What's in our tour?
This Left Bank walking tour explores Paris’ famed Latin Quarter – the land of students for 1,000 years, and possibly the world’s single greatest source of artistic inspiration – from Picasso to Woody Allen and Jack Kerouac, and from Hemingway to Cyrano de Bergerac.
We meet at Notre Dame and jump across the river towards Sorbonne University, all the way to the Pantheon and the Luxembourg gardens.
We run into winding streets and smoke-filled (though not anymore!) cafés where Parisians grow up and come of age.
This Latin Quarter tour is an exploration of old Paris and modern-day Parisians all at once.
The tour may end at several spots near Pantheon, depending on the participants’ particular interests that day.
In order to see more on this tour, we do not spend time going inside each building.
- Sorbonne University, the Pantheon and Luxembourg gardens
- Student drinking holes and elegant café terraces
- The haunts of the Unicorn, Cyrano de Bergerac, Hemingway and even Italy’s Dante Alighieri
- Place de la Sorbonne – student traditions and rites of passage
- Where to find the blade of the Guillotine
- Photo opportunity galore – including an unconventional view of the Eiffel tower
Where and when?
Tours start on time every day at 2.30pm rain or shine and last a leisurely 90 minutes
From May 1 through October 15 this tour also runs at 11am
Every day, closed on Dec. 24 & 25 only
We meet by the horse statue standing to the right of the facade of Notre-Dame. Closest metro station: Cité (line 4)
This tour ends near Pantheon and Luxembourg gardens
Groups of 8 and more please book. We advise large parties to book a private tour. In the interest of all guests, we reserve the right to accommodate or to turn down large groups
Why take this tour?
Everyone who was 18 once should take this tour for its intoxicating combination of bohemian student cafés, history-filled alleys, reveries about making the world a better place, and casual Parisian fashion.
Your native guide also shares insider’s insights and tips for exploring this secretive, self-absorbed Left Bank of Paris.
This is a free walking tour (you pay the guide what you want at the end of the tour), and no reservation is needed.
Walks-ins are always welcome.
Be at the meeting point 5 minutes early.
If you wish to book in advance, use the booking button on the right side of this page.
Privatize this tour
Groups of friends, families, and school groups looking for an opportunity to share private time together often reserve a private guide.
A private tour is €125 or €240.
Wheelchair accessible tour.