The French Revolution started in Versailles on May the 5th 1789, during the opening of the general estates. It was only 3 years later, the 10th  of August 1792, that the French Monarchy was abolished in Paris and in 1793 that Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette were both beheaded. With your expert guide you will learn about this long process of the French Revolution and the Reign of Terror. Designed for all the family, this educative tour will enable you to answer all your questions about this essential period of time. Your experienced guide will drive you to see the buildings and sites where historic events took place. See the last remainings of the Bastille, learn about the inventor of the Guillotine  and relive the tragic period of the Terror where 3000 people were executed on Concorde square. History comes alive!

Your licensed Guide, expert on French history, will pick you up in front of your hotel or apartment in a private, luxury vehicle. Before starting the tour, he will give you a complete introduction to the French Revolution. You will make a chronological tour starting with the Hotel des Invalides where the Parisians of the 3rd Estate gather 30000 muskets before heading through the royal prison of the Bastille. On the way to the Louvre, you will see where Robespierre lived, learn about the Jacobin club, St Roch Church and stop at the Tuileries Gardens. Once the location of the Tuileries Palace, this is where Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette were living after they were forced to leave Versailles during the Revolution, and where they fled from when the palace was stormed in 1792. You will see the symbolic place where the 1st Republic was proclaimed after the abolition of the monarchy.

Following this, you will continue your tour passing the City Hall (where Robespierre was shot in the jaw and arrested), the Saint Jacques Tower (vestige of the revolution), the Temple Quarter (where the royal family was kept in jail), and the Marrais with the famous Place des Vosges. Immerse yourself into the small streets of this historic area of Paris and relive the storming of the Bastille on the 14th of July 1789. With your guide you will earn about the main protagonists of the Revolution. Then, you will see Notre Dame Cathedral, the Conciergerie (where Marie Antoinette was kept in jail just before her execution), the Pantheon (where Volatire and Rousseau are buried)

At the conclusion of the tour, your guide will bring you to the oldest coffee house in Paris, the famous Café Procope opened in 1686 where you will have the opportunity to enjoy a cup of coffee, seated in the middle of old paintings and furnitures like Voltaire’s table or Napoleon’s hat which recreate the atmosphere of the time. During the Revolution, the Phrygian cap, soon to be the symbol of Liberty, was first displayed at the Procope. With your guide you will relive the movement of the lights and learn about the history of this emblematic place. It is here that such famous and influential men such as Voltaire, Benjamin Franklin, Rousseau and Diderot would gather to debate and exchange philosophies. It is here within these walls that revolutionary ideas were born as Robespierre, Danton, and Marat would have meetings here. Certainly the best place to finish your revolution adventure before being dropped off at your hotel!

Paris Walking Tour – The French Revolution
History comes alive on the Paris Revolution Walking Tour, exploring one of the most important events in modern history. On this fascinating two-hour stroll through Paris’ tumultuous history, you’ll learn about the troubled times that led up to the storming of the Bastille, the capture of King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, the Reign of Terror and the bloody results of the guillotine.


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