200 years ago, Paris had nearly 150 covered passages! Frozen in time since the 1800s, these glass-roofed and paved arcades were originally created for the nobles to enjoy a stroll and a little shopping, away from the sun and rain. Take a stroll through the centuries with this audio-guided tour of some of the most beautiful remaining covered passages! Listen to your guide on your smartphone, visit at your own pace, and customize your itinerary as you wish!
The tour starts at Palais Royal, a very fashionable meeting place since the 17th century, as it houses many small shops and also the Comédie Française! The commentaries and fun facts trigger automatically as you stroll along the designated itinerary, right where they happened! Listen to the voice of the guide as you stroll in the courtyard of the sumptuous Royal Palace. Discover the incredible story behind the scene of this sumptuous façade! Then, simply follow the directions to the next spot.
Travel through centuries and listen to many interesting anecdotes about the Café des Aveugles and where the expression "midi pétante" - noon sharp- comes from. Discover the gastronomic Mecca of the "Tout-Paris" in the 19th century and stroll in the sumptuous gardens. Pass through the covered passages Galerie Vivienne, Passage des Panoramas, Passage Jouffroy... ancestors of the department shops, where there are still some remarkable brands and emblematic Parisian addresses: the oldest chocolate factory in Paris, the Segas Gallery which only sells canes, the oldest theatre still in operation since 1807, the former Paris Stock Exchange and the Musée Grévin wax museum.
The tour is designed by local and passionate guides. Visit at your own pace and customize your itinerary according to your desires! A short stop at a terrace, a visit to a store or even a craving? you can resume the visit when you want, right where you stopped. Impossible to get lost. The guide indicates clear audio directions to follow and a map can also be viewed if you prefer visual guidance. And if you take a wrong turn, the integrated geo-localization system will bet you back on the right track!