What's in our tour?
You care about Jewish history. You wonder how Jews lived in Paris through World War II and the German occupation. You’d like to see the “Jewish pletzl”, the Shoah Memorial and the wall of names. You wonder what it’s like to live as a Jew in Paris today. And you’ve heard wonder about le Marais, and you’d like to see it.
Our Jewish Paris Tour is a tale of survival and inspiration, of persecution and liberation. German occupation and the Holocaust. The Dreyfus Affair. The freeing of Jews by the French Revolution and by Napoleon.
We tour Jewish Le Marais, a colorful and vibrant area where past and present talk at every corner. We run into innovative fashion, food and elegance. As well as into old stones, heritage, and time-honored traditions.
Your tour starts outside metro station Saint-Paul, the traditional meeting point for “the Paris Pletzl”.
We walk rue des rosiers – a residence for Jews for over 800 years. You learn about Jewish culture by observing shops, street names, yeshivas and synagogues. Alongside Ashkenaze foods and traditions, we also encounter Sephardic traditions and foods.
We discuss the Dreyfus court trial, and how the idea of a National Jewish Homeland was first born, here, in Paris.
Your host recalls the points – high and low – of Jewish life in France. The history includes “Jewish emancipation”, mass anti-semitism, the Dreyfus affair. But also the many successes of many Jewish families in fields from business to art and politics. And the horrors (and the saving graces) of World War II.
You also discover Paris: old landmarks, hidden gardens, appetizing foods, alleyways, and local gossip.
Your guide also debunks pre-conceived ideas. Do you know that 400,000 Jews live in France today? Do you know all the things Jewish you can explore in Paris?
Our last major stop is the Shoah Memorial, honoring 72,000 Jews who died in the hands of the Germans during World War II, and thousands of Righteous who saved Jews from extermination.
- 800 years of history, and some great present-day foods
- gripping tales and history facts
- hidden gems you could never find without a guide
- a private guide, for plenty of face-time but also for what interests you the most. More religion, less religion, more history, or more present-day France, it’s up to you
- HOT DAY SPECIAL: on hot days, we walk in the shade, our guides have fans and water sprays for every guest, and every tour makes frequent stops for water
Where and when?
Jewish Paris is a private tour. It runs at the time of your choice, every day, rain or shine.
We meet outside metro stop Saint-Paul at street level, near the merry-go-round, our guide is a pink vest (closest metro stop is Saint-Paul, on line 1.)
Closed on Dec. 24 & 25 only.
This private walking tour ends near “Hôtel de Ville” city hall, in central Paris.
Why take this tour?
To explore, to learn, to free yourself of wrong ideas. And to have a great family in one of Paris’ most inspiring districts.
Jewish Paris is a private tour. We offer 2 options:
we recommend the 3 hour option, the price is €240.
We also offer a 90-minute option, for €150. To pick that option, during the booking process, answer the question “have a code”? with: TOUR90.
This Paris Jewish Tour is wheelchair accessible