Walking tours

French military history tour of l'Hotel des Invalides

Availability: Monday, Wednesday and Sunday
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Language: English
Mobile voucher accepted
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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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

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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  • Monday, Wednesday and Sunday at 10.30am
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Memories DMC 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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