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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 Vintage Tour by Night on a Sidecar with Champagne included

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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  • 2 hours
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US$ 173.44
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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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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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US$ 105.43
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Paris City Center History of Paris Guided Walking Tour - Private Tour

Paris City Center History of Paris Guided Walking Tour - Private Tour

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Tick off some of Paris’ most iconic attractions, at your own pace, on this private walking tour of the City of Lights. Alongside your personal guide, you’ll head to one of Paris’ oldest districts, Île de la Cité, and explore the pristine Tuileries Gardens. Visit Place de la Concorde, home to the world’s first guillotine, admire the grandeur of Fontaine Saint-Michel, and delve into Paris’ turbulent history as you amble along the Champs Elysees, the world-famous boulevard that flanks the River Seine. 
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  • 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes
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US$ 89.80
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Paris City Center & Skip-the-Line Louvre Museum Combo Tour - Private Tour

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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  • 5 hours to 5 hours 30 minutes
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Paris City Center & Skip-the-line Louvre Museum Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max

Paris City Center & Skip-the-line Louvre Museum Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max

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Spend a delightful day in Paris discovering the world-famous attractions along the Seine River and the artistic masterpieces of the Louvre Museum. Follow you guide along the UNESCO-listed Seine riverbanks while learning the history of iconic monuments like the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Musée d'Orsay, the Jardin des Tuileries and the Eiffel Tower. Next, skip the long line at the Louvre and take a guided tour of museum highlights and lesser-known treasures. Numbers are limited for a personalized small-group experience.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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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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  • 3 hours
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US$ 82.52
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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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  • 4 hours
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US$ 402.09
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Private Paris Photoshoot with a Professional Photographer

Private Paris Photoshoot with a Professional Photographer

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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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  • 3 hours
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US$ 323.17
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Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems: Best of Paris Private Tour

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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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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US$ 81.03
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Paris at Christmas with Festive Shopping Past & Present

Paris at Christmas with Festive Shopping Past & Present

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Get in the holiday spirit on a Christmas tour through cozy Parisian neighborhoods. The 2-hour itinerary includes boutiques loved by locals, the Opera Garnier, a gourmet food store, and the famous Christmas tree in Galeries Lafayette, one of the oldest department stores in Paris. In addition to navigating, your guide offers tips and recommendations for your holiday shopping needs.
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  • 2 hours
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US$ 31.06
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Sports, fun and educational discovery of Paris

Sports, fun and educational discovery of Paris

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Combine your workout with sightseeing on this private running tour of Paris. As you burn some energy hitting the sidewalks of Paris along your customized route, your guide will provide enlightening information about the city and make stops at such landmarks as the Place de la Concorde, Musee d'Orsay, and the Domaine National du Palais-Royal.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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US$ 106.07
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Walking tour of Paris Covered Passages

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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  • 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes
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Paris Full-Day Small Group or Private Tour: Become a Parisian for a Day

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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  • 8 hours
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US$ 192.11
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Le Louvre Museum Private Tour for Families

Le Louvre Museum Private Tour for Families

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With so many different pieces of art at Le Louvre Museum, it can be overwhelming to navigate your way around. Save time researching and studying floor layouts, by having an experienced art historian guide to show you around. You’ll be able to put the maps away, and focus on the amazing artwork in front of you, such as Mona Lisa, and Venus de Milo. If you’re traveling with kids—this tour will make visiting an art gallery a fun experience with children’s activity sheets.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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US$ 445.44
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Paris Sightseeing, Marais and Secrets Bike Tour

Paris Sightseeing, Marais and Secrets Bike Tour

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Explore hidden corners of the French capital in style on this 3-hour Marais bike tour in Paris. Hop onto your bicycle at the Pompidou Centre in central Paris and spin through the pretty streets with a guide. Head through bustling Beaubourg to the stylish Marais district and discover famous local landmarks including the iconic Place des Vosges. Explore St Paul and Île de la Cité — a natural island on the Seine River — and admire fine views over top attractions such as the Louvre Museum.
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  • 3 hours
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Paris City Center History of Paris Guided Walking Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max

Paris City Center History of Paris Guided Walking Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max

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Participate in a favorite local Parisian pastime—a good stroll—during this walking tour. With your small group of eight people or fewer, follow your guide to explore highlights such as the Champs Elysées, the Tuileries Gardens, and catch glimpses of the famed Notre Dame Cathedral.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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US$ 89.80
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Best Visit of Paris: Half Day tour in Vintage Sidecar Motorcycle Ural

Best Visit of Paris: Half Day tour in Vintage Sidecar Motorcycle Ural

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Explore Paris in style as a passenger in a vintage sidecar on this guided half-day tour. Your driver takes you through vibrant neighborhoods that are difficult to access by car or bus, riding through parts of the City of Light that most visitors miss. Customize your tour to seek out famous landmarks, the best views in Paris, great photo ops, or cafes and bars with delicious foods and drinks.
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  • 3 hours
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US$ 230.20
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