Victor Hugo's Paris tour - the man behind the legend


Victor Hugo well deserves a full 3 hour guided walk through Medieval Paris. Your guide, expert in Paris history and literature will walk you through the life of one of the best-known and greatest French writers and show you the places he had in his heart in Paris.

Some, such as Notre Dame Cathedral, are obvious, but this tour will bring you off the beaten track to explore each and every side of his decadent and tumultuous life. You're in for some great interactions and storytelling and you will discover the real-life stage of Victor Hugo’s novels through Paris 17th century narrow streets.
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    Why you'll love this

  • Delve into the history of the greatest French writer: Victor Hugo

  • Relive the bustling 19th Century Paris with an expert guide
  • Learn how Victor Hugo’s Hunchback saved Notre Dame in 1831
  • Explore the places featured in Victor Hugo's best sellers: The Hunchback of Notre-Dame & Les Miserables

    What's included

  • A walk in the footsteps of France's most famous writer : Notre Dame, St Germain des Prés & Panthéon
  • Interactive stories about life in Paris in the ever changing 19th century
  • A complimentary coffee break at one of our secret spots

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Your guide

Knowing Paris inside-out comes with years of exploring, but above all a passion for discovering all the magic that a city has to offer. Our city guides are selected for their insatiable love for Paris, and their desire to share it with our visitors. Leaving no stone unturned, our guides are always ready to go the extra mile to ensure that those who explore with them get to discover the Paris that truly makes them tick.


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Last reviewed: November 07 2019
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  • Flexible cancellation policy
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  • Real-time assistance with a local team
  • VIP skip the line access

  • Duration 03h00

  • Group Tour

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    10 max

  • Refund up to 48 hours

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The itinerary

We all know a thing or two about Victor Hugo, particularly about his novels. Outside France, he is most known for his masterpieces novels Les Misérables (1862) and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame (1831). But Victor ‘Ego’ as he liked to call himself, is a very complex genius of all trades and also succeeded as a poet, a painter, a play writer, or as a political activist.

Paris is where Hugo’s spend most of his life, and with the extreme contextual changes that happened during his life, no surprise he got inspiration to write his romantic novels!

So everyone on the tour is on the same page, we’ll start with a comprehensive introduction on the character and his monumental work. What do you already know, and of course, what do you want to know! As we start walking towards the places he used to spend time in Paris, here is the first (obvious) stop: Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral. Why did Hugo decided to focus on this cathedral, and how could words on paper save an already 7th century old wobbly place of worship?

We will then keep hunting for traces of Victor Hugo in Paris, and understand why medieval times where so important for him to depict. We’ll come across gargoyles and chimeras, old medieval cobblestone streets, ancient churches and beautiful Gardens to understand the full complexity of the real character… He was also a serious womanizer, and an unconditional Human Rights partisan, and we’ve got a few stories to share!

We’ll end the story (well, the tour!) in 1885, in front of a iconic monument dedicated to France’s Great Men and Women, where he was given an impressive national funeral that no less than 2 million people attended. Taking about records!

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