There is really no better way to explore the sights, sounds and ambience of a city than by walking. Central Paris, where many of the famous landmarks are located, is compact enough for most people to explore on foot, especially if you enjoy walking. When you walk, you will see a lot more architectural details and absorb more of the beauty in the parks and gardens compared with cruising past them in a tour bus. You can stroll along stopping when you like to examine whatever interests you in as little or much as you like. If you feel the inclination, you can venture up any interesting side streets to discover things that are off the beaten path. 5 kilometres may sound like a long walk but its really only a little over an hour of walking time.
To help you explore Paris on foot we have put together the following self-guided Paris walking tours for you. You can get complete turn by turn instruction for each walk by clicking on the corresponding links below.
Paris Walking Tour - River Seine and Left Bank Highlights 6.4 kms
Paris Walking Tour - River Seine and Left Bank Highlights: Our 6.4 kilometre Paris Highlights Walking Tour is an ideal way to get to know Paris. It will take you right up to many of Paris's most iconic landmarks including the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame. It also follows the bank of the River Seine for a good portion, giving you a real feel for this beautiful city. You will be exposed to some of the most beautiful architecture in the world and by walking you can really enjoy the details up close.
Paris Walking Tour - Champs-Élysées / Right Bank Highlights - 5.3 kms
Paris Walking Tour - Champs-Élysées and Right Bank Highlights: Our Paris Right Bank Walking Tour starts out at the impressive Arc de Triomphe at heads down what may be the most famous street on the planet. It then leads past some magnificent palaces that our now home to museums and through the beautiful Jardin de Tuileries to the entrance of the worlds most renowned museum of art; the Louvre. Like our Left Bank Walking Tour above, this tour can give you a nice overview of Paris in a short amount of time.
Promenade Plantee Walk - 4.8 kms
Promenade Plantee Walk: For a delightful walking tour that is off the beaten path the Promenade Plantee is sure to please you. This walk takes you along a repurposed railway line that has been turned into a beautiful walking park. What's even more interesting is much of it is elevated on a historical railway viaduct giving you a unique vantage point and freedom from the busy traffic below. This is truly an enjoyable and relaxing walk with some good views of the picturesque streets of Paris. Highly recommended.
Day Trip and Walking Tour of the Medieval City of Provins - 5.4 kms
Walking Tour of the Medieval City of Provins: This is more of a day trip and walking tour in one. Just 1h35m away by train, the Medieval City of Provins is a great place to explore on foot. There are a lot of neat places and things to see in this ancient town and walking through its history is one of the best ways to explore it.
Some of the above photos are made available under a Creative Commons license. Larger versions and attribution can be viewed on the full page for each attraction.
More great places to enjoy walking in Paris
In addition to the above, there are many other places in Paris that lend them self to exploring on foot. These of course include any of Paris's many parks. The larger parks like Bois de Boulogne and Bois de Vincennes and can easily take up the better part of a day to explore on foot. Of course any of the historic neighbourhoods in Paris are also best explored on foot including The Latin Quarter, Beaubourg and Montmartre. Another great place for enjoying a long stroll are the picturesque banks of Canal St-Martin
Fully Guided Walking and Biking Tours
In addition to the self-guided walking tours above you may want to consider one or more of the following fully guided walking tours.
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I just published an history book about the Templars. So I'd love to share my knowledge, and show people how real story is far much interesting than ludicrous legendes, fairy tales and fabricated stories about this medieval order. Walking on the footsteps of the famous knights Templar in white mantle with red cross. This original itinerary will lead you from Square du Vert-Galant in Île de la Cité, where the Grand Master Jacques de Molay was burned on the pyre in Paris in 1314 by order of King Philip IV "the Fair", to Square du Temple, where the Templars had their Parisian headquarter and where they were arrested. You will feel their mysterious presence through ancient walls, strange doors, old streets, impressive mansions and churches, and evocative street name signs.
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Louvre is not just the biggest museum in the world, it was a palace before. The architecture itself is a piece of art. This discovery visit of Louvre gives you the introduction to the history of art and the key to understand and enjoy some master art pieces. Louvre museum host art pieces from ancient time to mid-19th century. We are going to discover masterpieces such as the Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo, the Victory of Samothrace , the crowning of Napoleon, Slaves. . . Louvre museum is closed on Tuesday Louvre is opened until 9:30pm on Wednesdays and Fridays.
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Visiting Paris? Time to live the dream! Walk around the city with a local professional photographer and take home the best images of your trip. In a Parisian life style photoshoot, get to know Paris' highlights and keep your memories forever. • 2h photo shooting with local professional photographer. Choose your Paris Centre locations accessible by foot from meeting point. • 80-120 high resolution EDITED photos sent by mail after the shooting • Ideal for celebrating your honeymoon, engagement photos, family trip, birthdays and more • props included • kids friendly activity • fun, local and 100% passionate photographers!NOTE: you will be booked in the first available hour. You will receive an email about your tour hour, meeting point and recognizing your photographer within 7 days of booking. Please check your spam and contact with us if you have not received it. For photo tour with Eiffel Tower, please book My Amazing Paris or 2h Eiffel Tower photo shoot.
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Visiting Paris? Time to live the dream! Walk around the city with a local professional photographer and take home the best images of your amazing trip. In a 100% Parisian life style photo shooting, get to know Paris' highlights and secrets and keep your memories forever. • 1h photo shooting with local professional photographer • 50-80 high resolution EDITED photos sent by mail after the shooting • groups up to ten people! • Ideal for celebrating your honeymoon, engagement photos, bachelor party, family trip, birthdays and more • props included for kids • kids friendly activity • fun, local and 100% passionate photographers!NOTE: you will be booked in the first available hour. You will receive an email about your tour hour, meeting point and recognizing your photographer within 7 days of booking. Please check your spam and contact with us if you have not received it.
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Two things you should absolutely avoid when travelling with kids is stand in line and get them bored during an experience or visit. Therefore we not only offer skip-the-line access to the Catacombs of Paris, but also provide a special guide, Alberto, who is fantastic with kids, knows how to talk to them and keeps them engaged and thrilled throughout the whole tour with his stories and secrets about this mysterious place. Which kid doesn't love to go on an adventure underground, discovering millions of bones and learning many fascinating facts about one of the must-see sides of Paris? So, if you're looking for a tour your kids and you will love a 100%, than you found it!
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Did you know the story of the ghost of Marie Antoinette wearing a white dress and walking headless? Experience this unforgettable private tour and our highly specialized tour guide Alberto will tell all the most mysterious, scariest and darkest stories about French history as you walk through the places where they actually occurred! You will hear about the ghost of Henri IV, who had 56 official mistresses and was found having been killed in an ambush, but also about the corpse of a beautiful girl floating in the Seine, and the last Grandmasters of the Templar Nights burnt alive under the Pont Neuf, and many more besides.You will see a side of Paris that has never been seen!This 2-hour private historical tour will reveal all the secrets, legends, tales and the most superstitious stories of Paris and the evening atmosphere will make it an even more evocative and memorable experience!Don't miss this unique opportunity to discover the dark side of the City of Love!
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Have you ever wondered which is the most artistic part of Paris? Of course Montmartre is. By choosing this amazing tour you will experience the most bohemian district of all time and you will walk through the streets where the greatest artists lived : Renoir, Picasso, Van Gogh but also the famous singer Edith Piaf!Our private tour with the very experienced and capturing Alberto will make you fall in love with this district. You will walk through the amazing narrow streets where the oldest cafes and galleries in the entire Paris are and also see and old Windmill and Vineyard in the middle of Paris.Obviously Alberto will show you the Sacre-Coeur Basilic which is one of the most famous places of Paris and from up there you'll have a marvellous view over Paris!This amazing tour will make you bounce directly into the past thanks to this terrific old district of Paris told by the most experienced and specialized local guide Alberto!