Tours & activities in Paris

Free Tour of Paris

Book the original Paris free walking tour and visit many of the city's highlights with a local guide


Please note that during the Olympics (Fri, Jul 26, 2024 – Sun, Aug 11, 2024) the route of that tour will be amended.

ABOUT THE Free Tour of Paris

This 2.5-hour Paris free walking tour will show you many of the top attractions in the city. Local experts will take you to must-see spots such as the iconic Notre Dame de Paris, the world-famous Louvre, and the magnificiant Saint Chapel. Explore Paris' beautiful streets with the help of an expert local guide!


Your Paris Free Tour meets at the Saint Michel Fountain and finishes by the Pont des Arts. Join us on this introduction to Paris, a great way to orientate yourself in the city and at a price to suit everybody’s budget. We never cancel; tours run rain, hail or shine.


One of the most beautiful cities in the world

You'll want to keep your camera at the ready as your expert local guide takes you on a walking tour through major Paris landmarks. The iconic sites keep coming as you make your way from Place Saint Michel over the river to see the Notre Dame de Paris. As you stroll along the famous River Seine, you'll feel like a real Parisian as you see the Paris of famous films and books. Walk across Pont Neuf, and over to the Louvre. On this breathtaking tour, you will also find yourself face-to-face with more major Paris sites like the Palace of Justice and Sainte Chapelle, and see a glimpse of the Musée d'Orsay and Place de la Concorde.

With some of the most incredible stories

However, you'll want to make sure you're not too busy taking photographs to hear the stories behind these major Paris landmarks, because the City of Love is not just beautiful - it's fascinating. The informative and always entertaining local guides will bring stories from the capital of Napoleon's empire, the beheadings of the French Revolution, and the dark times of the Nazi occupation to life.

Free Tour concept

The tips-based model of the Free Tour allows guests to support and reward only the highest quality tours, and to ensure that the tour fits within their expectations, and within their budget.

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The Paris Free Tour starts by the fountain on Place Saint-Michel (metro line 4 - exit 3)

  • Stroll along the banks of the River Seine
  • Photograph the stunning Notre Dame de Paris
  • Admire the Louvre museum from the riverbank
  • Hear the incredible stories of Paris' fascinating past
  • See the Palais de Justice, Institut de France & Ecole des Beaux Arts


11:00 AM
11:00 AM
Inclusions & exclusions
What’s included
  • Local English-speaking guide
What’s not included
  • Gratuities for the guide (optional)
Additional Information
  • Our business is connecting great guides and smart travelers, and we're proud that so many local guides employ us to welcome travelers like you on their journey through some of the world's best cities. No two tours are alike, and the sites, stories, and length of the tour will vary depending on what your freelance guide decides is best. That's why the tours we promote never get stale or feel scripted, and why both independent guides and savvy travelers prefer SANDEMANs
  • Wheelchair accessible
The Free Tour starts by the fountain on Place Saint-Michel Open in Google Maps
Notre Dame de Paris
Notre Dame de Paris
The Louvre grounds
The Louvre grounds (won't be visited during the Olympics)
Tuileries Gardens
Tuileries Gardens (won't be visited during the Olympics)
Palais de Justice Paris
Palais de Justice
Pont Neuf Paris
Pont Neuf
Tour start Tour starts here
End start Tour usually ends here
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What is a Free Tour?


The Free Tour is the best introduction to Paris! A general overview tour including many of the highlights of the city, the Free Tour usually lasts around 3 hours and is provided by a local freelance guide in partnership with SANDEMANs NEW Europe, so tour content can vary depending on your guide’s particular area of interest and expertise.

The Free Tour is a walking tour with no need for public transport and is designed for independent travellers, not groups. You can book your spot in advance online or simply show up at the start point on the day. There is no payment necessary at the start of the tour but you are welcome to tip your guide at the end!

We believe in supporting local communities and are committed to giving a voice to some of Paris' best local freelance tour guides, who passionately share the city's history and culture with their own unique and always-entertaining style. They'll never pressure you to tip; we believe that, if money is given, it should be voluntary and in direct proportion to the quality of the tour and the budget of the traveller.

Why join the SANDEMANs FREE Tour?

  • The route covers many of Paris' major landmarks
  • The meeting point is centrally located in Place Saint-Michel
  • The Free Tour is guaranteed to fit within your budget
  • The guides performing tips-based Free Tours are incentivized to perform every time


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Participation in tours promoted by SANDEMANs NEW Europe is strictly on a voluntary basis. Neither SANDEMANs NEW Europe, nor the self-employed freelance guides who are the providers of the tours promoted by SANDEMANs NEW Europe, will be held responsible in any way for injuries to body or property incurred during tours. The tour guides reserve the right to deny participation in any tour, to any person, for any reason. Thank you for your understanding.

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