The Galleries and Covered Passages. The Soul of Parisian Life

Duration: 2h
Guru: Adriana
Registered on February 22, 2021

Of Venezuelan origin, lawyer and translator by training. I dedicated myself for many years to the world of brands and entrepreneurship. My passion for travel, photography, architecture, literature, gastronomy and the art of the good life brought me to Paris my eternal favorite destination. For me it is a great pleasure to be able to show the hidden faces of this wonderful city. Get out of the clichés and tell those little anecdotes that turn a simple walk into a playful and evocative walk. Somehow I have my own version of the city. Built with many kilometers on foot, many authors who lived it to the fullest, in my own way of seeing and living it. Sharing this city with you is one of my most cherished dreams come true.

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Tour description

The Galleries or Covered Passages of Paris are part of the secrets and wonderful surprises that this incredible city offers us.

Predating the work of Baron Haussman, the Covered Galleries are a small sample of what Paris was like at the end of the 18th century and first half of the 19th century. A city with an essentially medieval structure entering modernity.

The character of the Parisian is created and deepened in this stage. The Covered Galleries contribute a lot to shaping the lifestyle of this city, which was already proving itself to be the most innovative in the Western world. Taking a look at this vital part of the city helps us understand the soul of the Parisian, his constant need to wander aimlessly, to people watch, sit in cafes and experience the city as an unparalleled experience.

In this fun walk, full of anecdotes and curiosities, we will visit 5 of the galleries that survived the city's reforms, in the second decade of the 19th century, when Baron Haussman drastically reduced the number of Galleries or Passages covered with the massive demolitions. Of 240 covered Galleries and Passages, only 14 survived.

This exhibition will allow us to discover a side of the city with a touch of nostalgia and a unique charm.

Our itinerary will be:

  • Comedie Française, 1 Place Colette
  • Colonnes de Buren
  • Galerie Vero Dodat
  • Galerie Vivienne
  • Galerie Colbert
  • Passage Choiseul
  • Bourse de Commerce (We will see it on our route to another covered passage)
  • Panoramic Passage
  • Passage Jouffroy
  • Passage Verdeau (End of visit)

The meeting point will be 12 Place Colette, headquarters of La Comédie Française.

Come join me on this adventure through the intimacy of the City of Light.

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    12 Pl. Colette, 75001 Paris, France
    12 Pl. Colette, 75001 Paris, France
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    I will be at Place Colette at the entrance to the Comédie Française, There is a sign that says Billeterie There is a metro exit from the Palais Royale Musée du Louvre Station right at this Place Colette. I will carry a black umbrella with white dots.

  • 1
    Outside visit
    Galería Vivienne
  • 2
    Outside visit
    Galerie Colbert
  • 3
    Outside visit
    Passage Choiseul
  • 4
    Outside visit
    Passage des Panoramas
  • 5
    Outside visit
    Passage Jouffroy
  • 6
    Outside visit
    Passage Verdeau

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Liliana 20 Sep 2023

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Travelled alone - Sep 2023
Hermosa experiencia, escuchamos las historias de las antiguas galerías de París, pasamos un tiempo descubriendo lugares diferentes , con la calidez y el dinamismo de Adriana. Gracias!
Laura 16 Sep 2023

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Travelled in couple - Sep 2023
Precioso el tiempo que compartimos. Muy ameno y bien estructurado.
Juan 02 Sep 2023

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Travelled in couple - Sep 2023
El tour con Adriana ha superado todas mis expectativas. Adriana es una profesional de 10 y ha dado una clase magistral. Repetiría con ella cualquier tour que haga. El Tour ha sido diferente y ameno. Si eres más viajero que turista, este es tu Tour! En fin, una gran experiencia! Gracias por todo, Adriana!
Fátima 29 Aug 2023

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Travelled in group - Aug 2023
Adriana organiza un camino muy agradable por las galerías de Paris, donde descubres la ciudad que hay dentro de la ciudad. Muy interesante.
Nati 19 Aug 2023

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Travelled alone - Aug 2023
Me encanto el tour por las Galerías! Es algo poco conocido pero Adriana me explicó muy bien todo! Me la pase super bien! Super recomendado
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Not suitable for pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 5 people is required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Only cash payment is accepted.
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