Guided tour

Army Museum: Invalides and Napoleon's Tomb Guided Tour

4.9 / 5

15 reviews

Activity provider: Memories France
Guided tour

Army Museum: Invalides and Napoleon's Tomb Guided Tour

Activity provider: Memories France
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From US$ 119.19 per person

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Take a semi-private guided tour of the spectacular gold-domed Invalides, one of the most impressive buildings in Paris and home to the Army Museum, as well as the monumental tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte. Journey through history on this fascinating visit.

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Duration 2.5 hours
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Limited to 8 participants


  • Enjoy a 2.5-hour guided tour of the spectacular gold-domed Invalides
  • See the final resting place of Napoleon Bonaparte
  • Explore the military museum with an expert guide
  • Benefit from intimate groups of 8 guests or fewer
Full description
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 historical journey. You’ll get into the military theme as you admire the decorated armor and cannon the XVIIth century. Hear of the exploits of General Bonaparte and learn how he became Emperor Napoleon.  Next visit the church to discover tomb of the most famous military leader in European history. After taking the imperial crown for himself in 1804, Napoleon continued his program of European conquest right up to his ultimate defeat at the Battle of Waterloo. Napoleon died in exile in 1821, but his remains were returned to France in 1840 and entombed according to his wishes in the heart of his capital. Napoleon’s son, nicknamed the Eaglet, also died on foreign soil; his body was reinterred here by Hitler in 1940. Join this thrilling voyage through conflict, disaster, heroism and united victory.
  • 2.5-hour guided tour of Les Invalides
  • Fully accredited local guide
  • Reserved access and all entrance fees
  • Small group of 8 people or fewer
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Meet your guide outside the Café de l'Esplanade. Please do not go to the entrance of the Invalides Museum.

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4.9 /5

based on 15 reviews

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August 17, 2022

The tour guide was great and very knowledgeable about the history of the French wars. He was easy to talk to a had a very entertaining personality that kept you engaged the whole time.

August 15, 2022

The tour guide did a great job in sharing information and answering questions. She also translated questions asked by others in the tour so that I could participate in the conversation.

July 16, 2022

Product ID: 123803