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Jewish Marais tour with Synagogue visit and Lunch

Highlights
  • Half-day Le Marais and Jewish Quarter walking tour in Paris
  • An alternative sightseeing experience of a lesser-known neighborhood
  • Learn about the history of the Holocaust and visit Memorial de la Shoah (Shoah Memorial)
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Jewish Marais tour with Synagogue visit and Lunch
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Jewish Marais tour with Synagogue visit and Lunch
From $63.80
Overview
Once you’ve ticked off all of Paris’ conventional sights, opt to explore a less-known part of the city on a small-group walking tour of the Jewish Quarter in Le Marais. In an intimate group limited to eight, you’ll learn about Paris’ Jewish history, listen to tales of Holocaust survivors, and visit the Memorial de la Shoah (Shoah Memorial). Plus, you’ll be taken to a famous Kosher restaurant for lunch (own expense).
What to Expect
Begin your historic walk at 11am in what Napoleon called the jewel of Paris, Place des Vosges. Step through the ancient arcade into the garden of Hotel de Sully, where you’ll learn more about the importance of hotels (mansions) in Paris. (Hint: the wealthy don't live in them anymore).
Continue exploring the winding streets of the Marais as your guide explains how little the neighborhood’s layout has changed since first being built. With plenty of light-hearted stops (such as catching a glimpse of a cross-dressing Napoleon statue by the Historical Library of Paris), you’ll weave through many tiny streets in this classically Old Paris neighborhood. Your guide will share history and anecdotes, guiding you on a pleasantly-paced walk through important historical sites including the facade of the famous rue Pavee synagogue (created by Hector Guimard, who also designed the iconic Art Nouveau metro entrances).
Head to the Fleishman Synagogue with your guide, where you'll be welcomed by a member of the synagogue and invited inside. Have a seat inside as your guide gives you the history highlight reel of the Jewish Community in France. It's 2,000 years of history, but in about 30 minutes, you'll hear the most important parts of our easy-to-understand style.
Turn onto the charmingly cobblestone rue des Rosiers, arguably the bustling center of this Jewish neighborhood. Soak in the atmosphere of the area, from Jewish paraphernalia shops to Jewish bakeries to Kosher restaurants...
Speaking of Kosher restaurants: enjoy a special lunch at L'As du Falafel (Lenny Kravitz favorite falafel) as your guide secures no-wait reservations at this no-reservations landmark restaurant. Your meal is at an individual expense so you may choose anything off the traditional Israeli menu, including the falafel that made them famous, or shawarma. 
After our 40-minute restaurant break, top off your meal with the last stroll to the Shoah Holocaust Museum and Memorial, where your guide will share the most moving stories of the Jewish experience during WWII before concluding the tour. Free entry to the Shoah Museum is available for those who wish to learn more on their own after the tour (a typical visit usually takes about 1 hour).
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Reviews (301)
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Reviewed 1 week ago
Excellent Jewish Marais tour

If you have an interest in the Jewish history of Paris, Karen is excellent. We highly recommend her, whether you are Jewish, as we are, or just interested in the subject. She took us to the most famous falafel restaurant, where we were able to...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank sam51184
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
A Jewish treasure....A must-do when in Paris!

This tour was an amazing journey (literally and figuratively) of Jewish history in France. Our guide Karen was warm, kind, funny and extremely knowledgeable. I learned a great deal spending the afternoon with her. And as an added bonus, met some wonderful new friends. Make...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank LadyJ7E6964WJ
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Outstanding historical summary and little known facts

Our guide, Emma, was well-versed in the area and showed us not only icons but little known locations of interest. We enjoyed a delicious lunch with her at a notable Falafel shop, which ordinarily is too crowded to experience. She is a delightful and considerate...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Bonnie H
Reviewed October 27, 2018
One of the Highlights of our week in Paris

Karen gave an incredibly informative and funny walking tour of the Marais district with an emphasis in Jewish history in Paris. We got to see the sites as well as learn about the Jewish experience during World War II and before. We also learned about...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank jgalst
Reviewed October 23, 2018
Great tour!

We had an amazing tour with Karen in the Marais area of Paris. She is so knowledgeable and tells interesting stories as well. And she is well known in the neighborhood there. We enjoyed the tour immensely and highly recommend.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Elaine M
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92alizag
October 6, 2018|
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Response from RubyP_23 | Reviewed this property |
Hi, I got in touch with the owner of Sight Seeker's delights and she said it was fine. When you go upstairs to see the synagogue you can leave the stroller in the hallway downstairs.
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Debra R
August 28, 2018|
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Hi Debra, it's not my company. Please get in touch with Sight Seeker's Delight. Karen does the Jewish tour. She is a wonderful and knowledgeable person, an American who lives in Paris and started this amazing company. If... More
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KathleenL1235
May 16, 2018|
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Response from Rachel S | Reviewed this property |
Depends when it's starts. But it is 3 hour tour. It was great tour I learned so much from the tour guide.
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