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Lonely Planet Experiences: Paris Food & Drink Tour Of Saint-Germain

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Stroll through Paris’ Bohemian past with this guided walking tour of Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the Latin Quarter. Explore these neighborhoods known as havens for the city’s intellectuals and artists, and stop in at a local café to enjoy a savory charcuterie platter. Visit the oldest park in Paris and try your hand at the beloved French ballgame pétanque. See the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral and browse the shelves at the city’s first English bookstore. Numbers are limited to 12 for a personalized small-group experience.
  • 4-hour walking tour of Paris’ bohemian neighborhoods: Saint-Germain and the Latin Quarter
  • Explore Saint-Germain with a guide, learning about famous ex-residents like Ernest Hemingway
  • Enjoy a plate of charcuterie at a wine bar on the banks of the Seine River
  • Play a game of Pétanque (lawn bowling) in Place des Vosges, Paris’ oldest square
  • Visit an English bookstore in the Latin Quarter
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 12 people ensures personalized attention
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Local English guide
Plate of French cheese and charcuterie in a local wine house
Game of petanque with a glass of wine.
Alcoholic drinks in the wine bar (available to purchase)
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Tips / gratuities for your guide

Departure Point

Le Panthéon, Pl. du Panthéon, 75005 Paris, France

In front the entrance gates of the Pantheon - Place du Panthéon, 75005 Paris. Your tour guide will be holding a Paris Urban Adventures sign.

Departure Time

2:00 PM

Return Details

15 Pl. Dauphine, 75001 Paris, France
Delve into Paris’s famously artistic quarters on a small-group walking tour. Make your way to the Pantheon in the afternoon to meet your knowledgeable guide, and enjoy a short stroll to the charming neighborhood of Saint-Germain-des-Prés in the city’s 6th arrondissement. Admire cafés, bookstores and unique storefronts as your guide shares stories of the famous musicians, poets and artists who called the area home throughout the decades.

Stop in at a charming local café and enjoy an assiette de charcuterie — a favorite Parisian lunch featuring an assortment of artisan cheeses, meats and pâtés. Purchase a glass of wine to accompany your meal if you like. 

Continue on to the pleasant Place Dauphine — the oldest Square in Paris. Take part in a round of pétanque, a ball game favored throughout France in which opposing teams try to toss metal balls closest to a wooden marker. Think of it as a cross between horseshoe and bocce ball. Enjoy a complimentary glass of wine as you learn the rules and techniques from your guide.

Next, stroll through Paris’ Latin Quarter and peruse the titles at the city’s first English bookstore. Your 3.5-hour tour concludes outside the famed Notre Dame Cathedral, where you can continue exploring on your own.
Stop At:  
Latin Quarter
Most of our tour will take place in this vibrant medieval neighbourhood full of students, artists and cafés! You will hear the story of the origin of its name and discover some lovely tucked away local places.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Saint Germain des Pres Quarter
Continue to the vibrant Saint-Germain area, a hotspot for writers, intellectuals, musicians, and artists. Full of eclectic cafes, cool coffee houses, pokey bookshops, and lively street markets, it’s easy to see why Ernest Hemingway, Jim Morrison, and many others fell in love with the bohemian vibe of this area. Despite rising prices and gentrification, Saint-Germain has managed to retain its irresistible, artistic charm. This area is one of the best places to see that unbeatable, unique Paris charm, and this Saint-Germain tour will show you exactly what it means to be a local in the area.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Our tour starts in front of the Panthéon, a former church that was turned into a memorial place where the most famous French people are buried. You will hear some stories about this iconic building, the highest in Paris before the Eiffel Tower was built and the area around.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Luxembourg Gardens
Possibly the most beautiful garden in Paris, Les Jardins du Luxembourg are a symbol of the Saint-Germain area. We will walk through the French style garden designed by the queen Marie de Médicis, around her palace, which nowadays hosts the French senate. There we will be able to get a glimpse on the Iron lady above the green Parisian heaven.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Seine River
The embankments of the Seine river are probably some of the most romantic places in Paris and offer a fantastic panorama on some of the most famous sights in the city. We will “flâner” as the French say, gently stroll stroll along the river, past the Louvre and the Institut de France for some great view. We’ll stop at a traditional wine store where you can sample a typical French charcuterie plate. Full of deliciously decadent cheese, salty cured meat, and rich pâtés, this is an authentic French gastronomic treat!
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Ile de la Cite
The tour will take you onto the île de la Cité the Island where contemporary Paris started from. We will stop on one of Paris oldest squares place Dauphine for a little break with a glass of wine before you learn how to play pétanque, one of France’s most popular games! This fun game is still played by many of Paris' citizens and all over the country, and they even might have some tips on technique to share with us as we play.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Paris
You will get a glance at Paris old cathedral on the île de la Cité that was built in 1163. While it was almost doomed for destruction in the 19th century the book of France’s most famous writer Victor Hugo managed to make Parisian regain interest in their church and saved it! We will stroll past the iconic Parisian cathedral and tell you about its long history.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6.
  • The minimum drinking age in France is 18.
  • For your Intrepid Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • By joining this tour you help promote tourism diversity as the tour keeps travellers away from the very touristic sites and from the crowds that often damage the local atmosphere.
  • During this tour you will have a cheese and charcuterie tasting in Ma Salle à Manger, a place owned by a local and one of the few traditional French restaurants left on the City Island. Despite its location, a few blocks from Notre-Dame, it still serves mainly specialties from southern France to locals.
  • During your tour you will pick up some responsible travel tips from your guide, such as where to find fresh water when you need to fill up your bottle, or where to shop in a sustainable manner
  • Effective Sept 1, 2021, travellers 18+ must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Children 6-17 must present a negative COVID-19 test (PCR or lateral flow) conducted maximum 72 hours prior, proof of recovery dated up to 9 months or proof of vaccination. View full policy at
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Urban Adventures - France
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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What is the social distancing policy during Lonely Planet Experiences: Paris Food & Drink Tour Of Saint-Germain?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Lonely Planet Experiences: Paris Food & Drink Tour Of Saint-Germain?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Very nice walk with Vivian
, Sep 2019
It was a very nice and informative walk. Our guide, Mr. Vivian, was a great and kind gentleman who gave us a lot of tips and advices about Paris. Thank you Vivian!
Rain rain go away
Margarita M
, Aug 2019
It rained all day. In the morning to avoid the rain, we went the Pantheon in the Latin Quarter. Then we met with our tour guide, a young man very knowledgeable and kind. We went on the long walk he had planned and listened attentively as we all got soaked. When we reached Café de Flore on Blvd Saint Germain, we parted our ways to have some food. I highly recommend this’s tour.
Excellent tour
, Jul 2018
I loved this tour. We stopped for a dessert at a pastry shop that had the France colors on the awning which is a sign of esteem in Paris. Wonderful treat. I would have liked to sit to enjoy it though along with some water. I also was not aware the tour would stop at a different spot than it started which caused a little stress for me a directionally challenged person but I did find my way.
, Jul 2018
Baptiste was a great guide, very knowledgeable and a pleasure! He was such a gentleman with a great sense of humor and was very accommodating to our and take it with Baptiste, you won't be requests. I would highly recommend this tour, you won't be disappointed!
Very worthwhile tour of...
, Oct 2017
Very worthwhile tour of Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the Latin Quarter. My tour guide, Arthur, went out of his way to make this an extensive review of the neighborhood. He was both friendly and knowledgeable. I would recommend this tour to anyone visiting Paris.
My husband and I were lucky enough...
Susan S
, Oct 2017
My husband and I were lucky enough to get a tour guide to ourselves. Tim was great - a wealth of information and an incredibly nice guy to spend the afternoon with. We loved being able to walk the street of Paris, and learn more about the city's incredible history. And ending the tour with bread, cheese, pastis and petonque was perfect.
Highly recommended. Vivienne was highly...
Rodney S
, Oct 2017
Highly recommended. Vivienne was highly knowledgable, down to earth and dedicated.
Our tour was amazing. Arthur was...
Tracey H
, Oct 2017
Our tour was amazing. Arthur was very knowledgeable about the area and a real pleasure to be with. Highly recommended the tour
Rafael was a good tour guide. He...
Paola D
, Oct 2017
Rafael was a good tour guide. He provided a lot of information about the areas we visited and we all had a very interesting conversation with him. The charcuterie sample platter was good too. We did not play a game of petanque, so this should be removed from the description of the tour.
Very enjoyable tour. Adele was very...
Rosemary m
, Aug 2017
Very enjoyable tour. Adele was very informative and fun.

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