Paris is bliss… when you get off on the Right Foot

My private Right Foot Tour™ is the ideal, personalized welcome to Paris, whether this is your first time here or the first time in years. With your hotel or apartment as the starting point, this tour is specially designed for your first or second day in Paris.

During easy-going walking tour of the heart of the city, we’ll covering major monuments, neighborhoods, history, anecdotes and indispensable points of French culture. If you need advice on restaurants, tipping, shopping, etiquette, daytrips or planning the remainder of your stay, we can discuss that during the tour. You’ll feel at ease exploring Paris, guided or on your own, for the remainder of your stay.

So you can stop driving yourself crazy with time-wasting internet searches right now! In fact, the only advance planning you truly need to reap the rewards of touring Paris is to take my Right Foot Tour™ on Day 1 and/or Day 2 in Paris.

For Right Footing families, this tour will be especially adapted and paced for the enjoyment of all ages.

The 5 Steps of Right Foot Touring

  • Planning

    First, let me know your travel dates, interests and available time. W can then speak by phone for 5-10 minutes so as decide together whether it’s better for you to take the Right Foot Tour on your first and/or second day in Paris.

    Day 1: Some travelers want to go Right Footing for 4 to 6 hours on their arrival day (Day 1) so as to get their bearings straight from the start.
    Day 2: Others prefer settling in on their own on Day 1 before setting out with me for 6 or 8 hours of Right Foot Touring on Day 2.
    Day 1 and 2: Many enjoy the meet-and-greet aspect of a few hours of easy-going Right Footing on Day 1, followed by more extensive Right Footing on Day 2.

    Learning more about your travel party by phone in advance and during the tour itself will allow me to create the personalized Right Foot explorations that are most appropriate for you.

  • Setting out

    I’ll meet you in Paris at your hotel or apartment to set off, right foot forward. In exceptional cases I can meet you at the airport (additional cost) with a car service for a VIP welcome, followed by several hours of touring.

  • Sights and neighborhoods

    As with all my tours, there is no set itinerary until I first get a sense of your travel party and what neighborhood you’ll be staying in. Then, through sights, stories, exceptional views, unexpected insights, and perhaps a pastry or two, this tour will help you get your historical, logistical, cultural and culinary bearings.

    If this is your first time to Paris, or if it’s been many years since you visited, we’ll start with a walking tour of the historic heart of Paris (the City Island and views of Notre-Dame [closed for restoration]) before radiating out from there to some of the highlights and neighborhoods of the central Right and/or Left Bank. Where exactly I take you will depend on the amount of time you’ve selected for Right Foot Touring. On the Right Bank this may include some combination of City Hall, the Louvre from the outside, Place Vendome, Place de la Concorde, the Tuileries Garden, Palais Royal, the Garnier Opera. On the Left Banks, the Latin Quarter, the Pantheon, the Luxeumbourg Garden, the Saint Germain Quarter.

    Other itineraries are possible so as include major monuments such as the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe or neighborhoods such at the Marais. This will depend on where you’re staying.

    In any case, the Right Foot isn’t a highlights-only tour but rather an introduction to history, life and lifestyle in Paris through its central historical neighborhoods.

  • Culinary pleasures

    Since getting off on the right foot means gaining insight into the culinary pleasures of Paris, we will also make a nice lunch stop at a local café, brasserie or creperie—or, weather permitting, stop at a local food market for an impromptu picnic. This is the occasion to learn the difference between a café, a bistro, a brasserie, and other types of eateries to high gastronomy, how to tip in France and other helpful cultural tidbits to ensure you can navigate the Paris gastrosphere on your own. Be sure to bring any restaurant lists that you may have compiled if you’d like my advice on the subject. More extensive culinary and wine touring are best reserved for subsequent days, as described here.

  • Your further plans

    Before, during or after the tour we’ll sit down to discuss your coming days in Paris and/or elsewhere in France so that I can provide you with helpful advice for any DIY touring. All Right Foot Tours include a 30-minute (or so) café or wine bar consultation sit-down before, during or after the tour so that we can discuss your DIY touring over the following days.

The cost

  • Fees

    The fees indicated concern a private Right Foot Tour for 2 people, starting at your hotel or apartment. Beyond 2 adults, add 30€ per person 17 and older, 20€ per child 16 and under. Inquire for travel parties of more than 5 people (adults and children)

    Planning + 30-minute sit-down consultation + 4 hours of touring: 400€.
    A meet, greet and walking tour that is the perfect start for those arriving from the U.S. or elsewhere in the morning or early afternoon.

    Planning + 30-minute sit-down + 6 hours of touring: 480€.
    If Day 2, a wise choice when traveling with children under 12, though in my experience they’re thrilled enough by what they hear, see and taste during the tour that they can certainly go longer.

    Planning + 30-minute sit-down + 8 hours of touring: 540€.
    The perfect full day tour if meeting on the day following your arrival in Paris.

    Recommended time: If you take this tour on your arrival day then I recommend a 4-hour or 6-hour options. If on Day 2 of your stay in Paris than the 6-hour or 8-hour options are more appropriate.

  • Currency

    Calculate the current approximate amounts in your own currency with the XE currency converter. The actual amount will vary depending on the exchange rate at the date payment is made and on any bank charges incurred.

  • Expenses

    Expenses (food, drink, transportation, entrance fees, if any) and special arrangements are extra. Typically the client can pay directly for food and drink during the tour. Use of a car service is possible.

  • Arrival

    The Right Foot Tour for your arrival day can also include airport pick-up along with additional use of a private car service for two hours so as to get a comfortable overview of Paris before going into details. This is particularly worthwhile for those who want a broader introduction of the highlights of the city with limited walking.
    Airport pick-up, check-in at hotel or apartment, followed by 4 hours of touring (2 hours with a car service + 2 hours of a walking tour). 600€ for up to 5 passengers.

Let’s start planning!

Use this form to pre-book a tour or to request further information about specific tours, event planning and consulting services for Paris or elsewhere in France. The more you can tell me about your interests and your travel party, the better I can personalize a response.

Provide your phone number if you would like me to call you for a 5-10-minute no-obligation chat about your upcoming trip.

Use this form to pre-book a tour or to request further information about specific tours, event planning and consulting services for Paris or elsewhere in France. The more you can tell me about your interests and your travel party, the better I can personalize a response.

Provide your phone number if you would like me to call you for a 5-10-minute no-obligation chat about your upcoming trip.

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