If you’re looking for romantic things to do in Paris or an alternative tour of the city of love, you’re in the right place! In this article I’ll share a review of Paris Polaroid Tours: a different kind of city tour.
Last december we took a quick trip to Paris. We had two days in Paris. Two days in the most romantic city in the world, two days of macarons, pretty winter lights, museums, cafe au laits, and the coolest tour of Paris.
“We’ll never have Paris” said the sarcastic Humphrey Bogart in me. Yes, I have a sarcastic Humphrey Bogart in me 🙂 What’s your superpower?
I have always thought Paris is not a city for me. I thought I already know too much about it from movies, posters, songs, paintings,media. Yes, I’ve dreamed of strolling the streets of Paris, waking up in a hotel room with a balcony, spending days at the Louvre, walking on the banks of the Seine’s- but who doesn’t?
But the thought of fighting with thousands of tourist over the best view of the Eiffel tower, or waiting hours in line to get inside the Louvre made it a not so desirable destination for me.
I’m not a die-hard Paris fan: to be honest, if it wouldn’t for the Paris Polaroid Tour, I probably would have postponed visiting Paris for at least 5 years.
Then in December I won a contest with Paris Polaroid Tours: a walking tour in Paris with an instant camera!
Side note: we take an instant picture with an old Polaroid camera in every destination we visit. It’s our thing 🙂 What’s your thing? Magnets? Postcards? Stones? Tell me in the comments!
It became inevitable for us to visit Paris. What a first world problem, right?
“So the good news is you will be in Paris on the first Sunday of the month, which automatically means free museums!” wrote our guide in her first email.
Which automatically meant I unleashed the art-beast in myself, and planned on spending the weekend in the museums of Paris.
I must be a fun person to travel with. 😀
Two days In Paris were enough for me to fall in love with the city (especially Montmartre) and realize that the hype around Paris is real.
What to expect from the Paris Polaroid Tours
Anecdotes, stories, cool facts and the best souvenirs. This pretty much sums up the Paris Polaroid Tours.
Each tour lasts for 2 hours during which you can take 10 instant pictures. If you would like to take more pictures than 10, you can select an extra package when booking the tour.
The guide will take around the famous sights and will share some really interesting facts and stories about everything you visit. You can take pictures of whatever you like, but the guide will also help you choose if you can’t decide. We did not regret listening to her advice, as we got to take some really cool shots!
Our guide, Stephanie was very knowledgeable, well-prepared and spoke excellent English.
She answered our emails promptly, gave us advice on what to visit, where to eat- the perfect guide.
Keep in mind that the The Paris Polaroid Tour is a walking tour, so wear comfortable walking shoes. It is also suitable and fun for children (age 6+).
When to take the tour
We survived (and enjoyed) the two-hour long tour in a cold and rainy December afternoon. It won’t get worse than that 🙂 In my opinion, it is a totally enjoyable alternative tour of Paris in every season.
Which tour to choose
There are three different tours from which you can choose: Classic Paris tour, Street art Paris tour- 13th District and a Marvellous Montmartre tour.
Classic Paris tour
Are you visiting Paris for the first time and don’t know which city tour to take? This tour is for you!
Crafted around the most iconic monuments of Paris, the Classic Paris tour is the perfect rendez-vous with the City of Lights.
The tour lasts two hours and you will get the chance to take home instant pictures of the Notre Dame, the Louvre Pyramid, the Eiffel Tower, Pont des Arts. How awesome is that?
Highlights of the tour: Notre-Dame Cathedral, Ile de la Cité, Quai des Orfèvres, Pont Neuf, Conciergerie, Pont des Arts, Louvre, Arc de Triomphe du Carroussel, Tuileries Gardens, Place de la Concorde, Champs-Elysees.
Marvellous Montmartre tour
Montmartre, mon amour!
I must say I am sooo glad we took this tour! And yes, I fell in love with Montmartre. If eating a crème brûlée in Amélie’s café will not convince you to take this tour, I don’t know what will 😀
I knew instantly that I wanted to take the Marvelous Montmartre tour.
Decadent spirit, anecdotes, stories about painters, Amélie’s café, stories about 19th century painters? Yes, please!
Just in case you were wondering: the best view of Paris is not from the Eiffel Tower, but from the Sacre Coeur Basilica in Montmartre. That’s a fact. (Invented by me, but still.)
If there’s one reason I would go back to Paris, is to visit Montmartre during spring.
Highlights of the tour: Moulin Rouge, Café les 2 Moulins, Picasso’s painting studio, Dalida’s former home, Moulin de la Galette, Montmartre’s vineyard, the most notorious Cabaret ‘Au Lapin Agile’, Sacré-Coeur Basilica.
Street art Paris tour- 13th District
Exploring Paris’s alternative side can’t get any cooler than this: you can explore the famous 13th District’s street art with an instant camera.
“This incredibly colourful neighbourhood decided to give the walls back to the community and let worldwide artists turn them into true works which everyone can enjoy. Learn about the street artists’ backgrounds, inspiration and techniques used to create the breathtaking murals of the 13th District.” Paris Polaroid Tours
Highlights of the tour: C215, Pantónio, Shepard Fairy, Cost, INTI, Vhils and many more!
How to book Paris Polaroid Tours
You can book a tour directly from their website!
During the tour you will get to take pictures with a Fuji Instax camera. You can keep the pretty pictures you take, but the camera has to be returned.
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