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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: The Paris Pass® with access to 80+ Paris Attractions

2. Paris: The Paris Pass® with access to 80+ Paris Attractions

The Paris Pass is an all-inclusive sightseeing package and your key to the city of Paris. The pass offers great value and convenience with admission to more than 80 top Paris attractions, a 1-day hop-on hop-off bus tour ticket, a Paris Museum Pass giving you access to many of the city's museums and landmarks, and a digital guide to help you plan your stay. Top attractions: Eiffel Tower guided tour (2nd floor) Parc Asterix theme park ticket Musée du Louvre Musée d'Orsay Centre Pompidou, National Museum of Modern Art Espace Dali Big Bus – 1-day Hop-on Hop-off bus tour Bateaux Parisiens river cruise Wine tasting - Les Caves du Louvre Tour Montparnasse Arc du Triomphe Picasso Museum Musée Grevin wax museum Châteaux de Versailles Flyview Package Paris Liberty Tours: Paris’ Hidden Gems in Le Marais walking tour Walking tour along the Seine Walking tour in the Parisian Covered Passages Scandals & Love Affairs at Pere Lachaise walking tour Stade de France tour Heritage and Backstage guided tour of Galeries Lafayette Montmartre & Sacré Coeur walking tour Experiences: Ballon de Paris Generali Petit Train de Montmartre Rex Studio Le Musée Gourmand du Chocolat - Choco- Story Musée des Égouts de Paris Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie - La Villette BAPBAP brewery taproom experience beer tasting and gifts Perfume mini-workshop by Fragonard Champagne Gourmand in Montmatre French Apéro in Saint-Germain des Prés Parisian Breakfast at Café Louise Historic buildings: Panthéon Conciergerie Chapelle expiatoire Château de Rambouillet Château de Vincennes Chateaux de Champs-sur-Marne Château de Pierrefonds Maison d'Auguste Rodin à Meudon Basilique cathedrale de Saint-Denis Abbaye Royale de Chaalis- Musée Jacquemart André Sainte Chapelle Château de Maisons-Laffitte Villa Savoye Château de Fontainebleau Museums: Musée Rodin Musée National de l'Orangerie Musée national des Arts asiatiques Musée de l'Armée, Tombeau de Napoléon 1er Musée Condé - Château de Chantilly Musée et domaine nationaux du Château de Compiègne Musée national des Châteaux de Malmaison et Bois Préau La Cinémathèque française - Musée du Cinéma Cite de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine - Musée des Monuments françois Musée d'art et d'histoire du Judaïsme Musée de la Musique - La Villette Musee de l'Ordre de la Liberation Musée de l'Air et de l'Espace Musée d'Archéologie nationale de Saint-Germain-en-Laye Musée de l'Institut du Monde arabe Musée des Arts décoratifs Musée des Arts et Métiers Musée des Plans-reliefs Musee du quai Branly Musée Gustave Moreau Musée national de Céramique de Sèvres Musée national de la Renaissance - Château d'Ecouen The Paris Pass is fully digital and is accessible to download to your mobile device straight away, together with the digital guide. The Paris Museum Pass is a physical pass and, as such, must be collected from a redemption location in Paris. Full instructions are included in the digital guide.

Paris: Early Dinner Cruise with Dessert on the Seine River

3. 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

4. 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: Invalides Dome - Skip-the-Line Guided Museum Tour

5. 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: Tootbus Kids Bus Tour

6. 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: 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. See some of the city's most classical buildings, the Grand Palais and Petit Palais, which currently serve as museums. 

Paris Highlights 2.5-Hour Segway Tour

8. Paris Highlights 2.5-Hour Segway Tour

Explore the grand boulevards of Paris on a fun and eco-friendly mode of transport. Climb aboard a self-balancing Segway and set off in a small group of no more than 10 people to see the top attractions of the “City of Lights.” Following a short, 30-minute training session on the easy-to-drive vehicles, explore the cultural heritage of Paris from a different angle. Glide past historical monuments and down narrow lanes that are inaccessible to other modes of transport. Your guide will reveal hidden treasures as you take a loop from Avenue de Suffren. Pass the Military school at Les Invalides and glide past the National Assembly. Next, go down the tree-lined Champs Elysées from the Grand Palais to the Place de la Concorde, looking at the upscale shops and hotels along the way. Continue to the Grand et Petit Palais on the banks of the River Seine. Marvel at the historic Pont de l'Alma, before taking in the legendary Eiffel Tower.

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

4.7 / 5

based on 2,250 reviews

The only thing I didn't pay attention to was booking the times… many tours require a pre-booking. Of course it's my fault But just to leave a tip here And the Tower only gives the right to visit by the stairs. Elevator we had to pay another 17 Euros each to go up by elevator.

The Paris Pass is highly recommended, we took it for 6 days and took full advantage of it. The Asterix Park is great, the Eiffel Tower tour quickly without queuing and many other attractions. Price-performance top.

This was a great experience. Our guide was great. Good way to start a trip to Paris. It was a bit chilly, and they had gloves for us. Which really helped us enjoy the ride. Felt safe and well managed.

The pass was very worthwhile AND it allowed us to go to the front of the line for all museum entries.

Easy, fast, took us to main attractions and activities. It is a good way to visit Paris .