Paris: City of Lights

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As Paris heads into its warmer months, it’s time to lace-up up your walking shoes, and discover the best of the City of Lights on one of its many themed walking tours.

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One of the best ways to see a city is on foot, by walking. The reason is that firstly, walking around a city keeps you moving and physically active – and happy and healthy. Secondly, it costs nothing to walk, and guided walking tours are inexpensive compared to other modes of sightseeing. Thirdly, there’s just no better way to get up close and personal with a city, and discover its secrets, than by walking.

Besides some of the regular walking tours and routes that explore Paris’s seemingly endless number of tourist hotspots like the Eiffel Tower, the Notre Dame de Paris cathedral, Louvre Museum, Arc de Triomphe, the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, Disneyland Paris, and the city’s charming Latin Quarter; here are some special-interest tours that you and your family will love…

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Walking photo workshop:

There are a handful of tours available in the city that combines walking with photography – and the streets and people of Paris as your workshop ‘classroom’. As you stroll your way around the city, a professional photographer will help you compose great-looking travel images.

Paris antique markets tour:

Paris has a fantastic selection of antique and vintage goods markets. You and your family can take a stroll through them yourselves, or link up with tour company like Discover Walks, who will provide an antique markets expert to advise you on a selection of markets and stores that are likely to carry the grand old things you love – from vintage clothes, to classic furniture pieces, antique jewellery, old religious artworks, and much more.

River Seine stroll:

Paris’s iconic River Seine links many of the city’s famous landmarks, and it’s very easy to explore them all while doing a self-guided tour along the banks of the river, and over the river’s many beautiful historic bridges. (Travel tip: Before you start exploring, get yourself a Paris Pass – which is an all-in-one comprehensive sightseeing package that gets you discounted or free entry into many of the city’s museums and monuments).

Walk the Paris Catacombs:

The Paris catacombs were originally limestone quarries, mined for the construction of the city’s buildings. From the late 1700s however, they were used to house the bones of exhumed bodies from Paris’s overcrowded cemeteries. Now, curious tourists can walk through around two kilometres of walls composed entirely of human bones. Sound like fun? Then book one of the dozens of guided walking tours available for this popular Paris attraction. (Note: booking in advance will mean that you skip the often crowded entry line, and also get an exact explanation of what you will be seeing from your guide).

Paris food tours:

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With companies like Original Food Tours, who offer a range of food walking tours in around the city, you and your family can explore and taste your way through a selection of artisan food and fresh produce. For example, on the Marché D’aligre Walking Food Tour, you will feel like a Paris local, as your guide takes you to chat to shopkeepers and taste local cheese, cured meats and chocolate.

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