Go on a great 2-hour orientation tour of the Marais - a diverse area of contemporary gay life, historic mansions, and the Jewish quarter. Discover life in this elegant and historic quarter of Paris, know what to avoid and how to get around. See the best bars, saunas, restaurants, gay boutiques, and clubs in the area.
Start the tour at the nearby church and listen to stories about Henry III and his Mignons, his close group of young men on whom he lavished gifts and favors to the of the whole of Paris.
Proceed to Place de Vosges, one of the most beautiful square in Europe built by Henri 4th and completed in 1612, after passing an area near the Porte of Bastille, known for cruising in the 16th and 17th century. Here, admire the equestrian bronze of Louis 13th the King, whose most intense emotional ties were with a group of handsome men. Louis 13th, his wife Anne, and Cardinal Richelieu all became central figures in Alexander Dumas' novel The Three Musketeers.
As you continue on, you will discover men's gay fashion, leather boutiques, and home design stores scattered between beautifully restored mansions including the jewel like Musee Carnavalet. At the end of the stroll, you will pass by clubs and bars, the Jewish Quarter, and a renowned gay book store.
End the tour with a walk around the main gay meeting spots of the Marais around rue des Archives and see the popular bars, restaurants and boutiques. If open, you might also see the only remaining 15th century medieval church and Cloister in Paris before dinner at a wonderful gay restaurant where everyone makes friends.
- 3 course dinner
- Guided walk
- Personal expenses
- Optional activity costs
- Tips and gratuities