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Private Tour of the Gothic Marais

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This is a private tour of the remnants of "old Paris" - the city that existed in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, the city of hidden castles, imposing renaissance palaces & baroque mansions, medieval timbered houses, leafy courtyards hidden behind carriage doors, charming squares & public fountains. What makes this tour unique: you will learn about the city's history, its rich architectural & cultural background, through researched commentary developed by a historian.

Paris Tour Guide - Ellen L.
Ellen L.
5.00 / 5
(3 reviews)
11:00 AM

Meeting Point

Church St Gervais

11:00 AM

Eglise St Gervais

We start the tour with a video that explains the transformation of Paris in the 1860s, when the old medieval city was torn down & replaced by the Paris that we know today, with its broad avenues line with sidewalks & trees, its parks, its fresh water fountains & its Haussmannian buildings. We then visit the church, a marvelous blend of Gothic & Baroque architecture, with explanations of the differences between the two for a better understanding of these pervasive styles.

11:40 AM

Marais

We discover the Gothic vestiges of the Marais - two half-timbered houses from 1508 (still occupied!!) and Baroque mansions built on the grounds of medieval abbeys. We learn about the private mansions built by the aristocracy in the 17th & 18th Centuries, homes that resembled their country estates & chateaus, with a visit to one that dates from 1649.


12:00 PM

Marais

We stop to see a Gothic "castle", a private mansion built as a fortress in 1345 but modified in the 16th Century. It comes complete with a keep, gargoyles, "pepper pot" towers, murder holes for protection, and a medieval garden at back.

12:30 PM

Marais

We will see the vestiges of the city fortifications built circa 1200, with 30ft walls & guard towers. We then visit the city's first fully Baroque church, and compare the differences with the Gothic church from the beginning of the tour. We walk through a private mansion built in 1630 with fabulous sculptures adorning the courtyard & a beautiful garden with a greenhouse at back.

12:40 PM

Place des Vosges

We stroll through the Place des Vosges, one of the city's most beautiful squares, dating from the early 1500s, lined with beautiful private mansions once built by the French aristocracy.

01:00 PM

Marais

We end the tour in one of two locations - the choice is yours - either the Jewish Quarter (where you can get some of the best falafel in town for lunch) or in a set of hidden private gardens (one of the secrets of the Marais).

Ending Point

National Archives or the Jewish Quarter

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food & beverages

souvenirs

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I work around my current schedule and am happy to accept bookings for any day or time. I even offer evening tours for those who come here for work & want to see the city at night.

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Paris Tour Reviews

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Cerith M.

5 / 5
Sep 11, 2023

The Lost Generation in Paris 1920s

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Terrific tales of the Jazz Age!

We thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Ellen is an excellent guide - the tour is incredibly well researched and the addition of slides, video and audio recordings really made the tour special. Standing outside the original site of Shakespeare and Co while hearing Sylvia Beech speak is quite an experience. Ellen is an attentive and incredibly considerate guide - we had a fantastic time - thoroughly recommended!

Cerith  M.

It was my pleasure ! I hope you will return soon & take another tour with me !!

Chintan S.

Chintan S.

5 / 5
Aug 19, 2023

Paris Tour for Chintan & his Family

Paris
3 days

Customized

Amazing host!!

Ellen has gone out of her ways to make sure our Paris visit is most memorable. We did not just see things but at a same time learnt a lot. We went through many places you may not have seen if you do not have your own personal guide like Ellen. Who knows history in and out. If you are someone who loves history and want to see the real Paris and inside streets, at a same time learn about it in depth, look no further. Ellen is your guide.

Chintan S.

Thank you Chintan ! It was a pleasure to be your tour guide & spend 2 days with your lovely family. I enjoyed it as much as you !!

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David C.

5 / 5
Aug 13, 2023

The Lost Generation in Paris 1920s

Paris
3 hours

Excellent Tour for Lit/Art Lovers!

Ellen is a terrific, knowledgeable guide! My partner and I met up with her at a Parisian cafe where she gave us the lay of the land and an idea of the major players of 1920s Paris art/literature society. Her PPT slides of photos, texts, and videos was CRITICAL to the tour. We were very lucky to have gotten her time on that busy summer Saturday. Her love of arts and literature is only matched by her love of Paris! I can't wait to go back and take another of her tours. Thanks, Ellen!

David C.

It was my pleasure !! Many thanks for the lovely review.

$80/ per person

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