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Les Invalides: Napoleon's Tomb & Army Museum Priority Entry

1. Les Invalides: Napoleon's Tomb & Army Museum Priority Entry

Discover the Hôtel des Invalides, which was founded by Louis XIV to house veterans and wounded soldiers. Explore this prestigious setting for the Musée de l’Armée at your own pace on a self-guided visit with priority access. In the museum's collections are more than 500,000 pieces, covering the period from the Middle Ages up to the present day. As you follow a newly designed educational route, you'll find armor and weapons of the kings of France, swords, cannons, uniforms, paintings, photographs and the personal effects of important figures such as Francis I, Louis XIV and Charles de Gaulle. Your visit also takes you to the Dome Church, which since 1861 has been home to the monumental tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte. The golden dome is over 110 meters high.

Paris: Early Dinner Cruise with Dessert on the Seine River

2. Paris: Early Dinner Cruise with Dessert on the Seine River

Discover the sights of Paris from the perspective of the Seine River on this early dinner cruise featuring sunlit views and traditional French cuisine prepared on-board by the chef. Choose where you enjoy your meal and tour with center, window, and front boat seating options. With the Eiffel Tower as the starting point, be camera ready-as as the cruise departs on a 12-kilometer journey around some of Paris’ must-see sights. Watch as the passing Parisian monuments are lit by the setting sun. As you are served your 3-course dinner, be amazed by views of Les Invalides, the Parliament of Paris, Musée d’Orsay, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre, and more. Enjoy an aperitif (a pre-meal drink), wine, coffee, and mineral water along with your meal. Standard Menu Choice of starters:• Southwest region duck foie gras and cherry-rhubarb condiment with Pondicherry• Snails and French-style peas, parmesan shortbread, and smoked duck breast shavings Choice of main courses:• Roasted sea bass, bouillabaisse jus, tomato confit and fennel, and potato mousseline with turmeric• Rump of veal, einkorn wheat, artichoke and chanterelle mushrooms, and citrus veal jus Choice of desserts:• Chocolate and praline crisp• Iced calisson and apricot coulis Vegetarian menu:• Pressed quinoa and tofu terrine with rocket cream and pickled red onions• Lightly spiced quinoa, seasonal vegetables, grilled halloumi cheese, and sweet tomato jus• Chocolate and praline crisp

Army Museum: Invalides and Napoleon's Tomb Guided Tour

3. Army Museum: Invalides and Napoleon's Tomb Guided Tour

Most tourists to Paris are impressed by the 26 pounds of gold leaf that make the Invalides stand out against the skyline, and take a photo of the dome. But few visitors realize the multiple facets of society on display within. Originally constructed under Louis XIV, the dome contains the tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte. The vast complex surrounding the cathedral is dedicated to preserving and exhibiting the many chapters of French military history, including the jousting of medieval knights, the Emperor’s European conquests, and the World Wars of the 20th century. Your guided visit of the site lasts 2.5 hours, and features meaningful stories not only about the French but also about the many nations that have come to fight on French soil. Of particular interest are the exhibits about the D-Day Landings in Normandy and the Liberation of Paris in 1944. Your expert guide will take you on a historical journey. You’ll get into the military theme as you admire the decorated armor and cannon the XVIIth century. Hear of the exploits of General Bonaparte and learn how he became Emperor Napoleon.  Next visit the church to discover tomb of the most famous military leader in European history. After taking the imperial crown for himself in 1804, Napoleon continued his program of European conquest right up to his ultimate defeat at the Battle of Waterloo. Napoleon died in exile in 1821, but his remains were returned to France in 1840 and entombed according to his wishes in the heart of his capital. Napoleon’s son, nicknamed the Eaglet, also died on foreign soil; his body was reinterred here by Hitler in 1940. Join this thrilling voyage through conflict, disaster, heroism and united victory.

Paris: Tootbus Kids Bus Tour

4. Paris: Tootbus Kids Bus Tour

Looking for a child-friendly experience parents and little ones can enjoy together? Hop on this Paris kids' tour and let the city take you by surprise! Experience Paris as never before, on board a 100% electric bus. Ride past the Opera, Louvre Museum, Notre-Dame Cathedral, Sainte-Chapelle, Orsay Museum, Concorde, Champs-Elysées, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, Les Invalides, Grand Palais, and more. During the tour, the guides will surprise the children with a mix of cultural and fun entertainment including amazing stories about museums, monuments, historical sites, popular tales, and animated films all powered by riddles and games. The cherry on top is the sweets the kids get at the end of the performance.

Paris: Army Museum Ticket and Seine River Cruise Combo

5. Paris: Army Museum Ticket and Seine River Cruise Combo

Tour the Invalides War Museum, the magnificent War Museum, including the tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte. Learn about the French Revolution, the first and second world wars, and many important battles in French history. See combat vehicles, soldier clothing and various war documents used in ancient wars. Admire the structure of the museum, which is important in terms of war history. When your museum tour is finished, head to Port de la Bourdonnais for a relaxing Seine River Cruise. Enjoy a 1-hour river cruise on the Seine.

Paris: Invalides Dome - Skip-the-Line Guided Museum Tour

6. Paris: Invalides Dome - Skip-the-Line Guided Museum Tour

Your guide will lead you through the epic courtyard of the Invalides, discussing its 17th century roots as a veteran’s hospital under King Louis XIV. You’ll visit the cathedral that Louis built for his former troops, who found respite here after returning from battle. After discussing the Sun King’s contributions to France’s military history, you’ll learn all about the nation’s most elite leader, Napoleon Bonaparte. A brilliant general and audacious emperor, he is synonymous with France’s golden days of military conquest. Ultimately pushing too far, Napoleon died in exile, though his remains are interred underneath the magnificent gold dome. See his tomb up close, as well as the tombs of those closest to him, while basking in the ornate homage to this leader. Spend some time in the museum to learn all about this man, beyond his famous stature, through artifacts, recreations and military maps that walk you through his many wins and defeats.

Paris: Nighttime Segway Tour

7. Paris: Nighttime Segway Tour

Explore Paris by Segway and see the top attractions on a guided sightseeing tour. See the city sparkle at night on this unique tour. Start your journey near the National Residence of the Invalids, a historical complex dedicated to France's military history. From there, admire the beautiful Alexandre III Bridge, built for the Paris Exposition in 1900. Glide by several famous tourist points in Paris, including the Eiffel Tower, Les Invalides, the palace turned museum known as The Louvre, the massive Arc de Triomphe, and the Musee d’Orsay along the bank of the River Seine. See some of the city's most classical buildings, the Grand Palais and Petit Palais, which currently serve as museums. 

Paris: City Bus Tour of the Seine with Mobile Audio Guide

8. Paris: City Bus Tour of the Seine with Mobile Audio Guide

The 72 bus line is the most beautiful line to visit Paris! You'll ride along the banks of the Seine while listening to the best stories of the City of Light. What's in store for you? Great classics like the Eiffel Tower, the Palais de Tokyo, the place de la Concorde, the Invalides or the Louvre, but also anecdotes about Paris. How does it work? It's very simple. After buying the bus audio tour 72 : 1. Choose the direction of your choice (Gare de Lyon or Parc de Saint Cloud) from the Rewind application 2. Go to the recommended bus stop or the one of your choice & get on the bus 3. Put on your headphones, click on play and listen to the stories that will start depending on the position of the vehicle Still in need of some convincing? Here’s a list of perks you get when you do this audio tour: The Rewind audio tour by bus 72 is: - A tour designed for travelers and Parisians (you'll feel like a real local!) - Beautiful views - High quality content, created by professional guides & voices - An unbeatable price on the tourist bus tour market - A tour available in 5 languages: French, English, German, Spanish, Italian Let's go?

Invalides War Museum the World Wars Guided Tour

9. Invalides War Museum the World Wars Guided Tour

Take a tour of the Invalides War Museum with an expert guide. Begin by exploring the 19th century roots that lead to one of the bloodiest wars ever, learning about characters like Bismarck during the Franco-Prussian War. From there, your guide will piece together the chain of events, including the assassination of Franz Ferdinand, that set off World War I. Come face to face with the equipment, uniforms, weapons, and other artifacts that were used during the war’s many battles. Relive the famous Battle of the Marne while seeing one of the iconic taxis that played a crucial role. Watch original footage detailing the atrocities before finally understanding how the Treaty of Versailles ended things. You’ll even see the train car where the armistice was signed, ending the war. Afterwards, learn how the threat of Adolf Hitler came to be a reality, launching World War II. Discuss significant events like the Ligne Maginot, Dunkerque, and the Occupation of Paris while meandering among artefacts collected from the battlefields. Your guide will discuss famous men like Pétain and De Gaulle who helped guide France through this horrendous war. You will discover stories behind the battles of Normandy and the Liberation of Paris, which lead ultimately the preservation of the city that you can still enjoy today.

Paris: 2.5-Hour Guided Vintage Car Tour and Wine Tasting

10. Paris: 2.5-Hour Guided Vintage Car Tour and Wine Tasting

Explore Paris on a city highlight tour aboard a vintage Mercedes 280 SE from 1970. Visit the iconic Eiffel Tower and take incredible photos with the classic car. This tour takes you to the many landmarks and sights Paris has to offer, including Hôtel de Ville, Hôtel de Sens, Tour Saint Jacques, Notre Dame de Paris, Institut de France, Place de la Concorde, Grand Palais, Pont Alexandre III, Invalides, and Saint Germain des Prés. Explore some off-the-beaten-track sights and districts of the city like the Saint-Sulpice cathedral or Arènes de Lutèce with plenty of photo stops. Then, stop at a local winery in Latin Corner and discover a selection of unique wines.

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What people are saying about Army Museum, Paris

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 3,552 reviews

Overall enjoyed the dinner cruise. Food was delicious and nice to travel down the Seine seeing the sights. Waitstaff we’re very friendly and kind. Only issue was when asking a pair of men at the entry to the boat if we were in the correct spot, they were extremely rude- as there are 4-5 boats at the dock none of which have signs or indicate where you go etc.

So much to see, we only managed to see some parts of the museum. Really interesting, english language evident on a lot of exhibits. The main attraction, Napoleon's tomb was set in a powerful environment.

Lots to see and read, worth getting the Audio Tour! Lots of signs and descriptions and videos are only in French, some don’t have English subtitles.

Good food, friendly staff, lovely views of Paris. A perfect evening.

It was very nice The food was good The staff was friendly