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.cc licensed photo by Олександр
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.cc licensed photo by Олександр
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.cc licensed photo by Tim Herrick
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-Martincc licensed photo by Edhral
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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Meet an historian! 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 keys 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. . . You may continue to visit Louvre after my tour.Louvre museum is closed on Tuesday Louvre is opened until 9:30pm on Wednesdays and Fridays. I normally do the tour in English. If you want to do it in Chinese, need to privatize the tour.
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A highlights tour in the Louvre with videos on an tablet to help you understand every detail about the most important museum of the world.
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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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Guided visit + Photo Shooting + Tips for photographers.Join us for the perfect set of services only talented, cultivated and local photographers can approach: - Bring home professional photos in Paris best locations and top architectural jewels.- Travel through time looking at old photographies, book covers and more. A unique way to learn how Paris used to be!- You like doing photography? ask our photographer for tips and discover Paris from its most photogenic point of view.Short visit travellers, once in a lifetime trip or photography lovers, this is perfect for you!This guided photo session has been created by an Architect M.SC. in Theory of the Arts, a Certified Paris Guide and has been validated through the eye of our photographers!Join us! It's sure you will always remember your Paris!
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There is a hidden world in Paris, full of little beautiful corners, colourful streets, small gardens and warm passages.In this CHARMING PARIS PHOTO SHOOT and GUIDED VISIT discover picturesque Paris, bring home professional photos and uncover Paris secrets with a local. Also, ask for advice to do your own photography.The perfect set of services only talented, cultivated and local photographers can approach.In this photo tour you will visit:Luxembourg gardenSorbonne areaQuartier latinNotre DameIle de la cité Ile Saint LouisLe MaraisYou will get amazing professional photos in local photographers' best picks for unusual and charming locations and learn how Paris used to be and discover out of the path places.This tour was created by an Architect, and M.SC. in Theory of the Arts, and has been validated through the eye of our local photographers.