Museums

Guided tour of Les Invalides Dome with Tomb of Napoleon

Availability: Every day except Monday
Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Language: English
Printed ticket only
Do this because
  • More than a tour - your guide will share their love of art history with you
  • Save time and see more with skip-the-line access
  • Surround each work with your small group - experience the art together
What to expect

From the Sun King, Louis XIV himself, to France’s most notorious general, Napoleon Bonaparte, this 1.5 to 2 hour tour will cover some of the nation’s most powerful leaders. Join an expert guide who will introduce you all to the Musée de l’Armée, housed inside the gold-domed building known as the Hotel des Invalides. Both history experts and amateurs will be entranced by the vast collection of artifacts and show of opulence at this museum.

Begin by exploring the courtyard of the Invalides where your guide will reveal its 17th century roots as a veteran’s hospital under King Louis XIV, the Sun King. Walk through the cathedral dedicated to Louis’ troops who retired here in relative comfort. Louis XIV, however, was not the only leader to contribute to France’s military history. While most discuss his height, your guide will discuss the achievements of Napoleon Bonaparte as France’s most brilliant military general. While a bit too ambitious, this French emperor eventually stretched himself too thin, and once defeated, Napoleon died in exile.

Today, thanks to the kings of the 19th century, his remains are housed underneath the magnificent gold dome at Invalides. Visit his tomb, as well as the tombs of those closest to him, while dropping your jaw at the ornate homage to this leader.

Afterwards, stroll the museum to learn even more about this man through artifacts, recreations, and military maps that detail his ups and downs as a military genius.

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What's included
  • Entrance fees
  • Guided tour
  • Skip-the-line tickets
What's not included
  • Food and drinks
  • Tips (optional)
  • Hotel pick-up/drop-off
Where

Musée des Invalides, 129 Rue de Grenelle, 75007 Paris

Meeting point:

Meet your guide 10 minutes prior to your tour starting time outside the main gate of Invalides.

What to remember
  • Tour minimum participants required: 2 people (an alternative date or full refund will be offered if the minimum is not met)
  • No large bags or suitcases are allowed
  • NOT available for people with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair
  • Occasional closures without previous warning from the museum management. When this occurs, guests will be provided with an appropriate alternative
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When

Every day except Monday
Departure at 11.00am

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Booking fee
Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
Cancellation policy
Receive a 100 % refund if you cancel up to 4 days before the activity begins.

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