Our Paris tour gives you the unique opportunity to experience one of the most important moments in European history: The storming of the Bastille. We will take you on a cultural walking tour of Paris with an experienced private guide.
Tuesday 14 th July 1789: Fear hung over Paris. The city swirled with rumors, revolts, and, of course, decapitations. What a sight it must have been! It was on this day that the most pivotal revolution in history was triggered. The day of the Storming of La Bastille. The event which led to the history of France and, indeed, Europe to be changed indefinitely.
On the morning of July 14th, the revolutionaries were eager to defend themselves and their country. But how could they do this? Without weapons, they felt helpless against the heavily armed soldiers of the ancient regime? Where could they go to defend themselves? The answer: Hotel des Invalides, a military hospital and residence for retired soldiers. A building sure to be full of rifles and artillery. This is where your tour will begin – The Hotel des Invalides – where the bloody revolt began.
Now the insurgents were armed but without gunpowder. Alas, the weapons are useless. And yet, as a revolutionary shouted out, “There’s powder at the Bastille!” The crowd rallied and marched toward the Bastille fortress. As you follow the footsteps of the first revolutionaries through Paris, you’ll visit the ironically named Place de la Concorde and learn how this historic area became a stage for thousands of brutal executions and bloody murders.
Your next destination will be the Palais-Royal, where intellectuals prepared for the popular uprising. Passing by the Hotel de Ville you will finally reach the Bastille. Here you’ll see the jail where the insurgents were imprisoned, and learn about the governor who refused to open its doors and help the revolutionaries. After our role-play of the history of the French Revolution, we’ll return to the modern day and enjoy a drink in a typical Parisian café. As you sip on your favourite drink, you’ll discover whether your character made it out alive and kept his head or not.
Between 10 am and 4 pm
Relive the most famous day in the history of France through the eyes of the Heroes
of the French Revolution!
Walk the route taken by the people who stormed the Bastille!
Enjoy our intimate walking tour with either a small group or privately.
Take a complimentary coffee break with your guide in a typical French café.
Our guide was a wonderful tour guide/historian teacher. She made history come alive and explain to us why a particular piece was important. Our boys are 9 and 11 years old and learned a lot. I got so much out of it as well! Money well spent.
Absolutely fabulous tour – our guide made everything interesting and understandable for our 3 kids ages 9, 13, and 15. We tailored it for our family – we booked 3 tours for kids. Would highly recommend booking with Europe4kids.