Paris is a beautiful city, and one that is prime for exploration on foot. Taking a walking tour is a good way to see the city up-close, and finding one is simple. The hardest decision you will have to make is which one to take!
- Go Googling: A simple search for "Paris walking tours" garners millions of hits. Surf around a little and get an idea of what's offered. Prices can vary from site to site and season to season. Sites such as Classic Paris Walks, Paris à Pied, and Paris Walkabout offer guided tours in English. Most last two to three hours, and take you around specific quarters of the city.
- Get Personal: Ask friends and family about their experiences. Check out online message boards for personal advice on which companies to book tours with, and when to go.
- Open a Book: Check out the "travel" section of your local bookstore. Travel guides like Frommer's, Lonely Planet and EyeWitness are written by seasoned travelers who've taken the tours and know little secrets, like when to go to beat the crowds. A tour guide should contain everything you need to get in touch with the different touring agencies, and is a good investment for anyone planning a trip.
- Make Contact: Once you've found a tour you like, call or email the company offering it. Make sure to ask about rates and reservations, as well as any other pertinent information. People with small children or special needs should make sure the tour they want will be able to accommodate them; if not, ask for a referral to a company who can help you. Remember, these companies cater to tourists, so they will have English-speaking employees.
- Challenge Yourself: People looking to improve their French language skills can take a tour in French; try A Paris or Paris Balades for these options en francais.