Visit of the Garnier OperaThe Garnier Opera

A fine example of the second Empire architecture designed by Charles Garnier.
The Garnier Palace, as it is also known, emblem of the lyric art, will surprise you by the luxuriance of its architecture and the abundance of its interior decoration.

“What style is this, it is neither Greek nor Louis the XIV style” Empress Eugenie would have exclaimed.
“No, indeed, it is Napoleon III” Garnier allegedly answered.

From hall to hall, from the lobby to the main staircase, going through the main foyer, the lounges of the Sun and the Moon, in this muffled atmosphere I shall reveal to you the little secrets of the architect but also unveil the magnificence of the mundane and bourgeois ceremonial that went with each representation.
Charles Garnier found his inspiration in the main staircase of the Great Theatre of Bordeaux designed by Victor Louis to create a staircase equipped with numerous luxuriously marbled balconies allowing onlookers not only to stare at newcomers but also to show off.
(visit 1 hour 30)

  • For groups counting over 10 people, we highly advise you to ask for listening devices.

Visit of the Eiffel towerThe Eiffel tower

Erected for the World fare of 1889 the tower should have been dismantled after 20 years, It is still today, the emblem of Paris.
The “Iron Lady”, the “Hollow Candlestick” , "the horrible and useless tower", "the iron monstrosity", so many names for this metallic structure that once defrayed the news of the XIXth century.
You will learn the secrets of the tower and discover the stunning panorama from the third floor.

(visit: 1 hour 30; booking is mandatory)

  • For groups counting over 10 people, we highly advise you to ask for listening devices.

Visit of the Cathedral Notre Dame de ParisThe Cathedral Notre Dame de Paris

The construction of Notre Dame began under the reign of Louis VII, in 1163 but was not completed until 1345.
It was erected on the site of an ancient church of Childebert.
In this long span of time several architects directed the works, such as Jean of Chelles in 1258 and Pierre of Montreuil in the 1260`s
The Cathedral is a masterpiece of gothic architecture and also a place simmering with French history that will give us the opportunity to evoke the coronation of the Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte on December, 2nd 1804.
If you wish we can also visit the archaeological vault that shelters the relics discovered during the excavations carried out since 1965. The purpose of this exhibition opened in 1980 is to present elements of the successive buildings over the centuries.

  • For groups counting over 10 people, we highly advise you to ask for listening devices.

Visit of the Conciergerie and the Sainte ChapelleThe Conciergerie and the Sainte Chapelle

Commissioned by King Saint Louis and built between 1241 and 1248 it became a giant and sumptuous shrine for the relics of Christ, notably the famous crown of thorns.
Though of small proportions it has the same elevation as many cathedrals, the spire soaring to 75 meters above ground level.
600 square meters of stained glass windows give to this religious edifice an unusual clarity and lightness.
The visit to the Conciergerie will immerse us in the anguish of the revolution and the last hours of Queen Marie Antoinette.

(visit: 2 hours 30)

  • For groups counting over 10 people, we highly advise you to ask for listening devices.

Visit of the Invalidesinvalides

The cupola of the Invalids is one of France`s finest. This master piece of French classical architecture is the work of Jules Hardouin Mansart.
Completed in 1706 it is 106 meters high. For the celebrations of the bi-centenary of the revolution (1989) it was gilded with 550 000 golden leaves.
The founding of the military pensioners` ward was commissioned by Louis XIV in 1670 to care for disabled or veteran soldiers too old to serve.
Today, it is also an army museum displaying weapons, uniforms, portraits from 1643 to 1814 and Napoleon III.
You will learn about the musketeers, the Suisse Guards, the dormitories of the XVII century, the recruiting.
May be you would like to learn more about General Vendemiaire, the mamelouks, the imperial guard, the political issues underlying the return of Napoleon`s ashes under the cupola.
The Guided tour can be broken and combined to suit your preferences : museum, dome, church.
(visit:1-2 hours)

  • For groups counting over 10 people, we highly advise you to ask for listening devices.

Visit of the Cathedral of ChartresThe Cathedral of Chartres

This monument is emblematic of the town of Chartres located 80 kilometres south west of Paris.
It is deemed the most representative cathedral, the most achieved and better preserved.
Notre Dame de Chartres is a stately gothic edifice of the XIII century. As the first of such dimensions it was agreed that the structure should be steadied by flying buttresses.
The refinement of the leaded glass windows is a rapture for the eyes and the heart.
What story do these 176 stained glass windows of 2500 sq metres area tell us?
What is the meaning of a nail in the south transept pavement? And the labyrinth in the centre of the Nave?
The answers could prove not only a thrilling narrative but also a moral and spiritual enlightenment.
We will complete our visit with a walk by the charming winding lanes bordered with ancient abodes, laundering boats, narrow bridges cast over the river Eure.
(Cathedral opening time: 8h30 – 19h30)

  • For groups counting over 10 people, we highly advise you to ask for listening devices.