Saint-Germain and the River

Seine to café de flore

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90 min / FREE TOUR - tip only
5 pm till Oct. 15

booking in advance is optional
(groups of 8 and more please book)

What's in our tour?

To a Parisian, a fun day can naturally end in the district of Saint-Germain. This tour shows you why.

This tour mixes great landmarks and picturesque small corners: Saint-Germain-in-the-fields, Pont neuf, rue de Buci, and so on. Your guide will also walk you to scenic spots along the river Seine, and to side streets filled with peace and quiet.

We will show you the 2-3 places where an evening in Saint-Germain can start: café de Flore, café de la mairie. And where an evening is likely to end: la Rhumerie, rue des canettes, and so on. You will feel the presence of Picasso, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Cyrano de Bergerac

You will learn why jazz, art-house cinema, and politics, are all so popular in Saint-Germain.

And your guide will engage you in Saint-Germain’s favorite past-time: the fine art of conversation. What makes Parisians tick? What do they think about your country? And what’s hot this week – and what’s not – in Paris?!

Saint-Germain is a good place to give your night in Paris a head start.

To see more on this walking tour, we do not spend time going inside each building.

Highlights

  • Paris fashion, old and new
  • History: World War II, jazz, art, and the burial place of the first kings of France
  • Art and literature: Cyrano de Bergerac, Simone de Beauvoir, the birth-place of Guernica: Picasso’s greatest work?
  • Small group, in English, with a born-and-raised Parisian as your guide
  • Rare insider’s tips: what to do, where to go. Hot clubs, fun cafés, and authentic restaurants

Where and when?

Saint-Germain and the River tour runs every day rain or shine at 5pm May 1 through October 15.

October 15th is the last day for this tour.

Groups of 8 and more, please book. In the interest of all guests, we reserve the right to turn down large groups without a reservation. We also advise large parties to book a private tour.

Why take this tour?

The real question is: why wouldn’t you take this tour to complete your day in Saint-Germain?

Or, to speak like one-time-Saint-Germain resident Oscar Wilde:
“Oh, do not speak ill of Saint-Germain, Algie. Only people who can’t get in do that.”

Price

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.

Be at the tour meeting point 5 minutes early.

If you wish to book in advance, use the booking calendar on the left side of this page.

Privatize this tour

Families, groups of friends, and school groups often book a private guide for this tour. From €125, depending on group size and tour duration.

Privatize this tour

Other information

This tour of Saint-Germain is wheelchair accessible.

Starts

At Notre Dame, by the huge horse statue of Charlemagne

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When

from May 1 to Oct. 15

Metro station

Closest metro station: Cite (line 4)

Additional information

All tours are in English

Average tip on this tour: €12
Average time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Average number of guests 14

Starts by Notre Dame
Ends near métro Saint-Germain-des-prés (line 4)

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