What's in our tour?
This Left Bank walking tour explores the Paris where students and masters have perfected the art of student life for 1,000 years.
On this free tour around Sorbonne University, you can be a student again. As you explore Paris’ past, you dream about the future. And you discover what inspired Picasso, Hemingway, Jack Kerouac and Cyrano de Bergerac.
We meet at Notre Dame, and we jump across the river, heading for Sorbonne University.
We explore the area around Pantheon and the Luxembourg garden.
We discover winding streets and smoke-filled (though not any more!) cafés where Parisians grow up and come of age.
This Latin Quarter tour is an exploration both of old Paris and of young Parisians.
The tour ends near Pantheon. Actual location varies depending on the particular interests of you and other participants.
So we can see more, 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
- The real story of Cyrano de Bergerac
- Place de la Sorbonne – student traditions and rites of passage
- Where to find the blade of the Guillotine
- countless photo opportunities – including the most unexpected view of the Eiffel tower
- 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?
This free walking tour of the Latin Quarter & Left Bank runs every day, rain or shine. We start on time at 2.30pm, and the tour runs a relaxed 90 minutes.
From April 28 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 Notre-Dame. Closest metro station: Cité (line 4)
This tour ends near Pantheon and the Luxembourg gardens.
Groups of 8 and more please book in advance. In the interest of all guests, we reserve the right to turn down large groups without a reservation. We advise large parties to book a private tour.
Why take this tour?
So you can be 20 once more – dreaming to make the world a better place, and to find the perfect crowd at the perfect spot.
And for the unique insights your guide will give – tips for exploring Paris’ secretive, self-absorbed Left Bank/Latin Quarter.
If you want the Latin Quarter without a guide
Walk the streets around Sorbonne university for cafés, art cinema houses, vintage shops, and bookstores. Peek into the Luxembourg Garden, and into Cluny’s medieval garden. Try to sneak into the Law School. Discover the Pantheon from rue Cujas street, and find the view of the Eiffel Tower from there. And talk to locals if you get the chance.
This is a free walking tour, where you pay the guide what you want at the end of the tour.
Advanced reservations are not required, and walks-ins are always welcome.
Please join the meeting point 5 minutes before tour start.
If you wish to book in advance, use the booking button on the left side of this page.
Privatize this tour
Groups of friends, families, and school groups often reserve a private guide, from €125.
This tour is accessible with wheelchairs.