Guided tour

Army Museum: Invalides and Napoleon's Tomb Guided Tour

Army Museum: Invalides and Napoleon's Tomb Guided Tour

From US$ 127.95 per person

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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Live tour guide
English
Small group
Limited to 8 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • 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.
Includes
  • 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
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must present either proof of full vaccination, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative test taken no more than 24 hours before the activity starts

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Invalides Metro Exit (Line 8 and 13) by the newsstand (Rue de l'Université). Invalides is a Metro and RER station on lines 8 and 13 of the Paris Métro and on RER line C in the 7th arrondissement. The meeting point is at the Invalides metro Exit/Entrance (Line 8 and 13). You will see a large yellow M on top of the exit. Your escort will be waiting by the newsstand facing the exit. If you are traveling by RER C train, take the exit "Rue Esnault Pelterie" and walk straight ahead until a crossroad (rue de l'Université and rue de Constantine crossroad). The newsstand will be on your right.

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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.

September 16, 2021

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

July 28, 2021

Fantastic visit for those interested in military history. The guide, Katia, was incredibly knowledgeable and very fun to listen to. There is tons to see, so even though the tour is 2 hours, you won't even scratch the surface of what is there.

August 5, 2019

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