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Paris: Haunted Père Lachaise Cemetery Guided Tour

1. Paris: Haunted Père Lachaise Cemetery Guided Tour

Discover Père-Lachaise Cemetery, Paris's largest and most popular cemetery and the home of fantastic paranormal phenomena. Hear stories about the celebrities buried here, learn about the cemetery's long history, and uncover fascinating tales of ghosts that roam the grounds. Walk amongst the graves with your guide and spot the resting places of famous celebrities like Frédéric Chopin, Edith Piaf, Marcel Proust, Oscar Wilde, and Jim Morrison. Learn about the lives of the celebrities and the numerous Parisians laid to rest in Père-Lachaise Cemetery. With over one million people interned in the cemetery, it should be no surprise that it is one of the most haunted places in Paris. Learn about the long history of the cemetery, the strange cults associated with it, and delve into the hauntings reported over the years. As you explore, your guide will tell you stories about spiritualist founder Allan Kardec, the fantasms found by the tomb of Jim Morisson, the ghost of Marcel Proust who wanders the cemetery looking for his lover, and many lesser-known phenomena that loom within Père-Lachaise Cemetery.

Paris: Pere Lachaise Cemetery Guided Tour

2. Paris: Pere Lachaise Cemetery Guided Tour

Discover an enchanted hill in the center of Paris on a guided tour of the labyrinthine Pere Lachaise Cemetery, world-renowned for its funerary art and as the final resting place for many great men and women from the world of art, music, literarure and history. The most surprising open-air museum in Paris, Pere Lachaise is home to 70,000 graves and 5,300 trees in 44 hectares of landscaped beauty. Your guide will lead you down the cemetery’s cobbled paths to see picturesque tombstones. The necro-romantic safari is certified by the Paris Visitors Bureau, and takes you on a trip through history, where the great celebrities of the past come alive. See the tombs of Oscar Wilde, Edith Piaf, and Jim Morrison. Discover the final resting place of Molière and Chopin. Pay your respects at the graves of Isadora Duncan and Gertrude Stein, and marvel at the tomb of Héloise and Abélard. Your guide will provide a narrative of energy and passion, balancing humor with historical accuracy to share secrets and anecdotes about the legends of the past and present.

Paris: Famous Graves of Père Lachaise Small Group Tour

3. Paris: Famous Graves of Père Lachaise Small Group Tour

Historic and scenic, Père Lachaise Cemetery boasts some of the most expensive and coveted grave real estate in the world. It is the final resting place for famous artists, writers and musicians, from Yves Montand and Simone Signoret to Chopin and Oscar Wilde. On this 2-hour walking tour you’ll wander through this labyrinth of headstones, trees, and paths as your guide points out the famous graves and eccentricities that make this place so special. Oscar Wilde’s tomb surely stands out, covered entirely with bright red lipstick from kisses left by visiting admirers. As you pass Chopin’s tomb it seems that you can almost hear his well-known funeral march. See the final resting place of Molière, the famous French playwright. Famous for irony and satire, Molière, a sick man whose doctors thought he was a hypochondriac, died on stage playing a well man who is a hypochondriac, while the audience cheered him on. The most visited grave is that of the American rock star, Jim Morrison. His grave and those surrounding it are covered with graffiti from the hordes of fans that come here. Enjoy a walk through an extraordinary cemetery and relive the lives of some of the world’s greats.

The Père Lachaise Cemetery: Guided 2-Hour Small-Group Tour

4. The Père Lachaise Cemetery: Guided 2-Hour Small-Group Tour

The Père Lachaise cemetery was first opened in Paris in 1804. Today, it is the biggest cemetery in Paris, and houses the graves of a lot of famous artists, writers and politicians, including the likes of Chopin, Jim Morisson, Oscar Wilde, Edith Piaf, and Delacroix. On this guided visit, make your way through the cemetery discover the different kinds of architecture and sculptures along the graves, supplemented with fascinating anecdotes and historical explanations from your guide, including an explanation as to the creation and the origins of the name of the Père Lachaise cemetery, as well as the discovery of some beautiful graves and legends, like that of the star-crossed Heloise and Abelard.

Paris: Stories of Père Lachaise Cemetery Walking Tour

5. Paris: Stories of Père Lachaise Cemetery Walking Tour

Uncover the scandals and secrets that lie buried in the largest cemetery in Paris on this walking tour of the Père Lachaise cemetery. Have the option to book a group tour or a private tour, which can be made more kid-friendly. Meet your guide and begin your tour at the tomb of the star-crossed lovers Héloïse and Abélard who were separated in life but reunited in death. Visit the gravesite of Colette, also known as the first lady of French Scandal. Have the chance to participate in the tradition of puckering up to kiss the tomb of Oscar Wilde. Rub a prominent shiny part of Victor Noir’s effigy to increase your chances at being fertile. Find out how a ménage à trois with Marilyn Monroe ended up in Père Lachaise Cemetery. Marvel at tombstones of famous characters like Edith Piaf, Jim Morrison, and Yves Montand. Hear about the salacious histories of those who have been interred at this Parisian cemetery.

Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery Walking Tour

6. Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery Walking Tour

Wander the quiet walkways and park-like setting of Père Lachaise Cemetery, one of the oldest cemeteries in Paris and discover the last resting place of Edith Piaf, Oscar Wilde, Molière, Jim Morrison, Jean Paul Sartre, Chopin and many others. Meet your guide at the entrance to the cemetery in the 20th arrondissement and learn about the artists, writers, politicians and other remarkable personalities that are buried within its beautiful stone walls. Hear stories that encapsulate the history of Paris, the cemetery itself and even the popular culture, literary and political history of the 20th century. Learn about a gruesome Communist uprising in Paris and the hordes of Jim Morrison fans that make a pilgrimage to visit the tomb of The Doors front man.

Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery Private Tour

7. Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery Private Tour

Situated on the top of an enchanted hill called Mont Louis, the Père Lachaise Cemetery is world-renowned for its funerary art and as the final resting place for many great cultural icons. The cemetery is a surprising open-air museum of 70,000 graves, 44 hectares and 5,300 trees.  An experienced and licensed guide who knows this labyrinth like the insides of their pockets will be there just for you. The itinerary can be easily customized and adapted on the spot according to your tastes, interests, and time. Your guide will provide a narrative of energy and passion, balancing humor with historical accuracy. Avoid the noisy big groups and experience this unique spot in a more intimate way as your guide reveals to you the secrets and legends of past and present. This tour can be just for you alone, for your partner, for your family, or for your group of friends - and all special requests will be fulfilled. Many celebrities are buried here, both local and international - this includes Jim Morrison, Oscar Wilde, Isadora Duncan, Gertrude Stein, Maria Callas, Marcel Proust, Chopin, Molière, Delacroix, Piaf, Marceau, and so many more. Your guide will take you off the beaten path to visit the graves of some of the world's best, and to discover this unusual landscaped beauty. The tour is approximately 2 hours, but the rest is up to you!

Unexpected Paris - Marais disctrict: 2-Hour Private Tour

8. Unexpected Paris - Marais disctrict: 2-Hour Private Tour

Experience an unexpected side of Paris with a knowledgeable local guide on a 2-hour private tour that’s priced for a group of up to 9 persons. Your guide will take you beyond the beaten track and typical tourist routes to another cultural dimension, on this mystical and enchanting escape to some of the more unusual spots in the French capital. Take a walk through the historic Marais district, home to many of the city’s architectural gems. Le Marais is one of the oldest districts of the capital. From the Royal Court of Louis 14 to the queer community, via the Jewish population, the "Old Paris" still has a young and dynamic soul that still seduces visitors. Your guide will take you to admire the exterior of the most beautiful private mansions of Paris such as the Hotel de Sully, Hotel Carnavalet, and Hotel de Sens. You will be seduced by their secret courtyards and gardens. You will pass by the Place des Vosges and the "village St Paul", before you finish in front of the Centre Pompidou.

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What people are saying about Pere Lachaise Cemetery

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 2,129 reviews

Omar was very friendly and knowledgeable. He took us to the most famous graves as well as some others he found to be notable, which was a nice addition. It’s worth choosing a guided tour as the site is massive and it would be easy to give overwhelmed or lost. Hearing the stories of each person gave a better understanding of both their history and that of Paris itself. Would definitely recommend.

Mathilde our guide was perfect. Very interesting visit, good flow of voice, humor and dynamism. Above all, everything was natural compared to many guided tours where the tone is monotonous because you can clearly feel the repetition of a text learned by heart and recited "without effort". I highly recommend !

Excellent tour. Catalina our guide was very knowledgeable. Gave lots of information on the tour. She seems the type of person who loves her job and enjoys imparting her knowledge onto others. Would highly recommend this tour to others.

Catalina our guide was fantastic! Really interesting tour with great stories :) definitely recommend!!

Catalina is the best tour guide. Informative and always entertaining