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Invalides & Napoleon's Tomb Guided Tour

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Step back in time with a journey through French military history at The Invalides & Napoleon's Tomb, guided by an expert in English.

Highlights

  • Embark on an insightful semi-private tour of The Invalides and Napoleon’s Tomb, stepping into French military history.

  • Offering a unique blend of historical intrigue and expert-guided storytelling, this tour outshines others with its rich, immersive narrative.

  • Enjoy seamless exploration with reserved access tickets and gain deep insights from an expert guide about the resilience of the French in WWII.

  • Not just a museum visit, you’ll also witness Napoleon's final resting place, a grand spectacle within the gilded Dôme des Invalides.

  • Did you know? Napoleon's body was returned to France 19 years post his death, initially buried in St. Helena where he passed away in exile.

Inclusions

  • Guided tour of the Invalides Museum and Cathedral with entry

  • Access to Napoleon’s Tomb

  • Expert English-speaking guide

Cancellation policy

These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.

French military history

Begin your semi-private guided tour at the majestic Invalides, a sprawling complex with a shimmering golden dome that's a symbol of French national pride. Built originally as a hospital and home for war veterans by Louis XIV, today it houses the Musée de l'Armée. As you explore the incredible collection of medieval and Renaissance armor, your expert, English-speaking guide will weave in captivating stories about the French military's bravery and resilience. Discover how the French and their allies stood firm against the invading German armies during WWII.

Napoleon's legacy: A journey beyond the tomb

The tour's piece-de-resistance is undoubtedly a visit to the final resting place of Napoleon Bonaparte, set within the Dôme des Invalides's gilded opulence. Standing before the red Finnish porphyry sarcophagus that encloses Napoleon's body, wrapped in six coffins, you’ll feel the weight of history. This semi-private tour promises not just an excursion to a museum and a tomb, but a riveting journey into the heart of France's past and the life of an iconic European general.

What to bring

  • It's recommended to wear comfortable shoes as this experience involves a fair amount of walking.

Not allowed

  • No large bags or suitcases are allowed

Accessibility

  • There is an underground car park accessible via Esplanade des Invalides.

  • Visitors with motor disabilities can enter on the Place Vauban side.

  • People with mobility impairments can borrow a wheelchair (subject to availability) at the ticket desk on the Esplanade des Invalides and Place Vauban sides. Proof of identity is required to be left at the reception desk during your visit.

  • Toilets are available in the museum areas, and are accessible to people with reduced mobility.

Additional information

  • Visitors entitled to free access to the Museum must collect a ticket at the tills, even if they are accompanying ticket or card holders entitled to direct access to the Museum.
  • Your voucher will be emailed to you instantly.

  • Display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID at the meeting point.

  • Please arrive at the meeting point 15 minutes before the scheduled time of your tour to avoid any delays.

Meeting point

  • Please check your final voucher for meeting point details and specific instructions.
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