The 10 Best Walking Tours Of Paris – Chocolates To Catacombs

Paris, we are not the first ones to proclaim, is meant to be seen on foot. Walking in Paris lets you experience the heart and soul of the city. And an expert guide will get you to places you wouldn't discover on your own; into shops, buildings, and narrow streets you didn't even know were there. Here are our readers' top ten walking tours in Paris, in order of greatest popularity.

#1 Chocolate & Pastry Walking Tour

Chocolate & Pastry Walking Tourv

We have to face the facts — Paris and chocolate simply go together. There are dozens, hundreds, of gourmet chocolate shops in the city, making confections so dreamy they're unlike anything you've eaten before. This very popular walking tour takes you to the top chocolateries and patisseries, with insightful commentary by your expert guide… and plenty of sampling.

There are morning and afternoon tours covering either Saint-Germain-de-Prés or the Marais. In a city cuckoo for cocoa, you can expect these tours to sell out, so book early.

#2 Gourmet French Food Walking Tour

Gourmet French Food Walking Tour

Close behind the chocolate tour in popularity is this gourmet French food tour that covers the Left Bank (morning tours) or Montmartre (afternoon tours). You start out with a cheese sampling at a typical Parisian fromagerie. You also learn about (and sample) freshly baked baguettes, French wine, foie gras, and other luscious foods. Don't worry, any calories from the gourmet food samples you eat will be burned off by the 3-hour walking tour.

#3 Skip-the-Line Louvre Guided Walking Tour

Louvre Guided Walking Tour

The Louvre is massive, with tens of thousands works of art, so any visit here is going to be a walking tour. Rather than stand in the long lineups, smart travelers have chosen to sign up for this skip-the-line guided tour. You skip lines not only at the main entrance, but at every room in the Louvre, including temporary exhibitions.

After the 2½-hour tour is over, you are free to stay in the museum and explore as long as you like. Honestly, this is the only way to do the Louvre.

#4 Paris in One Day Sightseeing Tour

Paris in One Day Sightseeing Tour

Is it really possible to see Paris in one day? If so, this activity sure makes a good attempt. And what's not to like, with the tour getting you to the Louvre for a tour, up the Eiffel Tower for lunch, a walking tour on Île de la Cité of Notre Dame. In between those hot spots you cruise on the Seine river not once, but twice.

#5 Ghosts & Legends Night Walking Tour

Ghosts & Legends Night Walking Tour

Those 2,000 years of history make for a lot of fascinating stories, and some of them are downright mysterious, even eerie. This very popular walking tour takes you around the oldest and most interesting places in Paris, by night. Your expert guide takes you through a world of conspiracy, assassinations, ghosts, mystery, and intrigue, sharing some of Paris darkest secrets.

You're allowed to hold hands !

#6 Paris Catacombs VIP Access

Paris Catacombs

Right up there in creepiness is this activity, although perhaps we should say "right down there". Enter the world of the underground, the catacombs beneath the city where 6 million Parisians are laid to rest. But you don't have to go on your own. Join this small-group tour when an expert guide not only skips past the lineups, but explains the history of this eerie landmark. You also get to visit the darkest corners, usually off limits to visitors.

#7 Pere Lachaise Cemetery Tour

Pere Lachaise Cemetery Tour

While we're creeping you out, we might as well tell you about our favorite walking tour ever — a guided walk thorough Pere Lachaise Cemetery in the 20th Arrondissement. It's the resting place of the famous and the infamous, and filled with fascinating stories, as we learned from our guide. Who do you meet here? Oscar Wilde, Edith Piaf, Gertrude Stein, Jim Morrison, and hundred of others whose lives were equally fascinating. Highly recommended by us.

#8 Île de la Cité Walking Tour + Notre Dame

Ile de la Cité Walking Tour

This small-group tour concentrates on the historic heart of Paris, Île de la Cité, settled by Romans and home to kings, ancient streets, and of course, Notre Dame Cathedral. An expert guide walks you around the island, entertaining with history and anecdotes. One of the best features of this activity is that you get to skip the lines to climb Notre Dame's bell towers, for a view that helps you understand what medieval Paris was like.

#9 Impressionist Walking Tour in Montmartre

Impressionist Walking Tour

The presence of the Impressionist painters still looms large in Paris, and nowhere more so than in Montmartre, the quartier at the top of the hill. See the neighborhood that inspired artists like Monet, Renoir, even Van Gogh (and, a short time later, Picasso). You get the chance to see the actual places depicted in some of their art, where they lived, and the streets they walked. Included is a skip-the-line ticket for the Impressionist stronghold, Musée d'Orsay.

#10 The Ten Tastings Food Tour

The Ten Tastings

We don't know about you, but talking about all that walking has made us hungry again. And that brings to mind another great food walking tour — The 10 Tastings Private Tour in the hot food neighborhood of Aligre. This clever food tour goes deep into the quartier, starting with a visit to the famous Marché d'Aligre. You get to taste oysters, French wine, cheeses, crepes, and other iconic foods. This private tour, for just you and your group, is designed for personal attention.

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