We are a group of Paris-born-and-raised guides. We know our city as only a native would – the landmarks, the side streets, yesterday’s storied history, and tomorrow’s gossip.
We started Discover Walks in 2010 to give visitors a couple of special hours walking around Paris with a real native – the Paris a tourist would never be able to find alone, the kind of experience you would have only in the company of a good and knowledgeable friend – fun, informative and most of all, personal to you and your guide. The idea has taken hold with tourists with over 50,000 of them joining our tours in two seasons – and we expanded to San Francisco.
We have set a lofty goal for ourselves – to be the ultimate way to discover Paris. A tall order perhaps, but here is how we intend to fill it:
- Best tours – our short, intimate tours are designed to bring you the essence of Paris
- Best guides – our Paris-born-and-raised, young, enthusiastic guides bring you their passion for Paris – they give you a Parisian view on the major landmarks and also show you places only locals know and regular tourists miss
- Best prices – we are a ‘free,’ tips-only service – you decide how much the tour is worth after enjoying it
Our staff are called City Guides. Our job is to know Paris better than an English cabbie knows London. We do extensive training and pass written and oral tests. And our English needs to be understandable to visitors from Australia or Argentina or the USA or Japan – as Discover Walks guests come from everywhere.
Our City Guides add their personal stories to every walk, from what it’s like to study in a Paris high school to the restaurant they went to on their first date. Thus each Walk includes famous Paris landmarks as well as unique times when each guest “feels” Paris with a Parisian.
Our Core Walks are all free of charge – you give what you think is right for what you get. You’re always welcome to join us – our Walks start and end at major city landmarks.
Our original founders Alexandre Gourevitch (Paris native) and Jim Jorgensen (a Californian) represent the two spectrums of each Walk – the local and the guest. Today, our City Guides take great pride in constantly improving each Walk. We are especially thankful to our founding staff Bertrand, Charlotte, Cécile and petit Victor, for sticking with us at the beginning.
Discover Walks is a trademark of our owner Charing Cross Corporation (our lawyers made us put this in.) Discover Walks is operated by Discover Walks LLC.