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Paris: Covered Passages Audio-Guided Walking Tour

1. Paris: Covered Passages Audio-Guided Walking Tour

Stroll through centuries with an audio-guided tour of the Palais-Royal gardens and the city’s historic covered passages. Start and pause the tour whenever you like, to explore at your own pace. Begin at the gardens of Palais-Royal, to discover the story of this fashionable meeting place. Continue to the covered passages of Galerie Vivienne, Passage des Panoramas, and Passages Jouffroy. Learn how these places battled to attract customers and pass iconic locations, including the oldest chocolate factory in Paris, a wax museum, and the former Paris Stock Exchange.

Paris: Half-Day Electric Bike Tour

2. Paris: Half-Day Electric Bike Tour

Let the comfort and ease of an electric bike take you on an unforgettable Parisian adventure. Inside Marais, enjoy a game of Pétanque at the oldest Parisian monument. Experience student life in the Latin Quarter, sit back at the "Luco" and wander the typically Parisian side streets in the Mouffetard district. While the always busy artist cafés of Saint-Germain-des-Prés are where you can find the action, if you need a break, the Nouvelles Berges de Seine offers the peace and quiet of the riverbank. The allure of this beautiful city is there for the taking. And lucky for you, this tour makes seeing it all possible.

Paris: Highlights Tour from Notre Dame to the Eiffel Tower

3. Paris: Highlights Tour from Notre Dame to the Eiffel Tower

Join a group or a private tour to cover the highlights of Paris with its major places of interest. Enjoy learning about historical sites, bridges, palaces, and parks and iconic sights like the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre Museum, and the Eiffel Tower. Start your journey just outside of Notre Dame with a comprehensive view of Paris's history and culture. Learn about the Île de la Cité and the surprising facts that this island offers. Talk about Notre Dame and discuss the impacts of the recent fire and the future of the building. Follow the River Seine and go across the famous Pont des Arts, a pedestrian bridge listed as a national historical monument. See art exhibitions and immerse yourself in this open-air studio for painters, artists, and photographers drawn to its unique point of view. Watch Parisiens enjoying a summer picnic if you are there in the season. Follow your guide to the Pyramid of Louvre, easily the most popular place to be in Paris. Enjoy a detailed tour of the area with less emphasis on history and the art inside the museum but more on the local street life of Paris. See the most important landmarks and experience the local culture, without waiting to get tickets. Once at the Pyramid, observe the Tuileries Garden connecting the Louvre to the Place de la Concorde where Parisians celebrate and meet.  Learn how this setting served as a reference point for the modern development of Paris. Enjoy a conversation with your local guide about the most famous characters of Paris in history, its most significant turning points, and political highlights that created the city of Paris today. Use one of the most famous bridges of Paris to go across the River Seine to have a break at a little Parisien cafe. Discover the perfect spot to try the local delicacy of macarons with some tea or coffee and to have some boxed up to enjoy back home. Taste the latest offerings and soak up the experience of being in such a historic establishment. Follow the little backstreets of Paris immersed in culture, art, and history.  End your walking tour with views of the Eiffel Tower and say goodbye to your guide with enough information to be independent and enjoy Pairs after the tour.

Discover the Heart of Paris by Bike

4. Discover the Heart of Paris by Bike

Starting from the Beaubourg area, jump aboard your bike and set off on a discovery of the historical center of Paris located on the right-hand side of the River Seine. Begin the tour in the hip Marais quarter with a visit to Village Saint Paul, a village in the center of the city. You'll also get the opportunity to visit the most beautiful of all the royal squares in the capital - the Place des Vosges with its prominent residents. Cycle past the Picasso Museum before enjoying a break at one of the oldest markets in Paris. Your tour guide will tell you more about the controversial Buren's Columns at the Palais-Royal as well as the glass pyramid in the main courtyard of the Louvre. Your tour will finish on the unmissable Seine Islands, the Ile de la Cité (where Notre-Dame stands) and Ile Saint-Louis.

Paris: Private Family Tour and Seine River Cruise

5. Paris: Private Family Tour and Seine River Cruise

Already picturing yourself at the majestic Eiffel Tower, the amazing Louvre, or the beautiful Palais Garnier? Visit these stunning highlights and many more during this informative and fun tour. While you wander past the beautiful landmarks you’ll discover hidden gems along the way too. To make your kids feel extra special your guide has some fun-filled games. There’s also a special visit to Le Palais Royal gardens where your kids can feed the birds and you can take beautiful photos. Start your journey of must-sees at the most famous museum in world: Musée du Louvre. Learn all about its history and get contemporary facts on how to plan your personal visit from your local guide. After a short photo break, it’s time to move on towards even more great monuments such as Palais Royal, the famous Paris Opéra, and, of course the Eiffel Tower. The local guides are all great storytellers; each one with a different background ranging from history to journalism. They can’t wait to share some unique insights and personal anecdotes with you and your family. At the end of the tour, you will embark on a cruise on the river Seine and enjoy wonderful sights of the most prestigious monuments. The seine river cruise ticket can be used anytime: you may for example embark the day after the tour, if you wish.

Paris Right Bank 2-Hour Private Walking Tour

6. Paris Right Bank 2-Hour Private Walking Tour

While the Left bank has always been associated with universities, the arts, youth culture, and free and forward thinking, the Right Bank was the seat of French power. Authority emanated from the royal court and had a significant impact on the character of its surroundings. A 2-hour walk on the Right Bank is a very different experience compared to a visit to the Left Bank, which is home to the Latin Quarter and Saint-Germain. As you take in the buildings of the Right Bank your guide will compare the way authority was shown in medieval times with the manner in which it was demonstrated in the neoclassical period. You won’t only dwell on the official aspects of this area, however. You’ll also visit sites that have seen a change from their original purpose and acquired some interesting, unexpected functions and fame. Principal sites visited on the tour include the Cour Carré, Saint-Germain-l'Auxerrois, Comédie-Française, Rue Saint-Honoré, Palais-Royal, Galerie Vivienne, Rue de Rivoli, Place Vendôme, and the Tuileries.

Paris: Private, Tailor made, Guided Tour on Vintage Sidecar

7. Paris: Private, Tailor made, Guided Tour on Vintage Sidecar

Soak up the atmosphere of the city as you zip through the streets of Paris. See all of the landmarks on your must-see list in one thrilling tour, including the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, and Sacré-Cœur. Stop to take amazing photos of iconic monuments and enjoy phenomenal views. Each vintage motorcycle fits 2 guests: 1 on the motorcycle and 1 in the sidecar. Hear the stories and legends of the city from your knowledgeable driver/guide. Don’t be surprised if pedestrians wave and smile as you pass by. The vintage sidecar is a vehicle that attracts a lot of attention. Begin your tour by being picked up by your driver/guide from your accommodations in Paris (listed). See the Place Vendome, a famous square which features the Vendome Column as well as several luxury hotels. Stop in front of the Palais Garnier, the home of the Paris Opera. Admire the opulent architecture of its exterior. Roll up to the Moulin Rouge and see the windmill that stands atop the famous cabaret.  Marvel at the splendid architecture of Sacré-Cœur de Montmartre, Paris’ second most visited monument. Pass through the Arc de Triomphe and be awestruck by this monument to the fallen soldiers of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars. Stop at the Eiffel Tower and learn about the iconic monument’s architecture and history from your guide. Take pictures and enjoy a walk around and admire the view. Ride down the side streets and make your way to Notre Dame. This medieval Catholic cathedral is widely considered to be one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture. See 15 other must-see Paris landmarks, including the Palais Royal, Galerie Vivienne, and the Paris Pantheon.

Paris: Covered Passages 2-Hour Scavenger Hunt

8. Paris: Covered Passages 2-Hour Scavenger Hunt

Explore the less touristy spots of Paris while keeping your children entertained along the way. Tour the Covered Passages and join your kids as they solve a scavenger hunt. Follow clues to find magical numbers that will unlock the next clue. Your expert, kid-friendly guide will be by your side the entire way to help out when needed and to tell you all about the rich history that every passage holds. This tour is adapted to kids of any age, so your youngsters will be able to participate, whatever their level. The hunt starts at the covered walkways of the magnificent Palais Royal. After obtaining your first magical number, go to the Passages de Deux-Pavillons and discover the mysteries it holds. Next, venture to the so-called twin passages of Galerie Colbert and Galerie Vivienne. These may be the most opulent of the covered passages, but your youngsters will need to look past its luxurious designs to locate the magical numbers. Your young detectives will travel back in time when they step into the Passage des Panoramas. Journey through time again and land at the Passage Jouffroy. Gaze at the combination of centuries-old wooden décor and modern glass and metal structures as you hunt for your next clue. Head to the seventh and final passage for your last magical number. Clandestinely located, Passage Verdeau is the perfect passage for the final clue.  If you have younger investigators, gathering all of the magical numbers will unlock the location. For your older detectives, there will be a final puzzle to complete with all the numbers you’ve gathered to unlock the hidden destination of the treat. With the location uncovered, collect your treat. Once completing the scavenger hunt, head to a café with your guide to sit back and enjoy a warm drink. Reflect on your scavenger hunt or ask your guide about other hidden secrets Paris may hold.

Paris: Marais + Covered Passages + Pigalle Walking Tours

9. Paris: Marais + Covered Passages + Pigalle Walking Tours

Experience this combination of three audio guide tours that will take you back in time through some of Paris' most emblematic locations. Discover these historic gems at your own pace with your smart phone in your pocket and audio commentary by your side. Take a leisurely stroll, pop into a cafe or shop, and then continue with your audio guide that will start automatically at each location. During the Marais Hidden Treasures tour, discover how Paris was first built in South Marais before spreading out to the Louvre district. Learn about the kings and queens who made this area the place to be ever since the Middle Ages. Embark on the Royal Palace and Covered Passages tour and visit the sumptuous gardens of the royal palace near the Louvre. Enjoy a stroll through beautiful covered passages from the 18th century, once a place of luxury and ultimate fashion. On the Scandalous Paris tour, discover the most libertine district of Paris from back in the 18th century and all of South Pigalle's sensual stories.

Paris: Guided Family Old Town Tour and Grévin Museum Ticket

10. Paris: Guided Family Old Town Tour and Grévin Museum Ticket

Join us on a fun and exciting family outing in Paris and keep your kids entertained while exploring the historic Old Town. A friendly Private Guide will adapt the program and commentary to engage your children in sightseeing of the historic sites along the scenic Seine. Let your kids discover legends and fairy tales of Paris. The 2-hour walking tour will be filled with amazing Parisian sights and fun stories, tasks and riddles that will introduce your kids to French history, culture and notable personalities. Points of interest include the Fontaine du Châtelet and the Saint-Jacques Tower, which commemorates the events of the French Revolution. You will admire the scenic views of the River Seine as you cross the landmark bridge Pont au Change to get to Ile de la Cité island, which is known as the “birthplace of Paris.” One of its most important monuments, after the Notre Dame Cathedral, is Concierge, which served as a royal palace and prison to Marie Antoinette. Further along you will see the Equestrian Statue of Henri IV, a great historical figure remembered by the epithet Good King Henry. Crossing Pont Neuf, your kids will surely be interested in the true story of the Nile crocodile which in 1984 was found in the sewage under this stone bridge. The last point of interest will be the famous Louvre Museum with its iconic glass Louvre Pyramid, where your Private Guide will share the legend of Belphegor, a mummy that is said to haunt the museum every night. Choose the 3,5 option to have even more family fun in Paris and see more amazing landmarks, such as Palais Royal and its vast garden. The main attraction of this tour will be visiting the Grévin Museum, an exciting wax museum with lifelike models of historic and contemporary figures. Let your kids pose alongside their favourite celebrities and fictional characters like the Little Prince, while also introducing them to notable French personalities such as Louis XIV, Napoleon Bonaparte and Victor Hugo.

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What people are saying about Palais-Royal

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based on 197 reviews

Our guide, Christian, is a native German who has been living in Paris for many years and knows the place very well. We started on very good e-bikes near the Center Pompidou and took a tour away from the big Paris highlights. We drove through many side streets and were made aware of many small things. Finally, we touched on the Louvre. The tour was entertaining and not at all strenuous. Great bikes, great service and great guide.

Very nice tour in Paris old town! If you are interested of the beginnings of the creation and the history of this city it is the perfect tour. The guide was super friendly and had great knowledge.

Helen our guide was terrific!! Her knowledge of Paris was exceptional. The bikes were in good condition and easy to ride. I highly recommend this Paris bike tour.

Ótima experiência para quem quer ver Paris. com exclusividade. O nosso guia Lucien foi ótimo, e fizemos um passeio de 2h pela Île de la cité e pelo Marais.

Very great tour. We were lucky with the weather and we were the only ones. Had a great guide and saw a lot