There’s always something magical and romantic about Paris, whether you visit alone, with friends or with a significant other. But even frequent visitors often struggle to find the ‘real’ Paris. The Paris that lurks behind the guidebooks and the classic sights. The Paris that you find getting lost in those Parisian streets, eating in lesser-known cafés and going off the beaten track. The perfect person to take you on these outings is April of April in Paris fame! She prides herself on creating personalised tours that show you the insider’s track on this magnificent city, with a lovely mix of busy and side streets and a warm, welcoming and fun approach. April has a love of Paris’ rich history, delicious food, trendy fashion and beautiful language, herself previously a tourist in Paris, it was a natural progression when she herself became a resident, to set up her own company sharing her new-found insights with others. All the tours include: your charming tour guide, hotel pick up, map of Paris, bottle of water and restaurant recommendations and reservations. Read on for our top 5 private tours in Paris…
This tour shows you all the classic, renowned landmarks that people fall in love with when they visit Paris; the Louvre, Place de la Concorde, Hôtel des Invalides, Champs-Élysées, the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower. This tour is special as you get the chance to see all the sights from their best vantage and learn fascinating historical titbits, you’ll discover lots of places that you’ll be dying to return to after the tour so book on this tour at the start of your visit!
This is a fabulous tour to really discover a different side to Paris, some of those lesser known treasures and delightful nooks and crannies. With stops along the way to awe over beautiful gardens and to admire the art of French patisserie as well as a cooling ice cream and a wine tasting at L’Étiquette Wine Bar. A great tour for anyone whether you have lived in Paris for a while, visit occasionally or are just dying to know what could be around that little Parisian cobblestone corner!
April’s history knowledge really shines through in this tour. She brings the city’s medieval roots to life as you experience old Parisian charm and explore the cobblestoned streets of Latin Quarter and the left bank. You cross the River Seine and hit the heart of Renaissance Paris where the architecture transforms. Standout historic sights are highlighted, quaint gardens discovered and you even have a chance to stop for a cooling ice cream.
Some of April’s tours focus on a specific theme or location, one of my favourites is definitely the gourmet tour. The tour is set in the Les Halles district, home to some of Paris’ leading restaurants and food suppliers for over 800 years. You visit speciality vendors and shops where you can pick up a variety of delectable meats, cheeses, breads and hors d’œuvres in order to create your own apéro platter. Once your decisions are finalised, you move onto the celebrated Au Rocher de Cancale restaurant where you can assemble your apéro and tuck in! The unique experience is topped off with wine tasting and a five-star lunch; divine.
Sometimes when you visit the city of romance you just have the bring the kids and this tour is the perfect entertainment for them. They’ll feel super grown up on their very own tour; visit parks, ancient Roman ruins and exotic animals. This fun tour also shows you a traditional Parisian puppet show, lets you ride a carousel and pose with a life-sized mammoth; I’d be tempted to come even without the kids to be honest! The tour even includes a free Paris postcard – I know my children would be totally charmed by this lovely touch.
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