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Heroes of the French Revolution – Historical Adventure Tour

Why you shouldn't miss it!

  • Relive the most famous day in French history – July 14th 1789 - through the eyes of the Heroes of the French Revolution!
  • Walk the route taken by the people who stormed la Bastille!
  • Enjoy our intimate walking tour of 8 people maximum with your historian expert.
  • Take a complimentary coffee break with your welcomer in a typical French café.
In a nutshell

3 Hours

Group (8 max)


Wheelchair Friendly

Refund up to 72h

What's Included:   A historian guide for 3 hours / A complimentary drink
Milestones:  Invalides / Concorde / Tuileries / Palais-Royal / Town Hall / Bastille

Our special French Revolution tour “Meet the Locals from the Past” gives you a unique opportunity to relive one of the most important days in French history: The storming of La Bastille. Here is how it works:

  • At the start of the tour, you’ll receive a Historical Character Card.
  • Your card will represent a key character in this historic event — it might be a lawyer, an officer, or a washerwoman! (Don’t worry, you won’t have to do any acting!)
  • You will get to know the cast of characters who changed History, step into their shoes and relive the French Revolution’s blend of hope and terror!

Tuesday 14th of July 1789: Fear hangs over Paris. Despite the warm weather, the city swirls with rumors, revolts, and of course, decapitations. Quite a way to start the week! It is on that specific date that the French Revolution began. That was the day of the famous Storming of La Bastille, when the History of France and Europe turned upside-down.

In the morning of the 14th of July, the common people were eager to fight. But how would they do, helpless against armed soldiers? Where would they find weapons? The answer was: at the Invalides, a military hospital and home for retired soldiers. Parisians gathered there and found rifles and artillery.

This French Revolution Tour starts at this specific location – The Invalides – where the revolt broke out. Now the insurgents are armed, but without powder, the weapons are useless. Someone called out: “There’s powder at the Bastille!” We’ll never know who said this first, but the crowd listened and proceeded toward the Bastille fortress.

Unlock the Secrets of the French Revolution with this Historical Walking Tour

As you follow the footsteps of the first revolutionaries through Paris, you’ll stop Place de la Concorde to learn about its tragic transformation into a stage for the guillotine as well as the thousands of people who died there.

Close to the Louvre, Palais-Royal is your next destination, where intellectual fermentation prepared the popular uprising. Passing the Hotel de Ville (town hall), just like the 1789 Parisians, you will finally reach the Bastille, learning about the huge feudal jail, and its governor who refused to open the doors to help the insurgents.

Now that you have been introduced to all of these Heroes of the French Revolution, it is time to get back to the present and have a drink in a typical Parisian café. As you sip on your favorite drink, you will have to guess whether your character stayed alive and kept his head (or didn’t) during the Revolution. Unleash the suspense!

And if you're keen on history and want to see more of this concept, please have at look a our Historical Adventure Tours!


Is there a lot of walking involved in that French Revolution tour?

The tour involves 3 kilometers of walking at a smooth pace, with several stops to listen to commentaries. 3 other kilometers are covered by a local bus unless you prefer to walk during the whole French Revolution tour.

Won’t this walking tour be boring if I’m not a “History addict”?

You won’t ever think History can be boring after this tour. It’s a very interactive and playful visit, with a bunch of fascinating anecdotes and facts. You will get historical information from your historian expert, but in a new fun way you never experienced somewhere else!

Will I see the Bastille jail during this French Revolution tour?

You will see the place where it once stood. The jail and fortress has been dismantled more than 200 years ago. Your guide will show you images to help you figure out what it looked like.

Will we visit the inner part of any museum?

This French Revolution tour is only operating in open air areas. You will see and learn a lot of the visible historical buildings but there is not inside visit included.

Can this walking tour be privatized?

Of course, we would be more than happy to propose you a private version of this tour! Just contact us here to make this request.

Price Details


Starting Point

Meeting Address: - In front of Le Café de L'Esplanade, 52 Rue Fabert, 75007 Paris. Closest metro station: La Tour Maubourg (line 8)
  1. :

    Sebastien was very knowledgeable. His descriptions of the historical events, as we walked around the parts of Paris where they actually took place, were vivid and informative as well as entertaining. I was able to really picture the events as well as gain a better understanding of the context in which they took place. My tour was fascinating and genuinely educational (not cliched or superficial). I highly recommend it!

  2. :

    I’ve taken my fair share of walking tours, food tours, historical tours, and cultural tours all over France but rarely have they involved role playing. I recently had the opportunity to try out the Heroes of the French Revolution tour from Meet the Locals and found it a thoroughly enjoyable, clever, and engaging way to understand not only the context of a tumultuous period in French history but the figures that played a role in its outcome. I won’t give away the secrets of the tour but know that the walk unfolds through the lens of individual characters from the revolution (bonus: good for kids!). Thank you to Sophie, the art historian and guide on the tour, for such an enlightening afternoon.

  3. :

    We had a great time walking into history with Sophie for three hours. Her insight into the French Revolution was fascinating and all ages enjoyed the tour. Its really nice to have someone so familiar with the city and its history walk you around and give you the true flavor of Paris. I would highly recommend this tour company and this tour.

  4. :

    Our tour started at the Invalides (near Napoleon’s tomb) and ended at the Bastille. My husband and I were the only people on this tour that morning, and our tour guide Sophie kindly answered all our questions as well as explained to us reasons as to why the revolution started, who was involved, and what happened before, during and after the storming of the Bastille. During the tour we had a refreshment stop and later rode the metro part of the way to the Bastille. We both enjoyed this tour immensely, not only was it entertaining but also educational. I highly recommend this tour.

  5. :

    Doing the “Meet the Locals- French Revolution” tour was one of the very last things I did during my short stay in Paris. Sophie, the guide, was very knowledgeable and engaging. I learned quite a bit about the people involved and got to see where it all happened. Not only was the tour great, but the organizers and guides were very accommodating for time after I booked late the night before.

  6. :

    Once again we had a great day with “meet the locals”.
    This time it was the French revolution and the Bastille.
    We were 5 and strolled along from the Invalides to the Palais Royal as Sophie , our very professional and highly qualified guide, told us all we had to know about this historical moment.
    The tour ended at the Place de la Bastille of course.
    And we had time to have a drink in a café.
    We deeply recommend this tour: another way to discover Paris.

  7. :

    We had a delightful tour with Sophie recently. She’s personable, knowledgeable, and engaging, and we had a great time. I highly recommend her as a guide. Thank you!

  8. :

    We did the French Revolution walking tour with Sophie and we couldn’t have been happier with the result. Sophie was charming and articulate and incredibly knowledgeable. Both her historical knowledge which was remarkable and her grasping of the events and the nuances that surrounded them which was fascinating! We highly highly recommend this. Both for those that have been to Paris before and for first timers. Amazing tour that we are so glad to have taken.

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    French Revolution as if you were there!

  10. :

    Such a good idea to explain as precisely as possible what truly happens that great day! Claire was the right person for this first “historical adventure tour”. It wouldn’t be our last.

  11. :

    I was happy to learn so much in so few time. Claire is very helpful to understand the complicated history of France during Revolution. She told us amazing anecdotes et introduced figures we could not imagine what they suffered. The character I was given was not beheaded but her fate wasn’t enviable either… Well, I should stop here as we were asked not to reveal to much…Book this tour, you will understand why…

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