Paris: City of Lights

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Basic Information
Total time
~ 2 hours
Meeting point
Exit metro Madeleine in front of the Ikea. Look for the guide with a yellow umbrella!
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Join us on a journey through the elegance of Paris, where you’ll have the chance to witness some of the most iconic and breathtaking locations in the City of Light. Paris’s beauty and monumentality are truly impressive, and we’ll delve into its past during the 19th century, a time of great transformation both socially and architecturally.

On this tour, we’ll visit some noteworthy sites, starting with the Church of La Madeleine, originally designed as a temple to honor Napoleon. We’ll also see the largest square in Paris, La Concorde, which holds the oldest monument in the city and one of the most stunning, the Obelisk of Luxor, from Ancient Egypt. This spot, marked by the blood of the French Revolution, was renamed “Concorde” in the 19th century to symbolize peace and harmony.

Next, we’ll stroll along the Champs-Élysées, one of the most fashionable and prestigious addresses in Paris during the 19th century. It’s also the site of military parades, including the largest military parade in Europe, held every year on Bastille Day. Along this avenue, we’ll admire many grand buildings, including the Grand Palais and Petit Palais, built for the Universal Exhibition of 1900, which are among the architectural jewels of Paris. Our tour will then lead us to the history of The Invalides, originally built as a hospital for wounded soldiers, which became a significant symbol of French military power in the 19th century. Today, it houses Napoleon’s tomb, and its impressive gold dome makes it one of the most beautiful monuments in Paris.

Finally, we’ll conclude our tour at Pont del Alma, where we’ll witness the illuminated Eiffel Tower, the most iconic monument in the city. Built in 1889, this 300-meter-high tower has become a symbol of Paris, and we’ll uncover its rich history during our tour. This tour is just the beginning of your journey, and you’ll be prepared for a second experience on a Seine River cruise, an optional activity on board the Bateaux Mouches. (Optional)

Main stops:

  • Madeleine Church

  • Rue Royale

  • Place de la Concorde (Luxor Obelisk and fountains)

  • Avenue des Champs Elysées

  • Grand and Petit Palais

  • Alexander III Bridge

  • Les Invalides

  • American Church

  • Pont d’Alma: View of the Eiffel Tower

  • Optional Boat

Additional Important Information
  • professional local guide 
Ticket Message
  • Meeting Point: Exit metro Madeleine in front of the Ikea. Look for the guide with a yellow umbrella!
  • Start Time: Participants are expected to show up 5 min before the start time.
  • Language: English
  • There is no need to print your booking confirmation.

Thank you for choosing Walkative! If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

Meeting Point
Exit metro Madeleine in front of the Ikea. Look for the guide with a yellow umbrella!

Booking is obligatory. Walkative! free tours are designed for individual travellers and small groups. In the best interest of our visitors, we aim to keep our free tours relatively small. Hence, we cannot accept parties of more than 7 people on our regular free tours and guides have the right to deny participation to such groups. If you travel in a party of 8 or more please choose a paid option or book a Private Tour. For more information, please contact us.

Engaging and witty

Rated 5 out of 5
1 day ago

Thomas is a great storyteller. He beautifully combines history, culture, and humor to deliver an engaging and insightful tour.


Tour with Jay.

Rated 5 out of 5
4 days ago

A thoroughly enjoyable and informative tour lead by Jay who kept the group of circa 30 engaged. He clearly has a passion and knowledge for Paris & it’s history. Can’t recommend enough.

John Sanderson

Alberto rocks!

Rated 5 out of 5
4 days ago

We took a great walking tour of central Paris with wonderful historical background information. Alberto is a great story teller and made the tour so interesting. The time passed so quickly. It definitely did not seem like 3 hours.

Jo Ann Grantham

Fabulous History Stories

Rated 5 out of 5
1 week ago

Alberto is a fantastic tour guide. Wonderful history told with fascinating stories. Great sense of humor. Easy to hear and understand.


Fabulous historic tour!

Rated 5 out of 5
1 week ago

Alberto was a wonderful tour guide/ storyteller! We learned so much. One of the best “free” tours I have been on! Thank you Alberto!

Mary Jane

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