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Paris: French Revolution Tour

History comes alive from Bastille to the guillotine

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Small group or private walking tour to indulge in the atmosphere of the French Revolution while visiting a large number of its sites, monuments and remembering its famous protagonists.

Duration: 4 hours

Adults (Ages 10+)
Children (Ages 3-9)
Infants (Ages 2 and Under)
Private Tour

Paris: French Revolution Tour

Join a small group or a private tour to understand the history of the French Revolution with its major places of interest, monuments, sites, cafés, palaces, and squares together with the Bastille, Place de la Concorde, and Hôtel de Ville. 

Start your journey at the Bastille with a comprehensive view of the history and culture of France and the events that led to the revolution, right at this square where the infamous prison once stood.

See the Pantheon, originally built to be a church, and listen to your guide on how it was turned into the “mausoleum for the great men of the Nation”  by the revolutionary government. Learn about some of the important French figures buried here including Voltaire, Rousseau, Alexandre Dumas, Emile Zola, Victor Hugo, Jean Moulin, and Marie Skłodowska-Curie.

Follow your guide to Luxembourg Gardens which is home to the Luxembourg Palace, the headquarters of the French Senate. During the Revolution, the Luxembourg Palace was transformed into a prison. Major figures of the Revolution were detained here, like Danton and Camille Desmoulins.

Visit the Church of Saint Sulpice, the second largest church in Paris. It is famous for its lob-sided towers and is featured in the famous named The Da Vinci Code.

Have a break at the Café Procope, supposed to be the oldest cafe in Paris. This cafe was years later the meeting place for the revolutionaries Danton, Marat, Camille Desmoulins, Fabre d’Eglantine, and Legendre. See some curious items belonging to famous French notables like Napolean and Marie Antoinette.

The next stop of this French Revolution walking tour is the Paris City Hall. Hôtel de Ville is the largest City Hall building in Europe and one of the most prominent landmarks in Paris. It was in Hôtel de Ville where the Bastille’s governor was dragged by the angry people and stabbed to death. Later his decapitated head was paraded around the square on a pike.

During the revolutionary days, the Hôtel de Ville served as headquarters for the French Revolution, accommodating Robespierre and his supporters.

Continue to the Conciergerie the official residence of the French Kings until the end of the 14th century until when they settled in the Louvre Palace. During the French Revolution, this 14th-century palace was turned into a prison. More than 2.600 prisoners were tried here, including Queen Marie- Antoinette, who was separated from her children and brought here on 1 August 1793. From there, she was taken on a cart to the guillotine in nearby Place de la Concorde.

Follow the River Seine towards Place de la Concorde. During the French Revolution, the new revolutionary government installed the guillotine here. It took the heads off Louis XVI,  Queen Marie-Antoinette, Danton, Robespierre, and poor Camille Desmoulins, who helped to start the show.

Pop into the gardens of the Palais Royal, a former royal palace, just opposite the Louvre. Learn about the building and its park with their history, architecture, and importance to the modern Parisian city culture. The palace was one of the residences of the Royal Family until the Palace of Versailles was built. Louis XIV spent part of his childhood here.

Continue your walk to the statue of Thomas Jefferson marking the 230th anniversary of American Independence. In the days leading to the revolution, Jefferson represented the United States in Paris, playing a lead role in shaping American foreign policy during that time. Jefferson was a supporter of the French Revolution when the storming of the Bastille took place.

See the Hôtel des Invalides that hosted the source of weapons for the mob who attacked the Bastille that same day.

Immerse yourself in the very atmosphere, history, and culture of this glorious French city with an exceptional local guide to understand the French Revolution.

Leave your guide with many references and recommendations for Paris so that you can be independent after this tour.

Paris French Revolution Map
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