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Famous Graves of Paris Walking Tour at Père Lachaise Cemetery

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Visit the famous Pere Lachaise Cemetery, the final resting place of some of the world's most well known personalities. Visit a mix of the best known graves, such as those of Jim Morrison and Chopin, with lesser known but just as fascinating, such as Heloise & Abelard.

Highlights
  • Explore the most-visited cemetery in the world with an expert
  • Learn stories about the residents and navigate on the labyrinth
  • Père Lachaise is a cemetery of particular beauty

Description

Most people wouldn't include a cemetery on their list of sights to see when visiting a new city, but Paris' Pere Lachaise is different. Considered to be some of the most expensive and coveted grave real estates in the world, Pere Lachaise is home to 70,000 dead, including some of the most famous, artists, writers and musicians the world has ever known.

Most know this cemetery for Jim Morrison, but to ignore the rest would be a shame as the tombstones recount endless fascinating stories about the lives that were laid to rest here.

Walk through this labyrinth of stones, trees and dirt paths with us as your guide points out the famous graves and hidden eccentricities that make this place special. Oscar Wilde's tomb surely stands out, covered entirely with bright red lipstick kiss marks from visiting admirers. Discover one of the greatest and most tragic love stories of all time --- that of Héloise & Abélard, now buried side by side after long years of separation.

As we pass Chopin's tomb, you can almost hear his most well known piece, the Funeral Dirge. We'll also find the resting place of Moliere, the famous French playwright. Famous for irony and satire, Molière, a sick man whose doctors thought he was a hypochondriac, died playing a well man who is a hypochondriac onstage while the audience cheered him on.

The most visited grave in this Paris cemetery is that of the infamous American rock star Jim Morrison. His grave, and those that surround it are covered with graffiti from the hoards of fans that come here to visit his resting place. Among others, Balzac, Proust and Delacroix await us in the hidden corners of the graveyard. No rush! We'll see them all -- they aren't going anywhere.

Join us on this extraordinary tour of this very special cemetery and relive with us the lives and stories of the great people buried here.

Sites Visited

  • Mur des Federes

  • Graves of Gertrude Stein, Balzac, Chopin, Delacroix, Héloise & Abélard, Molière, Jim Morrison, Proust and Oscar Wilde.

Includes

  • Headsets

  • Admission

  • English-speaking guide
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Famous Graves of Paris Walking Tour at Père Lachaise Cemetery

Duration: 2:30 hour(s)
Available: Tue, Thu and Sat
Pick-up: Not available
Inclusions: Headsets / Admission / English-speaking guide

Our guide was very knowledgeable and made the tour very interesting. The weather was rainy but with the rain the walk through this cemetery was very nice. This tour was nice to go on and a nice way to end the trip. It was nice to hear the history and many stories from our guide. A job well done.

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Schedule

  • 09:45

    Check-in

  • 10:00

    Père Lachaise Cemetery

    Considered by some to be the most coveted grave real estate in the world, Père Lachaise is home to 70,000 dead, among them some of the most famous, artists, writers, and musicians the world has ever known.

  • Oscar Wilde’s Tomb

    Meander through this beautiful labyrinth of elaborate stone crypts as your expert guide points out the famous and hidden eccentricities. Oscar Wilde’s tomb stands out among the crowd, a beautifully carved art-deco sculpture covered with bright red lipstick kiss marks from visiting admirers.

  • 'Heloise and Abelard'

    Discover one of the greatest and most tragic love stories of all time – that of Héloise & Abélard – now buried side-by-side after long years of separation. As we pass Chopin’s tomb, you can almost hear his most well-known piece, the Funeral Dirge.

  • Jim Morrison's Grave

    The most visited grave is that of the famous American rock star, Jim Morrison. His grave are covered with graffiti from the hoards of fans that come to visit his final resting place. Among others, Balzac, Proust, and Delacroix await us in the hidden corners of the graveyard.

  • 12:00

    Check-out

  • (For Check-In) Exit Métro Alexandre Dumas line 2 (Exit Métro Alexandre Dumas kine 2) Time: 09:45:00

  • (For Check-Out) Exit Porte du Repos Père Lachaise 75020 Paris Time: 12:00:00

Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In) Exit Métro Alexandre Dumas line 2 (Exit Métro Alexandre Dumas kine 2) Time: 09:45:00

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) Exit Porte du Repos Père Lachaise 75020 Paris Time: 12:00:00

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Required Items to Bring & Attire
  • Walking shoes

Additional Note(s)
  • The activity schedule is subject to change or cancellation due to weather or traffic conditions.

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  • You can book a maximum of 6.

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Reviews

Our guide was very knowledgeable and made the tour very interesting. The weather was rainy but with the rain the walk through this... cemetery was very nice. This tour was nice to go on and a nice way to end the trip. It was nice to hear the history and many stories from our guide. A job well done. more

Anonymous

Emily did a nice job on the tour. Knew the info and facts, answered all questions, inspired me to purchase an Edith Piaf CD before... I flew home. I would encourage others to go on this walk, great bit of history involved. Enjoyed the time! more

CityDiscovery

Alberto was an amazing tour guide. He really took the time to show us everything in Pere Lachaise. He knew so many interesting fac...ts, and I learned so much about not just Pere Lachaise but Paris too. I would highly recommend this tour and Alberto as your tour guide. more

CityDiscovery

I wasn’t too excited about this tour, but my husband booked it so I went along. It was a bit of a rainy day in Paris, our guide Al...berto was so good I forgot about the rain and was so engrossed in his story telling that the time flew by...we saw a lot of other people trying to find graves without success which is why it is so great to have a guide... more

CityDiscovery

As this was my first trip to Paris, I was not really sure what I should plan for the trip. Well, this tour was definately somethin...g I would recomend to anyone! It might sound weird for some people to go and visit a graveyard, but believe me, it's the most informative tour I've done to date! The history of Paris (and the graveyard) was well presented by the tour guide. more

CityDiscovery

The tour was very interesting as it provided the whereabouts of various grave sites of famous people and a brief narrative about t...hat person. I was impressed with all the monuments and how well kept the cemetery was maintained. more

CityDiscovery

We just finished our tour with Jenny and can't recommend it highly enough! Jenny was a terrific tour guide, knowledgeable, f...unny & very accommodating. She answered all our questions and was just delightful! Thanks so much Jenny! more

CityDiscovery

This was our first trip to Paris and this tour was one of the many great memories we take back with us. Eve was an excellent guid...e and shared a great deal of information with us. We didn't feel rushed, but went at a nice leisurely pace. more

CityDiscovery

The booking process was fast and efficient. One of my bookings had an error in time but this was attended to and successfully reso...lved as soon as I realised and notified city-discovery. I received a reply very soon after making my bookings to be notified the request had been received and then received confirmation and vouchers soon after. Contact from city-discovery has been courteous. Very happy with the excellent service. more

Denis

Caroline was very attentive and very knowledgeable about the history of the people whose graves we saw which helped us understand ...certain periods and people. It was a pleasure to take this tour with her and we would recomend her and the tour to our friend. Once again thank you to Caroline. more

CityDiscovery

Very interesting and the tour guide did follow the history correctly with the non-political correctness version which was refreshi...ng especially during and post WWII France. I would highly recommend the tour. more

Darrell

Excellent service! We booked transport from the airport and two Paris city tours. The City-Discovery site provided multiple option...s for all three of our interests; clear and detailed descriptions of each; and easy booking, once our selection had been made. We will use this site for travel to other destinations. more

Benjamin

Fun tour, I learned a lot and the information was great as was our tour guide. My only wish was to know more of some of the obscu...re graves instead of only the famous ones. more

CityDiscovery

Jenny was an excellent guide, very informative and patient with all of my questions. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her as ...a guide to Pere Lachaise. more

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