"Passages couverts": the Parisian secret passages Private Tour


Tour Number

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 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 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: Rail or Bus Station, Cruise Ship Port, Airport, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building

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.

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

Great way to see a little known part of Paris.
Carol Devereaux

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