Private guides in Paris

Private guides in Paris

A unique selection of local professional guides

Discover our unique selection of handpicked private professional guides in Paris.

Eugénie, private and professional local guide in Paris

Eugénie, private guide for Unique Tours Factory

Paris, Versailles, food tour, highlights, Louvre, Eiffel Tower
LANGUAGES :
Anglais/English, Français/French
An authentic Parisian, I have always been passionate about history, especially thanks to my father who, during my childhood, brought to my attention the historical monuments and famous characters who shaped the history of France; that love story is hereditary! I'm very lucky to be living in Paris and even though I love traveling, I never get tired of Paris and love to come back, crossing the city in a taxi by night and seeing all the neighborhoods flashing before my eyes. Before choosing the profession of professional guide, I had a rather traditional office job, which was however still linked to Paris because it was city planning. During a trip to Rome, I saw some the guides in the Vatican, and I realized you could turn all that beauty into a job. Without further ado, I signed up for tests and interviews for guide school. In 2010, I obtained my professional guide diploma and today I organize guided visits in Paris for curious and enthusiastic travelers. I love outdoor activities and natural landscapes, but paradoxically, I'm a real proud of my city and willing to bring its treasures across. ...read more
Marie-Bénédicte, private and professional local guide in Paris

Marie-Bénédicte, private guide for Unique Tours Factory

Food tour, highlights, off the beaten tracks, gastronomy, Marais, Louvre, museum d'Orsay, fashion tour, VIP tour, workshops
LANGUAGES :
Français/French, Anglais/English, Espagnol/Spanish
After 12 years spent in sales and trade marketing, the birth of my 4th child gave me the impulse to change careers in order to fully devote myself to my passion: organizing guided tours in my beautiful city of Paris. In 2006, I created my own company with a small team of professional polyglot guides (Emanuela, Françoise, Xenia...), offering visitors the opportunity to discover Paris in a different way. While many cities are becoming standardized in their offer with the development of numerous chains of all kinds, the French capital retains its authenticity and its unique shops, thus preserving its peculiar charm. This is the concept of my visits which have been increasingly successful over the years. Through my special relationship with partners, merchants and artisans, I offer my visitors a unique sensory immersion punctuated by cultural stops in different symbolic places and neighborhoods of Paris. During my tours, visitors are led in confidential boutiques, carefully selected and conducive for the stimulation of the senses: perfumes, groceries, wines, chocolates and local workshops. My experts and passionate guides love to share their stories and offer fun activities to bring a playful dimension to the tours. Whether you are a gourmet, fashionista, fine nose, or wine lover, I create a customized itinerary to awake your senses: mysterious wine-cellars discovery in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés chic neighborhood, culinary traditions, and french Art of living in a prestigious restaurant, or meeting with fashion designers in the Marais during a show-room. PS : my tours are usually guided by Emanuela, Françoise or Xenia ...read more
Elisa, private and professional local guide in Paris

Elisa, private guide for Unique Tours Factory

Paris, Louvre museum, Eiffel Tower, Seine cruise, highlights
LANGUAGES :
Anglais/English, Espagnol/Spanish, Français/French
Born and brought up in Rennes (Brittany), I decided to move to Paris because of the city’s amazing architecture, history and dynamism. I wanted to combine my passion for history, art history and modern languages. So, after finishing my art history and modern language degree, I prepared and obtained my professional guiding license in Saumur. I like meeting people from different backgrounds, talking about architecture and taking visitors on a journey through French history, as well as giving insights into modern French life. One of my favorite places to take you is the Basilica of Saint-Denis because of the incredible mix of architecture, stained glass, sculptures and history. My passions? Argentine tango, impro, accompanying young people on language stays, history and architecture. ...read more
Carole, private and professional local guide in Paris

Carole, private guide for Unique Tours Factory

paris, cuisine, gastronomy, food, local, walking
LANGUAGES :
Espagnol/Spanish, Anglais/English, Français/French
Graduating with a Masters in international business, I worked as in international sales and exports and, during my many travels, I loved discovering different cultures through their food …until one day I was swept off my feet by a Mexican lawyer would later become my husband. After living in Mexico together for several years and starting a family, we decided to move back to France. Keen to keep a connection with travelling and different cultures, I dedicated to move into tourism. And, when French gastronomy was added to the UNESCO world heritage list, I came up with the idea of getting tourists to discover France through food. To acquire a deeper knowledge in food culture, I returned to the Sorbonne for two years to study the history of food and food culture. I got this master writing my thesis on food tourism in Paris, and this is how I became officially Food geographer. In 2012, after meeting numerous french gastronomy artisans and producers, I set up my own food tour guiding agency. I’m also a food tourism consultant and give classes to Masters students. I’m a member of Association des Femmes du Tourisme, and won the 2014 prize for the most innovative concept promoting French heritage. Specialized in food Markets such as wholesale Rungis Market, I am also involved during the last 2 years in the creation of the future Cité de la gastronomie Paris Rungis. ...read more
Lisa, private and professional local guide in Paris

Lisa, private guide for Unique Tours Factory

Private guide in Paris, Lisa - Unique Tours Factory
LANGUAGES :
Anglais/English, Français/French
Born in Toronto (Canada), I always had a passion for Paris and all things Parisian. In 2011, I decided to move to the French capital to fulfill my childhood dream. Before that, I had many lives and jobs, working in marketing, public relations, as a travel agent, in a restaurant, and even being a potter which I did for 15 years with my own gallery and studio. My passion for food, wine and art reached its peak when I travelled to Florence and took a food and wine tour I truly loved. From there, I knew this is what I wanted to do in Paris in order to show the city through its culinary aspects. To me, gastronomy and pleasures of the table are the perfect way to understand a city – especially Paris where eating is a way of life in its own right. I like to say I am a cultural consultant. On my side, you can discover the authentic flavors of Paris in family-run shops, restaurants and cafes loved by locals, and off-the-beaten-track gems of the Paris daily life. When I have some free time to spend, I love tasting food, talking to people and venturing in an unknown area. This is the Paris I live in: a city in a state of constant renewal and possibilities. With my team of multilingual guides (French, Spanish, English), we design unique culinary experiences with an educational dimension. Make sure you show up with an empty stomach! ...read more
Beate, private and professional local guide in Paris

Beate, private guide for Unique Tours Factory

tour, family, orsay, versailles, castle, musem
LANGUAGES :
Français/French, Anglais/English, Allemand/German
German native and Parisian by adoption, I have been enjoying the « City of light » with its endless cultural discoveries since the age of 18. After an initial Master’s degree in History from the Sorbonne, I completed a 5 year Master’s program in Art History at the Ecole du Louvre, a school within the famous museum, and have enjoyed working as a state licensed guide ever since. Leading family tours is definitely my preferred activity. I love the way kids look at art with fresh eyes. As a mother of three I came to understand how important it is to ensure that children have a fun and interactive museum experience. As a guide and art historian an equally essential part of my work is to provide the keys to « read » works of art and make the necessary connections between art and history, the past and the present. It’s important that children learn to observe, to think and to draw conclusions. My tours are designed to match these aims. ...read more
Anna, private and professional local guide in Paris

Anna, private guide for Unique Tours Factory

Paris, Maisons-Laffitte, horseback trail rides, horseback riding
LANGUAGES :
Anglais/English, Français/French
I’m from Gothenburg in Sweden, but I’ve lived in France since 1986. Having worked in a wide range of sectors - ranging from language school director to travel agent manager – I decided to complete a training course to become an equestrian tourist guide. Dressage rider competition, I have been working in tourism for 30 years so I wanted to combine my passion and professional experience. I’m fascinated by Maisons-Laffitte and the surrounding region. I want to share this enthusiasm and show you beautiful and unexpected places, as well as the unique atmosphere at the Cité du Cheval. All our guides have an official equestrian guide or aide diploma. They are pleased to make you discover the wildlife and history of Maisons-Laffitte and the Forest of Saint Germain. ...read more
Benjamin, private and professional local guide in Paris

Benjamin, private guide for Unique Tours Factory

boat, tour, paris, highlights, history
LANGUAGES :
Anglais/English, Espagnol/Spanish, Français/French
Born in Paris, I studied tourism then moved abroad to live many experiences. After a year in Australia, and several months as a Hotel Manager in Venezuela, I acted in a film in India and traveled to China, Ghana and the United States. I also traveled to Budapest by bike from Paris, then continued in Egypt, Jordan and Turkey. Throughout these adventures, I worked in various fields such as catering, plumbing, communication and sales. Following these experiences, I decided to go back to Paris to share my passion for ! A childhood friend and his wife joined me in this adventure and we specialized in boat tours on the Seine to show the monuments of Paris from the water. I especially like the bridge of Bir Hakeim and, overnight, the Pont Neuf, which has a beautiful lighting. I like to tell about the origin of the names “Pont Neuf” and “Vert-Galant”. I am more a teller of anecdotes rather than dates and architectural styles, although history also fascinates me. During my tours, you will discover many fun facts - Why do we say "paying in monkey money," "lasting 107 years" or why in France we call police officers, "the chickens". The Grand Palace is also one of my favorite sights in Paris. Did you know its canopy is heavier than the whole Eiffel Tower ? (9500 tons against 7500 for the Eiffel Tower)? The happiness of my clients gives me great satisfaction and rewards. I sometimes come across passengers who feel sorry to ask me a thousand questions about Paris and France, while in fact, this exchange with them is precisely the essence of my work on board; the reason why I love my job, and what makes each cruise unique. Although, of course, some passengers want to enjoy the boat tour with a driver who is happy to just drive, my pleasure (and my quality, I think) is to adapt to each group and deliver the hospitality and attention they want. ...read more
Jozef, private and professional local guide in Paris

Jozef, private guide for Unique Tours Factory

Loire Valley, Champagne, Normandy, wine tastings
LANGUAGES :
Français/French, Anglais/English
I’m originally from Czechoslovakia and I worked in numerous countries before settling in France, attracted above all by the history, wine and my fiancée! I graduated from Hotel Management School, before training as a sommelier. With experience working in Germany, London, France and Singapore, seven years ago, I decided to set up my own guiding company, focusing initially on the wines regions around the River Loire, Champagne & Burgundy. I’m fascinated by history, particularly World War II, and have taken specialist courses to deepen my understanding. During my tours, I - or one of my partner guides - will take you beyond Paris to Normandy, the Loire Valley, Giverny and the Champagne region. You’ll get unique insights in French wine, history and architecture, while uncovering secrets and stories that bring the country to life. I’m a big fan of mountain biking and I like spending time with my family and meeting new people. ...read more
Bertrand, private and professional local guide in Paris

Bertrand, private guide for Unique Tours Factory

Paris, highlights, Montmartre, Versailles, Giverny
LANGUAGES :
Anglais/English, Espagnol/Spanish, Français/French
I was born in the Basque Country, but I moved to Paris when I was 18 years old. I wanted to discover the world: I studied at Science Po Lille, completed “prépa” classes in Paris and then went to Sweden. Why did I become a guide? By chance. A friend asked me to help him distribute flyers for guided tours in front of Notre Dame. And, I was immediately hooked! For 5 years, we created guided tours across Europe before setting up our own people-sized company with a small team of colleagues to offer customized Paris tours. In our team of 6, 4 of us have official guiding qualifications and we conduct visits in French, English, Spanish and Polish. Each of us has a specialty in relation to 4 key themes: history and religion, food and wine, art and “off the beaten track.” I prefer French history and religion including Notre Dame and Sainte Chapelle. Giving tours is a passion for me – I like learning and sharing, inciting curiosity and watching the connections that are created. ...read more
François, private and professional local guide in Paris

Francois, private guide for Unique Tours Factory

Louvre, Eiffel Tower, highlights, Reims, Epernay, palaces in Loire Valley, wine and champagne degustation
LANGUAGES :
Anglais/English, Français/French
I’m from the northern French town of Douai, but I moved to Paris to finish my art history degree. I worked at the Musée National de la Renaissance and then for antique dealer Jacqueline Boccador before organizing contemporary art exhibitions with art dealer Marc Higonnet. I’ve been a qualified guide since 2011 and enjoy being able to mix my love of the humanities and good food. When I was young, my mother took me to the Musée de la Chartreuse de Douai for an archeology lecture, which I found incredibly beautiful (even if I didn’t understand everything)! Since then, I give lectures and guided tours in the hope of inspiring young – and not so young – people. Given my classical background, I’m particularly fond of the Louvre, the Jacquemart-André, Picasso et Middle Ages museums, as well as the châteaux of Chantilly, Fontainebleau and Chambord. ...read more
Adelaïde and Jack, private and professional local guides in Paris

Jack and Adelaïde, private guides for Unique Tours Factory

Art, drawing, Montmartre, Luxembourg, Ile St-Louis
LANGUAGES :
Anglais/English, Français/French
Jack was born into a family of artists in England. Following a holiday to Paris in 2003, he decided to come back to France to study at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts. Adelaïde also chose to study at the Beaux-Arts de Paris in order to focus on painting and in particular frescos, and this is where they met each other and became friends. The pair share a passion for Paris, art and teaching. So, when Jack suggested creating tours where tourists draw and discover Paris at the same time, Adelaïde loved the idea and they set up a company. The aim? Combine drawing and tourism to share the city’s streets, secrets and monuments with visitors. Their favorite spots? Montmartre, Ile St Louis and the Luxembourg Gardens. Jack is delighted when clients who claim “not to know how to draw” are satisfied with their artistic creations at the end of a tour. While, Adelaïde loves meeting the people in her groups, sparking their curiosity and adding value to their visit. ...read more
Caroline, private and professional local guide in Paris

Caroline, private guide for Unique Tours Factory

Versailles, history, private appartements, grands appartements, Trianon, Ile de la Cité, Notre-Dame Cathedral, Conciergerie, Sainte Chapelle
LANGUAGES :
Français/French, Anglais/English
Born and brought up in Paris, I studied history and was destined to become a teacher, as I like working with people. However, I also wanted more freedom and flexibility. So, in 2009, I started giving tours as a volunteer and completed by professional guiding qualification the following year. I love this job as I’m always surrounded by people, I get to share my passion for history, and I create personal relationship during small private tours. My favorite themes? History (ex. Monuments like the Basilica of Saint-Denis, Saint Chapelle and Les Invalides), le Marais (Medieval architecture, aristocratic history) and the Louvre. As well as history, I’m also passionate about fashion, travelling and psychology. ...read more
Bénédicte, private and professional local guide in Paris

Bénédicte, private guide for Unique Tours Factory

Notre-Dame, Belle-Epoque, Ile de la Cité
LANGUAGES :
Allemand/German, Français/French, Anglais/English
Native of the Parisian region and Parisian by adoption, I am a guide lecturer specialized in the preservation of heritage. Having co-founded my own agency, I organize tours in atypical places of Paris, offering an authentic experience off the beaten paths and still charged with a strong historical dimension. History is indeed my passion ever since childhood when I was spending my time recreating the kings of France's family tree. Each district of Paris is full of history between art, literature, music, gastronomy and anecdotes. I especially love to connect places with characters in order to immerse my visitors in a different atmosphere. Using both my experiences of teacher and tour guide, I create some evolutionary walking tours, always with great humor and adapting myself to my audience, to create positive emotions. Sharing my knowledge and seeing happiness in people's eyes is what I like the most about my job. Follow me in the Paris of the Belle Epoque and the Middle-Ages, as well as on the footsteps of Rodin, Renoir, Manet, Toulouse-Lautrec and all these other painters whose paintings have caused a scandal in the 19th century! ...read more
Juliette, private and professional local guide in Paris

Juliette, private guide for Unique Tours Factory

Cinema, Palais Royal, Opera Square
LANGUAGES :
Français/French, Anglais/English
Passionate about cinema and History since my childhood, I worked in cinema production for three years after completing a Master in History of Cinema in Paris. Having the desire to transmit and share my passion with neophytes or other moviegoers, I also wanted to show the city of Paris through a different perspective and address cultural tourism in a different way. So I specialized in Movie Ride guided tours. Today and, since four years now, I tell the wonderful story of the cinema, being proud to work for such a beautiful city with such a rich history. What I like the most about my job are meeting people and sharing, but also the fact that participants have a thirst for knowledge as well as a real desire to discover the city. If you also love Paris and cinema, follow me on the footsteps of your favorite actors along the Parisian cobblestones, which blend the story of a magnificent city with one of the most popular of all the arts. ...read more
Catherine, private and professional local guide in Paris

Catherine, private guide for Unique Tours Factory

Wine tasting, contemporary art, St-Germain des Prés
LANGUAGES :
Anglais/English, Espagnol/Spanish, Français/French
Originally from the South-West of France, I grew up surrounded by wine and good food. This is probably why, after some scientific studies and a career in engineering followed by fifteen years in consulting and human resources, I chose to go back to my roots by attending oenology and viticulture courses, as well as taking the co-management of a wine club, multiplying tastings and agreements between the food and wine experiences. Passionate about wine, I decided later to found my own company to put my skills and knowledge of wine to serve my customers, while making it accessible. I have a keen sense of smell, and now continue to explore the world of wine with the aim to transmit and share with other enthusiasts. Follow me off the Paris beaten paths to discover wine, gastronomy and all the emotions surrounding them. ...read more
Marion, private and professional local guide in Paris

Marion, private guide for Unique Tours Factory

Molière, Montmartre, photography, Opera house
LANGUAGES :
Anglais/English, Français/French
Originally from the Loire Valley, I grew up surrounded by art, thanks to my parents, two teachers who always brought me in museums and historical monuments... After my studies in art history, I did an internship at the Chateau de Fontainebleau; which decided me to Paris to live close to museums, monuments and culture. Wishing to convey and share my passion for history and art, I decided to become a guide-lecturer. I am a true passionate and this is what characterizes me the most, I think. I am very dynamic, and visitors usually say that my visits are alive and animated. I love laughing about small historical anecdotes, talk about "little" stories to explain the "great" History. And what I like most of all in my job are the reactions, smiles, and laughs of my guests. I love to make my visits a real moment of exchange and sharing. Follow me on the footsteps of Molière and its Comédie Française, as well as in bohème stories of Montmartre. ...read more
Camille, private and professional local guide in Paris

Camille, private guide for Unique Tours Factory

French history, polo, Chantilly castle
LANGUAGES :
Espagnol/Spanish, Anglais/English
In my family, the horse world is a passion. It is therefore natural that we founded our company, a great entrepreneurial mother and daughter adventure offering unique services in the beautiful and royal city of Chantilly, close to Paris. Chantilly is known as the Horse Capital of France and detains an important historical heritage which its royal Château and famous Chaalis Abbey. Thanks to special contacts and a perfect knowledge of the equestrian environment, we organize princely events such as guided tours and dramatized visits with horseback riding in unusual and historic Chantilly sites, always with great care and attention to detail. Our goal is to transport visitors to another time and make their experience memorable. Retrace the history of King Louis XIV by taking part in a fox hunt; attend an equestrian show, animated by stuntmen; visit the royal stables; marvel at period costumes and experience the game of polo on horseback. Whether you are confirmed riders or complete beginners, our horses suit your needs and desires. We also organize gourmet dinners in castles around Chantilly to immerse yourself in the atmosphere of yesteryear. PS: My tours are usually guided by Virginie ...read more
Magali, private and professional local guide in Paris and London

Magali, private guide for Unique Tours Factory in Paris, London, Rome, Florence, Val de Loire

Private family tours in Paris, London, Rome, Florence, Val de Loire
LANGUAGES :
Anglais/English, Français/French
After my business studies at HEC interspersed with abroad experiences in the luxury and fashion sector, I worked for 4 years in a consulting firm before launching my dream concept: high-end tourism for families, following a request customers had, looking for activities to do in Paris with their children. By creating my own company, I could serve all my passions at once: cooking, culture and my adopted city of Paris, whose secrets I all know. London was also part of the adventure because it is one of my host cities. Having the attention for detail and quality, I offer tailor-made tours in various European destinations such as of Paris, Loire Valley, and London, Rome and Florence for families wishing to explore these places with their children in an original way and without having to worry about logistics. With my small team of passionate professionals, we developed themed itineraries in the best places, adding for each of them some high-quality activities suitable for children of all ages and interests. Visit the Louvre Museum during a treasure hunt followed by a painting course, relapse in the novel and film The Da Vinci Code with an orientation game, discover French tradition while making the iconic baguette, visit the artistic village of Montmartre while learning french, explore Rome and learn about its history through specially-designed stories, quizzes and games or discover the life of Galileo the famous astronomer and his inventions through a visit to his museum. These are few examples of our organized family tours which allow parents to spend quality time with their children. ...read more
Lisette, private and professional local guide in Paris

Lisette, private guide for Unique Tours Factory

Cabarets, French-Cancan, Montmartre, Cinema
LANGUAGES :
Français/French, Italien/Italian, Anglais/English
After a national tour guide diploma followed by multiple tourism experiences in Europe and the US, I decided to settle in Paris to attend a theater course that made me discover my true vocation of actress and propelled me on stage between musicals, theater and cinema. After a fortunate encounter with a Montmartre movie actor, I rediscover the scenes of this small charming neighborhood. Passionate about the cinema decor of Montmartre and the songs of the pre-war, I decided to start my own tour-guiding business. After several cinema-themed tours, my first sung stroll in Montmartre was born thanks to a collaboration with the singer and actress Cyriel Tardivel. My Montmartre is the one of Jean Renoir and his "Bitch", Amelie Poulain and her arrow trail to the Sacré Coeur, Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris, Claude Lelouch, Jean-Pierre Jeunet and all these important figures of the cinema's history; but also Toulouse Lautrec, Edith Piaf, Yvette Guilbert and many other artists who lived in Montmartre during the prewar; cabarets, brothels and crazy atmosphere that reigned and still reigns in this bohemian neighborhood that looks like me. During my sung and dramatized tours, I take you in unusual locations of Montmartre, full of anecdotes and shaped by the passage of yesteryear's artists… ...read more
Fabienne, private and professional local guide in Paris
LANGUAGES :
Français/French, Anglais/English
Originally from an artisan family in Provence, then former globe-trotter and fashion designer specialized in hats and accessories, I finally and definitively settled in Paris, my adoption city, which spells on me since childhood. Passionate about art, culture and cinema, I decided to create a unique concept of guided tours in Paris, following in the footsteps of Parisian artists who have shaped the city's history. As an omniscient narrator, I plunge my audience back in time: my tours allow curious visitors to see Paris from an artistic angle to feel the magnetism that the French capital and its different neighborhoods have breathed within painters, singers, actors, writers, photographers, designers and musicians who have lived there and still live on in their city's memory. Because Paris is more than the Louvre or the Eiffel Tower. Paris is also small cafés, squares, old cobblestones, gardens and many other places, all impregnated with a historical past that left a vintage and creative atmosphere in every corner of the city - and whose contemporary artists are inspired to design the trends of tomorrow. From Coco Chanel to Yves Saint Laurent, through Serge Gainsbourg, Jean Cocteau, Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso and Van Gogh, let me show you the historical and magical Paris in a chic decor full of anecdotes. PS : my tours could be guided by Sara, Elodie, Godo, Barbara or myself. ...read more