Discover the unique charme of the Covered Passages and Palais Royal Garden
19th century Paris was not only the capital of France but the place to go to enjoy a lavish and modern lifestyle. In this busy city, where everything was changing, the covered passages played an important role: they were sophisticated shopping arcades, elegant walking paths, fancy venues adorned with glass and iron roofs, housing luxurious cafes and restaurants. Today they are authentic hidden gems, far from the tourist crowd, where you can travel back in time and experience a Paris that will be definitely gone in few years.
During our walking tour you will discover a part of the city unknown event to many locals and learn plenty of anecdots about Paris and famous men: Chopin, Napoleon, Balzac, Zola. . .
Please not that this is not a shopping tour but you will have the chance to browse an array of different and unique shops (dusty bookshops, art and antique boutiques, chocolate stores . . ), take great pictures of some of the most instagrammed places in town and relax in cosy tearooms.
Walking tour from Grand Boulevards metro station to the Palais Royal.
You will visit:
- Passage Verdeau
- Passage jouffroy
- Passage des Panoramas
- Galerie Vivienne
- Passage Colbert
- Palais Royal's Garden
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Suggested by Guide: Grands Boulevards metro station (subway line number 8). I will wait for you outside the station, in front of Holiday Inn Paris Opera Hotel. with a green cardboard. If you arrive by taxi/cab the address for the driver is: 30-32 Boulevard Poissonnière, 75009 Paris. On request I can pick you up at your hotel/apartment if in Paris city center.
End Point Options: Monument/Building, Suggested by Guide: The tour ends near the Louvre museum and Les Halles neighbourhood so you can continue to explore Paris or find a nice cafe to relax.
Duration: 2 hours
Shops are generally closed on Sundays and National holidays. The best starting times for the tour are after 12pm, when most of the boutiques and shops are open.
The covered passages are closed to traffic so we will mainly walk.
- Guiding Services
Estimated Local Cash Needed
10 euro - There are no extra expenses but you may want to have some extra cash with you to enjoy a coffee or a pastry or a drink at the end of the tour
- Personal Expenses
- Food, Drinks, Snacks
I am not a driver. I can accompany you in your vehicle or I can arrange for a separate car or minivan and driver
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Great way to see a little known part of Paris.