not unreasonable to expect a jazz performance. On the pre-performance walk the tour description states you would walk past and stop outside jazz venues and the guide would explain their significance in the Paris jazz scene. Fair enough. But when the tour description states You would visit historic jazz clubs. Stopping at 7pm outside a club that does not open until 9pm is not visiting. The tour description also states that stop for drink at a latin quarter cafe and soak up the atmosphere. This did not occur. The walk went from the starting point to the live performance venue without stopping. I must point out the guide was very knowledgable and personable, even if he did leave us form the live venue at around 7:45 to 8:00. This tour is not cheap, we paid 425 Aud, 300 eurosWe were happy to any this in order to experience what we love, jazz music, in a city renowned for its jazz history and scene. Now if we had paid the cover charge at the door of 30 euros each and the dinner cost of 40 euros each, total cost of 140 euros, the cost of the 1 hour walking tour cannot justify the balance of 160 euros. On our Europe trip we have been on over 23 tours booked through Viator, and this only one has not lived up to the quality tours that Viator deliver and was not value for money.
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We had a very terrific guide. Very...
Joel K
, May 2015
We had a very terrific guide. Very personable and informative. We walked from our meeting place and he filled us in about the history of jazz in France and Paris. About the musicians and artists of the era. We walked to the jazz club, all the time he was telling us about the places and how jazz evolved in Paris. The jazz club was very nice, the musicians where terrific. The meal served was very delicious, and the wine was very tasty as well. The was a lovely and interesting tour.
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