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 I want to thank everyone for watching my live Rue de Martyrs Food tour yesterday and also for your generous tips to my PayPal account. I'm sorry I couldn't thank all of you individually, but know I really appreciate it. CLICK HERE to watch the video and CLICK HERE if you would like to leave a tip in my PayPal account (you don’t have to have a PayPal account), which I would greatly appreciate, as I do these tours free of charge for France.fr  Enjoy! 

With the exception of a Parisian taking one of my tours in February 2021, I have not given a live Eye Prefer Paris tour since February 2020.

I was overjoyed when I read a few weeks ago that France is going to open its borders on June 9 to people who have been vaccinated.

This means that I can start giving live tours again, and I am very excited to do so. Many of you said that soon as the Covid restrictions in Paris were lifted, you would be coming to Paris and taking my tours. If it’s your first time taking an Eye Prefer Paris Tour, I welcome you, and if you have taken a tour previously, I can’t wait to see you again.

Below is a current list of my tours and CLICK HERE if you would like to book one or more. You can also email me at r.nahem@gmail.com if you have questions or need mire information. 

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Le Marais Neighborhood Walking Tour

Come take an insiders stroll through the lovely Marais, one of the oldest and historical areas of Paris. Marais expert Richard Nahem (he has lived in the area since 2005) will share the breathtaking, historic buildings and private mansions dating back to the 1600s, beautiful manicured parks and gardens and some of the finest art galleries and small, jewel-like museums. Discover the city’s chicest designer clothing and accessory boutiques and food lovers can feast at some of the top food shops, patisseries, and chocolate shops. The tour also includes a visit to the Jewish Quarter exploring an Art Nouveau synagogue, the Shoah Memorial, and the tasty Jewish food shops. Enjoy this unforgettable tour of a truly magical part of Paris. Tour includes a stop at an award winning bakery for a pastry and a coffee. (Not included in price).

225€ for 1 to 3 people, 75€ for each additional person for a 3-hour tour. 500€for a full day/7 hour tour that includes a 1-hour lunch break. (Price of lunch not included). Each additional person 90€.

Tour time: 3 hours for half day, 7 hours for full day 

Morning tour 10:30AM-1:30PM

Afternoon tour 2:30PM-5:30PM

Full day tour 10:30AM-5:30PM

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Emily In Paris Tour

This delightful tour will take you to many of the locations that Emily in Paris, the hit Netflix show, was filmed in. Locations include her apartment building in the Latin Quarter, the gardens of the Palais Royal, where she meets her friend Mindy, the Pont Alexandre, the bridge where the perfume commercial is filmed, La Maison Rose, the adorable pink restaurant in Montmartre, the Paris Opera house, Café de Flore, where she meets Thomas, and last but not least, the Boulangerie Moderne, where you get to taste the same pain au chocolat Emily swooned over. The tour will also include the history and insider tips about the locations and a few other surprises.

The three-hour tour is done in a late model sedan or van, with a guide and driver.

 Cost for two people is 375€

Cost for three to six people is 475€

Morning tour 10:30AM-1:30PM

Afternoon tour 2:30PM-5:30PM

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St. Germain des Prés Tour 

St. Germain des Prés is one of the most beloved areas of Paris. As a former hub for writers and artists like Hemingway, Picasso, Jean-Paul Sartre, and F. Scott Fitzgerald, it still has a unique, carefree vibe that is unparalleled. From its lavish 19th-century Belle Époque–style buildings to its top antiques and contemporary art galleries, to its famous people-watching cafés Café de Flore and Les Deux Magots, St. Germain des Prés is the quintessential Paris experience. Tour also includes a visit to the magnificent Luxembourg Gardens, the 17th century St. Sulpice Church, the second largest in Paris (also written about in The DaVinci Code), a bakery known for its scrumptious macaroons, and a visit to the incredible food halls of Le Grand Epicerie.

225€for 1 to 3 people, 75€ for each additional person

Tour time: 3 hours

Morning tour 10:30AM-1:30PM

Afternoon tour 2:30PM-5:30PM

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Montmartre Tour

Scale the heights of Paris in Montmartre, 500 feet above the city, with breathtaking panoramic views. Discover the gems of this former little village originally outside of Paris: the beautiful Sacre Coeur church with its marble Byzantine-style domes, the former artist colony and studios where Picasso, Toulouse Lautrec, Van Gogh and Degas painted their masterpieces, the ancient windmills, the still operating vineyard that produces an annual wine, and a walk on one of the best gourmet food shop streets in Paris.

225€ for 1 to 3 people, 75€ for each additional person

Tour time: 2.5 hours

Morning tour 10:30AM-1PM

Afternoon tour 2:30PM-5 PM

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 South Pigalle/SOPI Tour

A former rundown area known for seedy nightclubs and bars has recently been transformed into one of the trendiest and hip areas in Paris, generally not known by tourists.

South Pigalle will tantalize your taste buds on the rue des Martyrs, brought to life in the New York Times best selling book The Only Street in Paris by Elaine Scolino with over 20 gourmet food shops including fresh artisanal cheeses, the best baguette in Paris, a boutique specializing in salted butter caramels and a gourmet shop with over 15 varieties of patés. A visit to the Museum of the Romantic Life, a former 19th century mansion with a lovely courtyard garden will bring out the romantic in you and a stop at a quirky confectionary shop selling the best chocolates and candies made in France will satisfy your sweet tooth. Your guide will also share the best restaurants, cafes, and boutiques in in Southern Pigalle.

 Tour time: 2.5 hours

Morning tour 10:30AM-1PM

Afternoon tour 2:30PM-5PM

 Cost: 210€ for 1 to 3 people, 70€ for each additional person

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Paris Highlights Tour

Familiarize yourself with the wonders of Paris with this informative tour in the comfort of a private car or van.

Sites include:

Champs Elysees

Arche de Triomphe

*Eiffel Tower (not going to the top)

Louvre

*Montmartre/Sacre Coeur

 Opera house

*Place de la Concorde/Tuileries Garden

*Notre Dame

* Ile St. Louis.

* indicates places we will get out of car/van

Please note the first 3 hours of the tour is in a van or car and the last hour on foot, ending in the Marais.

Guests will be picked up at their hotel or apartment.

 Tour time: 4 hours.

Cost: Up to 3 people 425€

4 to 5 people 535€

6 people 560€

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Sunset & Evening Paris Highlights Tour

Discover the splendor and drama of Paris starting at sunset and finishing with the evening lights with this special tour.

Sites include: 

Sacre Coeur Church/ Montmartre

Notre Dame

The Louvre

Arch de Triomphe

Champs Elysees

Place de la Concorde 

*Eiffel Tower (not going to the top)- we will time the tour so you will see the magical sparkle lights go off on the hour

Guests will be picked up and returned to their hotel or apartment.

Tour times will vary between 7PM and 10PM according to the month. 

Tour time: 2 hours

Cost: 350€ for up to 3 people

410€ for 4-6 people

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 Chocolate and Macaron Tasting Tour

Come and taste the sweetest Parisian sweets on the ultimate fantasy tour for chocoholics and pastry lovers. We will visit  six of the top tastiest pastry and chocolate boutiques in Paris on the Right Bank and the tour will include five tastings. The tour also includes a stop for a cup of sinfully rich hot chocolate and an entertaining history of the origins of chocolate and macarons in France.

Your guide Richard Nahem, originally from New York, is a former pastry chef & chocolatier, and owned his own shop specializing in chocolate truffles. 

Tour time: 2.5 hours

210€ for 1 to 3 people, 70€ each additional person, plus 12€ per person for tastings at 5 shops. Price does not include hot chocolate.  

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Gourmet Food Tour

Come take a delicious walk with former New York chef and caterer Richard Nahem and discover the bustling food and gourmet shops of Paris overflowing with the freshest fruits and vegetables, local seafood, meats, prepared dishes, and much more. Food shop visits include an award-winning cheese shop with over 50 varieties, a top foie gras boutique, and a sensational middle-eastern gourmet shop with unusual glazed and dried fruits, barrels of pickles and olives, and a vast selection of exotic spices from around the world. The tour will also include tastings of artisianal chocolates, a heavenly meringue and whipped cream confection, and a bakery which won a prize for their baguettes.

225€ for 1 to 3 people, 75€ each additional person plus 12€ per person for 6 tastings: cheese, chocolate, seasonal fruit, foie gras, pastry, and a baguette.

 Tour time: 2.5 hours

Morning tour 10:30AM-1PM

Afternoon tour 2:30PM-5PM

Tours are available everyday except Monday.

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Jewish History Tour
This special tour traces the long and often arduous history of Jews in Paris and France. Tour includes
• History of Jewish population from150AD when the Romans settled Paris, to the Middle Ages when Jews were habitually persecuted, to the surprising freedom Napoleon granted Jews in the early 1800s, to the thriving late 1800s when Jews flourished in the arts, literature, and finance, to the Dreyfus affair, to the Holocaust and finally the present day culture and community of Jews living in France
• A visit to the Shoah Memorial Holocaust Museum, which lists the 72,000 names of Jews that died in the Holocaust, extensive coverage including photos, propaganda, artifacts and videos, and an eternal flame to commemorate those who died.
• A stroll on rue des Rosiers in the Marais area and the ancient streets of the former Pletzl, now a lively area filled with Jewish food shops, worldwide famous falafel stands, kosher restaurants, bakeries, and bookshops.
• An outside view of an Art Nouveau synagogue built by one of France’s most famous architects
• A traditional Jewish pastry at an authentic Kosher bakery. (Not included in the price of the tour)

Cost: 250€ for 1 to 3 people, 75€ for each additional person
Tour time: 2.5 hours

Tour not given on Saturdays

Morning tour: 10AM-12: 30 PM
Afternoon tour: 2:30PM-5PM

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Private Cheese Tasting in Paris Apartment
Come taste the legendary cheeses of France in the comfort of a private Paris apartment. First, we visit an award-winning cheese shop and have a highly trained expert assist us in choosing a variety of five cheeses including sheep’s, cow and goat cheese. Next, we purchase freshly baked bread from a top boulangerie to accompany our cheese. Back in the apartment we will indulge in our cheeses and a specially selected wine.  Former chef and caterer Richard Nahem will share the history of cheese making, the different types of cheeses and how they are made and processed, and the specific etiquette of cheese tasting and serving in France.

Tasting includes five types of cheeses, a white or rosé wine, fresh bread and bottled water in between tastings.

Length of Tasting: 2-2.5 hours

Class not given on Mondays 

Times: 11AM to1-1:30PM, 3PM to 5-5:30PM

Cost: 260€ for up to 4 people
65€ for each additional person

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Flea Market Tour

Les Puces de Paris St. Ouen is the largest antique and flea market in the world with over 2500 vendors, sprawling 17 acres on the edge of the city. We offer customized tours zeroing in on the specific collectibles you are interested in, making the sometimes overwhelming and intimidating market a pleasurable and rewarding experience. From antique armoires to vintage Hermés scarves to kitschy Paris paintings, we can help you find it and bargain for the lowest price.

225€ for 1 to 3 people, 75€ each additional person for a 2-hour tour, plus 60 minute travel time each way by metro or by Taxi/Uber accompanied by your guide from the center of the city. Each additional hour 75€. *Cost of transportation not included.

 Morning tour 10:30AM-1:30PM

Afternoon tour 2:30PM-5:30PM

Full day tour 10:30AM-5:30PM

 Tours are given only on Saturday and Sunday.

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Paris Photo Op Tour

Paris is every  photographers dream destination. Award winning photographer Richard Nahem will share his favorite spots for capturing unusual angles of classic Paris monuments plus off beaten photo op places unknown to most visitors. A great tour to create lasting memories of Paris long after your visit.

Richard’s photography has been featured in international travel magazines and websites including Gala Magazine, Romantic Paris, Passport Magazine, About France and Travel Agent Central Magazine and website. He was awarded the Merit Award Prize for the International Fine Arts Photography Awards in 2013.

225€ for 1 to 3 people, 75€ for each additional person for a 3-hour tour. 500€ for a full day/7 hour tour that includes a 1-hour lunch break. (Price of lunch not included). Each additional person 90€.

Tour time: 3 hours for half day, 7 hours for full day

*Morning tour 10:30AM-1:30PM

*Afternoon tour 2:30PM-5:30PM

*Full day tour 10:30AM-5:30PM

* Note: Tour times are flexible and can be adjusted to the best time of day for light.

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Shopping Tours

Paris is one of the world’s best shopping destinations and our shopping tours specialize in fashion and home boutiques.  The tour will be customized to your tastes and will include unknown, out of the way boutiques that are exclusive to Paris or France. We will visit chic boutiques with exquisite handmade hats, jewelry, clothing, shoes, handbags, and home furnishings and accessories. Tours can also include the city’s best resale shops with mint condition designer clothing, handbags, and accessories and discount designer outlet shops offering up to 70% off on the latest Paris fashions. Whether its that darling purse your friends back home will envy or that special hand-knitted sweater you will wear forever that reminds you of Paris every time you put it on, Eye Prefer Paris shopping tours will help you find a cherished Parisian keepsake.

225€ for 1 to 3 people, 75€ for each additional person for a 3-hour tour. 500€ for a full day/7 hour tour that includes a 1-hour lunch break. (Price of lunch not included).

 Tour times: 3 hours for half day, 7 hours for full day

Morning tour 11AM-2PM

Afternoon tour 3PM-6PM

Full day tour 11AM-6PM

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Gay Tours

Richard Nahem of Eye Prefer Paris Tours is a savvy, gay ex-New Yorker and is happy to show you his neighborhood the Marais, the gay district of Paris. The tour includes historic architecture dating from the 1600s, the chicest clothing & home boutiques, great food shops and markets, and contemporary art galleries. Richard will also point out bars, cafes and clubs and share practical facts about gay life in the city and a sense of the community.

225€ for 1 to 3 people, 75€ each additional person.

 Tour time: 3 hours

Morning tour 10:30AM-1:30PM

Afternoon tour 2:30PM-5:30PM

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Private Tours of the Louvre & D’Orsay Museum, and Versailles

Enjoy a relaxed, informative tour of the great art museums and palaces of Paris. Our highly experienced, specially trained guides can show you the highlights of the Louvre & D’Orsay Museums and Versailles in a streamlined and well organized tour.

Louvre tour-225€ for 2.5 hours Plus 17€ per person over 18 for tickets.

D’Orsay tour-225€ for 2.5 hours - Plus 15€ per person over 18 for tickets.

Versailles tour- 350€ for a half day/4 hour 600€ for full day/7 hours including 1 –hour lunch break. Plus 18-27€ per person over 18 for entrance tickets. A round trip transfer in luxury van or sedan- 220€. Going by train is 15€ per person.

Prices are for up to 4 people. Price upon request for groups larger than 6 .

 


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