Our Literary Private Tour takes you back in time, and follows the path of the most famous artists of the 20th Century: Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, Fitzgerald, Picasso, Simone de Beauvoir and Sartre to name a few. You will explore their favorite cafés and feel their presence all along the tour. Saint Germain is quite a fantastic neighborhood, perfect balance of chic designers stores and charming book shops. You’ll stop at Shakespeare and Company bookstore, our favorite of all !
Some 2,000 years ago, Paris was founded on the banks of the river Seine and became the center of the Western world for centuries. A visit to Paris without exploring its Legendary Left Bank is simply inconceivable. Here is the list of all good reasons to come :
Meet your professional tour guide in the heart of the Latin Quarter, a few steps away from the iconic café and bookstore Shakespeare and Company. This is where the American writers of all ages met while enjoying the Moveable Feast that Paris was. Follow the steps of Hemingway, Joyce, Fitzgerald or Kerouac on their becoming world famous writers. They followed great philosophers such as Voltaire, Rousseau, Albert Camus, Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir.
You will appreciate this walking tour to learn everything about their lives and habits ! From Saint-Exupéry drawing the Little Prince at Brasserie Lipp, Sartre teaching in Café de Flore to Oscar Wilde in his last room at Hotel d’Alsace…
If you prefer other artists painters or sculptors you will love it also : Picasso used to live there, and made a statue inspired by Dora Maar for his friend Guillaume Appolinaire. The painting studio and home of Eugène Delacroix is in the same area.
If you prefer movies, most of Parisian stories start on the left bank: Midnight in Paris, Harry Potter and Emily in Paris for example!
In the Roaring Twenties and after WWII, jazzmen and singers populated this area and haunted the famous Caves de Saint-Germain-des-Prés. “Cave” is French for basement and it is in these vaulted medieval basements that jazz clubs were created. Armstrong, Davies, Simone and many other have made the Parisian nights so unforgettable!
Walk along the Roman path of the city of Lutecia and discover the rich history of Paris in Ancient Times. From Medieval Churches to rich colleges and abbeys, the Latin Quarter has preserved its unique student atmosphere that you will enjoy on this private walking tour. La Sorbonne of course is among them, but also College de France or the lesser known Cluny Museum will enchant your taste for history.
On this Unique Private Tour of the Latin Quarter and Saint Germain, not only will you enjoy the rich History of Paris, but also the great company of a local and all the recommendations you need to enhance your stay in Paris!