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Paris - The Unique Charm of Parisian Covered Passages - Episode II

The Unique Charm of Parisian Covered Passages - Episode II

(100 reviews)
1er arrondissement, Paris, France
30 mins

About the tour

Covered passages were the beginnings of what we call shopping malls today. Built for the most part in the 19th century, these arcades covered with glass roofs, created by piercing through other buildings, are a typically Parisian architectural feature. Most of them now house shops, tearooms and restaurants. Part 1 of this tour is in the vicinity of the grand Boulevards. This part 2 will take us to two of the most authentic passages next to the new Museum of collection Pinault : Galerie Vero Dodat and Galerie Vivienne

Meet your local guide


Patrick isn't one to shy away from travel and adventure. "I was lucky enough to travel the world with my job, discover different cultures, and meet incredible people!" he says, after having explored multiple cities across Europe and Asia. On his tours, you may catch more than a surprise or two about Paris. "In fact, it is an everyday experience. I'm a native Parisian, but every day, I continue to discover new things, new secrets about Paris. It's a never-ending story," he laughs. It was his love for Paris that led him to become a guide. "I'm a father and a teacher, and I realized that my passion was to share my knowledge, so I decided to be a guide about one of my passion: Paris!" Patrick chips in. "I enjoy sharing the love and passion I have for my own city, Paris. Its monuments, its history, its gastronomy, its culture, and all of its little secrets. I can't wait to share all of these with you!" "At the end of my tour I always give a virtual bise - two in fact being a good Parisian!" he laughs.

Patrick has been guiding since Sep 2020

What to expect

Get ready for something special. We're travelling to Paris with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you'll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and an amazing guide.

The tour will last about 30 mins and will be live-streamed by your guide directly from Paris. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!

While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your guide and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.

Why are they tip-supported?

We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to book and join, but you have the option to tip the guide during the tour.

Leaving a tip will help support the guides and allow us to offer tours in more places around the world. If you aren't able to leave a tip, then it would be great if you can share the tour with friends and family to spread the word.

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How to join

Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.

For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.

Reviews from travellers

Patricia S.

07 April 2021

Only Patrick could make a walk through empty shopping passages into a history lesson. HIs attention to aesthetic details, like window molding, adds to the enjoyment.

Barbara B.

07 April 2021

I enjoyed this trip with Patrick so much. These Parisian covered passages are so beautiful. Filled with beautiful shops to go window shopping. places that you would probably never find if you were on holiday by yourself. I will now seek them out if I am lucky enough to get to Paris in the future. In the meantime I can just dream with Patrick's expert help. Thank you Patrick.

Adele G.

07 April 2021

Perhaps because of COVID only visited two passages so I was disappointed. Patrick was an enthusiastic guide.

Shelly N.

06 April 2021

Very interesting ,I can imagine once he can take us into the buildings even more of an adventure. Thankyou really enjoyed it. Amazing idea

Glenn M.

06 April 2021

One of favorite guides.

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