- Walk in the footsteps of the Emperor, along with a Napoleon specialist
- Discover how much Napoleon loved Paris and discover his legacy
- Admire Place Vendôme, the quintessential Napoleonic site in Paris
- See Napoleon’s very first grave, usually missed by visitors
Napoleon in Paris – Walking Tour
What do you think when you hear “Napoleon”? War, conquest, First Empire, even megalomania…? Yes, yes, yes … and that's fair enough. But during this Napoleon in Paris historical walking tour, we will focus on Napoleon… in Paris. In the City of Light, his name is a symbol of “a reformed State”, a modernized architecture and urbanism and a worldwide radiant French culture…
Did you ever think about that?
This man was short in size but not for his ambition. Didn't he start as a French Revolution hero, opponent to the monarchy, to finally become a sovereign himself?
Let's now start now the walking tour! You'll meet your Napoleon' expert in front of Notre Dame, where the Emperor organized his crowning. Then, you'll walk to the Chatelet, where General Bonaparte victories were celebrated. Not far from there, the Louvre will be your next stop. At this same place, Napoleon took over the French Kings’ legacy and built his first triumphal arch, in memory of his victory on Prussia.
Along the way, impossible to not speak about the beginning of General Bonaparte's political career in front of Church Saint Roch. You will be facing the monument where he declared himself Republican. You'll then walk to the Place Vendôme, dedicated to the Emperor’s biggest victory.
This Napoleon in Paris tour will take you for a memorable walk in the steps of the French Emperor
Let’s head to Rue de Rivoli, which at first was built on the will of Napoleon who wanted to transform the capital by connecting the West and East sides of the Paris. Your Napoleon’ expert will explain the official and unofficial reasons of the creation of that street. You will stroll up this famous street to see what remains of the Emperor's residence: The Tuileries gardens.
From there, you'll walk up to the renowned Place de la Concorde. You will learn why he named it Concorde and will easily spot the monuments that played a symbolic role in Napoleon’s political vision, such as the Palais Bourbon (aka Assemblée Nationale), the Madeleine church and the Arc of Triumph.
It will now be time to commemorate the soldiers who gave their lives for Napoleon the First. The wounded veterans used to stay in the Invalides Hospital remembering their finest hours. The tour will end in front of the Invalides Church, which hosts the grave of the Emperor.
After the walking tour, you are welcome to visit the Emperor's grave by yourselves. Will you be one of his 1.5 million visitors?
And if you fancy history tours, have a look at our awesome French Revolution Historical Walking Tour Paris!
Do we enter the monuments along this Napoleon in Paris tour?
During this walking tour, we do not enter either Notre-Dame or the Invalides churches due to lack of time. Should you want a more complete tour, we can tailor-make a longer itinerary on a private basis. Just click here and our concierge service will get back to you.
Will we see Napoleon’s grave during that tour?
This Napoleon in Paris tour will end at the Invalides where Napoleon is buried. You’ll have the opportunity to visit the church and the crypt by yourselves after the tour. Tickets will be on sale on site (for around 11€).
How much walking is involved in this tour?
This walking tour includes a little more than 3-km of walking, alternating with public transportation rides (bus or metro). The tour takes place on flat and even grounds.
Do I need to be a Napoleon expert to enjoy this tour?
Just come as you are! Our Napoleon expert knows how to adjust her/his speech to the audience’s interests. But be reassured, at the end of this Napoleon Paris tour you will have learned a lot.
What if we are more than 4 people?
Just advise us in your request form about the number of people in your party, as well as their category (adult or child). There will be an extra fee of 20 € per additional person.
Meeting Address: 22 Promenade Maurice Carême, Paris - At the foot of the equestrian statue of Charlemagne, in front of Notre-Dame cathedral. Closest metro station: Cité (line 4) / ENDING POINT: Hotel des Invalides, Place Vauban. Closest metro station: Invalides (lines 8 & 13)
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