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Palais-Royal: Our most recommended tours and activities

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.

Discover the Heart of Paris by Bike

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

3. 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.

Paris Highlights: From Notre-Dame to Eiffel Tower

4. Paris Highlights: From Notre-Dame to Eiffel Tower

Join a small group or a private tour to discover Paris's highlights –– historical sites, bridges, palaces, parks, and of course the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Eiffel Tower. Begin your adventure at Notre Dame with an expansive view of Paris's architecture and culture. Learn surprising facts about the Île de la Cité on the Seine. Discuss the history of Notre Dame as well as the impacts of the recent fire and the building's future. Follow the River Seine and go across the famous Pont des Arts, a pedestrian bridge listed as a national historic monument. Watch the Parisiens enjoying summer picnics and remember don't miss the famous eternal love padlocks attached to the bridge's railing. Follow your guide to the Pyramid of Louvre, the most popular destination in Paris. Pop into the gardens of the Palais Royal, a former royal palace, just opposite the Louvre. Walk through the Tuileries Garden connecting the Louvre to the Place de la Concorde. Learn about how the setting served as a reference point for the vast modern development of Paris. Continue your walk to the Arc de Triumph and Place de la Concorde and see how the monuments stand in harmony with their modern setting. These unique architectural masterpieces innovatively combined different styles and have influenced a range of art and culture for decades. Your tour will stop at the Eiffel Tower.

Paris: Family City Tour with Seine River Cruise

5. 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: 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 Right Bank 2-Hour Private Walking Tour

7. 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: 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 in to 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: The Best of Royal Life in Three Audio Guide Tours

9. Paris: The Best of Royal Life in Three Audio Guide 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.

Neoclassical Paris 2-Hour Private Walking Tour

10. Neoclassical Paris 2-Hour Private Walking Tour

The great reconstruction of Paris in neoclassic style was an important part of the city’s history, transforming the face of Paris during the Second Empire. On this private 2-hour guided tour you’ll learn more about the spirit of this city and how it evolved from a medieval town to a metropolis that became one of the most important capitals in Europe and a world leader in questions of style, elegance, and sophistication. Your guide will show you aristocratic Paris, and tell you about the city’s transformation during an important period in its history. Hear about the connections between Paris and Rome and Italian culture, including the impact on Parisian architecture. The sites you’ll visit include the Palais Brongniart, Palais Royal, Place des Victoires, Cour Carré, the Louvre, the Tuileries Garden, Place Vendôme, Place de la Concorde, and the Madeleine Church.

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What people are saying about Palais-Royal

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 183 reviews

Good tour, we saw a different side to the old center of Paris than the highlights. Our guide Christiaan was clear, informative and had fun stories for young and old. We loved cycling through Paris and soaking up culture. The variety of cycling and walking around in parks and aerias also gave an extra nice element to this tour.

The tour guide contacted us beforehand so that we could meet on time the next day, the tour was interesting, a lot could be told and shown. We were lucky enough to be in a group of two, so that our running pace and questions were taken into account.

A fabulous, easy way to get around Paris and see the sights. The tour leader was lovely, relaxed and knew her stuff. The bikes are great quality and a delight after trying to use the vélib!

very friendly guide, who gives clear and concise explanations, visits to common and unusual places.

Fantastic tour visiting little known places, mainly stayed on quieter roads which was great