How did Paris and its people manage to overcome the German Occupation during WWII? Get a unique perspective on the major facets of this historical conflict on our 2-hour tour: the uncertainty of the invasion, the dark days of deportation, and ultimately the heroic efforts of the Liberation.
Highlights of this walking tour include the city’s Jewish quarter, the Holocaust Museum, the Deportation Memorial, and Notre Dame Cathedral. Going beyond simple facts and figures, your guide will paint a vivid picture of the period!
Your walking tour starts in the heart of the historic Marais district where you’ll parachute right into action as your guide explains the events leading up to the German invasion of France.
A walk through the Jewish quarter will be the perfect setting for discussing the bleak reality of the deportation. You’ll stop by Paris’s Holocaust museum & the Wall of the Righteous before crossing the river toward Ile de la Cité. There, we’ll show you where the war’s key battles of the army and the resistance were won and lost like the Paris Préfecture, and the Conciergerie, still rife with bullet holes.
Meeting point & walking distance
Meeting point: Café des Chimères, 133 Rue Saint-Antoine, 75004 Paris
Please meet your guide in front of Café des Chimères, near Saint Paul metro station.
Some members of my group aren’t WWII buffs. Will they get bored on this tour?
We’ve specially tailored this tour to please all levels of interest. We’ve got specific facts and stats for true history buffs, but also plenty of dramatic and engaging stories that everyone can relate to. No dry history lectures here--we keep things relaxed and conversational to make the material accessible to all.
I don’t wish to join a group. Can I take this tour private?
Sure, simply get in touch with our customer service team and they can help you arrange a private tour. Please note that an additional fee is added for privatized tours.
I'm traveling with my children. Can they take part?
If you are travelling with children under 12 years old, we will be happy to arrange a private experience at a small extra cost. Young children need more context to understand this dark part of history and our guides will be delighted to accommodate youngsters.
I am a teacher and know much about WWII & Jewish history. Is this tour suitable?
In 2 hours, and in a group tour, we can not cover every subject related to WWII. However, we can offer a Custom Made Private Paris WWII tour at a small extra charge. Simply get in touch with our customer service!
Our guide was Chris who had exceptional knowledge of the subject and was humorous and personable in his delivery. We found this to be a great tour and enjoyed every minute of it. Would recomm
Sean was a fantastic guide, and the time flew by! He is not only knowledgeable about his topic, but passionate about it. The stories about individuals that he wove into the tour made it come
Sean is an excellent guide!
What an enjoyable and fulfilling way to learn about Paris in the 40's. Victor has a passion to research and present that knowledge to the group in a manner that brings to life the daily grind
Victor was excellent. He was very informative and communicated the information in a very compelling, story-based format. We enjoyed the tour very much.