French Revolution Walking Tour

Step Into History with this French Revolution Walking Tour

Paris still showcases several remnants of the revolution; most in plain sight but more often than not they go unnoticed.  We’ll start this two-hour themed walk at what some refer to as the starting point of the revolution itself; the Hôtel des Invalides.  This veterans hospital housed the weapons used to storm the Bastille prison later the same day, inaugurating the first July 14 that has been celebrated as France’s national holiday ever since 1789. 

From the breathtaking views of the Esplanade, we’ll continue towards Place de la Concorde which was the site of the public guillotine throughout most of the revolution.  From here, you’ll learn about the National Assembly, the storming of Versailles, famous figureheads of the revolution such as Robespierre and Danton, as well as the ideologies that fueled and surrounded the Reign of Terror following the beheading of the King & Queen.  

The French Revolution is viewed as a turning point of the late 1700’s as it gave credence to the end of divine right in European monarchies.  Coming on the heels of the American Revolution, it also inherited fledgling ideas of representation that would be discussed at length and drawn up in the ‘Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen’, a document still consulted in France’s Fifth Republic.  

Although this walk will take us through the timeline of the French Revolution through the Napoleonic era, our hope is that it instills a deeper understanding of the French political landscape and how it was shaped over the course of several hundred years.  You will leave having a richer appreciation for common themes in France, such as ‘Liberty, Equality, Fraternity’ or the symbol of the French republic, Marianne, who personifies freedom and democracy.   

We will wrap up our tour near Ile de la Cité, the birthplace of Paris.  Here you can find the Conciergerie; a prison for those awaiting trial during the revolution.  Probably its most famous inmate, Queen Marie Antoinette, spent the last days of her life here.  We invite you to continue your visit by spending some time inside where you can see what her cell would have resembled as well as a series of items preserved from the revolution.

Tour Highlights

  • Place de la Concorde
  • Assemblée Nationale
  • Les Invalides
  • La Conciergerie
  • Ile de la Cité
  • Adults €25.00
    Students €25.00
    Children (4-11) €25.00
  • We meet on street level in the park across from 105 Rue de l'Université, outside the Invalides métro station (line 8, line 13, or RER C). Please note there are multiple exits from the station and we meet at the exit nearest the corner of Rue de l'Université and Rue Robert Esnault-Pelterie. Your guide will be wearing a Fat Tire Tours t-shirt. 

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  • Adults €25.00
    Students €25.00
    Children (4-11) €25.00
    • Place de la Concorde

    • Assemblée Nationale

    • Les Invalides

    • La Conciergerie

    • Reign of Terror

    • Royal Family

    • Danton & Robespierre

  • We meet on street level in the park across from 105 Rue de l'Université, outside the Invalides métro station (line 8, line 13, or RER C). Please note there are multiple exits from the station and we meet at the exit nearest the corner of Rue de l'Université and Rue Robert Esnault-Pelterie. Your guide will be wearing a Fat Tire Tours t-shirt. 

  • English
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  • Adults €25.00
    Students €25.00
    Children (4-11) €25.00
    • Place de la Concorde

    • Assemblée Nationale

    • Les Invalides

    • La Conciergerie

    • Reign of Terror

    • Royal Family

    • Danton & Robespierre

  • We meet on street level in the park across from 105 Rue de l'Université, outside the Invalides métro station (line 8, line 13, or RER C). Please note there are multiple exits from the station and we meet at the exit nearest the corner of Rue de l'Université and Rue Robert Esnault-Pelterie. Your guide will be wearing a Fat Tire Tours t-shirt. 

  • English
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FAQ

  • Expand/Collapse Where is the meeting point?

    We meet on street level in the park across from 105 Rue de l'Université, outside the Invalides métro station (line 8, line 13, or RER C). Please note there are multiple exits from the station and we meet at the exit nearest the corner of Rue de l'Université and Rue Robert Esnault-Pelterie. Your guide will be wearing a Fat Tire Tours t-shirt.  

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    We ask that all guests arrive no later than 15 minutes before the scheduled start time. Due to the exclusive and timed nature of our entries, it's imperative that all guests arrive on time. We do not have the luxury of waiting for guests who are running late, or catching them up after the fact. Please be on time!

     

  • Expand/Collapse What is your cancellation policy?

    We are happy to offer full refunds for our French Revolution Walking Tour if the reservation is cancelled more than 72 hours (3 days) before the scheduled tour. Bookings of 10 or more passengers require seven days notice for cancellations or rescheduling.

    WALKING TOUR RESCHEDULING POLICY

    • Reservations may be rescheduled subject to availability.
    • Fat Tire Tours will reschedule reservations free of charge for requests submitted at least 72 hours in advance. 
    • For requests submitted within 72 hours, the following fees will apply:
      • 15% rescheduling fee for requests submitted within 48 to 72 hours of the scheduled tour departure time
      • 25% rescheduling fee for requests submitted within 24 to 48 hours of the scheduled tour departure time
      • 50% rescheduling fee for requests submitted within 24 hours of the scheduled tour departure time

     

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    Reservations are required for all of our walking tours.

     

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    If you are having problems finding the meeting location for your tour, please call us at +33.1.85.08.19.76 and our staff will be happy to help you find your way.

  • Expand/Collapse How many people will be in my tour group?

    For our walking tours, we limit the group size to 16 guests per tour guide.

     

  • Expand/Collapse How long does the tour last?

    This tour lasts 2 hours.

     
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    If you would like to book a larger group, please contact our Private Tours team at [email protected].

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