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"Passages couverts": the secret passages in the heart of Paris


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Activity Level



City, Museums / Culture, Shopping, Youth and Family


Kid Friendly: Yes.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 5



English (fluent), French (advanced), Italian (fluent)

Discover the unique charme of the Covered Passages and the Palais Royal Garden

19th century Paris was not only the capital of France but the place to go in Europe to enjoy a lavish and modern lifestyle. In this busy city, where everything was moving, the covered passages played an important role: they were sophisticated shopping arcades, elegant walking paths connecting the Grand Boulevards to the Royal Palace, 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 , browse an array of different and unique shops (ethnic eateries, French bakeries, dusty bookshops, art and antique boutiques, fashion . . ) and relax in cosy tearooms.
During the tour you will discover a part of the city unknown event to many locals and learn plenty of anecdots about Paris and famous men who lived here: Chopin, Napoleon, Balzac, Zola. . . The itinerary will also include a visit to Place des Victoires and to the beautiful garden of the Palais Royal


Walking tour from Grand Boulevards metro station to the Palais Royal.
You will visit:

- Passage jouffroy
- Passage des Panoramas
- Galerie Vivienne
- Passage Colbert
- Place des Victoires
- Palais Royal's Garden

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: Grands Boulevards metro station. I will wait for you outside the station, with a green cardboard. If you want I can pick you up anywhere in Paris (hotel/apartment/restaurant/bus or metro station).

End location: The tour ends in front at Palais Royal-Musee du Louvre metro station in Rue Saint Honore'. From there you can easily reach the Louvre for a museum visit or go to the Opera Garnier and the Galeries Lafayette to enjoy some shopping.
If you want I can accompany you anywhere in Paris (hotel/restaurant/metro station/taxi parking in the area).

Duration: 2 hours

Shops are generally closed on Sunday and National holidays.


The covered passages are closed to traffic so we will mainly walk.

What’s Included

Other: Private guided tour in the covered passages by an official licensed tour guide

Estimated Local Cash Needed

5 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

What’s Extra

Other: Food, drinks and any purchase you decided to do during the tour.


I am not a driver. I can accompany you in your vehicle or I can arrange for a separate car or minivan and driver

A Recent Review of this tour

Incredibly thoughtful and knowledable guide, My wife and I throughly enjoyed spending the afternoon with Sara.
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