Classic Marais Tour

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Old-world charm in modern-day Paris.

The Marais, which takes its name from its literal beginnings as a marsh, has already undergone two renaissances since its beginnings in the 12th century. The first occurred in the 16th century under King Louis XIII and the second - fortunately for us - continues today. While most of the rest of Paris was demolished under Napoleon, the Marais was able to preserve much of its and Medieval and Renaissance-style architecture.

Today, the Marais is able to give us a glimpse into 2 worlds; the Paris of old and the modern, chic Paris of today. Having long been the center of Jewish Parisian life, today the Marais is also home to some of the city's trendiest boutiques, stunningly preserved architecture, art galleries, and hip nightlife. Nowhere else in Paris can you see such a blending of old and new. Home to such diverse attractions as thePlace des Vosges, the oldest, most beautiful square in all of Paris, the Hotel Carnavalet and Picasso Museum, the Marais simply cannot be missed during your visit to Paris.

Your Classic Marais Tour will give you a glimpse into all this, and more. Your takes you to same place the French Revolution was born, the Place de Bastille. It was here, at the historic Bastille prison built in 1370, that the infamous "Man in the Iron Mask" was sentenced to life in prison by Louis XIV. You'll also get to see other remnants of the French Revolution with a stop at the Colonne de Juillet, a memorial that honors the victims of that fateful July revolution. In contrast to that, your tour also includes a visit to the decidedly more modern Picasso Museum and the Centre Pompidou, the modern art structure that Parisians love to hate. Your visit to the enchanting Marais district winds down with a stop at the Yvon Lambert Gallery, home to some of the world's most cutting edge art, and a stroll down Rue des Rosiers, one of the most delightful and well preserved streets in all of the Marais.

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Your Classic Marais Tour departs near the Tour St. Jacques.  Please see your confirmation email for detailed directions, including a map, to your tour's meeting point.  If you do not receive your detailed meeting point email, please email us at

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Cancellation Policy: Reservations cancelled at least 7 days prior to reserved tour date are refundable and will incur a 15 Euro cancellation fee per transaction. No refunds will be granted for late cancellations, late arrivals, or no-shows. A no-show is classified as when the Aeon Tours client is not present at the pre-established meeting point at the pre-established meeting time as detailed in the tour confirmation email. From the time of receipt of tour confirmation, Aeon Tours clients are responsible for printing out their tour confirmation email and for locating the meeting point and arriving to the meeting point promptly. Aeon Tours is not responsible under any circumstances for clients who are unable to locate tour meeting points or who fail to arrive to tour meeting points at the specified time.

Special Note: Please note that unforeseen events can and do occur on occasion, (i.e. labor strikes, protests, train strikes, metro strikes, taxi strikes, airline strikes, flight delays, flight cancellations, unforeseen construction, museum closings, church closings, Notre Dame Cathedral closing, gallery closing etc.). Please note that Aeon Tours is not responsible for such events and that our late arrival and cancellation policy applies to but it not limited to the aforementioned circumstances. In the case that a normally visited area is closed on the day of your tour, Aeon Tours will provide an alternate itinerary and the Aeon Tour guide will carry out a modified 3.5 hour tour. It is required that Aeon Tours clients provide hotel phone number and/or personal cell phone number at the time of reservation and that Aeon Tours clients check phone messages with the hotel reception throughout their stay in the rare event that Aeon Tours must cancel or reschedule tours due to guide illness, accident, or due to any of the above mentioned unforeseen events listed above.

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