Prices range from €230-€705 (see below).
Make your walk exclusive for a €100 fee.
Our walking tours take place rain or shine, and are available every day of the week.
Much of how Paris looks today is due to a vast 19th-century urban renewal project called Haussmannization. Napoleon III wanted Paris to rival the modernity of London, and a planner named Haussmann had the vision to do it. His project was much more than a physical transformation of a medieval city. It also changed how Parisians lived, worked, shopped, and spent their leisure time. Entire neighborhoods were destroyed and their residents moved to make way for the stately boulevards that now define modern Paris. On this walk, you’ll explore the design and architecture of the era, but also understand the economic and political factors behind them.
We begin our walk near the Louvre at the Palais Royal where, 200 years ago, its galleries were a mecca for Parisian society. We then focus on the arcades, the 19th-century forerunners of today’s commercial malls. The sumptuous Empire décor of the Galerie Vivienne makes it one of the most beautiful covered passages in the city. We’ll also visit the Passages Panoramas and Jouffroy. In these glazed and gas-lit emporiums, there emerged a new kind of modern Parisian: the flâneur, or stroller, someone who (in Walter Benjamin’s phrase) “walks the city in order to experience it.”
We will then turn to the Grands Boulevards, lined with the cafés and theaters that made Paris the cultural capital of the world. After the Opera House by the young architect Charles Garnier, stops at neighboring department stores will bring us into the 20th century. The architectural spectacle of these palaces—the glitzy glass dome of the Galeries Lafayette and the Art Nouveau cupola at Printemps—set a standard for the modern shopping experience. We finish on the rooftop of Printemps, where we’ll enjoy a panoramic view of the neighborhood that Haussmann considered the showcase of his New Paris.
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Tour Teaser: See Paris before Haussmann’s renovations in Charles Marville’s iconic photographs.
This tour is wheelchair and stroller accessible. However, travelers will encounter cobblestones and narrow sidewalks. Please tell us about your mobility needs when booking online.
Architecture Tour of Haussmann Paris
My friend and I took the walking architecture tour with Julien as our guide. We started at the Palais Royale and walked through covered passages up to the Haussmann era Opera and Galeries Lafayette. He discussed Paris’ past and present and we learned so very much. He tailored it to our tastes. We even made it to the rooftop of Printemps. We couldn't have asked for a more perfect afternoon.
Highest Recommendation for Tour Guide Julien and Haussmann Tour!
Julien gave us an overview of his Haussmann tour and beautifully managed our expectations. As a resident Parisian he clearly loves the city and knows it well. There was no question he couldn’t answer, he was so knowledgeable! With an engaging personality and perfect French and mastery of English your Paris trip would not be complete without having a walking tour with Julien!
San Francisco, CA
The Insights that “Canned” Tours Lack
More information, insight, historical perspective and amusing anecdota than one could ever, ever receive in the same amount of time by ‘reading up’ on the subject or taking the ‘canned’ tour. These tours are an opportunity to view beloved art with someone who has the education and the intelligence to give thoughtful, informed responses. I hope to do this again, and again, and again. What fun!