Watch your literary heroes spring to life during this small group, 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.
Meet outside the Café de Flore, the legendary café located in Saint-Germain-des-Prés. You’ll continue through the Rive Gauche, the stomping grounds of Lost Generation personalities like Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, and F. Scott Fitzgerald, incarnated by Montparnasse, the Luxembourg Gardens. Moving on to the intellectual heart of the city: the student quarter around the Panthéon, for a quick musical aside alongside Josephine Baker, and the Sorbonne, Paris's historic university. You'll then end your tour at the much-celebrated Shakespeare & Company.
Meeting point & walking distance
Meeting point: La Closerie des Lilas, 171 Bd du Montparnasse, 75006 Paris
Can I request a tour that focuses on a specific author or literary movement?
We’ve designed a general itinerary that covers several authors: Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Gertrude Stein to name a few. However if you’d like to learn about one or several writers in particular, such as French writers & poets, James Baldwin, Simone de Beauvoir or George Sand for instance, or a literary movement such as the Surrealists and Existentialists or the Philosophers, we’re happy to design a custom made private tour for you. Simply get in touch with our client service team. We can even take you on a tour of Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris if you wish!
What if my friends and/or family aren’t quite as nutty about books as I am?
Not a problem, our guides are happy to adjust the tour to all levels of interest to keep it fun and accessible for your entire group. We’re also taking you through a breathtaking part of Paris that is sure to impress and entertain everyone involved.
Excellent tour. William was knowledgeable, engaging and friendly. When the tour was over, I was surprised we had spent three hours together.
I enjoyed an excellent afternoon tour with Patrick and highly recommend him!
My daughter & granddaughter & i had such a great tune on this tour through the streets of the Latin quarter. Our guide was informative & such fun. A stop for coffee in a cafe lined with books
Roman was funny, informative, knowledgeable, and a good storyteller. He made history come to life!
Sean is a wonderful guide! We have had two of our four tours with him and have really enjoyed it.