Lot # 20: Walking tour of Saint Germain des Prés

Delight in a fascinating half-day walking tour for two, where Celine Glon, experienced tour guide and owner of Et Voilà Paris will lead you on a historic journey with a cultural discovery of the beautiful Saint Germain district in Paris.

Stroll through Paris’ Bohemian past and explore neighborhoods famous as havens for the city’s intellectuals and artists. After World War II, the area became a hot-spot for existentialist thinkers like Jean-Paul Sartre & Simone de Beauvoir, and was known for its jazz music and avant-garde theatre. The district is also home to Paris’ oldest church, the medieval Église de Saint-Germain-des-Prés.

Expertly guided by Celine, you’ll amble through the cobble-stoned, gallery-lined streets that lead to the Musée d’Orsay, famed for its Impressionist art. Housed in the former Gare d’Orsay, a stunning Beaux-Arts railway station built between 1898-1900, you’ll be able to explore the wonderful collection of paintings, sculptures, furniture and photography on display, before stopping off for lunch at the Museum’s restaurant. The dining room is listed as a Historic Monument due to its beautiful painted and gilded ceilings, offset by dazzling chandeliers. The chef, Yann Landureu offers traditional French cuisine, interspersed with original dishes that take influence from the current museum exhibitions.

As your exploration of the district continues, you’ll enjoy a sweet gourmet tour, stopping at three delightful eateries along the way. You’ll experience the heavenly flavors of French pastries, macaroons, caramel and chocolates. Soak up the atmosphere as you journey past sidewalk booksellers selling vintage titles on the banks of the Seine, and Boulevard Saint-Germain which draws literature fans to iconic cafes like Café de Flore, once favored by writers such as Hemingway.

Prepare for an unforgettable day of history, food and heritage!
  • 8 hour tour of the Saint Germain district including Musée d’Orsay in the morning and a sweet gourmet tour in the afternoon
  • For maximum of 2 people
  • Hours are flexible, discuss with Celine
  • Does not include airfare, ground transportation, lodging or additional meals
  • Lunch at Musée d’Orsay is not included
  • Valid in June or July 2019
Donor: Et Voilà Paris