Free tour

Paris starts here. Small-group tour for first timers. From Notre-Dame to Louvre

Duration: 2h
Languages: English
Quality Verified Registered on March 07, 2023

We are Charing Cross. We aim to make each tour an intimate, authentic Parisian experience. Our average group size is 10 - 15 guests, and we try to keep a max of 22 guests/guide. Also, our tours are all designed and run by local Parisians. No expat to run your tour! We give you the tourist must-sees and also the Paris of the Parisians.

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  • No minimum number of attendees
    No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour
  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

This is our most visual tour, people love it.

Enjoy historic Paris with a Parisian by your side, and experience the magic. 

Because we’re a small group, and our route is 95% car-free, in two hours “Paris starts here. From Notre-Dame to Louvre" brings you to: Notre-Dame, Sainte Chapelle, Conciergerie/Marie-Antoinette, the old Louvre (and the new), the glass pyramid, le Carrousel and the Tuileries Gardens. 

We start near Notre-Dame. We even visit a special basement.

We keep groups small, so you will not chase a huge group. And your guide is a real Parisian – fluent in English, knowledgeable and fun.

Included in tour:

  • Notre-Dame Cathedral (almost finished)
  • Point Zero (compass from which all of France is measured) 
  • French CSI Headquarters
  • Sainte Chapelle Royal Chapel
  • Palais de Justice de Paris 
  • Conciergerie (former palace/prison & Marie Antoinette’s last days)
  • Pont Neuf (Oldest Bridge in Paris - and still looks great)
  • Académie Francaise (home of the Immortals)
  • Pont des Arts (Love Lock Bridge)
  • Louvre (Palace, now art museum)
  • Paris underground (we can’t explain, you have to see it for yourself)
  • Plus many more, i.e. Marine Fireboat, Paris Flower Mart, Henry IV Memorial, Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, etc.

To see all this, we do not go inside every monument.

Note: we reject any large parties at tour start, so if you are a large party, please contact us now to book a private tour. 

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    10 Rue de la Colombe, 75004 Paris, Fr...
    10 Rue de la Colombe, 75004 Paris, France
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    Meet your guide at 10 rue de la colombe street. Guide wears a pink vest. Every day, rain or shine. Closest metro stops are hôtel-de-ville (lines 1 and 11) and cité (line 4).

  • 1
    Outside visit
    Louvre Museum Pyramid

    We walk through all the courtyards, we take pictures at the glass pyramid, and we go into mysterious underground parts (for more information, you need to join the tour...)

  • 2
    Outside visit
    New bridge

    "new bridge": Paris' oldest bridge. And with the best view...

  • 3
    Outside visit
    Sainte Chapelle
  • 4
    Outside visit
    Art bridge

    our most romantic bridge. should not be missed, ever!

  • 5
    Outside visit
    notre dame

    up close and personal - built to impress, you'll experience it for yourself

  • 6
    Outside visit
    Arc de Triomphe of the Carousel

    grand. but also more refined, more subtle, than the arc de triomphe. A must-see.

  • 7
    Outside visit

    a royal palace once then the jail of Marie-Antoinette. Where she was sentenced to death.

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Katia 04 Jul 2024
Rio de Janeiro

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Travelled alone - Jul 2024
We had a very cozy and interesting tour. Our guide Helle was great! She is passionate about Paris and organized the tour in a fun way. It was interesting and fun.
Mata 10 Jun 2024

probably the best way to visit Paris in one morning. Guide was great, We saw notre dame, the Louvre from the outside and more. Fun and informative. Thanks!
Cyril 10 Jun 2024

This is my first visit in the city and I was very impressed (Our guide had a big part in this). It has a good vibe to it, a nice mix of history and art. Our guide was knowledgeable, interesting and fun. Definitely one of the highlights of my trip to Paris. We had many private and free tours, and I would place it among the best.
Maryem 07 Jun 2024

Fun and knowledge! a great and quick overview of the historical Paris
Hervé 03 Jun 2024

The Historic Paris tour was fantastic! Our guide's passion and knowledge brought the city's history and best icons to life. This tour really focuses on all the major landmarks and attractions, and it didn't disappoint. Highly recommend it if you want to see the very best of Paris!
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Not suitable for pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
There is no minimum number of people required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Only cash payment is accepted.
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