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- Type of Tour: Private Walking Tour
- Duration: 2 hours
- Tour highlights: 4 Covered Passages (passage Vero-Dodat, passage Vivienne, passage des Panoramas and passage Jouffroy), Palais Royal
- Meeting Point: Kiosque des Noctambules (Kiosk for Night Owls) at the exit of Palais Royal/Musee du Louvre Metro Station
- Max. Size of your Party: up to 8 people
- Price: 260 EUR for 1 to 8 people
- Cancellation: full refund if we receive your notice at least 1 week before the tour date, 100% cancellation fee otherwise
Dive in the early 19th century lifestyle with a visit of 4 covered passages and the hidden Palais Royal gardens.
Spreading from the Grands Boulevards to the Louvre, the Covered Passages and arcades are little known, even to the Parisians themselves. Built from late 18th to mid-19th century, they are truly hidden gems, full of pittoresque discoveries: small bookshops, old toy stores, stamp collectors, tearooms,…
Your guide will start at the Palais Royal, one of the most charming and best preserved garden of central Paris, far from the crowds. Originally the home of Cardinal Richelieu, it was built in the 1630s and after the Cardinal's death fell into the hands of King Louis XIII. For a while it was the center of prostitution and brothels in Paris. Today it is the location of the Ministry of Culture and a branch of the National Library.
Your guide will then show you some of the most stunning covered passages. Those shopping malls created at the end of the 19th century, to allow ladies to shop by any weather. Your guide will show the amazing architecture of each one and show you some quaint shops. The oldest arcade, Passage des Panoramas, dates back to 1799. It is home to the Théâtre des Variétés, inaugurated in 1807 and still providing entertainment. Each arcade has its own character. Galerie Vivienne next door to the Palais-Royal is one of the most iconic covered passages, with a Jean-Paul Gaultier ready-to-wear shop. The nearby Galerie Véro-Dodat also has many upmarket shops, like Christian Louboutin’s workshop-boutique. Passage du Grand-Cerf, a 12-meter-high structure made of metal and wrought iron, is one of the most spectacular arcades in Paris.
Quiet and off the touristic track, this private tour will offer you an alternate vision of Paris, a more intimate image of how the city looked like 150 years ago.