Private Tour

Hôtel Banke's Old Paris Experience

Take an operatic journey through Quartier de l'Opéra, a neighborhood whose rise is intertwined with money, mystery, and melody.

Things to know


2 hrs

Suitable for:

Couples, Friends, History Buffs, Intellectually Curious

Private Tour:

You and our own professional guide. 100% exclusive

Tickets included:

Type of tour:

This is a walking tour and does not require transport.

Other inclusions:

Opera Cocktail with Mixologist Experience at Le Bar. 
Juice or soda for children.
Meeting points: https://visualhunt.com/f3/photo/18736784350/1ed8df1029/

What makes this tour special

Let us bring to life Paris during its nostalgic, glittering era through this crafted experience with your own expert local guide and a free cocktail at Le Bar.

The 9th arrondissement has flourished as a business hub for the past two centuries, facilitating the growth of the Parisian bourgeoisie. With Opéra containing some of Paris’s most iconic buildings, it will come as no surprise that the relationship between business and pleasure has proven vital in the burgeoning of this area. 

Your tour begins at the prestigious Hôtel Banke  – birthplace of the Emperor Napoleon III – and walks along the elegant Haussmann boulevards of the 9th and 2nd arrondissements for which Paris is world-renowned. 

Beneath its opulence, the story of the city is much more complex. Your expert local guide will show you the richly decorated Passages Couverts (covered passages) Passages des Panoramas and Galerie Vivienne. The latter was previously frequented by vagabonds and prostitutes, bankers and dancing girls, and now home to historic artisanal boutiques devoted to selling and promoting eccentric wares such as ancient stamps, coins and books, the occult, fashion and food. Inspired by the souks of Egypt, these late 18th Century passages were the first covered markets in Europe. 

We will meander down quaint and irregular streets, combining iconic buildings with hidden wonders, including Bourse and the Palais Brongniart - the Stock Exchange of the 19th Century commissioned by Napoleon Bonaparte. It was the center of commerce in Paris and launched the city onto the world stage. 

As business boomed in the French capital, so did the arts. Just down the road from the bankers were the bawdy cabarets and operettas. You will see the Theatre de Bouffes: birthplace of the infamous Can Can and the Theatre de Palais Royal,  original home of Moliere’s plays. 

Learn about the scandals and fashions of the golden age of France’s royal family: the Sun King Louis XIV and his notorious brother, Philippe Duc d’Orleans against the backdrop of the grandeur of the Palais Royal.

Return to the Hôtel Banke  via the splendor of the Opera Garnier and pause to admire its symbolic façade, learn of the secrets of the lake beneath and the notorious Phantom. 

Your tour ends  at the Hôtel Banke  for a delicious, themed cocktail crafted by one of the hotel’s world-renowned mixologists in the dramatic, Opera inspired bar.

This is a truly unique tour of Paris, filled with the stories of the characters that built and broke the city, and transformed it from a cholera infested hell-hole to one of the most beautiful and successful cities in the world.


QWill there be other people on the tour or is it just us?
AAll of our tours are 100% private and exclusive, which means that it will just be you, your group and your guide on the tour.

Your tour will be completely tailored to your needs and we will make sure to find a guide that best suits your group.
QAre entrance tickets and transport included in the cost of the tour?
AIn the ‘Things to Know’ section at the top of this page you will find details of whatever entrance tickets and transport are included in the tour. If you have any questions about this, then you can either use the chat button in the bottom right hand corner, send an email to <team@travelcurious.com> or call 1-212-710-1322 (US) or +44 20 3009 2392 (UK).
QWhat is your cancellation policy?
AOn tours cancelled more than 48 hours before the scheduled departure time, we are happy to offer our customers a full refund - minus a 5% credit card fee and the cost of any tickets that have been purchased.

For tours cancelled less than 48 hours before the scheduled departure time, we are unfortunately unable to offer refunds. If you would like to reschedule a tour, this is usually possible if we are given enough notice, but we cannot guarantee the same guide.

Changes made to bookings may be subject to rebooking fees to cover the cost of tickets purchased, transport, guide rescheduling and administration.

To cancel or change your booking, please contact us at <team@travelcurious.com> or call 1-212-710-1322 (US) or +44 20 3009 2392 (UK).
QWho do I contact if I have any questions about this tour or if I want to make changes to my tour?
AAt Travel Curious, we provide a free concierge service to help you plan your time abroad and they will be able to answer any questions you may have about this tour or any other tours. We are normally able to customise or personalise tours to suit your needs.

Please do get in touch by either using the chat button in the bottom right hand corner, sending an email to <hello@tourioicity.com> or calling 1-212-710-1322 (US) or +44 20 3009 2392 (UK).
QAm I able to book more than one tour?
AAbsolutely, you can book as many tours as you like! You can add them to your cart by clicking the ‘Book Now’ button or you can get in touch and we can put together an itinerary for you. To get in touch, you can either use the chat button in the bottom right hand corner, send an email to <team@travelcurious.com> or call 1-212-710-1322 (US) or +44 20 3009 2392 (UK).

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