Enjoy this 2-hour tour and explore the less-known covered passages (passages couverts) dating back to the 19th century - a time when Paris was a beacon of class and sophistication. Browse its intriguing shops, cafés and booksellers, see the hotel where Frederic Chopin would meet his mistress or the book stalls where Victor Hugo once searched for inspiration. Enjoy a peaceful stroll through the gardens of the Palais Royal, full of surprising secrets you’ve got to hear to believe! You can choose between private and small-group (mixed bookings, no more than 10 participants) tour options.
Leave touristy Paris behind—let us whisk you back in time to the romance of the 19th century with a walking tour of the covered passages!
You will begin your tour with a visit to Palais Royal´s tranquil gardens. Away from the crowds of the nearby Louvre, its trees, flowers and a grand fountain offer a scenic slice of local Paris life. Your guide will paint a vivid picture of the gardens’ glory days of the 18th century - a time when the area was an adult playground full of revelry and debauchery. You’ll discover hidden details and unexpected anecdotes that will bring the exciting history of the Palais Royal to life.
During the second part of the tour, you will head off to explore some of the most unique glass-roofed arcades, lying tucked away in the corners of the Right Bank and unknown even to many locals. Today very few of these unique glass-roofed arcades remain, lying tucked away in the corners of the Right Bank and unknown even to many locals. Enjoy a palpable snapshot of a bygone era as you explore their ornate decors, fine mosaics, charming boutiques and much more. You will see the hotel where Frederic Chopin would meet his mistress or the book stalls where Victor Hugo once searched for inspiration.
You’ll never look at Paris the same way again once you’ve unlocked the secrets side of its covered passages!