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What To Expect
Today Paris is the City of Love, the home of fashion and the center of art and culture in France, but it wasn't always that way. France, and Paris in particular, has a long, tragic history of murder and execution, of rampant disease among the lower classes and of bitter wars fought against a corrupt monarchy. Our Dark Heart of Paris Tour takes visitors on a journey through this other side of the city - the rarely seen underbelly of the City of Love.
The tour takes place under a cloak of darkness, winding down alleyways and cutting through the hushed silence of the night. Following your English-speaking guide, you will go to the sites of some of Paris' darkest hours - the Place de la Vert Gallant where the last of the Knights' Templar was burned at the stake; St Germain de Auxerrois where some estimates say 30,000 were killed in the St. Bartholomew's Day massacre in 1572; and the Palais du Justice where those found guilty by the court were routinely tortured and executed before live audiences.
As you walk, your guide will point out places of interest, filling you in on the full details of the gruesome history of Paris. No stone will go unturned as you delve into the dark heart of the city. Starting out with ritual worship in early Paris you will travel through generations wracked by the plague, the French Revolution, the Paris Commune and Nazi rule. You will learn about the characters that have molded the city, from Napoleon to Marie Antoinette, Henry IV and the serial killers that once stalked these very streets.
The Dark Heart of Paris tour offers a rare opportunity to glimpse a side to Paris that you won't see advertised on postcards. A chance to learn a little more about the City of Love and those who have loved, hated, died and murdered there.
Place de la Vert Gallant - the site where the last of the Knights' Templar were burnt at the stake
The Louvre - Outside view of one rear façade - is this really the most haunted place in Paris?
St Germain de Auxerrois - The St Bartholomew's Day massacre
La Fontaine de la Croix du Trahoir - Living in Paris during the Middle Ages
Rue de la Ferronnerie - Assassination of Henry IV
Square of the Innocents - The origin of the Catacombs
The Rat Trap Shop (As seen in Ratatouille) - The city's vermin problem
Tour St. Jacques - The French Revolution and the reign of terror
La Fontaine du Palmier - Napoleon's legacy
The Seine - Its influence on the city and its victims
The Conciergerie - Revolutionary Prison of Mari Antoinette
Ile de la Cité - Ritual worship in early Paris
Palais du Justice - Execution and the guillotine
Hotel Dieu - Ancient medicine and the plague
Hotel pick up and drop off
Meals and drinks
Tips and gratuities
Children below 4 years old are free of charge.
The tour ends in front of the Hotel de Ville.
It is the individual responsibility of all visitors to arrive at the tour departure points.
This tour operates with a maximum of 25 guests.
Booking modifications made within 72 hours of tour date will be charged an amendment fee.
We regret that we are unable to accommodate guests with wheelchairs or any impairments requiring special assistance. We are also unable to accommodate strollers or baby carriages on our group tours.
All our card payments are protected by thawte to give you peace of mind.
2 hours and 30 minutes
3 hours and 45 minutes