Paris City Center "the History of Paris" Exclusive Guided Walking Tour

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Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Tick off some of Paris’ most iconic attractions, at your own pace, on this private walking tour of the City of Lights. Alongside your personal guide, you’ll head to one of Paris’ oldest districts, Île de la Cité, and explore the pristine Tuileries Gardens. Visit Place de la Concorde, home to the world’s first guillotine, admire the grandeur of Fontaine Saint-Michel, and delve into Paris’ turbulent history as you amble along the Champs Elysees, the world-famous boulevard that flanks the River Seine. 
  • Private walking tour between Île de la Cité and the Champs Elysee in Paris
  • See, too, the Tuilieries Gardens and the Fontaine Saint-Michel
  • Delve into Paris' rich history with a personal guide
  • Walk along the Champs Elysees, beside the River Seine

What's Included

  • PRIVATE WALKING TOUR (Does NOT apply if you choose "SAVE! BOOK SEMI-PRIVATE" option)
  • TOUR GUIDE EXCLUSIVELY FOR YOU (Does NOT apply if you choose "SAVE! BOOK SEMI-PRIVATE" option)
  • Tour Price Does NOT Include Hotel Pickup or Drop-Off (We Recommend UBER or Taxi)
  • Tour Does NOT Include Gratuities (OPTIONAL)

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Cité
    75004 Paris, France

    Metro exit Cité (Line 4). Meet your guide outside of the exit of the metro station on the opposite side of the stairs next to Metro sign CITÉ

End point

  • Place de la Concorde
    Pl. de la Concorde, 75008 Paris, France

What To Expect

As the undeniable heart of Paris, it is only fitting that your tour begins outside of Notre Dame Cathedral. Here, you’ll greet your private guide and tour the exterior of the iconic landmark. Receive a historical overview of the Gothic masterpiece and then cross the city’s oldest bridge: Pont Neuf.

Your second stop is the Tuileries Gardens, replete with manicured flower beds and attractive flora, before you delve into Paris’ gruesome history and visit Place de la Concorde, the site of Paris’ infamous guillotine.

See, too, the iconic Louvre museum and Fontaine Saint Michele, before concluding your historical tour with a stroll down the Champs Elysee.

Ile de la Cite

Once at the meeting point, you will start your tour by exploring ile de la cite, the oldest settlement in Paris. Once known as Lutetia, this former Roman city was the predecessor of present-day Paris, from which the city grew outwards.

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Paris

From here, you will see the infamous Notre-Dame Cathedral – the most famous of the Gothic cathedrals of the Middle Ages, distinguished for its size, antiquity and architectural interest.

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • It is imperative that you provide us with guests MOBILE PHONE NUMBER (including country code)
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Notes: The tour route may be affected by national celebrations. When this occurs, we will provide guests with an alternative route still being able to see all the highlights on the tour. In these cases we are unable to provide refunds or discounts. No large bags or suitcases are allowed during this tour. We recommend comfortable shoes, a bottle of water, umbrella in case of rain and hat during summer. Due to increased security measures at many attractions some can’t be visited from the inside.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • IMPORTANT RE: WHEELCHAIR FRIENDLY **Wheelchair friendly tour is only available as a PRIVATE TOUR (if you chose the "SEMI-PRIVATE TOUR" option, you will not be able to have a tour or a refund)**
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Highly recommend!
Carrie_F, Mar 2023
Augustina was wonderful--knowledgeable, engaging, and entertaining. Our kids (12 and 9) loved it. A fantastic way to introduce Paris!
JB1, Feb 2023
Cancelled last minute obviously disappointed but we found a private guide on tour with locals who was amazing
Overall good - could have been great
Joseph_C, Dec 2022
The tour is an excellent way to see much of old Paris - the guide was polite and nice but a bit woke - kept using incorrect information against Christian Faith and subtly ridiculing men
I feel like I went back in time
Justin_P, Dec 2022
Just an incredible experience. Hugo, our your guide, was so knowledgeable, witty, and funny. Although it was a very chilly day he made sure to stop include everything and more. 10/10
Fabulous walking tour
Rose_A, Nov 2022
Francois was an extremely knowledgeable and entertaining guide providing us with a most enjoyable tour through Paris - even in the rain !
The tour was excellent and our guide Vivien was very knowledgeable and explained everything very well.
Raghunandan_S, Oct 2022
The tour was excellent and our guide Vivien was very knowledgeable and explained everything very well.
Hugo is an excellent...
Grey_R, Sept 2022
Hugo is an excellent guide - knowledgeable, informative and affable. Group size was perfect- 6 people.
You must do this tour, Amazing
Joel_S, Aug 2022
We spend three weeks in Europe and did 12 different tours. Tamari was by far the best tour guide we had on any tour. She had insider knowledge that you can't get on your own. She is very passionate about what she does and made it a very enjoyable experience.
Educational and entertaining
Catherine_D, Aug 2022
We had an amazing tour with Hugo, our very knowledgeable and passionate guide. He took us on a 2 1/2 walking tour from the Ile de la Cité to the Louvre, zig zagging through different streets, each rich with its own history. He shared fascinating stories of Paris - the people, the history, the architecture and more. Since he was a graduate of ancient history in Uni, his depth of knowledge shone through, so did his love of Paris.
A must - brilliant
Fiona_B, Aug 2022
Kept two teenages - 13 and 15 - entertained and wanting to know more about the history of Paris. Included ancient and modern history. Time went by fast without any one asking how much longer ‘til it’s over. And Francois’ energy was contagious. Lovely, knowlegable and funny. Even gave us a great restaurant suggestion - Soon Coreen. Bloody brilliant!
Best Private City Tour
Claudia_L, May 2022
Francois from Babylon Tours was an absolute fabulous guide of the City of Paris. We were so happy we decided to do the private tour. We had wonderful dialogue and even recommended Avery nice lunch spot in the middle of a square with trees which was very relaxing and with delicious food too!
A great tour!
Jacob_S, Jan 2022
Lili was a fantastic tour guide! She was knowledgeable and engaging us with. It was a bit cold and windy on our day and she went above and beyond to make it worth it!
Great Intro to Paris!
Margaret_D, Nov 2020
We loved the personal experience. Paris has so much history and walking through the spot where Marie Antoinette or other great French people in history walked through was amazing. Our guide was very knowledgeable and kind. Thank you!
Great experience. Just myself and...
Sue C, Sept 2017
Great experience. Just myself and sister in the group. Guide was enthusiastic and knowledgeable!