Paris WWI Tour

Highlights

Commemorate the WWI Jubilee on our unique small group tour. Your local guide will take you on a 3-hour historical journey through the different steps of the Great War: the mobilization, the everyday life of a city at war and so close to the front lines, and the celebration after the victory. You will also discuss the tremendous impacts that WWI had on French society and on medical and scientific advances

Highlights of the tour include the Invalides, Alexandre III Bridge, the Champs-Elysées or Place Vendôme. Walking through Paris, details relating to WWI often go unnoticed. Going beyond simple facts and figures, your guide will paint a vivid picture of the period with characters and stories that will transport you back to one of Paris’ most intriguing eras.
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    Why you'll love this

  • Delve into the WWI history on a small group walking tour
  • Learn how Paris was affected, and how Parisian, especially women, adjusted
  • Witness how a bloody war can result in modern technologies
  • A walk around the most iconic Parisian landmarks

    What's included

  • Fascinating stories about Coco Chanel, Mata Hari, John Pershing or Marie Curie
  • A complementary coffee on the go at mid-tour
  • A grand finale at an striking commemorating event

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€59
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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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5.0 / 5.0 - Based on 11 reviews
Last reviewed: March 22 2019

  • Duration 03h00

  • Group Tour

  • Group Size
    10 max

  • Refund up to 48 hours

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The itinerary

Your historical exploration of Paris will start at the Invalides where your guide will give you an introduction about the ‘domino effect’ events that led up to the World War I.

You will then walk through the Invalides and learn how Paris entered the war, and how, after a few weeks only, the front lines got less than 40 kilometres of the Capital. You will relive the incredible departure of 4000 young soldiers carried away by 600 taxis and will discuss about the military strategies. Even the Eiffel Tower was used as an anti-aerial defence!

The tour will then take you to the Alexandre 3 Bridge and the Grand Palais. Imagine that this cultural institution was converted in an 800-bed military hospital in less than a month! Parisian citizens quickly organized a great network of solidarity to assist the constant flow of injured soldiers. You will learn about all the medical innovations that scientists quickly came up with to palliate the lack of preparation of French government.

Whilst you walk down the Champs-Elysées, you’ll also learn how Paris then adjusted to the life of a city at war. Theatres gradually reopened on the most famous Avenue in the World and were crowded. This will also be the time to discuss about the life of women, as men were drafted into the army. A walk through the today-glamorous Place Vendome will be the chance to hear about the rise of Coco Chanel, and the incredible social progress that was initiated then.

After a coffee break on the go and a visit in a Great War hotspot, your tour will conclude at the Arc de Triomphe, where lies the tomb of the soldat inconnu. He was buried under the Arch in 1920, and today, this is still the place of a daily commemoration that you’ll be able to attend after your tour.

Your journey to the 1914-1918 will end there. The roaring 20s were just around the corner…

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