Walk in the heart of Saint Germain des Prés

A trip back in time, art and ideas!
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Walking visit

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Allez, viens à Saint Germain !

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Departure : provided after booking.

Price : 12 € per person.

Duration: approx. 1.5 hr

Welcome to the Left Bank! 

Saint Germain: the name alone brings to mind a world of creativity and liberty, art, literature and digression, putting the world to rights long into the night. As you wander the streets in Saint Germain des Prés, follow in the footsteps of the likes of Molière, Simone de Beauvoir, Pablo Picasso, Eugène Delacroix, great philosophers and revolutionaries. 

A walk through Saint Germain is like a trip back in time. 

Vacances Actives Linguistiques gives you the chance to explore this one-of-a-kind neighbourhood with a passionate guide to share all its history and wonder…

Your itinerary, step by Step

  • Place Saint-Germain des Prés
  • Place Furstemberg
  • Rue Bourbon le Château and Rue de Buci
  • Cour du Commerce Saint André
  • Rue and Théâtre de l’Odéon
  • Sénat
  • Eglise Saint Sulpice

Useful information

  • Meeting point provided after booking
  • Transport : by foot ! 

Not included :

    • Purchases, tips and personal expenses  

Some details about your visit in St Germain

The great dame of parish churches

Let’s start at Eglise Saint Germain, the great dame of religious landmarks in Paris founded in 543. The current building is an architectural gem, a relic of its namesake abbey and the last Romanesque monument in Paris. Soak up the magic as you gaze at the recently renovated frescoes and paintings inside: the oldest church in the capital will put a spell on you. 

Settle down with Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir: the literary cafés in Saint Germain

Walk a few doors down Boulevard Saint Germain and venture into Café de Flore, Les Deux Magots (what’s that name all about?) and Brasserie Lipp, all jam-packed with stories starring the most famous intellectuals and artists in France. These literary cafés opened in the 19th century and their velvet and leather booths played host to writers, thinkers and creatives who came here to work and socialise. Regulars included Simone de Beauvoir, Jean-Paul Sartre, Picasso, Apollinaire and Albert Camus whilst Boris Vian and his trumpet performed jazz here!

Back in the present, you can soak up these legendary sites’ history and drink in their iconic style. Just take Brasserie Lipp’s murals and mosaics that are listed as Monuments Historiques. 

Thirsty about more ?
Next step: Place Furstemberg 

A street lamp. Trees. Beautiful buildings frame a shaded little square. 

Welcome to one of the most magical squares in Paris! The achingly idyllic and pretty Place Furstemberg is an endless source of inspiration for artists, including Eugène Delacroix who opened his studio here at number 6. It was also his last home and is now a national museum devoted to his work.

Let’s cross Rue Bourbon le Château and the lively Rue de Buci. Can you hear lines from The Imaginary Cuckold, Scapin the Schemer or The Miser? Well, Molière, alias Jean-Baptiste Poquelin lived on this very street! Whilst we’re on the subject, why did actors have to have an alias? Let’s find out on the tour!

Next step: Le Procope

Let’s hit Rue de L’Ancienne Comédie to reach Cour du Commerce Saint André, one of the oldest streets in Paris. It’s home to Le Procope, a famous restaurant founded in 1686 by Francesco Procopio dei Coltelli from Palermo. The young Sicilian took over the restaurant and gave it an opulent renovation to attract rich Parisian patrons. It became a go-to among famous 18th century philosophers and authors: Diderot, Voltaire, Montesquieu and d’Alembert met up here to put the world to rights. Le Procope was the heart of the action during the French Revolution before Musset and Verlaine came here to write poetry a few decades later…

Next step: L’Odéon

Our next stop is L’Odéon-Théâtre de l’Europe, the first Italian theatre in Paris, founded in 1782. Marie-Antoinette herself inaugurated it and it became the new home for the Comédie Française. About that, why do you not wear green on stage? Why are the dancers’ dresses shortened? Why do the French say “merde” for “break a leg”? Join your guide to find out!

Last step: Eglise Saint Sulpice

After a walk past Rue Tournon and President Jacques Chirac’s last home, the tour ends at Eglise Saint Sulpice, the second biggest religious building in Paris. It oozes mystery and set the scene for Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code! A gnomon grabs your attention as soon as you set sight on the church: the astronomical tool works like a sundial to tell us the date of equinoxes and solstices. It’s still as fascinating as when it was made in 1727…

This tour will quench your thirst for knowledge with its many tales and anecdotes. Soak up a buzzing and exciting neighbourhood on a trip back in time through ideas and arts. A tour of Saint Germain des Prés is a golden opportunity to unwind with culture and wonder… Fancy one last quick coffee with Hemingway? 

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