ThePetitGuide
ThePetitGuide
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Petit Guide bespoke experiences exploring Paris are crafted for you & your family. Our time together will include historical & cultural explanations, stops in the park with surprises for the kids, snack breaks while we discuss what we've seen. As a parent, it is tough to balance keeping an eye on kids with learning. With the Petit Guide, everyone gets the most out of Paris!
Paris, Ile-de-France, France

Awards
Travelers' Choice
2023

Why book with ThePetitGuide
  • Petit Guides all have first hand experience living in Paris for multiple years, along with lots of experience with kids
  • English
  • Professional tour guide
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Colleen H
Washington, DC, United States2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I live in Paris, but I'm not actually a tour guide! It's hard for guests to understand that, so I asked Zoe to prepare three one-day (self-guided) itineraries for my visitors who, I knew, would not have the time or inclination to do it themselves. It was perfect, and it took the burden off me when asked "what are we doing today?" I gave Zoe a list of interests and ideas I already had and she built three itineraries and threw in a list of "not to miss" items, in case we had time. There were excellent restaurant and cafe recommendations, a perfectly entertaining and informative wine tasting experience, and instructions to look up at key spots to see some of her "secret views." It's money well spent, and I highly recommend her work.
Written January 13, 2020
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Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a thorough review! I am so glad you and your guests enjoyed your days out exploring Paris, and that the itineraries were helpful!
Written January 15, 2020
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tintrupk
Munich, Germany18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
This is not your typical tour! Zoe created a perfect morning for our multigenerational family in Paris! We loved spending time with her in her neighborhood, finding the best bakeries, best pastry places, cute hideaway neighborhood gems, local art, and historical/cultural sights. The tour was perfectly individually catered to our interests (food, art, walking) for our family which included our 2 small kids (5 and 2), and my mother in law! She gave our kids a cute notebook, colored pencils, and created little activities for them to do throughout the tour. They loved her - you can tell she is a natural with kids! She even pushed our stroller around when we had our hands full. She was a joy to be around and chat with and her tour was such a highlight of our trip. Zoe also created 2 half day itineraries for us to follow while we were in Paris. These itineraries were so thorough, fun and creative. We mentioned that we love book stores and she included a special one for us to go to! Each itinerary was created with directions leaving from our airbnb which was VERY appreciated and so organized. There were activities, historical sights, parks, playgrounds, shopping, lunch spots, and more! An absolute must for your trip to Paris. She is a jack of all trades and can even book reservations for museums, restaurants or other experiences!
Written June 11, 2022
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Thank you for leaving such a positive and thorough review, Kate! LOVED meeting you guys - you have an awesome family. Your enthusiasm is contagious and it made it really fun to show you guys around. Maybe see you again in the future:)
Written June 13, 2022
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IvanaBabapulle
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
We are so glad we booked a tour with "The Petit Guide - Paris" it was one of the best trip decisions we made. Zoe is wonderful at what she does and is very easy to communicate with. Our kids who are 10,8 and 5 were very comfortable with Zoe and she kept them engaged and interested throughout the tour. We went on our tour during the Easter Weekend so Montmartre was very busy however Zoe was able to guide us pleasantly through the crowds and made it very enjoyable for all of us. When our littlest was having a little meltdown Zoe knew just how to cheer her up and continue on happily. We highly recommend "The Petit Guide - Paris" and we wish she had more available time slots to do more tours with her during our days in Paris. Next time we will be booking well ahead of time so we can do multiple tours with Zoe!
Written May 2, 2023
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Thank you so much, Ivana! Loved getting to meet you guys, and be a small part of your Paris adventures. I hope you have a great summer! Zoe
Written May 30, 2023
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Andrea W
Stevensville, MD5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Family
We hired Zoe for a recent trip to Paris. Specifically, she drafted itineraries for the 4 days we spent there and she was our tour guide for two half days.

Not having a good feel for the proximity of the various sights and wanting to maximize our time there, her itinerary service was invaluable. We received full day plans with a google map and metro stops/directions/travel times. She included off the beaten path stops like cafes, bakeries, gardens, photo ops we never would have otherwise known about. She provided excellent restaurant recommendations and went out of her way to find places with outdoor seating when we later told her that was a necessity. She helped secure us a photographer and an amazing art historian tour guide for the Louvre. We were able to fit so much in to four days by using her services to maximize our efficiency and minimize our travel time.

We also used Zoe for a half day tour of Montmartre and another half day tour of the Marais/Islands. We had kids ranging from age 6 to 16 and she managed to keep everyone engaged and happy. She is so patient and kind. It felt like we were walking around the city with a friend. In addition to seeing all the sights, we learned so much about everyday life in Paris.

There was a fair amount of communication prior to our trip and Zoe was always extremely quick to respond and always happy to help with anything. She gave us her phone number for any questions or issues while we were there. It was great to have someone local we could text for any communication issues or whatever. She even happily made and changed restaurant reservations for us.

I can’t recommend Zoe enough. We had a wonderful stay in Paris which I owe to her.
Written July 24, 2022
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Thank you Andrea for writing such a thorough review! Loved getting to be part of your French adventures, you whole family is lovely and so fun to be around:) have a great rest of the summer!
Written July 28, 2022
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kristen_eliason
San Francisco, CA5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Family
Zoë absolutely made our trip the success that it was. From pre-planning itineraries and helping us book a table at Girafe to taking us on walking guided tours of the City of Light, she made sure that the details were taken care of so we could enjoy the magic of a family trip to Paris. Working with Zoë took all the anxiety out of planning a trip that would be fun for me and my husband, our 5-y-o and my parents — a tall order, indeed! Her tips on avoiding lines at the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower were worth the investment alone — she saved us at least three hours of waiting in line, and time on vacation is so precious. And the walking tours! She was so insightful, informative and fun. She shared interesting details with the adults and brought bubbles to keep our LO entertained. I wish we’d planned more tour time with her! Do yourself the favor of working with Zoë to plan your trip to Paris. You won’t regret it.
Written April 18, 2022
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Thank you Kristen for taking the time to write such a thorough and kind review! I LOVED getting to help plan such a special trip - I don't always get to look for fancy restaurants so that part was particularly fun, and now I have some new ideas for future celebrations! Looking forward to keeping in touch. A bientot! Zoe
Written April 19, 2022
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minnie413
Los Angeles, CA11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
We had the most amazing week in Paris with our family (kids are 8, 6 and 3) thanks to Zoe! She did our entire itinerary in addition to doing 2 tours (Montmartre & Islands) with us. We connected in the spring about our trip in July. The entire planning process was smooth and Zoe was so easy to work with.

After our first tour, the kids were excited to see her again and crushed when they realized we wouldn't be seeing her every day we were in Paris ;) Both adults and kids learned a ton on her tours and she has a few tricks up her sleeve to motivate kids to keep walking (even in a heatwave!). Every time we toured with her it seemed like time just flew by! She a lovely person who rolls her sleeves up and will help you carry your stroller down the subway stairs or carry your bag, we actually felt as if we had known her for years. Zoe had so much patience for our group's needs (snacks! bathroom break! water break!) and was adaptable to all of the adventures that come with traveling with young kids.

I also loved the last min recommendations that Zoe provided. She pointed us in the direction of family friendly places, especially the ones that were less touristy but also still accessible for non-French speakers. Also, my husband got sick during the first half of our Paris stay and I was so appreciate that Zoe was able to help guide us towards the French equivalent of Tylenol am/pm and even recommend a dr. Luckily we didn't need to go but just knowing we could rely on her help alleviated a ton of stress for us.

My kids are still talking about Paris and Zoe (and we got lucky enough to meet her daughter too!) a week after we have been home - she really made our vacation so memorable and fun. We couldn't recommend her more highly!
Written August 1, 2022
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Thank you Kellie!!! This really warms my heart. Your family is precious, you and Adam are both doing such a great job raising your kiddos. Your boys especially impressed me (Eva too of course :)) - they are so easy to talk with, interested in the world, and enthusiastic. We have to get you guys back to Paris for a re-do for Adam, and so you can get those date nights in! Have a lovely end of the summer! Zoe
Written August 6, 2022
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Dawn M
Souderton, PA4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
Our family of three generations just returned from a week of touring Paris. We had a wonderful time and our two days spent with The Petit Guide, Zoe, was everything we could hope for. Since our grandchildren range in age from 20-6 we appreciated how Zoe focused on Jehlani (6YO) but all of us felt a part of her tour. Zoe has a gift of making all feel welcome and her tour was informative, well-spoken, and fun! What more could we ask for. The second day, some of our group went to Versailles while Jehlani and Nan joined Zoe and her children at a park. The three kiddos instantly ran off playing and had a wonderful morning together. I can recommend The Petite Guide with 100% confidence you will be more than satisfied with The Petite Guide showing you Paris. This tour was a favorite of our trip,
Written July 3, 2023
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Thank you Dawn! I feel so lucky to have gotten to spend so much time with your family - everyone was so warm and kind. Hi to everyone and I hope back to school is going well for Jehlani!
Written August 23, 2023
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Brandon M
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Family
We arrived to Paris in early September with two children (3 year old and 9 month old) in tow and our French portion of our vacation was a once in a lifetime hit. Zoe was really instrumental in making it a hit and her service and knowledge was beyond exceptional. She is wonderful with kids and her energy and enthusiasm made our trip exciting even when jet lag and toddlers was bogging it down. Our only regret was not staying longer, we will definitely book her again next time we are in Paris and we recommend her with highest regards. Thank you so much Zoe and thanks for making our Paris trip amazing! We visited the area around Sacre Couer, Notre Dame, and the Eiffel Tower. Zoe helped book multiple excursions and was able to accommodate many special requests.
Written December 5, 2022
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Hi Brandon! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review - I know you are busy!!! Loved getting to plan with Anastasia and then meet your lovely family in person:) I had so much fun showing you around and your boys are the sweetest! Happy holidays to you all. Zoe
Written December 16, 2022
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Cynthia Kerby
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
We enjoyed every minute in Paris thanks to our Petit Guide! We had a full week planned out for us and still had plenty of flexibility for us to relax and enjoy all that the city has to offer. Zoe's personal attention to detail regarding our interests and our goal to "fit it all in" made for a highly thoughtful itinerary. We would definitely use the Petit Guide again and highly recommend.
Written March 30, 2020
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Hi Cynthia! Thanks for taking the time to write such a nice review! Glad you enjoyed your trip, even though it was kind of a crazy time to be here. You were probably some of the last tourists to get in for a long time to come!!! Loved meeting you guys, best of luck to the kids with this crazy school year.
Written April 9, 2020
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HaleyClare
Dallas, TX41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
Not only did Zoe take me and my two young daughters (9 and 4) on an amazing walking tour of Montmartre but she helped us plan a perfect five day Paris itinerary. Zoe was very responsive from the beginning and very knowledgeable about France. She is American born but has lived in Paris for over a decade. I traveled alone with my daughters and I really believe that her services made our trip. She answered many questions and helped build an itinerary that fit our specific needs. The walking tour was perfectly tailored for me and my children. She was very engaging for all of us and brought the girls journals, colors, bubbles, and even purchased us yummy treats. I highly recommend her and her services!
Written March 24, 2022
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Thank you Haley! I had a ball with you and your girls, and you are my new Mom hero for braving international travel all by yourself with 2 kids 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 Tell Ella and Gia Bonjour from me!
Written March 25, 2022
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