Guided Tour of Les Invalides and the Army Museum – Access to restricted areas

3 reviews

Highlights

  • An expert tour guide

  • See places usually off-limits at Les Invalides

  • Visit the Dome Church where Napoleon’s tomb is housed

  • Discover the Caveau des Gouverneurs and the Salons de Quesnoy

Essential info*

  • Digital voucher accepted

Duration 1 hr 30 mins

Languages
  • French

Starting time 10:00 AM

* All details will be sent to you upon reservation

Description

Discover Les Invalides with this exclusive and fascinating 90-minute guided tour.

Delve into the heart of the Hôtel National des Invalides, and visit the places that the general public don't usually get to see!

Your guided tour will begin with a presentation of the history and the architecture of Les Invalides. Built by Louis XIV in the 17th century as a place of respite for war veterans, the Hôtel des Invalides now houses several museums as well as Napoleon’s tomb.

You will have the privilege of exploring the Army Museum's splendid reception rooms: the Grand Salon and the Salons d’Ornana.

The tour continues at the Cathedral Saint-Louis des Invalides and the Caveau des Gouvereurs, where you will find the tombs of former governers of Les Invalides and high military personalities.

Lastly, you will be led to the majestic Dome Church, a military pantheon which houses the tombs of Turenne, Vauvan, Foch, Lyautey and Napoleon I.

Here, your guide will recount how the Invalides Dome was built, the extraordinary adventure of Napoleon’s statue that stands in the Church, and the legends surrounding the death of the Emperor in 1821 on St. Helena.

Enjoy a unique and original tour!

Good to know

  • Availability: Saturday (excluding exceptional dates)
  • Language: French
  • Time: 3pm
  • Duration: 1 hr 30 mins approx.
  • Location: central Paris, 75007
  • Getting there: metro La Tour Maubourg (line 8), Invalides (L8), Varennes (line 13) or Saint François-Xavier (line 13)
  • A minimum of 2 participants is required to book this tour
  • Reduced tariff available for children aged 10 to 18 years
  • For safety reasons, children under 10 are not permitted on this tour
  • This tour is not adapted for people with reduced mobility (due to staircases and steps)
  • Animals not admitted
  • For technical or security reasons, the management of the site reserves the right to modify the itinerary of the tour without offering a refund or an alternative date 
  • The tour will start promptly at the scheduled departure time. Latecomers run the risk of missing the tour, which cannot be refunded or rescheduled
Cancellation Terms & Conditions

This activity cannot be cancelled, modified or refunded.

Cancellation policy terms and conditions

Price includes

  • Admission to Les Invalides and the Army Museum
  • Exclusive access to restricted areas of Les Invalides (exclusively for participants of this tour)
  • Guided tour

Not included

  • Hotel pick-up/drop-off
  • Tips (optional)
  • All other extras

Customer reviews

3 reviews
  • Guide très intéressante, très passionnée et vivante! On a vraiment eu accès à des endroits "secrets". L'heure du rv est bien 10h et non 10h30 comme indiqué sur les explications. A faire!
    Claire B.
    Feb 16, 2016
  • GUIDE PASSIONNEE . VISITE EXTRA
    CECILE G.
    Feb 16, 2016
  • Excellent.
    Lucien E.
    May 15, 2014

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