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Paris: Half-Day Electric Bike Tour

1. 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: Palais-Royal and Covered Passages Audio-Guided Tour

2. Paris: Palais-Royal and Covered Passages Audio-Guided 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.

Discover the Heart of Paris by Bike

3. 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: Highlights Tour from Louvre Museum to Notre Dame

4. Paris: Highlights Tour from Louvre Museum to Notre Dame

Start your journey in front of Comédie Française and the gardens of the Palais Royal, a former royal palace, just opposite the Louvre. Learn about the building and its park with their history, architecture, and importance to the modern Parisian city culture. Pass by the Louvre Museum and see some of the exhibition rooms from the outside. 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. Once at the Pyramid, observe the Tuileries Garden connecting the Louvre to the Place de la Concorde. It is a place where Parisians celebrate and meet. Look how the setting served as a reference point for the modern development of Paris. See the historical axis of the two Arc de Triomphe's of the town and Champs-Elysées. Learn how the monuments stand in harmony with their modern setting. Then stay a while in the Square Court (Cour Carré) the place where The Louvre was born, a jewel of Renaissance architecture. Follow the River Seine and go across the famous Pont des Arts, a pedestrian bridge listed as a national historic monument. See the art exhibitions, and immerse in the open-air studio for painters, artists, and photographers drawn to its unique point of view. Watch the Parisiens enjoying a summer picnic if you are there in the season. Getting close to Notre Dame Cathedral, learn about the Île de la Cité and the surprising facts that this island will offer you. Learn about Notre Dame and discuss the impacts of the recent fire and the future of the building.  Say goodbye to your guide at Notre Dame Cathedral with many references and recommendations for Paris so that you can discover more of the city at your leisure.

Paris at Christmas: Festive Shopping Past and Present

5. Paris at Christmas: Festive Shopping Past and Present

Your guide will first take you on a journey away from the crowded shopping streets and into a more hidden side of the city. This is where Parisians shop in what were the precursors of today’s shopping malls. Discover richly decorated elegant passages, which were once lit by some of the first electric or gas lights in the city. Today they are still home to charming boutiques and brasseries, as they were then, with café tables spilling out into the passageways. Covered with glass roofs to avoid the winter weather, they are the perfect place to explore during the holiday season. See the beautiful and extremely fashionable Palais Royal. Explore its arcades full of history, chic stores, and bijou pastry shops. You will also pass by the magnificent Opera Garnier and hear the story of its infamous Phantom. Then it’s back onto the bustling Parisian boulevards, to visit the Galeries Lafayette, which is one of the most splendid old department stores in Paris. It is renowned for its dazzling glass dome and the imaginative spectacular Christmas tree that is installed under it each year. French children come here to gaze at the wonderful window displays, join them and be enchanted by the holiday magic.  End your tour at a fine gourmet food store, where you will be able to see, taste, and buy all sorts of typical French Christmas delicacies, both sweet and savory. Join the locals as they shop for their festive tables and immerse yourself in a truly Parisian holiday season.

Paris: French Revolution Cycling Tour

6. Paris: French Revolution Cycling Tour

Discover Paris through the lens of the French Revolution on this cycle tour. Learn about the Terror, the guillotine, Bastille Day, and more as you take a ride through this fascinating and tumultuous period in French history. Ride along the scenic banks of the Seine River as you learn about Marie Antoinette, King Louis XVI, Robespierre, and other major figures of revolutionary France. See the old revolutionary cafés and the spot where the first guillotine was built and tested. Familiarize yourself with the revolutionary spirit of the French people on this unique cycling tour of Paris.

Paris: Family City Tour with Seine River Cruise

7. Paris: Family City Tour with 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: Covered Passages 3-Hour Scavenger Hunt

8. Paris: Covered Passages 3-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 Right Bank 2-Hour Private Walking Tour

9. 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: Feel like a Parisian Guided Walking Tour

10. Paris: Feel like a Parisian Guided Walking Tour

Explore the history and the hidden gems of Paris on a guided walking tour. Begin in the Palais Royal, the amazing palace with a beautiful garden, hidden just near Louvre. Find the history of different crimes, parties that happened there and find out why the police accepted it. Walk to the Les Halles area to learn the history of the old vegetable market, which was the center of Paris and the place of all the criminals and businessmen of that time. You'll discover a church with the biggest pipe organ in France and maybe hear one of the rehearsals. Next, visit one of the most interesting market streets, with its cheese shops, meat shops, and the oldest pastry shop. Discover the famous district of Marais, from its food market and the Templars history to the amazing small palaces of XV and XVI centuries.

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What people are saying about Palais-Royal

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 183 reviews

We really enjoyed this tour. Christian, our guide, was very knowledgeable and included everyone when discussing the surroundings. Felt very safe on the routes he took us. There were 10 in our group but just 2 bookings (one group of 8 and our group of 2.) Our group were very friendly, getting to know them on the way. The weather was fab too...win, win!

The tour was a lot of fun with our guide Sabriye Manea. We experienced and learned a lot about Paris. Is recommended. We were also lucky enough to be just the two of us, were able to ask any questions and were guided individually.

I absolutely loved this bike tour! It was so much fun and our tour guide was extremely knowledgable. It was just the right length of time and so much of Paris was covered. I would happily do this tour again.

3 hr tour was 3.5 hrs. Guide Christian was very knowledgeable, patient and pleasant. Very enjoyable. Note the city was really busy by the end and it was a little nerve racking crossing intersections.

Contrary to expectations, a great tour, even if you've been to Paris many times. This was certainly also due to our guide Christian.