Get an up-close look at the horsemanship and military precision of the French Republican Guard with a behind-the-scenes visit to their training facility.
What to Expect
Do you want to enter the heart of French culture? Come to know their beloved Republican Guard - as important as The British Royal Guard - and feel yourself at the presidential tribune at the Place of the Concorde (Place de la Concorde), waiting for the parade to go along the Champs-Elysées.
This visit will enable you to see the backstage of one of the most prestigious symbols of France. You will attend one of the Guards training freely, and your guide will be there to answer any questions.
During your visit, you will have the chance to see the Republican Guards train for one of their major missions. You may witness the Cavalry band training, which represents the French Republic in important moments, such as honoring a fallen soldier, performing national songs for sport, cultural or politic events.
You may also attend the public safety demonstration and have the opportunity to see the backstage area of the horsemen practices and exercises.
Finally, the Republican Guards may train for what's calledl “la reprise des douze”: twelve cavalrymen under the command of a NCO (non-commissioned officer). The special guard team will perform dressage exercises and you will experience the principles of the French riding.
All of these options will definitely offer you a great experience of what the prestigious Republican Guard looks like. You will have the chance to be in intimate circumstances, going behind the scenes of an elite core army.
Please note: The different teams programme is not communicated in advance, therefore it is not possible to choose which training you will attend.
You will be free to watch the training, and the guilde will be there all the time to answer your questions in French or English.
- Behind-the-scenes entrance to see the French Republican Guard in training
- Live tour commentary provided in English and French
What's Not Included
- Personal expenses
Meet your guide in front of the French Republican Guard building. 22-24 Boulevard Henri IV, 75004 Paris
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Know Before You Go
Following recent events, new safety regulations are applied within the military site of the Republican Guard. Upon confirmation of your reservation, please indicate for each participant the following information:
-Date, place, country of birth
- At least 2 days before the date of the visit: 100% refund
- Less than 2 days before the date of the visit: no refund