Paris Walking Tours

Four Paris Neighborhood Walks

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

Notre DameParis 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

Arc de TriompheParis 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

View down a Paris street from the Promenade PlanteePromenade 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

Medeival houses in ProvinsWalking 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

The Bois de Vincennes and Lake Saint-Mande

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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Marais Walking Tour with Macaron Tasting

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From: $104.00 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

Have you always wanted to taste french macarons? Join us and taste the best ones ever made! Combine Paris sightseeing with a tasting of that most quintessential of French treats, Pierre Hermé macarons. You will each get 3 macarons of your own choice, from the selection of the most delicious macarons. With a guide, stroll through this trendy neighborhood to take in attractions such as the Jewish Quarter, Art Nouveau architecture, 17th-century homes, neo baroque style, famous Place des Vosges, Stravinsky fountain, center Pompidou, moment when architecture was turned upside down and much more.

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Le Marais 2-Hour Private Walking Tour

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From: $226.09 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

The most layered quartier of Paris, possibly one of the most charming as well. Explore the Marais on a private guided walking tour and learn how a former slum can become the most chic place in the world. Learn about its past and visit sites such as Les Halles, Place des Vosges, and the Pletzel area – the historic center of the city’s Jewish community.

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Right Bank of Paris 2-Hour Private Walking Tour

From: $226.09 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

At the very center of Paris, the area from which the entire city spans out. Enjoy a 2-hour private walking tour of the Right Bank, the projected heart of Paris that is the very center of the French government, thus symbolic of power and authority. On this tour we inspect all the symbols in façades, statues and streets, that carry this message.

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Saint-Germain Area 2-Hour Private Walking Tour

From: $226.09 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

Enjoy a guided walk through Saint-Germain, one of the oldest and most elegant parts of Paris. For centuries it was the epicenter of Parisian culture and art. Visit centuries-old churches such as Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the Church of Saint-Sulpice.

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Haussmannian Paris 2-Hour Private Walking Tour

From: $226.09 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

Rome wasn’t built in a day, but Paris was (re)built in 17 years. This tour takes you 150 years back and places you in the center of the greatest urban planning achievement of the 19th century (and possibly, all time) that completely changed the face of Paris. The stunning sites that were made to impress the world include the Opéra Garnier, Boulevard Haussmann and the Galeries Lafayette. Learn about the chain of events that turned Paris from an insalubrious slum to the most elegant city in the world.

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Neoclassical Paris 2-Hour Private Walking Tour

From: $226.09 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

Have you ever thought of Paris as of a copy of another, older place? While being the most beautiful city in the world it is modeled after another, much older city. This private guided walking tour of neoclassical Paris takes you through an area that changed dramatically in the years prior to the French Revolution and makes you understand how the city of Paris is a reflection of the city of Rome. Explore the strict and sober elegance of the neoclassical style at Palais Royal, the Tuileries,  the Cour Carré and other important sites.

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Champs Elysées 2-Hour Private Walking Tour

From: $226.09 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

Explore the most important street of Paris - Champs-Élysées and its magnificent sites on a private guided walk. Admire its opulence, its epic width and exuberant façades; also, learn about the surprising story behind its creation and its great historical and political importance.

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