Grands Boulevards Tours

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Grands Boulevards is an area in Paris situated in close proximity to Opéra Garnier and Grands Boulevards metro station. The plural form is not a coincidence; these lavish avenues and boulevards all exemplify the Parisian style created by the Baron Haussmann, whose work completely changed the city’s allure during the second Napoleonic empire in what is now considered a primitive form of urbanism. The grand scale, transformative works saw Paris welcome wider avenues, numerous fountains, intricately ornate buildings, and plentiful green spaces. But Haussmann did not create those spaces out of thin air; most of the Grands Boulevards now stand on what used to be the Louis XIII wall, which explains their remarkable size, uncommon for Paris at the time. It’s unclear which streets are part of the Grands Boulevards denomination and what the credentials are; it would be logical to think that boulevards like Beaumarchais, Capucines, Filles-du-Calvaire, Montmartre, Madeleine, Temple, Saint-Martin, Bonne-Nouvelle, Poissonnière, and Italiens would qualify considering their respective style and history.

The Grand Boulevards area is also famous for being home to typically French department stores like Printemps and Galeries Lafayette, as well as most of the city’s major theatres and nightclubs.

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Grand Boulevards is a Parisian neighbourhood contained within the square formed by Place de la Madeleine, boulevard de Strasbourg, rue Réaumur, and rue Richer, in the city’s 9th arrondissement. It is not advised to get to Grand Boulevards by car as parking is scarce and complicated; the area comprises several metro stations, including Grands Boulevards, Opéra, Strasbourg Saint-Denis, Bourse, and Chaussée d’Antin (with service on lines 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 12, and 14).
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Address: Paris, Ile-de-France 75009, France
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How to Become a Parisian in One Hour: The Hit Comedy Show all in English in Paris

While the city of Paris is celebrated for its charm, romance and elegance, Parisians are known for . . . other qualities. During this 1-hour show by French comedian Olivier Giraud, watch the stereotypes of Parisians — as being rude, short-tempered or arrogant — come alive in this side-splitting performance. Giraud's spot-on impressions will keep you laughing, and you’ll learn how to recognize Parisian facial expressions and use iconic French phrases correctly. Audience participation encouraged!
  • Duration: 1 hour 10 minutes
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Skip the Line: Louvre Museum Ticket and Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Discover iconic attractions of Paris such as the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame at your own pace on a 2-day hop-on hop-off bus tour of the captivating French capital. Aboard a distinctive double-decker bus, admire the quaint cobbled streets of the Left Bank and the military splendor of Ecole Militaire. When an attraction captures your attention, hop off to explore further, and then simply hop back on when it’s convenient for you. Plus, this Paris hop-on hop-off bus tour also includes a skip-the-line admission ticket to the Louvre to use in the morning.
  • Duration: 2 days
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  • Duration: 2 days
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Skip the Line: Hard Rock Cafe Paris

For a taste of rock ‘n roll in the City of Lights, head to the Hard Rock Cafe Paris. Bypass the long queue at this popular themed restaurant with your skip-the-line pass. Choose from a two- or three-course menu of classic American food like burgers and barbecue chicken, and dine among authentic musical memorabilia from rock legends.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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Private Tour: Opera Garnier and Passages Couverts

Step back in time to 19th-century Paris with a private tour of the world-famous Opera Garnier (Palais Garnier), memorialized as the opulent setting of ‘The Phantom of the Opera.’ Admire the gilded interior, grand staircase and elaborate murals while learning the history of this fine arts institution. Then, follow your guide through the historic covered shopping arcades known as ‘passages couverts’ for a glimpse into Paris life of the past. Enjoy the personalized attention of your guide on this private tour.
  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
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