Why these tours?

Once you’ve gotten off on the right foot, either on your own or with my Right Foot Tour, my Left Foot Tours will lead you on a wide variety of customized explorations of the rich culture, history, lifestyle and enjoyment of Paris.

The tours described below may be scheduled individually or combined in various ways. In fact, as a specialist on customization I’m typically called upon to create a wide-ranging tour that combines several of these over a period of one, two or three days (not necessarily consecutive days). By combining several tours and adapting the timing of each we can also include culinary experiences, well-heeled discoveries, and other elements found elsewhere on this site. The final price may then be 10-15% less than the sum of the parts.

–> Off-season discount: Take 20% off the fee amounts indicated below for all Right Foot Tours conducted from October 20, 2021 to December 15, 2021 and January 3 to March 31, 2022. Take 10% off the fee amounts indicated below for all Right Foot Tours conducted from December 16, 2021 to January 2, 2022. Discount does not apply to expenses (entrance fees, food and drink, transportation, etc.).

I haven’t included an “immediate booking” feature on this site because I prefer to communicate by email and/or by phone in order to understand your interests, need and available time before finalizing a tour.

Some examples of Left Foot Touring

The Marais: 500 Years in the Life of a Must-Know Quarter

2½ hours. 190€ for 2 + 25€ per additional person over 16, 15€ per additional 16 and under.

The Marais is a must-know central quarter extending from the Bastille to City Hall and from the river to deep into the Right Bank. Too often reduced to a few moments in its history and two or three historic buildings, this tour reveals the incredible changes and upheavals that the Marais has witnessed over the past 500 years, from royalty and nobility to workshops and poverty and back now to bourgeoisie and luxury. I’ll tell the incredible story of this district as you see sights, scenes, squares, mansions and shops that reveal this history and the pleasures of the Marais today.

Jewish Paris: The Marais and Beyond

6-6½ hours. 450€ for 2 + 25€ per additional person over 16, 15€ per additional person 16 and under

Travelers interested in Jewish life and heritage in Paris should read these articles of mine and consider a tour that specially focuses on the city’s Jewish history. In the morning we’ll examine sights specially marked by Jewish history in the Marais. While the Jewish history of Paris is often mistakenly reduced to a few streets in the Marais, the city’s Paris’s Jewish life and heritage extends well beyond that neighborhood. After lunch, we’ll therefore explore visit other sights, neighborhoods and individuals that speak of the history and contemporary life of Jews in the French capital.

Gardens and Garden History of Paris

4½ hours. 360€ for 2, includes transportation by taxi and metro. Add 40€ per additional person over 16, 30€ per person 16 and under.

We’ll visit four of the following five gardens—the Tuileries, the Luxembourg Garden, Parc Monceau, Batignolles and Butte Chaumont—that reveal the history of green spaces in Paris while also getting a sense of the development and evolution of the surrounding neighborhoods. We’ll travel from garden to garden by metro or taxi then walk through the given gardens and neighborhood. This tour includes a perfect pastry pause and a well-set café stop.

You can also visit the Luxembourg Garden on your own by downloading my audio tours The Left Bank’s Most Elegant Park: Exploring the Luxembourg Garden and The Tuileries Garden: The Royal Walk from the Louvre to the Champs-Elysées.

The Now That Notre Dame Is Closed Tour

10AM-5:30PM. 520€ for 2 + 25€ per additional person over 16, 15€ per additional person 16 and under

Notre-Dame closure for post-fire restoration is the opening for you to discover the significance of some of the other extraordinary churches of Paris and the Paris region: Saint Denis (12th-13th centuries), Saint Eustache (16th-17th centuries), Saint Sulpice (17th-18th centuries), the Pantheon (built as a church in the 18th century though no longer consecrated), Sacré Coeur (19th-20th centuries). These impressive structures are notable for both their architecture, for what they tell about the evolution of France, and as the centerpieces of their respective, evolving neighborhoods. During the course of the day we’ll visit four if not all five of these magnificent structures. You don’t need a religious background to appreciate this original tour which offers glimpses and insights into the history and life of Paris and the Paris region beyond the clichés.

Life and Death in Eastern Paris

10AM-5:30PM. 540€ for 2, including lunch. Add 40€ per additional person over 16, 30€ per person 16 and under.

A good-humored walking tours in off-beat eastern neighborhoods of Paris, possibly with two guides, one for the morning, the other for the afternoon.

The program:

  • 10AM. Life. In the morning you’ll explore life in Belleville and Ménilmontant, where you’ll learn how the area was transformed from fruit-filled hills to the working-class neighborhoods that gave birth to the likes of Edith Piaf and Maurice Chevalier. Also featured are the history of Belleville’s raucous nightlife, Roman-era water sources, the diversity of immigration to the area, curious street art, and a breathtaking views over the most famous monuments of Paris. A fun and fascinating discovery of Paris’ most eccentric area.
  • 1PM. Lunch. A variety of lunch possibilities from wine bar/tapas restaurant to a foodie hang-out to an aveyronnais bistro to an exquisite picnic.
  • 2:30PM. Death. Every trip of a lifetime is enhanced by a brush with death. And there’s no better place to have a near-death experience than in Paris’s Père Lachaise Cemetery. For the past 200 years, Père Lachaise Cemetery has been THE place to be buried in Paris. More than just grave sites, the tombs form a magnificent sculpture garden of sorts and a veritable who’s-who of political, artistic and aristocratic life in Paris and other weird and wonderful characters: Chopin, Delacroix, Sarah Bernhardt, Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, Heloise and Abelard, Jim Morrison, Oscar Wilde, and Edith Piaf (again), to name but a few. Insightful, entertaining, and a touch of morbidity.
  • 5PM. Rebirth. With time, thirst and interest, we’ll stop into a local wine or beer bar to drink a toast to life in Paris.
  • 5:30PM. Joy. Inquire about adding a 2-hour wine or beer bar tour in eastern Paris.

Priceless Left Foot Tours

The Doctor is in… Paris

When I was growing up, my father told me and my four brothers that he would support us in becoming any kind of doctors we wanted to be. As my brothers pursued their medical degrees, I chose to become a travel clinician of sorts, intent of improving the enjoyment and knowledge of travelers to France. After a prolonged internship of life in Paris and travel throughout France, I came to have the know-how and experience to provide prescriptions (i.e. travel articles and advice) and exclusive treatments (i.e. touring).

A good number of my readers and tour clients are many medical professionals. With them (and with my father and brothers) in mind, I wrote this two-part article about Paris’s extraordinary medical and hospital history, and I’ve had the opportunity to create unique and off-beat tours for medical professionals on vacation in Paris.

In planning a trip to Paris, physicians don’t typically dream of seeking out points of medical interests. Rather, they (and their spouse) imagine themselves leaving their work interests back at the office. However, physicians do seek out insightful and entertaining touring, and travel is always more rewarding when we find a personal connection in it. Therefore, whether as part of more general touring or as more focused day of medical discoveries, when the doctor is in Paris, he or she ought to consider exploring the city’s medical and hospital history– with other sights, great food and good drink along the way.

Read the medical-oriented travel article above and let’s talk about treating the doctor… to the best of Paris.

Communities & Identities

Travel isn’t just about where you’re going, it’s about where you come from. It’s about connecting with your destination based on your own identity and interests. It’s about the human connection. Over the years, I’ve therefore designed a number of customized tours that examine various communities and identities in Paris.

In these I work with various guides and community members able to share their experience, knowledge and insights into various identities. In addition to the other Left Foot Tours described on this page, inquire if especially interested in:

  • The Black Paris Tour
  • The Arab Paris Tour
  • The Gay Paris Tour
  • The Atheist Tour of Religious Sights

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