Paris Literature Tour - Hemingway & Friends


Watch your literary heroes spring to life during this small group, 3-hour walking tour through the historic heart of literary Paris. You’ll summon the spirits of literature’s greatest talents, all of whom lived here and perfected their craft by observing the city’s street life and romantic intimacy.

You’ll relive those moments as you retrace their inspirations throughout the Left Bank, pausing to hear enlightening tales of their lives, their loves, and occasionally…their lunacy. Stops include the iconic Shakespeare & Company, the literary haunts of Boulevard Saint-Germain and a charming Parisian café break, on us!
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    Why you'll love this

  • Take a walk in the footsteps of Hemingway, Wilde and the Lost Generation

  • Discover the magic and mystique of literary Paris with an expert guide
  • Explore some of the places featured in Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris
  • Contemplate it all over a complementary drink in an authentic Parisian café

    What's included

  • A literary joy-ride through centuries of your favorite authors
  • Hemingway, Joyce, Kerouac, Hugo, Wilde, Voltaire, all on the same shelf
  • An inspiring drink on us in a legendary Parisian café

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Knowing Paris inside-out comes with years of exploring, but above all a passion for discovering all the magic that a city has to offer. Our city guides are selected for their insatiable love for Paris, and their desire to share it with our visitors. Leaving no stone unturned, our guides are always ready to go the extra mile to ensure that those who explore with them get to discover the Paris that truly makes them tick.


5.0 / 5.0 - Based on 132 reviews
Last reviewed: July 22 2021
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  • Flexible cancellation policy
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  • Real-time assistance with a local team
  • VIP skip the line access

  • Duration 03h00

  • Group Tour

  • Group Size
    10 max

  • Refund up to 48 hours

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€59.00 per person
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The itinerary

Meet outside the Café de Flore, the legendary café located in Saint-Germain-des-Prés. You’ll continue through the Rive Gauche, the intellectual nerve center of Paris and the stomping grounds of Lost Generation personalities like Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, and F. Scott Fitzgerald.

After visiting Oscar Wilde’s place of death, you’ll enjoy the charming cobbled streets of Saint-Germain-des-Près and discover where Benjamin Franklin and Voltaire had fiery philosophical debates with their contemporaries.

Continuing on to the Odéon area you’ll see the address where Sylvia Beach founded a legendary bookstore and artistic paradise called Shakespeare and Company. This shop no longer exists, but the spirit of its regular customers like James Joyce, Paul Valéry, and André Gide still lingers in this cozy cave of literature. Passing by the world famous University of La Sorbonne where Sartre taught existentialist philosophy, you’ll discover the Latin Quarter, and the favorite places of Hemingway and Joyce that inspired the movie “Midnight in Paris”.

Your visit will end around the current Shakespeare and Company location, hailed by many visitors as their favorite bookshop in all of Europe. In this former medieval monastery, English-language books inhabit every nook and cranny. Your guide will recount the extraordinary history of this establishment. Feel free to explore upstairs to discover its charming literary atmosphere!

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