Immerse Yourself in Paris: Jump in on a Tour or Excursion

Why not see Paris from the backseat of a 2CV as your driver takes you past breathtaking monuments and historical sites? Or for the more active types, there's the two-wheeler tours where you tool around the city's sidewalks on segways. For the truly adventurous, Fat Tire Bike Tours offers guided group bicycle tours around the city, taking you along thoroughways and up narrow streets. All of these offer a great way to see the city.


A couple more original ways to see the city are by floating above it in the (tethered) helium balloon that you can catch over in the 15th arrondissement on the Left Bank; or by taking the beloved Batobus, the city-operated river boat that is like a hop-on, hop-off bus but on water.


For shopping and food excursions, these options are tops: Paroles de Fromagers and Local Food And Wine takes you on walks around neighborhood specialty stores for cheese tastings, chocolate tastings, best boulangerie andpatisserie turns and, of course, walk-throughs of some of Paris' most delightful fresh markets. 


A priceless excursion that will help keep your memories safe, is the walk around the city with a professional photographer. Sure, that selfie stick is serviceable and can do the trick. But real photos of you and your loved ones are priceless memories you will cherish forever.

15ème Arrondissement
Ballon de Paris
Photo courtesy of Paige Donner copyright 2015

Up, up and away in Paris's beautifu, beautiful hot air balloon... That's the jingle you will be singing as you plunge through the Parisian skyline overlooking the city's famous monuments below. The Paris tourist office likes to boast that this...  Read More

7th Arondissement - Eiffel Tower

This classic sightseeing cruise offers a relaxed and enchanting way to take in the many beautiful and historical monuments that can be seen from the Seine River. It's a great way to sightsee for sore feet. And its boarding location, just near...  Read More

16ème Arrondissement

Here in Paris, there's nothing like having a guide to take and show you where all the delicious treats are to be found. Why? Because Paris, when it comes to food and wine, offers an overwhelming array of choices. And everything looks SO good....  Read More

1er Arrondissement

Anyone can use the Velib' service which is a fleet of thousands of public bicycles positioned at 1,800 strategic points all around the city, as prolific as M�tro stops. The first half-hour is free so if you get from point A to point B...  Read More

3rd Arondissement - Marais

Basically, this is just a guy who loves cheese. French cheese. And he's figured out a way to share that passion with the many visitors who come to Paris. You're not going to get anything super fancy, here. Just some really, really good cheeses....  Read More

18th Arrondissement - Montmartre

In local parlance these tours are known as the Paris tours by the Homeless. Why? Because as part of a social conscious entrepreneur model, these tours were started to 1. afford visitors a glimpse of Paris that they might not otherwise see and...  Read More

8ème Arrondissement

Some of these walking tours are paid for and some of these walking tours are pay-what-you-can. It's worth having a look at their website to see what's right for you. They promise that all tour guides are native-born locals. In Paris, that's a...  Read More

Outside the City

Château de Malmaison was purchased by Joséphine in 1799. It served as the seat of the French government (along with the Tuileries) from 1800-1802. After her divorce in 1809, she settled in permanently and it is where she passed away in 1814. ...  Read More

18ème Arrondissement
4 Roues sous 1 Parapluie
Photo courtesy of 4 Roues sous 1 Parapluie

The original tour of Paris is in a 2CV (that's the Beetle-like cult French car that makes you think of twirled waxed mustaches and black beret-wearing Frenchmen). This is one of the most comfortable and entertaining ways to the see the city....  Read More

15ème Arrondissement

By day or by night, you can discover Paris with the ease of a two-wheeler - a two-wheeled segway that is. Sure, it takes a bit of coordination but once you've wheeled around Paris, whizzing across busy streets, you're sure to be hooked (if...  Read More


Meet Paige Donner

Paige first arrived in Paris as a young bride in the early 90s, having uprooted herself from her native California.

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