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Jewish Marais tour with Synagogue visit and Lunch

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    What to Expect
    Begin your historic walk at 11am in what Napoleon called the jewel of Paris, Place des Vosges. Step through the ancient arcade into the garden of Hotel de Sully, where you’ll learn more about the importance of hotels (mansions) in Paris. (Hint: the wealthy don't live in them anymore).

    Continue exploring the winding streets of the Marais as your guide explains how little the neighborhood’s layout has changed since first being built. With plenty of light-hearted stops (such as catching a glimpse of a cross-dressing Napoleon statue by the Historical Library of Paris), you’ll weave through many tiny streets in this classically Old Paris neighborhood. Your guide will share history and anecdotes, guiding you on a pleasantly-paced walk through important historical sites including the facade of the famous rue Pavee synagogue (created by Hector Guimard, who also designed the iconic Art Nouveau metro entrances).

    Head to the Fleishman Synagogue with your guide, where you'll be welcomed by a member of the synagogue and invited inside. Have a seat inside as your guide gives you the history highlight reel of the Jewish Community in France. It's 2,000 years of history, but in about 30 minutes, you'll hear the most important parts of our easy-to-understand style.

    Turn onto the charmingly cobblestone rue des Rosiers, arguably the bustling center of this Jewish neighborhood. Soak in the atmosphere of the area, from Jewish paraphernalia shops to Jewish bakeries to Kosher restaurants...

    Speaking of Kosher restaurants: enjoy a special lunch at L'As du Falafel (Lenny Kravitz favorite falafel) as your guide secures no-wait reservations at this no-reservations landmark restaurant. Your meal is at an individual expense so you may choose anything off the traditional Israeli menu, including the falafel that made them famous, or shawarma. 

    After our 40-minute restaurant break, top off your meal with the last stroll to the Shoah Holocaust Museum and Memorial, where your guide will share the most moving stories of the Jewish experience during WWII before concluding the tour. Free entry to the Shoah Museum is available for those who wish to learn more on their own after the tour (a typical visit usually takes about 1 hour).
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Place des Vosges, Paris, France
    Departure Time
    11:00 AM
    • Local taxes
    • Local guide
    • All taxes, fees and handling charges
    • Entry/Admission - Memorial De La Shoah
    • Food and drinks (during lunch stop this is at individual expense)
    • Gratuities (never expected but always appreciated)
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Transportation
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • A maximum of 12 people per booking
    • Dress code is modest
    • Kosher & Vegetarian options are available
    • Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    All reviews falafel restaurant sight seeker's delight sight seekers l'as du fallafel walking tour shoah memorial karen's tour non jews falafel plate pere lachaise cemetery subject matter fun and informative tour visiting paris great stories highly recommend the tour rich history paris experience
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    Reviewed 1 week ago

    Karen was a knowledgeable and entertaining host. She covered a wide breadth of information by sharing historic facts, storytelling and experiences. Her sense of humor helped us manage through the darker moments of history. It was very nice having the opportunity to sit down with...More

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank RobinA_13
    Reviewed 1 week ago

    The layers of history about the Marais and the Jewish history of Paris were presented with humour and skill. Karen, our guide, built a relationship with everyone in the big group over a short time. She clearly shares great affection with the locals. The lunch...More

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank cnh1703
    Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

    Emma was great and her presentation was well prepared. She was able to answer all questions, easy to listen to and full of interesting tidbits. I found the tour to be profound! Live history gave such a different perspective than books, movies, or the internet....More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    1  Thank Jfschnei
    Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

    Our tour guide was EXCELLENT. Great information, nice pace, wonderful lunch. We had an awesome tour and are glad we booked it. Highly recommend.

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Lisa G
    Reviewed 10 September 2019 via mobile

    Karen is very knowledgeable and funny and does a good job of telling the story of France's Jews through their entire history in the country. Very interesting and enoyable. The falafel was good too (even though it's outside of Israel!). Highly recommended.

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Shawn G
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    14 September 2019|
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    Response from Trixiejoey | Reviewed this property |
    I don’t think it would matter whether you go Monday or Tuesday but I would try to get Karen. She does have employees who work for her who do the tour. You can send a message to her via her website or on Facebook... More
    8 July 2019|
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    Response from GalinaNewYork | Reviewed this property |
    You can approach Karen directly. Ask her if she is scheduled to guide that day. Most likely yes and Hopefully she will be the guide. The actual walk is not long. Very pleasant, the actual area is smsll. So it will be a... More
    Judy W
    9 February 2019|
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    Response from Ann L | Reviewed this property |
    Hi, tour been and done? Just saw this question now. If not, best advice I can offer is contact tour operator. They are very helpful. My group met in the centre of the Place, next to the statue of the horse.
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