Paris Walking Tour - The French Revolution

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  • 2 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Follow in the footsteps of revolutionaries and royals on this walking tour that traces the history of the French Revolution in Paris. From the storming of the Bastille to the bloody Reign of Terror, learn about the Revolutions’ causes and consequences as you visit key sites around the city where history was made.
  • French Revolution walk through Paris
  • Experience a different side to Paris on an informative guided walk
  • See the buildings and sites where historic events took place
  • Place de la Concorde where King Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette were guillotined
  • See the Conciergerie Palace and the site of the Bastille Prison

What's Included

  • Local guide
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop off

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Restaurant Divellec
    18 Rue Fabert, 75007 Paris, France

    Your tour meets outside Restaurant Divellec at 18 Rue Fabert, 75007 Paris, France. The closet public transportation is the Invalides métro station (lines 8 and 13 or RER C); about a 3-5 minute walk to Restaurant Divellec. Look for your guide wearing a Fat Tire Tours t-shirt.

Start time

03:00 pm

End point

  • Odéon
    75006 Paris, France

What To Expect

In the late 18th century, Paris was the stage where most of the bloody events of the French Revolution played out, forever altering the course of European history. Layered beneath the bustle and romance of modern-day Paris, traces of the tumultuous events can still be found.

Your revolutionary walking tour begins near Les Invalides, where you meet your historian guide in the afternoon. Learn how 30,000 weapons were stolen here by protesters and used to overtake the Bastille. Visit the Place de la Bastille, site of the former prison, and listen as your guide recounts the dramatic storming that officially ignited the revolution in 1789.

See where the Tuileries Palace once stood and hear how revolutionaries used its once-royal chambers as headquarters for a fledgling new government. Pass by the imposing Conciergerie, a former prison where Marie Antoinette was held captive after the fall of the monarchy, and stroll through the Place de la Concorde, where she and husband King Louis XVI were both beheaded. Imagine the gruesome scene here as your guide recounts the many lives lost to the guillotine during the bloody years of the Reign of Terror.

When your tour concludes near Notre Dame, depart with a newfound appreciation of the bravery, tyranny and chaos of the Revolution and how it shaped the Paris you see today.

Les Invalides

8 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Assemblee Nationale

8 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travellers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Louise_F, Oct 2022
Learnt lots about the revolution. Loved the different stops along the way. Tour not in chronological order which may confuse some.
Engaging afternoon
Desiree_Z, June 2022
Knowledgeable and engaging- thank you! Great walk, fascinating details I honestly didn’t know, which is why we booked this :)
Big history in a small doable walk
Deborah_L, June 2022
Great small group ( 10 people) with no flag carrying leader who was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the history. Easy walking and significant sights included for 2 1/2 he walk!
Okay tour
Leyla_T, June 2022
Guide was quite nice and told some interesting stories, but he seemed to really simplify the history at times and we just wanted more detail. The tour wasn’t always done in chronological order, which sometimes made it hard to follow (I think this was done because of the order of places we stopped at, but I would consider rearranging to give the tour in more of a chronological order). Also felt there was a little too much walking and too little narration - would have liked to cover less ground but hear more history. We are picky about tours and I’d say this didn’t quite meet our expectations.
Great tour of French Revolution
Daniel_G, May 2022
We had a brilliant time on this tour! Guide was really interesting and fun! Learned a lot about the revolution I didn’t know before!
Revolutionary walk.
Danielle_P, Apr 2022
We only stayed for 15 minutes of the tour. We could not hear the guide and he was Not able to hold our attention as he was not a good or clear speaker. My husband was really looking forward to the store we were all greatly disappointed
Babar_K, Sept 2021
The guide never showed up. We waited for 40 minutes. Tried to call and sent messages but got no response. Very irresponsible people. Absolutely terrible experience. Avoid.
Facts and Volume
PaulBoris_K, Sept 2021
Interesting facts and representative sites visited. Would be even better with Wifi headsets and or earphines in order to hear the presenter over the traffic.
Marieke_S, July 2021
Very chaotic. Not much relavant infomation. Could be very interesting, but was not explained well. Would not recomment it.
A great walk
grahamlomas, Sept 2019
Samantha the guide was in good form, giving just the right amount of information, and clearly very knowledgeable in answering questions.The timings and the stops were well judged. Superb weather helped no doubt.
Excellent Paris Walking Tour- The French Revolution
Alida_G, Aug 2019
You can read about these historical events all you want--there's nothing like seeing them in person! My guide was extremely friendly, super knowledgeable, and a great guide.
Best tour EVER!
Elisabeth_H, Aug 2019
Thomas was awesome, the tour was awesome, I'll definitely be using Fat Tire again. I'm a high school French teacher and I learned so much that I didn't already know about the different sites of the revolution. It was seriously incredible and I highly recommend it.
Excellent tour
Michelle439, July 2019
We had a fabulous 2 hour walk with Richard who gave us an enthralling account of the French Revolution(s). He was very clear, concise and above all amusing. The walk is a great way to begin a visit of Paris. Must do this with Richard.
Great tour, great guide.
Richard_P, July 2019
The tour was excellent, very interesting facts that put all the amazing buildings into context but what set this tour apart was Oscar and how well he looked after the whole group, from 101 photos, to unscheduled toilet stops - he even tracked down shoes ! He was positive and energetic throughout.
Nice Walking Tour with David
sidk, July 2019
Our family of four took the 2 hour French Revolution Walking tour with David. He did a nice job of bringing the history alive for us. We highly recommend.
Phil is a Great tour guide!
Karen_P, July 2019
My husband and I enjoyed this two-hour snapshot of the French Revolution. By going on a walking tour, we were able to see so many things we would have missed on a bus tour. Now I know Marie Antoinette never really said, "let them eat cake!"
Vive La Revolution!
JOHN_L, June 2019
Our guide Nick was superb. He started us at Les Invalides, a hospital and armory ay the time, where the revolutionaries grabbed more than 30,000 weapons and proceeded to storm the Bastille. At Ptlace de la Revolution (now Concorde) his narrative included the execution of the king and queen (and 3000 others) by guilliotine. Then there was the Reign of Terror.....We ended up in the Tuileries which once held a beautiful royal palace. We spent a couple of hours on an interesting and informative walking tour.....can't say enough about Nick's sense of humor!
Venture35448422387, Mar 2019
I received an email from Viator stating that this had been cancelled due to Gilet Jaune protests. Please could you refund me my money?
Richard_D, Oct 2018
The tour guide was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable. He was also very passionate about the history
The French Revolution Walking Tour
Dawn_H, Oct 2018
Wonderful tour, gave a lovely overview of the French Revolution. I think maybe a half hour longer might be nice,