Private Guides | City Smart Way — Private Guided Tours in Paris

City Smart Way provides cultural-themed guided tours with licensed guides in Paris, France.

All our tours are private (except for temporary exhibitions–which can, however, be privatized). In other words, you and your party are the only clients. You get your guide’s full attention, you can ask any questions, and you don’t have to share the tour with people you don’t know.

All our guides work with a professional license, meaning we are 100% legal and can lead tours in museums. Added perk: with us, you enjoy priority access and always skip the line.

Native or adopted Parisians, our guides are neither pure scholars nor amateur locals – the best of both, really. We come from various cultures and have worked in a variety of professions. We banded together over a shared passion: bringing the richness, the zest, and the joy of Paris to people from all over the world.

Although our guides are knowledgeable and enthusiastic about arts and history, they won’t drown you in dates and names. We’ve got a world waiting for you – not an encyclopedia.

Meet the Guides

Thierry Do Espirito
CEO, guide

Thierry is a licensed tour guide, an insatiable Paris lover and a writer of history books. As many Parisians – among the best ones –, he was not born in Paris but moved here by choice, as a student. He never left since.

Thierry is passionate about history. Who wouldn’t be, coming from the beautiful area of Touraine, in the Loire valley, where one can’t make a step without stumbling upon some old castle? Plus, he is a published writer (L’Histoire c’est trop con (History By Mistake), 2013; Deux dans l’enfer (Two Tickets To Hell), 2014; La sexualité dans l’Egypte antique (Sexuality in Ancient Egypt), 2015; Lettres interdites (Stolen letters), 2016). His modus operandi is connecting dots and turning facts into a captivating story.

Thierry’s perfect day in Paris

  • Get his first morning espresso at the counter of the first bar on his way.
  • Escape to the gardens of Palais-Royal and read a good book by the fountains.
  • Walk up the rue des Carmes by night, looking at the illuminated Pantheon.

Irina Kneller
COO, guide

Born in Moscow, Russia, Irina is a passionate France-lover. After studying French literature, philosophy, and history, she moved to Paris in 2006 and worked in journalism and web marketing before coming back to her roots: the French culture. She geeks out about Paris history, museums, and the best spots to catch the city vibes. She is always on a hunt for hidden corners and nice coffee shops, because wandering in Paris without a stop for a good coffee, a cute shop, or a delicious éclair au chocolat is only half the fun.

A detour into the video games industry taught her to approach “serious” topics with a touch of playfulness. She is convinced that art and history should never be treated as an elitist subject. She obtained a professional guiding license from the French government and set off on a mission to lead tours in a thorough yet informal way. “I treat my clients as friends to whom I’d want to show the very best of what I love, without overwhelming them. I can never resist the temptation of giving them my favourite restaurants and hidden best-view spots!”

Irina’s Parisian guilty pleasures

  • Hot chocolate! Any time of the day/week/year. Favorite place: La Jacobine, in the 6th district.
  • Chilling out in the little-known Allée des Cygnes (16th district), a green walk in the middle of the Seine with a spectacular view of the Eiffel Tower.
  • Shamelessly squating La Belle Hortense (bookshop / café / wine bar in the Marais) with a glass of wine and a book.