French military history tour of  l'Hotel des Invalides
Activities

French military history tour of l'Hotel des Invalides

Free cancellation
Language: English
Availability: Monday, Wednesday and Sunday
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Safety measures applied
Do this because
  • Visit the complex of l'Hotel des Invalides and discover all there is to know about its history
  • See the main courtyard and enter the artillery collection
  • Explore the Cathedral of Saint-Louis and Dôme des Invalides
What to expect

Join a guided visit of l'Hotel des Invalides and the surrounding complex and listen to its history and to a number of fascinating stories, not only about the French but also about the many nations that have come to fight on French soil.

As you might guess from its name, the Invalides was constructed in the 17th century to provide a retirement home and care center for the thousands of soldiers wounded while fighting for their country under the Old Regime. Commissioned by the Sun King Louis XIV, the Invalides was the world’s first veteran’s home on such a large scale. In addition to the museum, tombs, and military ceremonies that keep the site relevant today, its original vocation is still respected and a number of disabled soldiers are currently lodged in this 300-year-old barracks.

Your expert guide will take you on a historical journey: you’ll dive deep into military history, as you admire the decorated armor and cannon from medieval and Renaissance periods. You'll hear of the exploits of General Bonaparte and you'll learn how he became Emperor Napoleon.

When the tour of the museum is over, you’ll end your experience with a visit to the church, where you'll discover the tomb of the most famous military leader in European history.

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COVID-19 information
The following health and safety measures are in place, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.
  • Visitor numbers are limited to reduce crowds
  • The experience complies with government regulations
  • Social distancing is enforced
  • Areas frequented by visitors are regularly disinfected
  • Hand sanitizers are provided for staff and visitors
  • All gear/equipment is sanitized between use
  • Visitors are required to bring and wear masks
  • Guides and all other staff are required to wear masks
  • What's included
    • Guided tour of Les Invalides
    • Professional local guide
    • Skip-the-line access and all entrance fees
    • Small groups of eight people or less
    • Headsets where appropriate so you can always hear your guide
    What's not included
    • Personal expenses
    Reduced price
    • Infants (0-3 years): free
    • Children (4-10 years): reduced
    • Youth (11-17 years): reduced
    Where

    105 Rue de l'Université, 75007 Paris, France

    Meeting point:

    The meeting point is at the Invalides metro exit/entrance (Line 8 and 13). You'll see a big yellow M on top of it. Your escort will be waiting by the kiosk facing the exit/entrance of the metro station.

    What to remember
    • Note that increased security measures may affect lines as they can't be avoided. However, thanks to the skip-the-line advantage, you'll have access to shortcuts to the security check
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    When
    • Monday, Wednesday and Sunday at 10.30am
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    Provider
    Memories France
    Booking fee
    Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
    Cancellation policy
    Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 1 day before the activity begins.

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