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World War II Walking Tour Of Paris: Occupation & Liberation

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Learn the history of occupied Paris, in a small group setting, when you visit the Holocaust Museum, the Deportation Memorial, and Notre Dame Cathedral


• Delve into the history of WWII with a small group tour • Learn about life as a Parisian under the German Occupation • Explore the dramatic events of the French Resistance • Enjoy a relaxing mid-tour cafe break


• A small-group tour limited to 10 people • A complementary coffee break • A guided visit of le Marais & Ile de la Cité


• Transportation • Tips and gratuities

Please Note

  • Available only in English
  • Pedestrian visit in small group limited to 10 people

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The tragic German Occupation of Paris in the 1940’s still marks the minds and hearts of France. Our unique small group tour takes you on a 3-hour journey through all of its major facets: the uncertainty of the invasion, the dark days of deportation, and ultimately the heroic efforts of the Liberation. Highlights include the city’s Jewish quarter, the Holocaust Museum, the Deportation Memorial, and Notre Dame Cathedral. Going beyond simple facts and figures, your guide will paint a vivid picture of the period with characters and stories that will transport you back to one of Paris’ most intriguing eras.
Your tour starts in the heart of the historic Marais district where your guide explains the events leading up to the German invasion of France. Once the stage has been set you’ll make your way past key buildings and hidden details that reveal the story of life in occupied Paris.
A walk through the Jewish quarter will be the perfect setting for tales of deportation and the bleak reality of the final destination: Auschwitz. You’ll stop at Paris’s Holocaust museum before crossing the river toward Ile de la Cité. Next up will be iconic buildings where the war’s key battles were won and lost like Notre Dame Cathedral, the Paris Préfecture, and the Conciergerie.
Next you’ll delve into some of the most dramatic scenes of the French Resistance and the everyday heroes that took over the city’s central police station, mounting a narrow victory that defied all odds. Your guide will introduce you to the famed story of the Monuments Men, and a different sort of liberation: this time the stolen artwork across Europe. To conclude you’ll contemplate the harrowing final days of the Occupation, including Hitler’s orders to destroy the city and the arrival of the Allied Forces just in the nick of time…

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