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Latin Quarter (Quartier Latin) Tours

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Latin Quarter (Quartier Latin)
Paris’ Latin Quarter is a popular, historical area of the Left Bank. Home to the main Sorbonne campus, this dynamic, student-filled neighborhood was once frequented by Ernest Hemingway, Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, and other revolutionaries. Today it’s distinguished for its buzzing cafés, lively restaurants, and must-see landmarks.

The Basics
One of the oldest districts in Paris and home to ancient Roman ruins, the Latin Quarter has long fostered a reputation for creativity, intellectual daring, and radical politics. Its name comes from the fact that students here once spoke in Latin; founded in the 13th century, the storied Sorbonne University is still the beating heart of the neighborhood.

The area, which stretches across parts of the fifth and sixth arrondissements, is also home to a heavy concentration of destination-worthy attractions. Visitors frequent the Musée de Cluny (which is dedicated to medieval art and holds the world-famous Lady and the Unicorn tapestries), snap photos of the Panthéon, and stroll the Jardin du Luxembourg. As for culture, no Latin Quarter visit is complete without browsing the shelves at the storied Shakespeare & Company bookstore, strolling past the bouquinistes (booksellers) along the banks of the Seine, or taking in a live jazz performance. Numerous walking tours, bike tours, hop-on hop-off bus itineraries, and Seine river cruises provide other ways to soak up the area’s one-of-a-kind ambiance.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Latin Quarter is a must for all first-time visitors to Paris, especially literary buffs.
  • The area is known for its beautiful churches; Saint-Séverin and Saint-Étienne-du-Mont are both worth a visit.
  • See another side of Latin Quarter life when you venture to the Grand Mosquée de Paris. Its café serves delicious fresh mint tea.
  • Numerous cafés, restaurants, bars, and clubs abound for all your dining and nightlife needs.

How to Get There
There is some debate over the exact boundaries of the neighborhood. Roughly, the Latin Quarter is bounded by Boulevard Saint-Michel to the west, Boulevard du Port-Royal and Boulevard Saint-Marcel to the south and east, and the Seine to the north. The area is served by numerous Métro lines and buses; Saint-Michel station is a good starting point.

When to Get There
No matter the time of year, the Latin Quarter is teeming with a buzzing mix of students, locals, and visitors. As with the rest of Paris, it is at its quietest in August. The area is still host to impassioned demonstrations and protests; keep up-to-date with the news if you wish to avoid large crowds. May Day (May 1st) is a particularly popular time for such events.

Best Neighborhood Eats
Ignore the quarter’s chain eateries and tourist traps. For a delicious, casual meal and an authentically Parisian experience, head to Rue Mouffetard. Its open-air street market is home to cheese vendors, bakers, fruit sellers, and other purveyors of marvelously tempting treats.

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Bateaux Parisiens Seine River Gourmet Dinner & Sightseeing Cruise

Bateaux Parisiens Seine River Gourmet Dinner & Sightseeing Cruise

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Ensure a memorable night out in Paris with a gourmet dinner cruise along the Seine River. Float past the city’s famed monuments, such as the Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, and Ile de la Cité aboard a luxury Bateaux Parisiens riverboat. Soak up the magic of Paris from an onboard dining room while enjoying a gourmet 3-course meal. Please note that Champagne and live music are also included on select 8:30pm departures.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Private Tour: Sainte Chapelle, Conciergerie & Cluny, through the Latin Quarter

Private Tour: Sainte Chapelle, Conciergerie & Cluny, through the Latin Quarter

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Discover the Gothic architecture, medieval artifacts and centuries of heritage on this art history walking tour of Paris. After a traditional Parisian snack of coffee and croissants by the Seine River, explore the 12th-century Notre Dame Cathedral with your guide. Visit the Sainte Chapelle on the Île de la Cité and admire the spectacular 13th-century stained glass windows in the nave. Finish your tour at the Conciergerie, once part of the Palais de la Cité. Your tour size is limited to eight to ensure a more personalized experience.
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  • 3 hours
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Latin Quarter Le Quartier Latin Guided Walking Tour - Private Tour

Latin Quarter Le Quartier Latin Guided Walking Tour - Private Tour

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Known as the famous Left Bank gathering place of artists and intellectuals, Paris’ Latin Quarter buzzes with the rich legacy of luminaries like Hemingway, Descartes, and Dalí. Explore its bohemian past and hidden corners on a private, 2-hour walking tour led by a local guide. Trace the area’s history beginning with medieval times, and stroll past highlights like the Sorbonne, Pantheon, Shakespeare & Co. bookstore, and shooting locations from Woody Allen’s ‘Midnight in Paris.’
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  • 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes
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$88.36
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Latin Quarter Le Quartier Latin Guided Walking Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max

Latin Quarter Le Quartier Latin Guided Walking Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max

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Visit the Ile de la Cité and the Latin Quarter with a local guide on a 2.5-hour, small-group walking tour that explores one of Paris’ oldest and most atmospheric neighborhoods. Trace Parisian history from ancient Roman ruins to the romance of the ‘Lost Generation,’ while following cobblestone streets past some of the city’s key landmarks.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Bateaux Parisiens Seine River Gourmet Lunch & Sightseeing Cruise with Live Music

Bateaux Parisiens Seine River Gourmet Lunch & Sightseeing Cruise with Live Music

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Glide down the River Seine while enjoying a gourmet 3-course lunch aboard a Bateaux Parisiens river cruise. Soak up views of riverside attractions like the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame and Musée d'Orsay as you dine on seasonal selections from an à la carte menu, accompanied by wine. Enjoy live entertainment and a welcome glass of Champagne for a bubbly beginning to the experience.
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  • 2 hours
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Private Photography Walking Tour of Paris: Latin Quarter or Montmartre

Private Photography Walking Tour of Paris: Latin Quarter or Montmartre

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Capture the picturesque sights of Paris through a photographer’s lens on this private walking tour. Take your pick of a tour through Montmartre or the Latin Quarter, and stroll through the inspiring streets with a professional photographer guide. Snap frame-worthy shots of iconic attractions and tucked-away treasures with tips on lighting, composition and camera control from your guide. Get the most out of your experience with the personalized attention of a private tour.
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  • 3 hours
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Off the Beaten Track: Guided Bike Tour of Paris Local Districts and Stories

Off the Beaten Track: Guided Bike Tour of Paris Local Districts and Stories

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See Paris like a local as you pedal around its vibrant neighborhoods, lively markets and hidden sights on this small-group bike tour. Explore the famous Latin Quarter, the Jewish communities of Le Marais and the historic Place de la Bastille, as well as enjoying views of iconic landmarks like Notre-Dame Cathedral. With plenty of rest stops and photo opportunities, this tour is suitable for all ages and fitness levels.
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  • 3 hours to 3 hours 30 minutes
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Paris Private Tour by Classic French Citroën

Paris Private Tour by Classic French Citroën

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Put a twist on the typical Paris sightseeing tour with a private drive around the city in a Citroën Traction—a classic French car. Inside the open-top vehicle with a retractable roof, drive through neighborhoods like Montmartre and the Latin Quarter and pass by major sights such as the Eiffel Tower, Champs-Elysées, the Louvre, and the Moulin Rouge. Learn about the city from a guide as you go. Up to four people can fit in one car.
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  • 3 hours
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$195.14
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2hr Latin Quarter Paris Food Tour

2hr Latin Quarter Paris Food Tour

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Discover the vibrant, history-filled Latin Quater during this relaxing food crawl to local markets. Sample tasty local cuisine, from oysters and cured meats to cheeses, crepes, and croissants, topped off by a picnic lunch at the end. Enjoy informative conversation and unique commentary from your expat guide on the ins and outs of life in Paris.
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  • 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes
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Lonely Planet Experiences: Paris Food & Drink Tour Of Saint-Germain

Lonely Planet Experiences: Paris Food & Drink Tour Of Saint-Germain

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Stroll through Paris’ Bohemian past with this guided walking tour of Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the Latin Quarter. Explore these neighborhoods known as havens for the city’s intellectuals and artists, and stop in at a local café to enjoy a savory charcuterie platter. Visit the oldest park in Paris and try your hand at the beloved French ballgame pétanque. See the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral and browse the shelves at the city’s first English bookstore. Numbers are limited to 12 for a personalized small-group experience.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Paris by Night City of Lights Sightseeing Guided Bike Tour

Paris by Night City of Lights Sightseeing Guided Bike Tour

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Pedal through the City of Light on an evening bike tour. Follow your guide past Paris' top attractions, such as the Louvre, Notre Dame, and the famous Berthillon ice cream shop, and listen to commentary along the way. After a relaxing ride through the illuminated city, top off your tour with a cruise along the Seine paired with a glass of wine.
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  • 4 hours
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Paris Food Tour: French Gastronomy and History

Paris Food Tour: French Gastronomy and History

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Sample the culinary delights of Paris on a walking tour through one of the city’s charming historic neighborhoods. Follow your taste buds and your guide to a handful of Parisian cafés, patisseries and specialty stores to sample authentic French favorites like foie gras, artisan cheese and fresh-baked bread, while your guide shares with you the history of the neighborhood. You’ll discuss the tastings that you enjoy and how they are used in gourmet French cooking, and top it all off with a glass of excellent French wine. Numbers are limited to eight people for a personalized small-group experience.
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  • 3 hours
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Paris Your Perfect Day in the City Custom Private Tour

Paris Your Perfect Day in the City Custom Private Tour

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Experience Paris like an insider, and see the city’s popular attractions and secret hidden gems on a half- or full-day private tour that’s designed just for you. On this custom, private tour, you choose what you want to see in the city, and your ideal day in Paris is pre-planned for you, complete with round-trip transportation. Catch sight of the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral or the Eiffel Tower. Whether you’re interested in history, art, food, or something else, your guide (who’s born and raised in the City of Light) helps you make the most of your time in Paris.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes to 7 hours
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Hidden Paris Secrets Bike Tour with small group

Hidden Paris Secrets Bike Tour with small group

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Escape the tourist trail and discover Paris like a local on this 4-hour small-group bike tour. Get off-the-beaten-track and explore Paris’ vibrant neighborhoods as you pedal around the maze-like Latin Quarter and see the Jewish quarter of Le Marais. Make the most of your local guide as you see the City of Lights from a new perspective and get a taste of the real Paris, away from the tourist crowds.
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  • 4 hours
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6-Hour Private Custom Tour of Paris

6-Hour Private Custom Tour of Paris

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Marvel over medieval monuments and modern masterpieces on this private 6-hour of Paris. Enjoy the undivided attention of your private guide as you stroll around the Latin Quarter; admire icons like Notre-Dame Cathedral and the Louvre; and pose for photos beneath the Eiffel Tower. Your itinerary is yours to customize as you please, so you could enjoy window-shopping along the Champs-Élysées, admire the grand architecture of Place de la Concorde or get off-the-beaten-track and seek out little-known sights.
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  • 6 hours
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Heart of Paris Bike Tour

Heart of Paris Bike Tour

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Explore the historic highlights and hidden backstreets of Paris on a 3-hour bike tour in the heart of the city. Follow your local guide on a route through either in the fashionable Marais district or the culturally rich Left Bank neighborhoods of St-Germain and the Latin Quarter. Learn about the city’s medieval and modern attractions as you pedal through the storied streets, and enjoy the leisurely pace and flexibility of a two-wheeled tour.
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  • 3 hours
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Wine Tasting In Paris

Wine Tasting In Paris

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Learn about French wines while sampling your way through 6 different varietals in Paris's Latin Quarter. Taste wines from some of the country's most renowned wine regions, including Burgundy, Bordeaux and the Loire Valley and discover tips for proper sipping and savoring. Along with reds and whites you'll also get to sample an authentic Champagne. This small-group tour is limited to 12 people for a more personalized experience.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$80.12
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Notre Dame's Island with Sainte Chapelle and Marie Antoinette's prison

Notre Dame's Island with Sainte Chapelle and Marie Antoinette's prison

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The Parisian district of Ile de la Cité is packed with standout sights—and surrounded by the picturesque waters of the Seine. Cover the highlights of the stunning, history-filled island during an enriching guided visit. See the Conciergerie, where Marie-Antoinette was once imprisoned, and walk by the remains of the Notre Dame Cathedral (closed during reconstruction). The tour includes skip-the-line admission to the famous stained glass windows of Saint Chapelle.
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  • 2 hours 45 minutes
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$66.33
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The Darkest Secrets of Paris

The Darkest Secrets of Paris

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Let's experience Paris’s dark side on a spine-chilling night walk! Paris is not only the city of love, but also a real haunted city. Many historical murders, crimes and fantastic legends have written the story of the city. We will spend two hours together during which we will discover the dark secrets of Notre Dame district, the french version of "Romeo & Juliette" tragic couple, the most famous ghosts of the city, and the captivating horror stories about the historical buildings. You will hear about supernatural places and creepy legends from the ghosts to the mysterious 'Vampire of Montparnasse'. We will visit the strangest murder spots and, if we are lucky enough, we will see a real ghost! ;) Just kidding. If you like creepy stories and legends, this is a must do experience!
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Private Tour: Secrets of Notre Dame & Latin Quarter with a Local

Private Tour: Secrets of Notre Dame & Latin Quarter with a Local

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Make your way through the Latin Quarter and see how the hidden gems unfold before your eyes. Admire Saint-Sulpice and hear about the stories behind this second largest church in Paris! Did you know this landmark was featured in a famous film? Find out which one, thanks to your local host. Follow your local host through the Luxembourg Palace and gardens. This former royal residence is now home to gorgeous greenery and statues. Spot the different architecture interwind in the Pantheon and learn all about its historical significance. The road of glory will lead you to the Sorbonne University, where some of Paris' brightest minds get their education. Dig more in-depth in the past and learn all about Lutecia, the Paris of the Romans, at the Roman Baths. Finally, end with a jewel: Notre Dame! This fabulous example of Gothic architecture survived a fire and still stands strong to tell its stories and mysteries.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$51.95
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Jazz Walking Tour

Jazz Walking Tour

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Dive into the musical history of Paris' Jazz Age on a walking tour that concludes with a jazz performance. Visit the iconic nightclubs, bars, and neighborhoods of Les Halles, the Latin Quarter and St-Germain-des-Prés to see where Jazz Age artists spent their time. Stop at famous spots like Le Caveau de la Huchette and Les Deux Magots before ending a concert of live jazz at Le Duc des Lombards. Group size is limited to 15 ensuring personalized attention from your guide.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$178.03
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Discover the Latin quarter

Discover the Latin quarter

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You will discover the classical Paris in an involving, informative and easy-going way with Guillaume.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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$151.02
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$151.02
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CHARMING PARIS: Half day guided visit and photo reportage

CHARMING PARIS: Half day guided visit and photo reportage

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 garden Sorbonne area Quartier latin Notre Dame Ile de la cité Ile Saint Louis Le Marais You 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.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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$260.62
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$260.62
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Shared Layover Tour in Paris from CGD Airport

Shared Layover Tour in Paris from CGD Airport

Ready to discover Paris? Take our great shared layover tour to see the sights between flights. CDG airport pick up & return included. From 9.30 am until 14.30. We only pick up from this one meeting point CDG Airport Terminal 2E arrivals level - exit 8 09.15 - 09.25 RDV at meeting point 09.30 minibus departs from CDG Airport 14.30 drop off at CDG Airport
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  • 5 hours
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$151.02
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