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Palais Royal Tours

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Palais Royal
Located across from the Louvre in the heart of Paris, the Palais-Royal is an architectural highlight known for its scenic gardens and regal heritage. Originally named the Palais-Cardinal—it was built for Cardinal Richelieu in 1633—the palace later housed French royalty until Versailles was completed in 1682.

The Basics
While it’s often overshadowed by the world-famous art museum next door, the Palais-Royal boasts its own cultural legacy, oasis-like gardens, and architectural grandeur. Today, the landmark serves multiple functions; for one, it’s the seat of several government bodies, including the Constitutional Council, the Council of State, and the Ministry of Culture. It also contains La Comédie Française, one of the oldest still-active theaters in the world, the Théâtre du Palais-Royal, another centuries-old theater, and Le Grand Véfour, a Michelin-starred restaurant whose origins date to 1784.

Given its convenient location, the Palais-Royal is a stop on numerous tours, including bike tours, history- and architecture-themed walking tours, and private driving tours of Paris.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The palace complex and its gardens are free to visit.
  • Jacques Lemercier, the architect who built the Palais-Royal, also designed the Sorbonne.
  • In September, the state rooms at the Palais-Royal are open to visitors as part of the European Heritage Days event.
  • The Palais-Royal hosts numerous special events throughout the year, from Easter Egg hunts to Fête de la Musique concerts.

How to Get There
Given its perfectly central location in Paris’ 1st arrondissement, the Palais-Royal couldn’t be simpler to access. Take Métro lines 1 or 7 to the Palais Royal – Musée du Louvre stop, which is just steps away. You can also take the 21, 27, 39, 48, 69, 72, 81, or 95 bus lines. The Palais-Royal is also easily accessed on foot, by car, or by Vélib’ bike.

When to Get There
Between October and March, the Palais-Royal is open daily from 7:30am–8:30pm. From April to May it’s open from 7am–10:15pm; from June to August it’s open from 7am–11pm; and during September it’s open from 7am–9:30pm. Visitors are asked to clear the palace grounds 30 minutes prior to the official closing time.

The Colonnes de Buren
One of the Palais-Royal’s most distinctive (and controversial) elements is an art installation in its inner courtyard (the Cour d’Honneur). Created by artist Daniel Buren in 1985, Les Deux Plateaux (also known as the Colonnes de Buren) consists of numerous black-and-white striped columns.
Address: Place du Palais Royal, Paris 75001, France
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Paris Half-Day City Tour with a Private Driver

Paris Half-Day City Tour with a Private Driver

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Explore Paris on your own terms on this private half-day tour. Instead of the tiring tours for large groups, travel by air-conditioned transport and receive a personalized overview of top Paris attractions in the company of just your family and friends (up to eight people). Simply indicate which sights you’d like to see during a 3- or 4-hour tour. Admire the Eiffel Tower, capture breathtaking city views from Sacre-Coeur in Montmartre and ogle the luxurious shops on Champs- Élysées. Enjoy a hotel pickup at a time of your convenience.
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Vintage Private Tour: Sidecar Motorcycle Ural Paris (1hr30)

Vintage Private Tour: Sidecar Motorcycle Ural Paris (1hr30)

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For a fun twist on a typical sightseeing tour, don't miss this private excursion in Paris where your guide whisks you around in a vintage motorcycle sidecar. Cruise the charming capital with the wind in your face, and pass many of the city's must see sights and off the beaten path areas. Highlights include a cruise through the village of Montmartre, and views of the Sacré-Coeur Basilica, and expansive Hôtel des Invalides.
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Paris Small Group or Private Walking Tour: Secret Sites and Hidden Gems

Paris Small Group or Private Walking Tour: Secret Sites and Hidden Gems

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Uncover the little-known treasures of Paris on this insider walking tour with a savvy guide. Explore arcaded pathways, hidden alleys and grand boulevards, marveling at Belle Époque architecture and visiting specialty food shops to sample macarons and artisan cheeses. You’ll see top attractions like the Louvre and neighborhood gems like quaint cafes in Le Marais district. As you walk, you'll learn the history of this contemporary city and its ancient roots.
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Paris City Center & Skip-the-Line Louvre Museum Combo Tour - Private Tour

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Get to know the picture-perfect city of Paris on this private walking tour that comes with a fast-access entry ticket into the Louvre Museum. Starting on Île de la Cité, where the ancient city was born, your own guide takes you on a stroll along the Seine River and shares insight into many famous landmarks like the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Eiffel Tower. Next, it’s off into the Louvre, bypassing the long entrance lines, for a guided tour of world-class artworks including the ’Mona Lisa’ and ‘Venus de Milo.’
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Paris Full-Day Small Group or Private Tour: Become a Parisian for a Day

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Eat, shop, and sightsee like a true Parisian on this full-day tour of the City of Light. Soak up the glamour of Paris’ fashion district and historic shopping arcades, browse the stalls of a local market, and peek inside churches only known by locals. Follow your guide through the bustling neighborhood of Le Marais, passing Notre-Dame, the Louvre, and the Centre Pompidou. Along the way, taste a host of Parisian delights including macarons, pastries, cheese, wine, and French liquors. This small-group tour is limited to just 12 people, ensuring a personalized experience.
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Palais Royal - History & Shopping in Paris

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See the palace that stood during the French Revolution during this guided walking tour of the Palais Royal (Royal palace) that includes a stop at a former 1800s era shopping district. See the courtyards, gardens and more of this opulent dwelling built in 1634. Hear about the courtesans, writers, artists, and revolutionaries who walked the grounds and wander in the now chic and modern surrounding neighborhood. 
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Private Covered Passages & Palais Royal Gardens 2-Hour Tour

Private Covered Passages & Palais Royal Gardens 2-Hour Tour

Embark on a 2-hour walking tour that whisks you off the tourist trail and into the historic covered passages of Paris. Enjoy the undivided attention of a private guide as you stroll through the historic shopping arcades and hear stories of life in 19th-century Paris. As you soak up the atmosphere of the city’s Grands Boulevards, take time to browse the antiques stores, peek into traditional delicatessens, or shop for souvenirs at the artisan boutiques.
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Paris Vintage Tour by Night on a Sidecar with Champagne included

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On this unique, attraction-packed ride through the City of Lights, you’ll discover top locations in Paris by vintage sidecar motorcycle. A glass of bubbly is included with each ride, so you can sit back and relax with a loved one as you hit the capital’s must-see sights, from the Louvre and Place Vendome to the Moulin Rouge and the Eiffel Tower. Hotel transfers are included.
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Capture special memories during your time in Paris, and walk away with dozens of high-quality portrait shots, when you book this private photo shoot experience. Based on your sightseeing preferences, pick between several itineraries and meet your professional photographer guide. Whether you set off from the Pont des Arts, explore the Jardin des Tuileries, or stroll through Place Vendôme, your guide will help you feel comfortable in front of the camera. After your tour, receive between 80-120 high-resolution shots.
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MY AMAZING PARIS Private Full City Phototour with a local pro photographer

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During this exclusive photography session, you’ll hit the highlights of Paris with your own personal professional photographer. Capture the perfect professionally staged portrait, ideal for celebrating honeymoons, engagement photos, or vacations with family or friends. You’ll receive up to 190 edited, high-resolution photographs by mail after your session, which you can frame or share online.
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Walking tour of Paris Covered Passages

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The walking tour takes place every day of the week (except Sunday), A walking tour through history, from the scandalous and glamorous Palais Royal to some of the most beautiful covered passages of the city which, since the 1800s, Parisians love to visit for a coffee break, some classy shopping or simply for a stroll. Ideal among the things to do in Paris when it rains. The tour will call at: Palais Royal Galerie Vivienne Galerie Colbert La Bourse (Stock Market) Passage Panoramas Passage Jouffroy Passage Verdeau
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This tour is not about the usual tourist places - it is about the real Paris. To understand this city, it is not enough to visit the main attractions: you need to get off the familiar Google Maps direction. You will discover the chic passages and galleries, the luxurious Palais Royal and the old streets of Marais. You will live a real French life in the Montorgueil area and find the oldest market in Paris. During the walk you will see the Palais Royal, a magnificent palace of Duke of Richelieu. You will walk around the oldest district in Paris and find out the legend of the mysterious Knights Templar. We will visit the church of Saint-Eustache, where Moliere and Madame de Pompadour were baptized and admire the biggest organ in France. Discover Paris as a real Parisian and fall in love with this beautiful city.
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Photo shoot in Paris - Eiffel tower and other locations - 1 to 3 hours

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This photoshoot is the best way to get some beautiful pictures of you in Paris and to discover the best views of the city.
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The French Revolution - Paris Guided Historic Walk

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“The King must die… So the Nation may live”! Robespierre pleaded to the National Assembly… In 1789, the French Revolution put an end to a Monarchy that had ruled the Kingdom for centuries… But the virtuous ideas of Liberty, Equality and Fraternity were easier said than done… Travel back in time and walk on the footsteps of the key Revolutionaries: Voltaire, Lafayette, Robespierre and more. See exactly where King Louis XVI & Queen Marie-Antoinette were executed with the Guillotine… Understand how France was torn apart and went to war with the rest of Europe. Relive many of the decisive events of the Revolution, from the early signs to the final stage leading a young general to power: Napoleon! I am looking forward to helping you understand the most complex time in French history!
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Sports, fun and educational discovery of Paris

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The Covered Passages, a journey out of time

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Discover the covered passages of the capital. From the Passage des Panoramas to the passage du Bourg l'Abbé, immerse yourself in a timeless journey with one of the tour guides from our agency. After two and a half hours spent in his company, Paris and its legendary passages will have no secrets for you! Our team of tour guides is both competent and passionate, which will make your experience unforgettable!
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  • 2 hours 10 minutes
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Take a starring role in one of the world's most picturesque cities with a private photoshoot in Paris. Travel with a professional photographer to several locations handpicked for their architectural beauty, and pose in front of iconic landmarks like the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Palais Royal, and Champs-Elysées. At the end of the personalized shoot, take home a collection of around 200 frame-worthy digital images to commemorate your visit to the City of Lights.
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See, Taste & Explore! Parisian Must-Do Highlights Tour for your Family

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Already picturing yourself at the majestic Eiffel Tower, the amazing Louvre, or the beautiful Palais Garnier? We’ve got you covered! Visit these stunning highlights and many more during this informative, fun and 100% private tour. And while you wander past the beautiful landmarks you’ll discover hidden gems along the way too - best of both worlds! To make your kids feel extra special your private host has some fun-filled games, quizzes and a treasure hunt. There’s also a special visit to Le Palais Royal gardens . And of course, along the way a yummy tasting of delicious freshly baked French pastry. But why would you only stick to the main spots when you’re with a private local guide who can unveil secret places for you? Hop by an authentic local boulanger for a baguette-tasting crash course, stroll through a marvelous secret shopping passage and enjoy a rooftop view on a terrace only locals know about!
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Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems: Best of Paris Private Tour

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See both the top sights and hidden gems of Paris during this walking tour with a private guide who gives you the chance to experience the city like a local. Following a relaxing route, pass by landmarks including the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, and Opera Bastille, plus visit a secret rooftop for a view of the city and enjoy a baguette tasting.
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Private Day Tour: Guide in Paris

Private Day Tour: Guide in Paris

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There’s so much to see and do in Paris, it’s hard to know where to start. This private full-day tour is the perfect way to maximize your time, with every detail tailor-made for you. Visit landmarks like the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre; explore Paris’s vibrant neighborhoods; hit the shops and markets, and get the inside scoop from a Parisian guide.
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  • 7 hours
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