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“The Seine River and its Bridges” guided tour

Take part in an exploratory stroll of Paris via its bridges. Walking along the Seine River’s route, we’ll see Paris’ most prestigious bridges. Representing different periods, they’ll allow us to unravel the city’s history. An opportunity to experience an alternate vision of Paris’ important monuments, such as the Eiffel Tower, National Residence of the Invalids, Louvre Museum, Notre-Dame-de-Paris Cathedral…

The “Pont Neuf”: Surprisingly, the “Pont Neuf” (New Bridge) is Paris’ oldest bridge. Of course, it was new in its time, and it must be pointed out that its construction had long been delayed. The bridge became a fashionable area inhabited by merchants, fire-eaters, bear tamers, tooth pullers, bards. The “Pont Neuf”, the first houseless bridge, was a very lively area where you were “always sure to meet, at any time, a monk, a white horse and a prostitute”.

 

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Visit of the Père Lachaise Cemetery

Within this huge resting space at the center of the city of the living, art and nature merge in harmonious combination which invites meditation and fantasy… Come travel within this poetic universe where the endless variety of tombs, some created by famous sculptors, continually refresh the decor.
Moving through shady avenues and winding streets, you’ll encounter the history of mythical names: Jim Morrison, Frédéric Chopin, Ferdinand Delacroix, Oscar Wilde, Honoré de Balzac, Héloïse et Pierre Abélard…
 

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Belleville district, Saint-Martin Canal

We’ll discover one of the capital’s most picturesque districts. This former rural village turned labour district was the target of major changes through the centuries. Today, Belleville is a lively and colorful cosmopolitain area: exoticism guaranteed!! Our route will then take us to the Saint-Martin Canal, one of the capital’s most enjoyable strolling areas.

The Saint-Martin Canal: it’s the strolling area passing through the former suburbs and connecting the Arsenal Port to the La Villette Basin. 9 locks allow barges, and most importantly the cruise boats, to sail back up the canal. It is equiped with 2 swing bridges and several elegant pedestrian bridges.

 

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Visit of the Rodin Museum’s garden, and National Residence of the Invalids and Eiffel Tower districts

 

Auguste Rodin, important 19th century artist who strongly influenced 20th century art, moved into the Biron Mansion in 1908, which was later transformed into the Rodin Museum of Paris. This museum showcases a beautiful collection of the Master’s sculptures, as well as paintings, drawings and the creations of other artists in his personal collection. The museum’s garden exposes a few of his most famous creations, such as The Thinker and The Gates of Hell. The tour continues with the National Residence of the Invalids (exterior), Napoleon I’s tomb, the Military Academy and concludes with Paris’ most iconic monument: the Eiffel Tower.  

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Visit of the World’s Fairs Monuments

From the mid-19th century to the 30’s, the World’s Fairs left their mark on the western half of Paris. We’ll follow in the footsteps of these major events whose goal was to unite the technical and artistic expertise of every nation. We’ll discover the sites where they were held; the “Champ de Mars” Park, National Residence of the Invalids Esplanade, Champs-Élysées Avenue, and also the famous Parisian monuments built for them; the Eiffel Tower, a technical marvel highly critisized during its construction and today the world’s most popular toll monument, Small Palace and Great Palace Museums, masterpieces of “Art Nouveau”, the Chaillot Palace and Tokyo Palace Museums, whose sobre architecture is typical of the 30’s…  

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Visit of Monceau Park and the Saint-Augustin district

Share with us the discovery of the recent and modern 8th “arrondissement” which delimits the boundary with medieval Paris. We’ll visite Monceau Park; built in 1787 and designed by landscapers Louis de Carmontelle and Thomas Blaikie. This veritable jewel of greenery introduces many excentricities into the period’s style, such as a pyramid. A 130-year-old sycamore maple and a purple beech live here, as well as other marvels of the plant kingdom. We’ll also visit the beautiful Saint-Augustin Church.

Saint-Augustin Church: Beyond the mixture of Romanesque, Byzantine and Gothic influences of which it is an example, this church’s uniqueness is mainly due to its metallic structure covered by a stone facade designed by Victor Baltard, which endows it with cathedral-like dimensions due to its 94-meter length. 

 

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