• Paris Welcome Session 

    "Our guide was helpful, friendly and knowledgeable. She provided
    thorough information but also great local insights that made Paris
    much more enjoyable."

    Evan, australia

Private Paris Welcome Session

Private Paris Welcome Session

  • Paris Original
  • Expert Tour Guide

Experience the Private Paris Welcome Session

Just arrived in Paris and want to get acquainted with your local neighborhood? Not sure how the Métro system works and which is the best bakery nearest to you? Like to get your bearings quickly and get a local's advice on the hottest insider tips? Have our expert guide come and meet you at your hotel/accommodation for an exclusive one-hour welcome visit.

All of our guides are locals to Paris. We love this city and are keen to share with you our knowledge of its history, our secret tips for getting around and tell you all of our favorite bistros and restaurants. For one hour you'll have access to your own private live guidebook. We will show you around your neighbourhood and teach you everything you need to know to get the most out of your stay. Your guide can also offer activity suggestions for your group for the rest of your time in Paris and help you book tickets and any reservations you're interested in with Fat Tire Tours.

​You will feel like a real Parisian after your Private Welcome Session, navigating the Métro and the streets of Paris like a local. You will know where the nearest supermarket and pharmacy is and you might even pick up a few French phrases to help you throughout your trip!

Tour Highlights

  • Orientation of your neighborhood including restaurant recommendations​, local grocery stores, pharmacies, and more
  • Insider tips to maximize your stay ​
  • Last minute offers on all our public tours
  • The latest updates on what's on in Paris during your stay
  • Essential Paris knowledge
  • Key French phrases to help you navigate the city with ease
  • Optional add-on: Classic Paris Walking Tour at the end of the hour to get right into the heart of Paris!
  • Additional optional add-ons: Métro Carnet (10 Métro tickets), River Seine Cruise
    • Personal local guide to greet you at your accommodation
    • Private orientation of your neighborhood
    • Personal delivery of tickets for activities including Seine River boat cruise tickets, Catacombs tickets, and more
  • Your tour guide will meet at your accommodation at the agreed time.


  • English, Please inquire about other languages
    • We will make every effort to accommodate last minute requests, however we recommend you book this welcome session at least two weeks in advance.


  • Expand/Collapse Where is the meeting point?

    Your tour guide will meet at your accommodation at the agreed time.

  • Expand/Collapse What is included in the Welcome Session?

    This one-hour introductory activity is meant to help you feel comfortable with navigating Paris on your own.  Your local guide will spend some time pointing out things that you'd like to visit on a map, explaining how the metro works, answering any other questions you might have, and then you'll go for a walk around your neighborhood.  The guide will point out the closest bakery, grocery store, bank, etc. so that you know exactly how to make the most out of your Paris stay!

    If you know that you'd like to pre-purchase things like Seine River Cruise tickets or metro tickets, you are welcome to add these onto your order, and your guide will bring them along to your session!

  • Expand/Collapse Do we go inside the museums and monuments?

    Unfortunately, one hour does not give us enough time to enter any of the sites that we may see in and around your neighborhood.  This activity is designed to make you feel comfortable in Paris.  We would love to have you join us on one of our world-famous bike, Segway, or walking tours, or we can organize a private tour if you reach out to us at [email protected].  Your welcome session doesn't end when the guide says goodbye; we are also a full-service English helpdesk ready to answer your questions!

  • Expand/Collapse What is your cancellation policy?

    Fat Tire Tours offers 100% refunds if the Welcome Session reservation is cancelled more than 14 days prior to the scheduled tour, less the cost of any non-refundable tickets already acquired (e.g. Eiffel Tower, Versailles, Catacombs, Museums, etc.).

    Inside of 14 days, we will do our best to reschedule your tour based on the availability of equipment, tickets, and tour guides. Once we are within 72 hours of the scheduled tour, we are unable to make any modifications to your tour and we do not offer any refunds.

  • Expand/Collapse What is your weather policy?

    A Welcome Session gives us plenty of flexbility in the event of inclement weather.  We can certainly provide rain ponchos for the walk around the neighborhood, or if you prefer to stay warm and cozy in a café, we can explain everything with the help of a map and your imagination.  We'll be prepared to meet you, rain or shine!  

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