- 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 (Private)
What do most people think when you say “Napoleon”? War, conquest, empire, even megalomania… Yes, yes… and that’s fair enough. But if we focus on Napoleon in Paris, his name also means: a reformed State, a modernized architecture and a worldwide radiant French culture…
Contradiction? Maybe… This man was never short of it. Didn’t he start as a French Revolution hero, opponent to the monarchy, to finally become a sovereign himself? From Notre-Dame where he organized his crowning, up to the Louvre, where he took over the French Kings’ legacy; From Place Vendôme, dedicated to his glory, to Rue de Rivoli, so useful to Paris, you’ll follow Napoleon’s tracks and hear a lot of anecdotes along the way.
You must have once seen the painting depicting a crowned Napoleon placing a diadem on his Empress Joséphine’s head? By the way, this happened right here, at Notre-Dame. From this first – but not least location ‑ you will stroll across Paris, discovering what great things Napoleon did for the city and his own glory. On Châtelet Square, a monument perfectly embodies this dual intention.
Further, along the Seine, have a look at the institution of which Napoleon said he was the proudest. Given by your historian guide, the answer to this riddle might surprise you. Then comes the Louvre. Not only did Napoleon commission a delicate Triumph Arch to ornate the Palace courtyard, but he also took great care of the French Kings’ ancestral palace. Once again imperial propaganda and urbanistic issues merged on this site.
Place Vendôme is an archetypal Napoleonic site. Its column imitates a Roman monument, reminding us that, deprived of Alexander the Great's or Julius Caesar’s examples, Napoleon’s dreams might have been less ambitious. You will be fascinated by this bronze landmark’s turbulent history.
Place de la Concorde, the cityscape has been totally modelled by the First Emperor. The Arc de Triomphe, La Madeleine church and the National Assembly’s columned facades witness this process.
On your way to the Hotel des Invalides, you’ll enter a district where Napoleonic locations survive (Beauharnais family’s private mansion, the Legion of Honor headquarters).
Ending your tour, the Invalides will tell you more about the legendary Napoleon: The one who died in a solitary exile, 6.500km away from France; The one whose corpse was shipped back to Paris 20 years later, following his wish to eternally rest in peace along the Seine river banks.
Since then, he definitely rested… but with 1,5 million visiting his grave yearly… maybe not than in peace… Will you be one of them?
Do we enter the monuments along the tour?
During this 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. Juts click here and our concierge service will get back to you.
Will we see Napoleon’s grave during that tour?
The 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 Napoleon in paris tour?
The 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 in 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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