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Experience Paris’ of eras past on this 2-hour walking tour of the famous Père Lachaise Cemetery. A knowledgable local guide will lead you through a maze of haunting yet romantic headstones and tombs including those of Jim Morrison, Balzac and Oscar Wilde – bedecked in vibrant kisses from hundreds of admirers. Learn about some of Paris’ most famous figures and iconic stories on this small-group excursion.

Highlights

  • Leave the tourist path to explore a hidden cemetery of Paris
  • Hear stories, legends and little-known facts about Père Lachaise Cemetery
  • See all of the best known graves including Jim Morrison and Chopin.
  • Entertaining and informative tour led by exceptionally knowledgeable guide
  • Personalized small group and commentary (maximum 25 people)

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What You Can Expect

Paris' Pere Lachaise Gravestone Walking Tour

Famous Graves Walking Tour of Paris

Your rendez-vous with Paris’ famous dead begins in the afternoon at Alexandre Dumas metro station. Meet your english-speaking guide and stroll into Père Lachaise Cemetery, the city’s most visited graveyard. Spanning 110 acres (44 hectares), this cemetery houses hundreds of thousands of the city’s famous and infamous dead in tombs of varying extravagance.

Hear about some of the site’s famous artists, musicians and writers that rest here such as Edith Piaf, Molière, Chopin, Proust, Delacroix, Jim Morrison and Oscar Wilde. Wander through the labyrinth of graves and along stony paths to visit tombs accented in eccentricity and distinction. 

As you experience the haunting magnificence of the cemetery, you’ll learn tragic histories of lovers like Heloïse and Abelard – united in a single tomb in the 1817 after centuries apart – and forward-thinking women like writers Gertrude Stein and Collette.

Your 2-hour tour concludes at Porte du Rèpos near the Philippe Auguste metro stop.

Customer Reviews

Barbara L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Our tour leader was amazing! (I wish I knew his name...he was from Minnesota:-)) He was knowledgeable and personable. I would highly recommend this tour.

lmmills33

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Our tour guide was waiting for us. He was very friendly and made everyone feel at ease. His stories that went along with the stroll through the cemetery were very interesting and informative. I would suggest this tour to everyone interested in seeing and hearing history in a nutshell.

Cathy B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Friendly and very knowledgeable to tour guide. She made sure that we were able to see the graves like Chopin that we wanted to. Had another tour with this company today at Versailles and am so impressed.

mareejeavons1

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Emily took us straight to the must see grave sights and gave us an interesting insight into the cemetery as well as the individual lives of those highlighted. Thanks Emily for a great tour.

mareejeavons1

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Emily took us straight to the must see grave sights and gave us an interesting insight into the cemetery as well as the individual lives of those highlighted. Thanks Emily for a great tour.

Leisha O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was excellent!! Our tour guide, an American living in Paris, was outstanding!! We thoroughly enjoyed our tour! He was friendly, very knowledgeable, funny, made the tour awesome!! We highly recommend this tour!!

Stephen H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Our tour guide Emily was very informative, shared stories and tales about many of the famous crypts. It was well worth it.

Elizabeth L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Our guide Avi was amazing. His knowledge of the history of not only Pere Lachaise but also the history of burial in Paris was outstanding. Informative but with a light and humourous edge. Would highly recommend this tour

Ed F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Avi was brilliant and made the trip remarkable. Not only is he knowledgeable about a great many of the graves and the cemetery itself, he also added anecdotes and historical comments beyond the walls of Pere Lachaise. He is witty and responsive and also flexible when offering to show parts of the cemetery based on personal interests and requests.

I recommend this tour 5 out of 5.

I also understand Avi provides other tours, including The Louvre in the autumn and winter months and I will be seeking out his tours specifically. He is that good.

Jane H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The tour was great!!! The cemetery is so big, the best way to see it is with a guide. I saw so much more than what I would have. And the guide was great! Really informative, and genuinely interested in the cemetery and giving us the history. Highly recommend. Only way to see it. Do it!

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