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Hotel de Ville
An architecturally and politically important building, the Hôtel de Ville in Paris has housed various government bodies since the 14th century; it’s currently home to Paris’ mayor and city council. The landmark is famed for its decorative facade and well-appointed interiors, and it also hosts exhibitions and events throughout the year.

The Basics
Hôtel de Ville—the Paris City Hall—dates to 1357. Initially housed in Maison aux Piliers, the landmark was rebuilt and expanded between 1533 and 1628. Considered a masterpiece of Renaissance architecture, that building was burned to the ground by the Paris Commune government. Following a period of renovation that lasted from 1873 to 1892, its facade was reconstructed and its interiors redesigned.

Today, the monument is home to some of the city’s most important government offices, including Paris city council and the mayor of Paris. It can be seen on hop-on hop-off bus tours, as well as on bike and walking tours. Given its location on the Seine, Hôtel de Ville can also be admired on river cruises.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Individual visits to the monument are currently suspended, though tour groups can file an application, preferably two months in advance.
  • The building is outfitted with elevators, disabled bathrooms, and other features that make it accessible to visitors with limited mobility.
  • Though much of the landmark is closed to individual visitors, Hôtel de Ville opens its doors during European Heritage Days, held each September.

How to Get There
Located in the Fourth Arrondissement, the Hôtel de Ville Métro station—served by lines 1 and 11—is just steps away from the monument, while the Châtelet – Les Halles station (served by lines 1, 4, 7, 11, and 14, as well as the RER A, B, and D), is less than a 10-minute walk away. Alternatively, take bus lines 38, 47, 67, 69, 70, 72, 74, 75, 76, 85, or 96. 

When to Get There
The Hôtel de Ville is currently best seen from the outside, as only planned group tours can enter. The interior is open to these groups every day except Sundays and bank holidays. It often hosts free Paris–themed temporary exhibitions and comes alive during the festive season with its annual outdoor Christmas market.

The Hôtel de Ville’s Interior
Although the landmark is only open to planned group tours, the interior is worth seeing as it’s filled with elegant murals painted by prominent 19th-century artists. The landmark is also famed for its extravagant function room, designed to resemble Versailles’ Hall of Mirrors.
Address: 5 Rue de Lobau, Paris, Ile-de-France 75004, France
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Paris en Scene Boat 3-Course Dinner Cruise

Paris en Scene Boat 3-Course Dinner Cruise

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Make the most of your time in Paris with a combination of a cruise on the Seine and a 3-course dinner. This 75-minute dinner cruise allows you to see the main attractions of the City of Lights while you enjoy a casual meal. Relax into a comfortable armchair facing one of the boat's windows, the better to take in the view, and watch sights like the Louvre, Place de la Concorde, and Eiffel Tower drift by. Upgrade the experience to include wine or Champagne with dinner.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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$47.72
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Ghosts, Mysteries and Legends Night Walking Tour of Paris

Ghosts, Mysteries and Legends Night Walking Tour of Paris

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Challenge your romantic illusions of Paris on a terrifying tour of the city’s most sinister spots. Delve into the eerie mysteries of the City of Light, strolling the serpentine streets in search of spectres and spooks; stray from the beaten path with a masterful story teller, discovering unfamiliar facts about the captivating capital as you venture to sites of reputed haunting. Gain fascinating insight into the horrible history of the city when you visit mystery-shrouded sites like the Place de la Vert Gallant and the Palais du Justice.
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  • 2 hours
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See 30 Plus Top Paris Sights with a Fun Guide

See 30 Plus Top Paris Sights with a Fun Guide

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Leave your map behind and follow me, your English showman, who will take you on exploration of 30+ top Paris’ sights. You will hear about and possibly meet some the legends of one of Europe’s best-loved cities. Included in the tour, we will take in the incredible Eiffel Tower, a lively stroll through old Montmartre where Van Gogh and Pablo Picasso once lived, then upwards to the Sacre-Coeur for the best panoramic view of the City of Light. The show continues down with a view of the Champs élysées and the majestic Arc de Triomphe and not forgetting the Moulin Rouge we will experience a beautiful slice of French culture in the latin quater where you can pick up a snack (not included) from a nearby street market filled with patisseries. After that it's back on the trail. The English have over a 1000 years of experience in annoying the French, so I will be able to give you my personal insight on how to avoid certain embarrassing mis-understandings. Making this a super original experience.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$76.95
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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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Paris Full-Day Small Group or Private Tour: Become a Parisian for a Day

Paris Full-Day Small Group or Private 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
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Small group or Private Paris tour: Wine, Cheese & Pastries at the Marais

Small group or Private 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
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Private Paris Photography Tour with a Professional Photographer

Private Paris Photography Tour with a Professional Photographer

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Enjoy the illuminating beauty of the 'City of Light' and learn the basics of photography on an informative 3-hour walking tour. A pro photographer will lead you to such famous landmarks as the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre and discuss the best angles and exposures for creating the perfect picture at each location. Take photos as you walk along the River Seine and score tips on ways to improve them from your expert guide. Though each tour is privately booked for a personalized experience, feel free to bring along friends. Enhance your experience and opt for the night tour option and see Paris lit up after dark.
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  • 3 hours
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$183.54
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Paris City Tour by Minivan and Montmartre

Paris City Tour by Minivan and Montmartre

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See the highlights of Paris and its lively bohemian quarter, Montmartre, with this morning or afternoon tour, including Île de la Cité. Enjoy a minivan tour of major Parisian monuments like the Arc de Triomphe and Champs-Élysées, followed by free time in Montmartre. The tour includes pickup and drop-off at your central hotel; the small group size of no more than eight people ensures personalized attention from your guide.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$77.10
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$77.10

Historical Le Marais Private Tour

Historical Le Marais Private Tour

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Boasting a range of boutiques and restaurants loved by locals, Le Marais is one of Paris's hippest neighborhoods. Discover the best the area has to offer on a private walking tour that stops at top top landmarks, including the Centre Pompidou, the historic Les Halles market, and the banks of the Seine. Going with a guide ensures you get an insider’s perspective on the neighborhood’s history and hidden gems.
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  • 2 hours
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$42.83
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Paris City Tour Immersive, Seine River Cruise & Lunch Eiffel Tower

Paris City Tour Immersive, Seine River Cruise & Lunch Eiffel Tower

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Experience the history and gastronomy of Paris on a family-friendly combo tour. Sightsee around the French capital from the comfort of your coach and cruise along the Seine to admire landmarks such as the Louvre and Notre-Dame. Cap it off with a gourmet meal inside a heated transparent-bubble dome on the first-floor terrace of the Eiffel Tower—priority access, drinks, and views included.
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  • 5 hours
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Eiffel Tower Dinner Experience & Sightseeing Seine River Cruise

Eiffel Tower Dinner Experience & Sightseeing Seine River Cruise

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Discover Paris after sundown and find out what makes the City of Lights shine so bright as the city’s top monuments and Seine River illuminate the night. Enjoy a gourmet 3-course meal and absorb panoramic views in a bubble-dome on the terrace of the Eiffel Tower. Then, board a glass-topped boat and cruise along the Seine for some sightseeing after dark.
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  • 4 hours
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The Darkest Secrets of Paris

The Darkest Secrets of Paris

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Let's experience Paris’s dark side on a spine-chilling night walk! Paris is not only the city of love, but also a real haunted city. Many historical murders, crimes and fantastic legends have written the story of the city. We will spend two hours together during which we will discover the dark secrets of Notre Dame district, the french version of "Romeo & Juliette" tragic couple, the most famous ghosts of the city, and the captivating horror stories about the historical buildings. You will hear about supernatural places and creepy legends from the ghosts to the mysterious 'Vampire of Montparnasse'. We will visit the strangest murder spots and, if we are lucky enough, we will see a real ghost! ;) Just kidding. If you like creepy stories and legends, this is a must do experience!
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  • 2 hours
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Paris Private Tour with Skip the line Tickets to Louvre Museum

Paris Private Tour with Skip the line Tickets to Louvre Museum

Feel the magic of Paris in this fantastic private tour visiting the most authentic places of the city, away from the tourist tide, with your local guide. Surprise yourself with the spectacular stained glass windows of Sainte-Chapelle, and the Cathedral of Notre-Dame, a gothic treasure, and a symbol of Paris. Walk along Jardin des Tuileries to the Place de la Concorde, where Champs-Élysées elegantly begins. Enjoy a crêpe with a glass of cider, in a traditional 'Crêperie', before visiting the emblematic Opéra Garnier and the modern Pompidou Centre, two architectural gems not to be missed. To close this amazing day, visit the fascinating Louvre Museum with the audio-guide. Book now this fantastic Private Tour through the most authentic districts of Paris, and let us make you fall in love quickly with this wonderful city! - 4-hour private walking tour with a local guide - Skip-the-line tickets to the Louvre Museum + Audio-guide - A crêpe & a glass of cider in a traditional ‘crêperie’
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$160.50
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6-Hour Private Custom Tour of Paris

6-Hour Private Custom Tour of Paris

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Marvel over medieval monuments and modern masterpieces on this private 6-hour of Paris. Enjoy the undivided attention of your private guide as you stroll around the Latin Quarter; admire icons like Notre-Dame Cathedral and the Louvre; and pose for photos beneath the Eiffel Tower. Your itinerary is yours to customize as you please, so you could enjoy window-shopping along the Champs-Élysées, admire the grand architecture of Place de la Concorde or get off-the-beaten-track and seek out little-known sights.
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  • 6 hours
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$497.42
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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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$124.36
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Medieval Paris Private Tour

Medieval Paris Private Tour

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Discover a side of Paris that existed before the modern-day glitz and romance on a private walking tour of the city’s medieval remnants. See well-preserved monuments that date back as far as 800 years, including the Gothic Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Fountain of the Innocents, the Sorbonne, and Hotel de Cluny, a former 14th-century abbey. A private art historian guide leads you through the city to unlock its medieval mysteries. Price is per group, based on a maximum of 10 people.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$248.72
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Book your "City-Night-Pass" and board the Discobus!

Thanks to our individual pass, you can board alone or accompanied aboard our Discobus and crisscross the avenues and monuments of the capital illuminated. Our asset in the bus, is that the entire course is filmed and broadcast live on our 3 large screens embedded so you can not miss any time during the City trip! In addition, you will enjoy an original concept, which has been successful for 10 years now and is also available for privatization for groups up to 40 people on board. COME LIVE THIS UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE!
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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$54.97
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Fall in love with Paris in 3 hours

Fall in love with Paris in 3 hours

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This tour is not about the usual tourist places - it is about the real Paris. To understand this city, it is not enough to visit the main attractions: you need to get off the familiar Google Maps direction. You will discover the chic passages and galleries, the luxurious Palais Royal and the old streets of Marais. You will live a real French life in the Montorgueil area and find the oldest market in Paris. During the walk you will see the Palais Royal, a magnificent palace of Duke of Richelieu. You will walk around the oldest district in Paris and find out the legend of the mysterious Knights Templar. We will visit the church of Saint-Eustache, where Moliere and Madame de Pompadour were baptized and admire the biggest organ in France. Discover Paris as a real Parisian and fall in love with this beautiful city.
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  • 2 hours 40 minutes to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$73.42
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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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$402.91
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15+ Top Sights Paris Tour with Fun Guide

15+ Top Sights Paris Tour with Fun Guide

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First-time Paris visitors certainly have a long list of sights to see, and chances are, most of them are on the itinerary of this Paris sightseeing tour. Join your guide for a fun walk through the city, where you can see the top landmarks in just a few hours. Highlights include views of the Arc de Triomphe, Pont Neuf bridge, and of course the iconic Eiffel Tower, complete with your guide's commentary as you go.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$53.87
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$53.87
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See 30+ Top Sights Paris Tour, Fun Guide + Wine Tasting Experience

See 30+ Top Sights Paris Tour, Fun Guide + Wine Tasting Experience

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Leave your map behind and follow me, your English showman, who will take you on exploration of 30+ top Paris’ sights. You will hear about and possibly meet some the legends of one of Europe’s best-loved cities. Included in the tour, we will take in the incredible Eiffel Tower, a lively stroll through old Montmartre where Van Gogh and Pablo Picasso once lived, then upwards to the Sacre-Coeur for the best panoramic view of the City of Light. The show continues down with a view of the Champs élysées and the majestic Arc de Triomphe and not forgetting the Moulin Rouge we will experience a beautiful slice of French culture in the latin quater where you can pick up a snack (not included) from a nearby street market filled with patisseries. After that it's back on the trail. The English have over a 1000 years of experience in annoying the French, so I will be able to give you my personal insight on how to avoid certain embarrassing mis-understandings. Making this a super original experience.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$153.88
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$153.88

Marais District 2-Hour Private Walking Tour in Paris

Marais District 2-Hour Private Walking Tour in Paris

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Discover the many delights of the Marais district on this private 2-hour walking tour in Paris. Stroll through the iconic Place de Vosges as a private guide sheds light on the Marais district’s colorful history. Pass sleek art galleries, busy bistros, and chic boutiques, and take in top attractions such as the Museum of Judaism and the Pompidou Center, Explore the Marais’ vibrant gay culture and admire fine views over famous sites including Anna Frank's garden, the Carnavalet Museum, and the Hotel de Ville.
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  • 2 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$58.04
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$58.04
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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
  • Taking safety measures
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$157.85
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$157.85
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Paris Private Tour by Vintage Car with Wine Tasting

Paris Private Tour by Vintage Car with Wine Tasting

I take you aboard my Peugeot 404 of 1963 for a private guided tour in Paris. We shall discover some highlights of the city and unknown districts of the capital! Photo stops are included and a visit inside the Saint-Sulpice cathedral and Arènes de Lutèce will be proposed. You will take place aboard a typical French classic car of the sixties and enjoy a unique ride on the comfortable seats of the Peugeot. Our trip will also lead us to a wine merchant of the Pantheon who will make you discover a selection of atypical natural French wines. Total duration of the tour: 2,5 hours.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$123.11
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