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Private Napoleon in Paris Walking Tour

Follow us in our Napoleon Tour in Paris. Discover the favorite district of the lieutenant Bonaparte and how later on the young general open is way to the power in Paris. Figure out the plans of the Emperor Napoleon to make of Paris a capital which suits his new built Europe! Enjoy an extensive 3 hours really private tour in the footsteps of Napoleon to discover Paris under Napoleon with a passionate postgraduate fully licensed tour guide. 

Portrait of Napoleon I to illustrate Napoleon Tour in Paris

The Emperor Napoleon I

Napoleon in Paris private tour Essentials  

  1. Guided tour in English
  2. Really private 3-hour tour
  3. A group of maximum 6 people exclusively yours (your party only)
  4. Flexible schedule
  5. Postgraduate  (MPhil) local licensed guide lecturer

Why a Napoleon Tour in Paris?

Because Paris is definitely the place where Napoleon let his most important marks. There are a lot of ways to follow in the footsteps of Napoleon In Paris as for example:

  • tracing the young officer during the French Revolution,
  • searching the remaining symbols of his military glory,
  • following the protector of the Arts and Sciences,

but before all, we will discover the dream of an emperor to make of Paris the capital city of its new-built Europe.

Napoleon in Paris Private Tour Spirit

Tour main idea is to optimize your time with your guide.

So at the opposite to other Napoleon tours we do not include in our standard tour places that you can easily visit without a guide (as Invalide for example).  

This tour then is an optimized route to discover, walking, the Paris of Napoleon.

Nevertheless we can also organize a more extensive Napoleon tour adding  extensions to our route y/or visit of museums  see here

We Definitely believe that our Napoleon Private tour
Is the most efficIent way to discover the Paris of Napoleon!

Napoleon Tour Content

The Young Officer Bonaparte in Paris

  • His adventures in the Palais Royal
  • The hotels where Bonaparte stays in 1787 and 1792
  • Bonaparte witness the fall of monarchy on the 10th of August 1792
  • Where was the assembly where the king and his family take refuge

Bonaparte an Ambitious General in Paris

  • The man of Barras
  • Battle of 13 Vendémiaire (5 October 1795) :  Saint-Roch Church

Napoleon Bonaparte and Joséphine

  • The first husband of Joséphine the grandfather of Napoleon III
  • Barras present future Empress Joséphine to Bonaparte
  • Place of the marriage of Napoléon and Joséphine

Symbols of Napoleon Military Glory and Army

  • Colonne vendôme
  • Desaix monument (evocation)
  • Arc de Triomphe (Triumphal Arch) 
  • Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel
  • La Madeleine
Photo of Colonne Vendôme to illustrate the Noplean Tour in Paris, France.

Paris – Colonne Vendôme

Napoleon and the Economy

  • The Palais Brongniart (Paris stock exchange)
  • The “Banque de France” created by First Consul Bonaparte (January 18 1800)
  • The “Cour des Comptes” (the State finance auditing agency) a disappeared building which was located where now is Musée d’Orsay

Napoleon and the Arts

  • Legendary “Musée des Monuments Français” 
  • Palais des Beaux-Arts ( Fine Arts Palace, nowadays the institute)
  • The Pont des Arts (Arts Bridge), first metallic structure in Paris 
  • The “Muséum Central des Arts” becomes the “Musée Napoléon” nowadays Le Louvre Museum.
Photo of an oil painting representing the Coronation of Napoleon" in Notre-Dame de Paris to illustrate the Napoleon tour in Paris, France

1810 Painting by Boilly representing in the Muséum Napoleon a public view of Jacques-Louis David master piece “The Coronation of Napoleon” in Notre-Dame de Paris

Mansions of Napoleon Family and Empire Dignitaries 

The Hôtel Particuliers (mansions) where were staying Laetizia Bonaparte (Napoleon’s mother),  Lucien or Jérôme Bonaparte (Napoleon’s younger brothers),  Eugène de Beauharnais (son of Empress Joséphine),  Marshals Ney, Lannes, Davout, Mortier, etc. 

 

Napoleon’s Police 

  • Joseph Fouché: the unavoidable Minister of Police.
  • François Vidocq: founder of the crime-detection department “Sûreté“, he inspired Victor Hugo for his main character Jean Valjean in Les Misérables.

Napoleon and the USA 

  • Louisiana purchase:  deal history, place where was signed the treaty
  • The Bonaparte in America

Napoleon and its Diplomacy

  • Hôtel de la Vrillière in which was living Napoleon famous minister of foreign affairs Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord.
Portrait of Napoleon famous minister of foreign affairs Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord to illustrate the Napoleon Tour in Paris

Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord oil painting by François Gérard

Architectural Style of Napoleon in Paris

  • The Empire Style an ostentatious form of Neoclassicism
  • Napoleon’s architects Percier and Fountaine

Paris the Dreamed City of Napoleon

Napoleon transformed  the old still mainly medieval Paris in one of the most enlightened cities in Europe. His work is huge:  Inforcing streets numbering, finishing the Louvre palace, creating the rue de Rivoli and a new district for Paris, creating markets, fountains, quays, sidewalks, sewers, etc. The ambition of Napoleon for Paris, a city he wanted to convert in the capital of Europe, was without limit.

 

And Much More about Napoleon in Paris

  • The communications in the great Empire
  • Former palace of Tuileries
  • Workshop of empire painter François Gérard
  • The Egyptian Expedition, etc. 
  • Why rue Bonaparte is so important in Paris?
  • Why is Napoléon represented in skirt and then nacked in the two statues of him we will see? 

Prepare your Napoleon Guided Tour 

Few Milestones of the Napoleon Epic

  • August 15, 1769, birth of Napoleon in Ajaccio 
  • October 17, 1797, after his victorious campaign in Italy General Bonaparte signed the treaty of Campo Formio with Austria.
  • November 9, 1799 (“the 18th Brumaire”): coup d’état Napoleon became First Consul of the French Republic .
  • December 2, 1804: Napoleon became Emperor of the French
  • December 2, 1805: Battle of Austerlitz
  • June 14, 1807, Battle of Friedland
  • June 18, 1815: Battle of Waterloo
  • May 5, 1821: Napoleon died at Saint Helena
  • December 15, 1840 Napoleon reburial in Invalid
Battle of Friedland to illustrate the Napoleon Walking tour in Paris

1807 Battle of Friedland, one of the Napoleon Bonaparte’s greatest victories. An apex milestone of the empire

Napoleon Tour Historical Figures

  • Lucien Bonaparte, as president of the Council of Five Hundred this brother of Napoleon was part of the Coup of 18 Brumaire. 
  • General Desaix, hero of the decisive battle of Marengo 
  • Hortense and Eugène de Beauharnais (children of Empress Joséphine)
  • Marshal Lannes, Napoleon’s comrade in arms
  • Marshal Ney, nicknamed the bravest of the bravest by Napoleon 
  • Marshal Davout, a military legend; the only Napoleon’s Marshal undefeated in battle 
  • Marshal Mortier, many time in command of the Imperial Guard 
  • Jérome Bonaparte King of Westphalia, Napoleon’s youngest brother was still active during the Second French Empire of Napoleon III.
Hortense de Beauharnais portrait to illustrate Napoleon private tour in Paris
Louis bonaparte portrait to illustrate Napoleon walking tour in Paris

Portraits of Hortense de Beauharnais and Louis Bonaparte. The emperor brother was married to empress Joséphine daughter. They were king  & queen of Holland, but Hortense preferred to stay in Paris than in her kingdom. Her brother Eugène de Beauharnais was Vice King of Italia. She is a central figure of the two French Empires as her soon Charles-Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte became the Emperor Napoleon III.

Possible Tour Extensions in Other Napoleon SiteS in Paris

The route of the Napoleon private tour in Paris has been designed to concentrate a maximum of Napoleon-related places.

But the tour as also been designed to easily authorise extensions. Extensions of the route can be made in all directions.

WEST:  Palais de l’Elysée former palace of Murat & Caroline Bonaparte in which Napoleon spent his last days in Paris after Waterloo.

NORTH: Rue de la Victoire where was the only house Napoleon own as a private citizen, his residence till 1799. Passage des Panoramas etc.,

EASTNotre-Dame, the place of Napoleon coronation.

SOUTHEcole Militaire where young Bonaparte got the privilege to be a student, Palais du Petit Luxembourg, the residence of the First Consul, etc.

Theses extensions can also be visits of monuments and museums:

At Le Louvre Museum: the great collection of master pieces painted by First Empire artists as famous as Jacques-Louis David, Antoine-Jean Gros or François Gérard. 

Légion d’Honneur Museum: founded by Napoleon the highest French order has is own museum in hôtel de Salm.

Les Invalides: Napoleon Tomb.

Musée de l’Armée: with plenty of Napoleon -elated objets from uniforms to marshals’ batons.

Panthéon: Tombs of many Napoleonic period dignitaries (as for example Marshal Lannes). 

Contact us if you need a customized extend tour 

Other Napoleon Sites in Paris Area

Malmaison: The house of Empress Joséphine and Napoleon.

Château de Rambouillet: Napoleon spent there from 29 to 30 June of 1815 his last night in the Paris area before leaving to meet his final fate.

Château de Compiègne where Napoléon Received and first meet Archduchess Marie Louise of Austria the future empress.  

Château de Fontainebleau where Napoleon leaved his soldiers before departing for his first exile on the island of Elba

Parc de Saint-Cloud: The château de Saint Cloud (destroyed) was the residence of Bonaparte when he was First Consul of the French Republic.

Grand Trianon (Versailles) was fully refurnished by Napoleon who stayed there in various occasions. Most of the rooms are still  furnished in the Empire Style.

Château de Maisons-Laffitte former property of Marshal Lannes.

Reuil Malmaison, Saint-Pierre-Saint-Paul church: Tomb of Empress Joséphine.

Saint-Leu-la-Forêt, Saint-Leu-Saint-Gilles church: Tomb of Louis Bonaparte (Napoleon’s brother, king of Holland).   

Napoleon OUTSIDE of Paris Area

Château d’Orléans-la-Source : Napoleon never went there, but at only +/- 120 km of Paris the place is fascinating for a real fan of the First Empire. It is where Marshal Davout gave the soubmision of the rest of Napoleon forces (standing along the Loire River) after Waterloo. It was the 14th of July of 1815, the final end of the Grande Armée. Next morning at first light Napoleon embarked on board the Bellerophon and made himself prisoner of the English. The Château can’t be visited but we propose a tour of the park of the château one of France most beautiful gardens ( 35 hectares).

Things to know before Booking

Your Private Licensed Guide in Paris

  • State-graduate licensed guide lecturer
  • Bachelor with honors in Heritage Developpement & Preservation by Conservatoire des Arts et Métiers
  • Postgraduate from Paris-Dauphine University
  • Member of Paris Historique Association

Napoleon in Paris Private Tour Highlights

  • Really private 3-hour tour for you and your party only.
  • Extensive approach of the subject: young Bonaparte, military glories, urbanism, economy, architecture, diplomacy science and arts support, etc.
  • Expendable tour
  • The opportunity to ask your dedicated guide any related questions.

Meeting Point

Place de la Concorde 

Access: Metro Line 1 station Concorde 

 

Napoleon in Paris Private Tour Attention Points

  • Tour is on foot.
  • Prices do not include transportation, food, drinks or any other extra services.
  • Neighborhood tours: we normally don’t enter in museum or monuments.
  •  Some monument can be presented from far: example Arc de Triomphe.
  • Tour duration & content are purely indicative, they may vary due to contingencies.

BoOk your Napoleon in Paris Private Tour

Choose below your tour: You will then be  asked : -> choose the number of people, date & hours of visit -> after our validation-> pay on line.

Choose below your tour

You will then be  asked : 

  • choose number of people, date & hour of visit
  • after our validation
  • pay on line
Portait of Emperor Napoleon I in coronation robes to illustrate Napoleon Tour in Paris

Emperor Napoleon I in Coronation Robes. The portrait was painted in 1806 by François Gérard pupil of Jacques-Louis David, Gérard became an official painter of Napoleon as of Louis XVIII and Charles X.

Empire silhouette of Madame Talleyrand to illustrate Napoleon Tour in Paris

Empire silhouette of Madame Talleyrand. You can notice in this painting also by Gérard, the similitude with the portrait of Napoleon in terms of style of the furniture as in the large use of the famous Green Empire color.

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