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Visit the Hidden Paris

Paris, France
About Visit the Hidden Paris
Walking tours of Paris commented in English or French. Experience the authentic Paris, the one beyond the monuments. You've already seen the Eiffel Tower & the other tourist attractions. Now allow me to show you the hidden Paris...​places you won't find online or in the guide books. Let me be your personal Paris tour guide & discover the secret side of the city. Come walk with me & experience the real Paris...off the beaten path. ​My immersive commented tours will bring Paris to life & provide you with a different sightseeing experience. Stroll with me on my unique Paris walks! Visit the Hidden Paris
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Family Fun in Paris - Discover life in a Medieval Castle
Learn what life was like in the Middle Ages—and visit one of the only medieval castles within the Paris metropolitan area—on this private, family-friendly tour. Pick between morning and afternoon departure times, and meet your guide at the Louvre-Rivoli Métro station—it’s just a quick trip the castle. Upon arrival (entry own expense), tour its tower and battlements, cross the drawbridge over its moat, and learn all about its history. Along the way, your guide will share facts and stories designed to entertain younger visitors.
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2 hours
from $50.81
Hemingway's Haunts in Paris
Hemingway spent his formative years in Paris. Surrounded by fellow authors such as James Joyce, Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound & F. Scott Fitzgerald, he transitioned from struggling journalist to seasoned novelist. These men & women were known as the "Lost Generation", many of whom had suffered through the horrors of WW1. They flocked to Paris not only for artistic inspiration but also to find themselves.
This tour will take you to the places that Hemingway frequented, where he lived, worked & partied. Along the way I share documented research on his life & exploits, archival photos of Hemingway in Paris, and excerpts of his work.
From his first trip to Europe as a volunteer Ambulance Driver in WW1, to his final journey embedded with the American troops liberating France in WW2, I will share Hemingway's experiences in Paris, his lives, his loves, his work. We will visit his favorite bars and perhaps share a drink - you can even type a note on the typewriter he left in the Ritz Hotel.
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2 hours
from $56.45
America's Founding Fathers - Follow their Footsteps in Paris
Without France, the American Revolution would not have succeeded.

Without America, the French Revolution might not have happened.

America & France are two nations united by a shared history, a history that is older than America itself. Our Founding Fathers sought the help of France to create our nation, and this tour will take you to the places where these great patriots lived & worked.

Along the way we will discuss the contribution that France made in ensuring American victory against the British – and the contribution that America made in disseminating Revolutionary ideals among the French elite.

The Franco-American friendship has now lasted 230 years, and throughout that time Americans have continued coming to Paris.
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2 hours
from $67.74
The Medieval Heart of Paris (History Walk)
The two islands sitting in the center of Paris are amongst the best preserved areas of the city and represent its historic heart.  

Medieval palaces, Gothic cathedrals and of course Notre Dame, the city's oldest monument. 

Walk with me through the historic heart of the city & discover vestiges of Paris from the Middle Ages, the hidden treasures of these two beautiful neighbourhoods.  A trained historian, I provide commentary & explanations that will provide the historic & architectural context of the buildings we will visit.  More than a stroll through Paris, this is a lesson in the history of the city's foundation !
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2 hours
from $67.74
Paris Private Tour Latin Quarter & Left Bank (History Walk)
Enjoy a flexible itinerary and personalized attention from your guide on this private tour of Left Bank of Paris, the city's Latin Quarter, and St. Germain-des-Près. You can focus on the sites that interest you, and your guide will tailor their commentary to your interests. Highlights include the city's oldest church, the Roman ruins, and historic sites important to the French Revolution.
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120 to 150 minutes
from $67.74
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ellen was excellent. Knows her stuff on history, architecture and culture. Tour focussed on the Marais after an overview about Hausman. She pointed out buildings and details one would miss or not appreciate. Just the tour that I needed.

Date of experience: December 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Ellen was extremely knowledgeable and did a fantastic job of improvising when we ran in to some minor changes of plans. Definitely recommend for Hemingway fans or literary buffs

Thank bcastle369
Ellen L, Owner at Visit the Hidden Paris, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

It was my pleasure!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I had an excellent time touring around 2 neighborhoods with Ellen. She is accommodating and flexible to your interests which is quite different from the standard large group tours. This is more like a private customized guided walk instead of a tour...More

Date of experience: December 2019
Thank jc0mer
Ellen L, Owner at Visit the Hidden Paris, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you ever so much!

Reviewed December 1, 2019

America’s Founding Fathers in Paris is a definite “must do” on your next trip to Paris. Our tour guide, Ellen, was fantastic! Ellen is friendly, knowledgeable, and loves to share her love of American and French history. The information on the tour was presented in...More

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank hlc333
Ellen L, Owner at Visit the Hidden Paris, responded to this reviewResponded December 11, 2019

Thanks ever so much ! Would love to have you & your lovely children for another visit in Paris.

Reviewed November 2, 2019

Although I've been to Paris many times and even stayed in the Latin Quarter, I had not visited most of the places Ellen took us, nor did I know all of the history she related. She has an in-depth knowledge of the area. In addition...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Deborah M
Ellen L, Owner at Visit the Hidden Paris, responded to this reviewResponded November 3, 2019

Thank you for the lovely review!

Reviewed October 10, 2019

The loveliest most informed tour guide we have ever encountered. Soo many interesting facts that made the neighborhood come to life. I felt like the artist were with us. Highly recommended!!!

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Date of experience: October 2019
Thank chrismorehead
Ellen L, Owner at Visit the Hidden Paris, responded to this reviewResponded October 11, 2019

Thank you for your lovely review!!

Reviewed July 28, 2019

My husband and I spent several days with Ellen on our recent trip to Paris. If you are looking to take a deep dive into the neighborhoods of Paris, Ellen is the guide for you! Ellen is excellent at tailoring a special tour just for...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed July 7, 2019

We had the most entertaining time walking around Montmartre with Ellen. It is remarkable how this American born lady managed to immerse ourselves in the history and the funny anecdotes of Old Paris. That probably was the most interesting and fun experience of our trip!...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed April 7, 2019

Ellen was our guide and she was wonderful. This tour is designed with kids in mind and she has her own slide show with a tablet and pictures to illustrate her talking points. Note there are a good number of stairs in the castle, but...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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esl1067, Owner at Visit the Hidden Paris, responded to this reviewResponded April 9, 2019

Many thanks !

Reviewed December 17, 2018

I joined Ellen for the Medieval Paris tour and had a wonderful time. This is a great tour if you're short on time in Paris, or just want to learn more about medieval history. We visited Pont Neuf, Isle de la Cite, the Conciergerie, Saint...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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esl1067, Owner at Visit the Hidden Paris, responded to this reviewResponded March 2, 2019

Many thanks !

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Hello, No problem! I would be happy to accommodate you. Please have a look at my different tours & let me know which one you are most interested in. I can also custom design a tour if you have specific things you'd like... More
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