- 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.
- Take a complimentary coffee break with your welcomer in a typical French café.
Heroes of the French Revolution
Our special French Revolution tour “Meet the Locals from the Past” does give you a unique opportunity to relive one of the most important day 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 player 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 swirled 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.
On the 14th of July in the morning, the common people were greedy 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.
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 that 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!
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.
Won’t it 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, but in a new fun way you never experienced somewhere else!
Will I see the Bastille jail?
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.
Meeting Address: Le Café de l'Esplanade - In front of Le Café de L'Esplanade, 52 Rue Fabert, 75007 Paris. Closest metro station: La Tour Maubourg (line 8)
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