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PARIS - THE BIRTH OF CITY OF LIGHT WALKING TOUR (4 Hours)

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Paris, France

Valid for Travel Now Through: 24 Oct 2018

PARIS - THE BIRTH OF CITY OF LIGHT WALKING TOUR (4 Hours )

Paris, France

Tour Features

Experience(s)

  • Culture, History & Arts

Meals

None

Recommended Ages

All Ages

Activity Level

Easy

Description

Meet your English speaking guide in the lobby of your hotel and departure for a half day walking tour

You will Visit

Ile de La Cité Musee ClunyLatin district

Paris is far older than one might think: at least twice as old as Notre Dame. Before 1000 A.D. it was, variously, a Gallic settlement, a Roman town, and a Frankish royal capital, visited by such figures as Julius Caesar, Julian the Apostate, and Clovis the Frank. Many of the remains of this early history lie buried under the streets of the modern city, some of which we will discover on this exploration of the founding of Paris.

Our walk begins where Paris (or better, the Roman city Lutetia) itself did, on the Île de la Cité. Following these introductions, we may observe the surviving Roman roads and consider the impact that ancient urban planning has had on Paris to this day. By following the main road of the Roman city toward the south we will arrive at the superb remains of the Roman Baths at the Musée de Cluny. Here our visit will concentrate on the structure, function, and history of this huge edifice. We will examine the display of Roman statues and sculpted monuments with their Latin and Celtic inscriptions, which allow us a glimpse into the religious and civic life of the city's inhabitants. One highlight is the statue of the last Pagan emperor, Julian the Apostate, a lover of the city, who was proclaimed emperor here by Roman legions.

From the Baths we will take a short bus ride to Les Arènes de Lutèce (Lutetia), the Roman amphitheater, before climbing the Mountain of St Geneviève to acquaint ourselves with the legend of this fifth-century saint and the first abbey, built in her honor by Clovis. We'll descend from the Mountain through the Latin Quarter, walk past a fragment of the twelfth-century fortifications of Philippe Auguste and the site of another abbey to finish where we started on the Île de la Cité. The walk ends with an overview of the city around 1200 A.D., and tips as to where to see further remains from this early period.

End of the tour at your hotel

About Us

We Travel France was founded by Edwige Chevallier in September 2010. Our agency specializes in luxury trips to France for families and individuals, but also provides group packages. We handle last-minute and complicated incoming travel arrangements. We know our customers always have a multitude of choices when they buy goods or services, which is why we are committed to offering personalized and individually tailored services to suit our client’s needs. We also guarantee 24-hour emergency service to all our clients.

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Our lifeline in Paris

By: NickandJenny


Reviewed on: 09 Aug 2016

Both of our airport drivers were excellent, and it was so reassuring knowing that they were there to pick us up and drop us off. Giverny was gorgeous, and our tour guide Paul really made the experience memorable. Our contact Edwige confirmed everything and made sure we were taken care of during our trip.
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Reviewed on: 23 Oct 2016

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Reviewed on: 08 May 2017

the total experience in Paris was wonderful from hotel to tour guides. the tour guides in particular tailored each excursion to the interest of our family.
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Reviewed on: 22 May 2017

Very happy with service, everyone seemed very knowledgeable.
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Reviewed on: 24 May 2017

Everything was peefect. Absolutely no problems. The ideal trip.
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Great guides, smooth transfers

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Reviewed on: 25 Jun 2017

There were a lot of moving parts in our trip, that started in Paris, went through Reims and Champagne, to Strasbourg and Alsace, to Annecy and then Geneva. W arranged for terrific guides, one more knowledgeable and interesting after the next. The drivers were very friendly and accommodating. We had a wonderful cooking class in Alsace. Just a perfectly arranged trip.
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Reviewed on: 24 Aug 2017

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Reviewed on: 27 Sep 2017

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Reviewed on: 12 Oct 2017

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Reviewed on: 22 Oct 2017

While visiting Paris, we decided to take a day trip to Champagne. W Travel France provided the transportation and itinerary. We could not have spent a more enjoyable day in Champagne. Our guide arranged for visits to two Champagne houses (one small and one large) for tastings and lunch at a local brasserie, all the while educating us on the history of the region. Very well done!
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