19th Century Covered Passages & Palais Royal Tour


Join our local expert guide and treasure hunter on our 2-hour small group tour to discover a hidden part of the city: the stunning Covered Passages. Frozen in time since the 1800s, these glass-roofed & paved arcades were originally created for the nobles to enjoy a stroll and a little shopping away from the dirt and the rabble of the streets.

Today, Parisians still love to explore them and get lost looking for a hidden brasserie, a one-of-a-kind bookstore, or an offbeat art gallery. Relive those elegant days by discovering the city’s most beautiful Passages! Needless to say, you’ll hit the lovely gardens and courtyards of the Palais Royal, a secret haven for knowledgeable locals that can’t be missed!
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    Why you'll love this

  • Go beyond predictable Paris by exploring its 19th century Covered Passages
  • Imagine what it was like to stroll here in the 1800's - and who you'd meet
  • Stroll the quaint and colorful gardens of the Palais Royal
  • Discover hidden details and historical anecdotes that others miss

    What's included

  • A glimpse into hidden Paris, away from the tourist sites
  • Exciting anectotes about the Covered Passages famous protagonists
  • The sophistication and tranquil charms of the Palais Royal gardens

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Your guide

Knowing Paris inside-out comes with years of exploring, but above all a passion for discovering all the magic that a city has to offer. Our city guides are selected for their unconditional love for Paris, and their desire to share it with our visitors. Leaving no stone unturned, our guides are always ready to go the extra mile to ensure that those who explore with them get to discover the Paris that truly makes them tick.


5.0 / 5.0 - Based on 59 reviews
Last reviewed: February 20 2020
Why book with us
  • Flexible cancellation policy
  • Easy & secure booking experience
  • Real-time assistance with a local team
  • VIP skip the line access

  • Duration 02h00

  • Group Tour

  • Group Size
    10 max

  • Up to 48 hours

  • 59 reviews
€49.00 per person
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The itinerary

You’ll meet your guide at Place Colette before making your way to the first tucked away gem of the day, the neo classical Galerie Véro-Dodat. This classy & graphic walkway adorned with original gas lamp fixtures, wood panelling and marble floor will set the mood right off the bat.

You’ll then enter the world of the Palais Royal. After learning about the palace’s scandalous & glamourous history, you’ll be taken through the gardens and the covered arcades that Philippe d'Orléans created to satisfy the nobles Parisians libertine way of life. From there the Palais Royal’s gardens will be a treat for the eyes with colourful flower beds, arcaded walkways, and rows of linden trees.

Your exploration continues at the Galerie Vivienne and Passage Choiseul. A walk past Napoleon’s former stock exchange building will bring you to a historic candy shop with ties to Marie Antoinette. You can still buy her favorite chocolates today!

The Passage des Panoramas will offer yet another glimpse into Paris’s past in a cozy cacophony of old stamps and postcards, bistros, ethnic eateries, and plenty of historic charm. This will be followed by the Passage Jouffroy known for its unique window displays, its tea room, and the Hotel Chopin where the discreet composer often spent time with a very special French lady.

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