Walk Different – 7 Unusual Guided Walking Tours in Paris

An ordinary guided walking tour? That's so… ordinary. There's so much out of the ordinary about Paris that being here is a good chance to do something different. Like walking in Coco Chanel's shoes (wearing No. 5, we assume). Or visiting the locations of movies shot in Paris. (Midnight in Paris springs to mind.)

Don't misunderstand us. We adore walking in Paris with an expert guide on the gourmet food walking tour, the chocolate & pastry walking tour, and the ghosts & legends night walking tour. But sometimes we like to do something just a little bit different, like the following guided walks.

1. Stories & Secrets of the French Revolution

Palais Royal

The Revolution is a big deal in France. Bastille Day (July 14, marking the start of the Revolution in 1789) is still the biggest holiday of the year. Since the Revolution started in Paris, it's a great place to see the important sights of the era. Including visits to the locations of the guillotine and the September Massacre, this small-group walking tour takes back to Paris of the late-18th century, to the buildings and landmarks that still exist today.

2. Paris in World War II

Paris in World War II

The Second World War was another important period in the modern history of France, leaving scars both emotional and physical. From the lows of the Nazi occupation to the highs of the Liberation, this small-group walking tour takes you deep into this intriguing and fascinating era. You'll go where the important battles were fought, you'll see the artillery impacts on walls and monuments, and much more. Also available as a private tour.

3. Lights! Camera! Action! Paris!

Walking Movie Tour

The Bourne Identity, Midnight in Paris, Charade, Julie & Julia, Before Sunset — these are just a few of the movies shot at least partially in Paris. On this walking movie tour of Paris movies, your guide takes you to the most recognizable places where you favorite movie characters once stood. This small-group tour starts out in the historic Latin Quarter.

4. Walk in Coco Chanel's Shoes… and Dresses

Coco Chanel

Fashion icon, entrepreneur, and scandalous heroine Coco Chanel opened what was arguably the world's first fashion boutique at 31 Rue Cambon in Paris. It's still operating today. See Paris through the her eyes on this wonderfully quirky walking tour. Sip hot chocolate at Angelina (Coco's fave place), visit the site of her first hat shop, view the sights of the city that inspired her, as your chic guide (dressed in vintage clothes) fills you in on details of her unique life. If you love fashion and the history of Paris, this tour is made for you.

5. Art Nouveau Walking Paris

Art Nouveau Walking Paris

On the other hand, if you're interested in historic architecture and design you're going to love this walking tour. The Art Nouveau style thrived from about 1890 to 1910. It was inspired by natural forms and structures, using curved lines and fluid shapes. Luckily for us, this was a period of expansion in Paris, so there are many lovely examples of this style to be seen today, particularly in the 8th and 9th Arrondissements, which is what this walking tour concentrates on.

The places and sights you visit include Gare St Lazare, an Art Nouveau brasserie, Palais Garnier, Galeries Lafayette, and other highlights of the era.

6. In the Footsteps of Amélie

In the Footsteps of Amelie

Audrey Tautou played Amélie, one of the most charming characters in French cinema, in the movie of the same name. All those quirky places — from cafes to Metro stations — actually exist in Paris, and this tour takes you to the best of them. You'll keep saying "Oh, look at that!" and, "I remember this place!" on this fun-filled 3-hour private tour.

7. The Graveyard of the Rich & Famous… and Infamous

Pere Lachaise Cemetery

Before we did this activity ourselves we had thought a walking tour through a cemetery was… unusual. But, when we went on a tour of Pere Lachaise cemetery with an expert guide, we were pleased to discover that this is one of the most enjoyable walking tours we have ever been on.

We learned so much about the history of Paris and the fascinating cast of character who are buried here. Just read this list — Oscar Wilde, Chopin, Edith Piaf, Jim Morrison, Gertrude Stein, Marcel Proust, Molière, Proust and Balzac, famous star-crossed lovers Heloise and Abelard. You know that guy who popularized the eating of potatoes (they used to be considered poisonous)? He's here, too! Highly recommended by us and hundreds of other visitors who've rated it 5-star.

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