Murder, mayhem, and Marie Antoinette—dive into to the heart of the French Revolution by visiting rarely seen sites that transport you to Paris’ most tumultuous days. Learn about a bloodthirsty cast of characters while exploring the streets and cafés where they plotted the destruction of the nobility. Unearth hidden areas like the alley where the guillotine was invented and the location of an infamous assassination.
Your trip through the dramatic days of the French Revolution begins at Saint-Sulpice Church. Admire its beauty inside and out, discovering hidden details as you learn about the early days of the Parisian uprising. This is the start of an informative and picturesque stroll through the Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighborhood of Paris.
Visit the oldest cafe in Paris—established in 1686—to see the very rooms where the Revolutionaries planned their attacks. Characters like Danton, Robespierre, and Marat will come into the picture, each with their own violent personalities and murderous strategies. See the alleyway where the guillotine was invented and tested, and hear facts and stories about it from your guide. A café stop is also part of itinerary so you can soak up some Left Bank ambience like a true local.
Other historical landmarks on your tour include the site of the September Massacres—a particularly bloody period that saw the height of Revolutionary brutality. Learn about King Louis XVI and his wife Marie Antoinette, including the night they tried to escape Paris, and hear about those fateful moments when the backs of their necks met the 'National Razor.'