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Private Guided Tour of the Invalides Army Museum and Cathedral

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    Stop At: Musee de l’Armee des Invalides, 129 rue de Grenelle Hôtel National des Invalides, 75007 Paris France

    Commissioned by King Louis XIV and designed in the 17th century by Jules Hardouin Mansart (the same architect who designed the incredible Hall of Mirrors in Versailles), the Invalides was originally built as a hospital and home for wounded and retired soldiers returning from the king’s wars. The king knew that he owed his glories to his troops, so he ordered a most magnificent building for them. Nowadays, you will still find veterans living here, and the gold-domed Cathedral of St. Louis is the seat of the Bishop of the Armies.

    Follow your expert guide on a journey through history. See magnificent Medieval and Renaissance armor; learn how the French and their allies resisted the invading German armies during World War II and how and why Uncle Sam got involved. Discover how the Resistance was organized, how the D-Day landings were coordinated and how they were perceived in Paris – including the story of the British fighter pilots who lived hidden in the dome during the Occupation. Explore the lives of two of the most famous and influential figures of French military history, Charles de Gaulle and Napoleon Bonaparte.

    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

    Stop At: Cathedrale Saint-Louis des Invalides, 53 boulevard de la Tour Maubourg, 75007 Paris France

    Then visit the breathtaking tomb of the most famous general in European history. After crowning himself Emperor in 1804, Napoleon went on to conquer huge swathes of Europe until his final defeat at Waterloo. Exiled until his death in 1821, his body was returned to France and placed here in the enormous sarcophagus built specially for him. His son is also buried next to him, his body brought to Paris by Hitler in 1940.

    Join your private guide on this compelling visit to the Invalides on a journey through war, defeat, resistance, and glory.

    Duration: 1 hour
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    Departure Point
    Invalides, 75007 Paris, France
    Duration
    2h 30m
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • 2.5 hour guided tour of Les Invalides
    • Fully accredited local guide
    • Main courtyard, artillery collection
    • Cathedral of Saint-Louis des Invalides
    • Dôme des Invalides, tomb of Napoleon I
    • Army Museum Old department, old armour and weapons, 13th - 17th century Modern department, from Louis XIV to Napoleon III, 1643 - 1870 Contemporary department, the Two World Wars 1871-1945
    • Guided visit of the Chateau and gardens of Malmaison (if afternoon add on selected)
    • Travel to and from Malmaison with your guide in a chauffeur driver car (if afternoon add on selected)
    • Entry/Admission - Musee de l’Armee des Invalides
    • Entry/Admission - Cathedrale Saint-Louis des Invalides
    Exclusions
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 3 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
    • Booking is not required for children under 10
    • Note that increased security measures may affect lines as we can't avoid them. However due to our Skip the Line privilege, we do have access to shortcuts to the security check
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 9 June 2019

    Excellent tour of the Invalides Army Museum. The museum is incredible, but also incredibly huge and you could spend days going through it. We had half a day, and Marouane made the most of it by focusing on the areas we wanted to see, and...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    Thank Ekb1234
    Siobhan P, Guest Relations Manager at Memories DMC France, responded to this reviewResponded 19 June 2019

    Many thanks for your review which we have passed on to Marouane. We are always very happy to read that our guests enjoyed their tours of Invalides museum and hope that your recommendations will inspire other visitors to come and see this magnificent museum. We...More

    Reviewed 29 August 2018

    Napoleons tomb, Great presentations of World War I - World War II Impressive collection of weapons of war Good videos of WWII If you know someone in your group love history - this is a mustMore

    Date of experience: August 2018
    Thank Keith T
    Siobhan P, Guest Relations Manager at Memories DMC France, responded to this reviewResponded 4 September 2018

    Thank you for your review of our Invalides tour. We are always so pleased to hear that guests have enjoyed this tour and especially that they recommend it as a visit. It is a site that is often overlooked by visitors to Paris, yet it...More

    Reviewed 5 June 2018 via mobile

    We had a guide I will never forget!!! Her name was Raphael, and she was amazing! I am not really a history buff, but by the end of her private tour with us, I felt like I had learned more than all the yrs I...More

    Thank 354arleenr
    Siobhan P, Guest Relations Manager at Memories DMC France, responded to this reviewResponded 6 June 2018

    Thank you so much for your review. We are very happy to read that you enjoyed your visit of the Invalides with Raphaelle and that you learned such a lot from her! We will make sure that she sees your comments and we hope you...More

    Reviewed 17 April 2018 via mobile

    Amazing museum with large collection of French warfare artifacts and French perspective of the wars. We really enjoyed walking through. Our guide had an in depth knowledge of the military history of Europe. He made the tour very interesting. One must have a tour guide...More

    Thank RiteshD92
    Siobhan P, Guest Relations Manager at Memories DMC France, responded to this reviewResponded 17 April 2018

    We are really pleased to read that you enjoyed your tour of the Invalides. It certainly is a museum that benefits from having a guide, and we are very glad you were able to get the best out of your visit. We hope to see...More

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