"All of my life I had been full of a hunger for a new way to live."
Welcome to Walking The Spirit Tours, the original Black Paris Heritage tours since 1994. You'll love the versatility of our half, full or several day journeys that allow you to blend Black heritage with delightful discovery of the city and regions. Your experience can be as boundless as your curiosity and time.
Come stand in the same doorway James Baldwin crossed, or browse the market the Beboppers shopped. You'll also get to peek in the cafe where Richard Wright jotted his notes, study the landscape that inspired Lois Mailou Jones' paintings, stand beneath the marquee where the Harlem Hellfighters first jazzed up Paris, and stroll Josephine's and Bricktop's neighborhood.
Walking and Bus Tours
Walk our Latin Quarter, Lower Montmartre and Little Africa tours and relive the times and challenges of the writers, artists, intellectuals, musicians and entertainers who called these neighborhoods home.
Groups of any size appreciate the convenience of our private Spirit of Black Paris bus tours. Take in the full 200 years of history in a half day: Sally Hemings and the Harlem Hellfighters on the Champs Elysées, W.E.B. Dubois at the Opera, Josephine Baker and Bricktop in the shadow of the Moulin Rouge. Opportunity to disembark for photos. Learn more.
Explore cities that influenced the expatriate's writing and art such as Richard Wright's Normandy, James Baldwin's Nice, Josephine Baker's Dordogne. Plus Diaspora-France in Nantes' Abolition of Slavery Monument. Learn more.
Wouldn't you love to take a culinary & market course, wine-tasting, and even meet your professional equal in their workplace such as hatmaking, design, and other creative arts. Let us create a personalized itinerary so that you don't miss events, activities and places that will make your trip unforgettable. Learn more.
Educators - Study Abroad Programs
Our goal has always been to inspire and educate. Since 1996 we've had the privilege of assisting and advising teachers in enriching the life experience of their students with our unique, lively curbside lectures. To help create an invaluable bridge with French youth, we also arrange community service experiences, as well as music and dance workshops. Learn more. Educators, begin your preparation with our new, groundbreaking DVD "When African Americans Came To Paris"
Complete Trip Planning
Founder Julia Browne is a certified Destination France Agent and travel consultant. Let us take the legwork out of coordinating Black heritage activities in Europe with fantastic local experiences you may never have considered. Imagine yourself lodging in a chateau, river cruising near the picturesque town of Cognac, legendary jazz clubbing in London, private museum touring in Florence. Learn more. Join our upcoming excursion to Josephine Baker's chateau:
Black Paris & A Taste of France October 2014. Email for details