Esplanade des Invalides

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  • Les Invalides: Napoleon's Tomb & Army Museum Priority Entry

    1. Les Invalides: Napoleon's Tomb & Army Museum Priority Entry

    The Hôtel des Invalides was founded by Louis XIV to house veterans and wounded soldiers. It now serves as the prestigious setting for the Musée de l’Armée. This is one of the top 5 visited museums in France, attracting more than 1.4 million visitors in 2015. In the museum's collections are more than 500,000 pieces, covering the period from the Middle Ages up to the present day. As you follow a newly designed educational route, you'll find armor and weapons of the kings of France, swords, cannons, uniforms, paintings, photographs and the personal effects of important figures such as Francis I, Louis XIV and Charles de Gaulle. Your visit also takes you to the Dome Church, which since 1861 has been home to the monumental tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte. The golden dome is over 110 meters high.

    I did not find the World War exhibits to be as extensive as I had hoped. However, it was still quite interesting. I particularly enjoyed Napoleon’s tomb.

  • Paris: City Highlights Segway Tour

    2. Paris: City Highlights Segway Tour

    Embark on a unique tour experience by exploring Paris on a Segway. See more of the city in less time, visit some of the most famous locations, and enjoy entertaining commentary from your local guide along the way. Meet your guide, receive your helmet, and give an instructional session on how to use the Segway. Ride on the sidewalks, bike lanes, and through many of the popular avenues and parks as well as on the banks of the River Seine. The itinerary includes famous sites like Champ de Mars, the Pont Alexandre III, Champs-Elysées, the National Residence of the Invalids, and of course the iconic Eiffel Tower for perfect photo opportunities. Listen as your guide provides insider tips about life in Paris and interesting information about the sites you pass before heading on to the next destination.

  • Paris: Private City Highlights Vintage Citroen 2CV Tour with Transfer

    3. Paris: Private City Highlights Vintage Citroen 2CV Tour with Transfer

    Embark on a fun and unique private tour experience as you explore Paris aboard a vintage Citroen 2CV. See more of the city in less time, visit famous locations, and enjoy entertaining commentary from your local guide along the way. Get picked up by your guide/driver at your accommodation, hop on board the classic car, and set off to discover the ‘city of love’. You’ll zoom through popular avenues and historic bridges over the Seine River. Ride past famous sites like the Notre Dame, Arc de Triomphe, the Champs Elysées, and of course the iconic Eiffel Tower for perfect photo opportunities. Listen as your driver provides insider tips about life in Paris and gives you informative tidbits about the locations that are on the tour’s itinerary.

  • Paris Highlights 2.5-Hour Segway Tour

    4. Paris Highlights 2.5-Hour Segway Tour

    Explore the grand boulevards of Paris on a fun and eco-friendly mode of transport. Climb aboard a self-balancing Segway and set off in a small group of no more than 10 people to see the top attractions of the “City of Lights.” Following a short, 30-minute training session on the easy-to-drive vehicles, explore the cultural heritage of Paris from a different angle. Glide past historical monuments and down narrow lanes that are inaccessible to other modes of transport. Your guide will reveal hidden treasures as you take a loop from Avenue de Suffren. Pass the Military school at Les Invalides and glide past the National Assembly. Next, go down the tree-lined Champs Elysées from the Grand Palais to the Place de la Concorde, looking at the upscale shops and hotels along the way. Continue to the Grand et Petit Palais on the banks of the River Seine. Marvel at the historic Pont de l'Alma, be...

    Eine tolle Tour mit einem tollen Guide (ich glaube sein Name war Daniel). Auch der andere Mitarbeiter im Büro war sehr freundlich und nahm meiner Frau die Sorge sich als Anfängerin mit dem Segway durch Paris zu bewegen. Auf der Tour gab zahlreiche Stopps an Sehenswürdigkeiten mit interessanten Informationen. Alles in allem ein empfehlenswerter Anbieter.

  • Army Museum: Invalides and Napoleon's Tomb Guided Tour

    5. Army Museum: Invalides and Napoleon's Tomb Guided Tour

    Most tourists to Paris are impressed by the 26 pounds of gold leaf that make the Invalides stand out against the skyline, and take a photo of the dome. But few visitors realize the multiple facets of society on display within. Originally constructed under Louis XIV, the dome contains the tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte. The vast complex surrounding the cathedral is dedicated to preserving and exhibiting the many chapters of French military history, including the jousting of medieval knights, the Emperor’s European conquests, and the World Wars of the 20th century. Your guided visit of the site lasts 2.5 hours, and features meaningful stories not only about the French but also about the many nations that have come to fight on French soil. Of particular interest are the exhibits about the D-Day Landings in Normandy and the Liberation of Paris in 1944. Your expert guide will take you on a histo...

    As the granddaughter and the daughter of men who died in World War 1 and World War 11, Quentin, my guide, provided me with the most personal, and informative tour ever.

  • Invalides War Museum the World Wars Guided Tour

    6. Invalides War Museum the World Wars Guided Tour

    Take a tour of the Invalides War Museum with an expert guide. Begin by exploring the 19th century roots that lead to one of the bloodiest wars ever, learning about characters like Bismarck during the Franco-Prussian War. From there, your guide will piece together the chain of events, including the assassination of Franz Ferdinand, that set off World War I. Come face to face with the equipment, uniforms, weapons, and other artifacts that were used during the war’s many battles. Relive the famous Battle of the Marne while seeing one of the iconic taxis that played a crucial role. Watch original footage detailing the atrocities before finally understanding how the Treaty of Versailles ended things. You’ll even see the train car where the armistice was signed, ending the war. Afterwards, learn how the threat of Adolf Hitler came to be a reality, launching World War II. Discuss significant e...

    Our tour guide Fred was awesome! Very knowledgeable and friendly! Brought my 2 kids (11 and 14) and we all really enjoyed the tour!

  • Paris: Full-Day Tour from Disneyland with Eiffel Tower

    7. Paris: Full-Day Tour from Disneyland with Eiffel Tower

    This full-day tour will allow you to discover Paris’ most cherished landmarks, including the Louvre, the Champs Elysees, the Opera Garnier, the Pont de l'Alma, the Concorde, and many more.  You’ll start the tour by departing from Disneyland on a coach, embarking on the perfect day in the French capital. After your drive, you’ll then board a riverboat and admire more must-see attractions while cruising along the River Seine. You’ll see La Conciergerie, l’Ile de la Cité, and the Grand Palais. Finally, you’ll travel up to the second floor of the Eiffel Tower to enjoy breathtaking views of one of the most beautiful cities in the world, rounding off the ultimate Paris experience adequately before being dropped off back at your pickup point.

  • Paris: Invalides Dome - Skip-the-Line Guided Museum Tour

    8. Paris: Invalides Dome - Skip-the-Line Guided Museum Tour

    Your guide will lead you through the epic courtyard of the Invalides, discussing its 17th century roots as a veteran’s hospital under King Louis XIV. You’ll visit the cathedral that Louis built for his former troops, who found respite here after returning from battle. After discussing the Sun King’s contributions to France’s military history, you’ll learn all about the nation’s most elite leader, Napoleon Bonaparte. A brilliant general and audacious emperor, he is synonymous with France’s golden days of military conquest. Ultimately pushing too far, Napoleon died in exile, though his remains are interred underneath the magnificent gold dome. See his tomb up close, as well as the tombs of those closest to him, while basking in the ornate homage to this leader. Spend some time in the museum to learn all about this man, beyond his famous stature, through artifacts, recreations and militar...

  • Rodin Museum Guided Tour

    9. Rodin Museum Guided Tour

    Explore the Rodin Museum with an expert art historian guide in a small group. The rooms are studded with sculptures and selections of more than 200 paintings that Rodin had accumulated over his life. Explore his various studies of the human form, including numerous hands and the life-sized The Walking Man. Learn about his contemporaries, whom he depicted in clay, like the French writer Balzac. Discover the details of his masterpiece, The Gates of Hell, including the most recognizable of Rodin’s work, The Thinker. After exploring the inside of the museum, you can stroll the beautifully manicured gardens where more sculptures are on display. Through this epic collection of his works, learn all about this renowned artist who became, even if unwittingly, a father of modern sculpture.

  • Rodin Museum: Private Tour

    10. Rodin Museum: Private Tour

    Discover the Rodin Museum on a private tour with an expert art historian guide. Delve into the world of Auguste Rodin through this epic collection of his works. See not only his sculpture pieces, but also selections of more than 200 paintings that he accumulated during his lifetime. Learn all about his various studies of the human form, including numerous hands and his life-sized piece, The Walking Man. Learn about some of his contemporaries that he depicted in clay, such as the French writer Balzac, and masterpieces, The Gates of Hell and The Thinker. And after exploring the inside of the museum, take a stroll around the beautifully kept gardens with even more sculptures of Rodin’s on display.

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What people are saying about Esplanade des Invalides

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 3,695 reviews

it was truly a fantastic experience, we had a great time, we couldn't ask for better! We want to thank our guide, kind, very funny and super helpful, who accompanied us on this fantastic tour to discover the wonders of Paris. It is a unique experience to do absolutely and they are the right people. Thanks for everything Antonella and Manuel

As the granddaughter and the daughter of men who died in World War 1 and World War 11, Quentin, my guide, provided me with the most personal, and informative tour ever.

Daniel was a fantastic tour guide, he made sure everyone was happy with the Segway controls before the tour started. He was professional, fun and full of information.

Great way to see Paris, even in the rain Leo made the experience brilliant. Would recommend for anyone to do it.

We had a very interesting tour with our excellent guide Quinten. Highly recommendable.