• Location: Paris, France
  • Duration: 2 hours (approx.)
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Follow in the footsteps of revolutionaries and royals on this 2-hour walking tour that traces the history of the French Revolution in Paris. From the storming of the Bastille to the bloody Reign of Terror, learn about the Revolutions’ causes and consequences as you visit key sites around the city where history was made.

Highlights

  • Two-hour French Revolution Walk through Paris
  • Experience a different side to Paris on an informative guided walk
  • See the buildings and sites where historic events took place
  • Place de la Concorde where King Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette were guillotined
  • See the Conciergerie Palace and the site of the Bastille Prison

What You Can Expect

Paris Walking Tour - The French Revolution

Place de la Concorde, Paris

In the late 18th century, Paris was the stage where most of the bloody events of the French Revolution played out, forever altering the course of European history. Layered beneath the bustle and romance of modern-day Paris, traces of the tumultuous events can still be found.

Your revolutionary walking tour begins near Les Invalides, where you’ll meet your historian guide in the afternoon. Learn how 30,000 weapons were stolen here by protesters and used to overtake the Bastille. Visit the Place de la Bastille, site of the former prison, and listen as your guide recounts the dramatic storming that officially ignited the revolution in 1789.

See where the Tuileries Palace once stood and hear how revolutionaries used its once-royal chambers as headquarters for a fledgling new government. Pass by the imposing Conciergerie, a former prison where Marie Antoinette was held captive after the fall of the monarchy, and stroll through the Place de la Concorde, where she and husband King Louis XVI were both beheaded. Imagine the gruesome scene here as your guide recounts the many lives lost to the guillotine during the bloody years of the Reign of Terror.

When your 2-hour tour concludes near Notre Dame, depart with a newfound appreciation of the bravery, tyranny and chaos of the Revolution and how it shaped the Paris you see today.

Customer Reviews

Sreekala B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Lavanya was an excellent tour guide. very knowledgeable and friendly. Went out of her way to explain the hsitory and answer all our questions. It was my first day in Paris and I was worried I would be too jet lagged to do a walking tour. But she made it so much fun, I didn't feel tired at all.

Suzanne S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Great tour with history explanations that put the buildings in context. I now look at the historical buildings with a vivid backstory.

nesomvacations

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

This tour was amazing!

hollyflickinger

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

This tour was our favorite. Our guide was very engaging, and we really learned a lot. I booked the tour because it was something I was interested in, and I dragged my kids and husband along. Afterwards, they could not stop talking about it - they loved it. We are so glad we did it.

maggieleora

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Fabulous!

maggieleora

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Fabulous!

Bradley S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Recommend for history buffs like me and people who just want to an introduction to the French Revolution alike! The Revolution is a complex topic but our guide Ben presented it in a very digestible format.

Fabia C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

A really interesting tour giving a good overview of the Revolution from Louis XIV to the death of Robespierre and the rise of Napoleon, it starts at Les Invalides and finishes near Odeon Metro, via The Assemblee National, Place de la Concorde, the Tuileries Gardens, the Louvre and part of the St Germain area. Our guide was Ted, of Fat Tire Tours. He was a really engaging and knowledgeable guide, happy to answer any questions and always making sure everybody had caught up with the group before speaking about the monument we had walked to. Our party included 2 ladies in their seventies and although it was a little bit of a pacey walk, Ted always made sure there were places for them to sit down while he spoke. Also we learned a lot just from listening to him as we walked between sights. Very good value for money - Ted's enthusiasm for the subject was such that we overran by about 20 minutes, even though he had a sore throat! I would definitely recommend this tour to anybody wanting a crash-course in the revolution.

Leonie A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Very interesting walking tour with lots of information about the French Revolution.

Liesl R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

My three teenage sons and I did this tour with a fabulous guide, Ben. He had a gift for making history come alive. My three sons loved it - we were entertained the entire time. The tour was not too long -- just right. I highly recommend this tour for anyone 10 years of age and up.

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