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Left Bank (Rive Gauche) Tours

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Left Bank (Rive Gauche)
The Seine separates Paris into two halves: to the north is the Right Bank, and to the south is the Left Bank. Also known as the Rive Gauche, the Left Bank is home to some of the city’s top landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower. Thanks to its universities and famous former residents, the Rive Gauche retains a romantic, literary reputation.

The Basics
From world-famous monuments to world-renowned universities, the Left Bank encompasses a variety of neighborhoods, communities, and Parisian attractions. Among its highlights are the Eiffel Tower, the Musée d’Orsay, Invalides, the Jardin du Luxembourg, and the Catacombs of Paris, though that represents just a fraction of what the area offers. Broadly, the Left Bank is renowned for its intellectual and cultural aplomb. The Sorbonne and Shakespeare & Co are two legendary institutions in the vibrant Latin Quarter, and the area was once popular with writers and artists ranging from Gertrude Stein and Pablo Picasso to Jean-Paul Sartre.

Depending on your interests, there are dozens of ways to discover the Left Bank and its sights. Hop-on hop-off busses, Segways, and bike tours all offer overviews of the area, while private driving tours let you customize your itinerary. Alternatively, soak up the Rive Gauche’s je ne sais quoi ambience on a walking tour.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • While the Left Bank contains only six arrondissements (compared to the Right Bank’s 14), its status as a cultural heavyweight makes it just as important and diverse.
  • If you haven’t pre-booked Eiffel Tower entry, venture instead to the Tour Montparnasse, which offers impeccable views of the Left Bank and beyond.
  • Visit the iconic Café de Flore to people watch—and to see the spot where Pablo Picasso and Simone de Beauvoir spent their time.

How to Get There
The Rive Gauche is home to several major stations (including the Gare d’Austerlitz and Gare Montparnasse), which are served by the TGV, RER, and numerous Métro and train lines. Dozens of other Métro stations and bus lines traverse the area. Paris is also a city that rewards walkers and cyclists, and the Left Bank is no exception.

When to Get There
Paris is picturesque in all seasons, and there’s never a bad time to visit the Left Bank (although, like the rest of the French capital, it’s quietest in August). During the warmer months, linger in the Jardin du Luxembourg, stroll the Jardin des Plantes, or enjoy Eiffel Tower views from the Champ de Mars. When the thermostat drops, explore museums like the Musée d’Orsay, Musée de Cluny, or the Musée de l’Armée at Invalides.

Famous Left Bank Eateries
It isn’t a Left Bank tour without a bite (or several) to eat. Venture to the iconic Poîlane bakery for fresh bread; browse the lively street market on the Rue Mouffetard; sample macarons at Pierre Hermé; and go to a classic restaurant, like La Closerie des Lilas, for dinner.
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9 Tours and Activities to Experience Left Bank (Rive Gauche)

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Paris 3-Hour Literary Greats Walking Tour from 18th Century on

Paris 3-Hour Literary Greats Walking Tour from 18th Century on

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Learn about Paris’ literary greats on this 3-hour small-group walking tour. Explore the Left Bank where 18th-, 19th- and 20th-century luminaries worked, discover the Latin Quarter of Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald, and see the favorite haunts of Sartre and Picasso, and where Oscar Wilde died in 1900. On route, unravel the writers’ lives and loves, break for coffee, and visit one of Paris’ legendary bookstores. Tour is limited to a maximum of 10.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$71.69
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$71.69

Paris Private Wine Tasting and Walk

Paris Private Wine Tasting and Walk

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Discover the history and highlights of Paris’ Montmartre or Left Bank district with a wine and walking tour! Choose the neighborhood that most interests you, and spend 3 hours exploring with your knowledgeable, wine-loving guide. Pass by the famous monuments of Paris, such as Notre Dame, the Panthéon and the Sacré Coeur Basilica, and stop in at three charming Parisian wine bars along the way. Get professional tasting tips and learn about the famed winemaking regions of France as you sip and savor a selection of excellent wines.
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  • 3 hours
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$187.95
Price varies by group size
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$187.95
Price varies by group size

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
  • Free Cancellation
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$45.38
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Literary Paris: Private Book Lovers' Tour

Literary Paris: Private Book Lovers' Tour

Flip through the pages of Paris' literary lore on this private, 3-hour walking tour that takes you to the famous former haunts of intellectual celebrities like Balzac, Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, and Picasso. Follow in the footsteps of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway as you stroll through the Latin Quarter with a guide, see where Oscar Wilde died, and pass some of the city's most iconic literary cafés in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés district. Drink up the modern Parisian café scene with an included coffee break, and browse the stacks at the legendary Shakespeare and Company bookstore.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$290.42
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$290.42
per group

Paris Sights and Bites

Paris Sights and Bites

Awaken all your senses while you eat your way around the most charming and sophisticated neighbourhood of Paris. Saint-Germain-des-Prés is considered as the soul of the City of Lights. It is home to the very best chocolatiers in the world and has a stunning mix of history, prestigious art galleries, charming little streets and small squares full of cafes and restaurants. It is a must see for foodies visiting from all over the world. We will lead you to some of the most respected and passionate artisans to taste at least 7 delicious sweet and savoury bites. You will discover an award-winning food market, meet an "un-brie-leavable" cheesemonger and stroll through one of the most beautiful parks in Paris, find out about its secrets and this tour woudn’t be complete without the nation’s favourite drink: Un verre de vin :) - glass of wine Meet the people behind the food!
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$94.46
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$94.46

Private Tour: Paris Sights and Bites

Private Tour: Paris Sights and Bites

In a Private group, Awaken all your senses while you eat your way around the most charming and sophisticated neighbourhood of Paris. Saint-Germain-des-Prés is considered as the soul of the City of Lights. It is home to the very best chocolatiers in the world and has a stunning mix of history, prestigious art galleries, charming little streets and small squares full of cafes and restaurants. It is a must see for foodies visiting from all over the world. We will lead you to some of the most respected and passionate artisans to taste at least 7 delicious sweet and savoury bites. You will discover an award-winning food market, meet an "un-brie-leavable" cheesemonger and stroll through one of the most beautiful parks in Paris, find out about its secrets and this tour woudn’t be complete without the nation’s favourite drink: Un verre de vin :) - glass of wine Meet the people behind the food!
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$118.37
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$118.37

Paris Sweet Stops

Paris Sweet Stops

This is the capital of Mr. Eclair and Madame Macaron! So, no trip to Paris would be complete without a copious amount of dessert and a fun, delicious sugar rush while discovering the charming neighbourhood of St Germain des Prés which is known to house some of the best Chocolatiers in the world with the daily fresh aroma of pastries, luxury chocolates and other deliciously prepared foods by artisans and chefs filling the air. Our local fun and friendly guide will lead you to a stunning neighbourhood full of history, prestigious art galleries, charming little streets and small squares full of cafes and restaurants. It is a must see for foodies visiting from all over the world. 8 to 10 Stops Chocolate and pastries Tasting Crisp and buttery fresh croissants from an award winner boulanger A Chocolat Chaud à l'ancienne (hot chocolate) to die for. Some of Frances finest chocolates
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$94.46
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$94.46

Private Tour: Paris Sweet Spots

Private Tour: Paris Sweet Spots

In a Private group you will eat your way around St Germain des Prés. This is the capital of Mr. Eclair and Madame Macaron! So, no trip to Paris would be complete without a copious amount of dessert and a fun, delicious sugar rush while discovering the charming neighbourhood of St Germain des Prés which is known to house some of the best Chocolatiers in the world with the daily fresh aroma of pastries, luxury chocolates and other deliciously prepared foods by artisans and chefs filling the air. Our local fun and friendly guide will lead you to a stunning neighbourhood full of history, prestigious art galleries, charming little streets and small squares full of cafes and restaurants. It is a must see for foodies visiting from all over the world. 8 Stops Chocolate and pastries Tasting Crisp and buttery fresh croissants from an award winner boulanger A Chocolat Chaud à l'ancienne (hot chocolate) to die for. Some of Frances finest chocolates
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$118.37
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$118.37

Paris Walking Tour for Children and Families

Paris Walking Tour for Children and Families

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Enjoy a family-friendly stomp along Paris’ Left Bank and discover top city attractions in an exciting way on this 3-hour Paris walking tour. Sail toy boats on the pond in picturesque Jardin du Luxembourg or take a turn on the traditional merry-go-round. Harness your pedal power at the race-track or gaze in awe at life-size African animals at the Natural History Museum. Enjoy a diverse range of daytime activities ideal for kids ages seven to 12 — with the route decided by the kids themselves, who knows where you’ll end up!
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$156.84
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