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  • Address: Place de la Bastille, Paris, Ile-de-France 75004, France
  • Admission: Free

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Bastille Tours

With its riveting mixture of gourmet markets, cutting-edge drinking holes, and historic landmarks, Paris' Bastille neighborhood allows travelers to escape the city's bustling center and discover the 'Parisian's Paris.' Boutique and bohemian, Bastille buzzes with creativity, most evident in its boutique shops and the artist studios that populate its streets. The heart of the Bastille area is Place de la Bastille, the former home of the Bastille. Today, long after the destruction of the 14th-century fortress, traffic whirls at a roundabout topped by the 170-foot (52-meter) Colonne de Juillet, beneath which some of those who died in the 1830 French Revolution are buried.

The Basics
Due to its historical significance, the Bastille district is an integral part of many Paris city tours; however, more specialized excursions that focus solely on the Bastille arrondissement are also available. The best way to absorb the culture and French history of Bastille is on a food tour that centers on Bastille's thriving culinary scene and markets. Feast on French delicacies and enjoy wine tasting at Marche d'Aligre market, browse shops selling charcuterie and cheese, and stroll along Promenade Plantee, a 19th-century rail viaduct transformed into the world's first elevated park.

Other Bastille highlights include the Viaduc des Arts, a modern version of an old Paris viaduct, Port de l'Arsenal, and Opera Bastille, an innovative structure whose interior can be explored on a guided tour.
  • A Bastille tour is ideal for history and food lovers.
  • The neighborhood is most often visited on half-day walking tours of Paris.
  • Book a tour of Opera Bastille in advance to see the opera house's interior.

How to Get to Bastille
Bastille is easily reachable by car, train, or on foot from the center of Paris. The Bastille metro station is serviced by Line 5—it takes about 40 minutes to reach from central Paris landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower. If you're time-rich, walking to the Bastille district along the banks of the Seine River will reveal Paris' finer details. During the 1.5-hour stroll along Quai d'Orsay, you'll pass the Louvre museum and its famous pyramid, the mighty Notre Dame Cathedral, and a scattering of pretty bridges and parks.

For a half-day hike, follow the Promenade Plantee on a 2.7-mile (4.5-km) trail to Bois de Vincennes, former royal hunting grounds home to the Parc Zoologique and Parc Floral de Paris.

When to Get There
At night, Bastille comes to life with an eclectic mix of swanky wine bars, raucous taverns, atmospheric jazz clubs, and cutting-edge cocktail bars. Begin your evening with fine French fare in an intimate bistro and end your night dancing among chic Parisians until the early hours.

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Small-Group Gourmet Food and Market Tour of the Bastille District in Paris, Paris, null
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Small-Group Gourmet Food and Market Tour of the Bastille District in Paris

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Explore Paris’ colorful Bastille district on a 3-hour food tour led by an expert food-loving guide! Spreading out into three Paris arrondissements, the ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $100.85
Paris Walking Tour: Discover the Marais District, Paris, Food Tours
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Paris Walking Tour: Discover the Marais District

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Explore the historic Marais district of Paris, home to the Places des Vosges, Pompidou Centre and the Bastille, on a 2-hour walking tour with an expert guide. ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $23.73
Bastille District: Food Tasting, Promenade Plantée and Viaduc des Arts Walking Tour, Paris, Walking ... 
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Bastille District: Food Tasting, Promenade Plantée and Viaduc des Arts Walking Tour

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Gain insight into the local food, culture, history and daily life of Paris' Bastille district on this 3-hour walking tour. Veer off the tourist trail with a ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $112.71
Paris Food Tour: Small-Group Gourmet Experience with Charcuterie, Pastries, Lunch and Wine Tasting, ... 
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Paris Food Tour: Small-Group Gourmet Experience with Charcuterie, Pastries, Lunch and Wine Tasting

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Spend a full day tasting Paris’ gourmet delights on this small-group walking tour. Starting near the Bastille and ending in St-Germain-des-Prés, ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $261.02
Paris City Tour and Seine River Cruise, Paris, Food Tours
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Paris City Tour and Seine River Cruise

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A great combination! Offering an introductory tour of Paris' highlights including the Eiffel Tower, Champs-Elysées and Notre Dame plus a one hour cruise ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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Full-Day Paris City Tour, Eiffel Tower Lunch, and Seine River Cruise, Paris, Bus & Minivan Tours
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Full-Day Paris City Tour, Eiffel Tower Lunch, and Seine River Cruise

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Embark on this full-day panoramic city tour of Paris with a guide to explore the city and admire some of the most beautiful and amazing monuments, bridges and ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $136.44
Paris City Tour and Eiffel Tower Half-day Trip, Paris, City Tours
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Paris City Tour and Eiffel Tower Half-day Trip

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See Paris’ top city attractions and take in panoramic views from the Eiffel Tower on this 3-hour Paris city tour. Admire top city attractions such as the Arc ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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Paris by Bus with Eiffel Tower 2nd Level Access and 3-Course Lunch, Paris, Bus & Minivan Tours
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Paris by Bus with Eiffel Tower 2nd Level Access and 3-Course Lunch

The Must See Paris tour to explore the City and admire some of the most beautiful and amazing Monuments ,bridges and avenues.You will depart from our central ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $124.58
Best of French Revolution : 3-hour Historical Adventure Tour, Paris, Day Trips
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Best of French Revolution : 3-hour Historical Adventure Tour

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Experience this historical adventure tour and relive July 14th 1789, the most important day in French history! You will meet your guide in front of the main ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $86.61
Paris Express City Tour, Paris, Cultural Tours
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Paris Express City Tour

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This sightseeing tour will give you the unique opportunity to discover Paris, its history and its major landmarks.

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 105 minutes (approx.)

From USD $20.17

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