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Père Lachaise Cemetery Walking Tour

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Highlights

  • Go off the beaten track in Paris on this fascinating walking tour
  • Père Lachaise has 70 000 graves, 30 000 of them classed as historic monuments
  • Discover graves of the famous from Molière to Jim Morrison
  • Père Lachaise is highly recommended by travellers on TripAdvisor
  • Magnificent examples of funerary art

Overview

Enjoy a guided tour of one of the most romantic and atmospheric sites in Paris - Père Lachaise Cemetery.

Filled with monuments to the illustrious, Père Lachaise is one of the world’s most visited graveyards. This evocative site with its shady pathways is the final resting place of a breathtaking array of famous people: Molière, Jean de La Fontaine, Honoré de Balzac, Chopin, Guillaume Apollinaire, Eugène Delacroix, Marcel Proust, Sarah Bernhardt, Édith Piaf and Jim Morrison, to name but a few. Even the tragic lovers Abelard and Heloise have their bones interred here.

Many of the graves are breathtakingly beautiful and you will find many moving, witty and inspiring inscriptions.

The 44-hectare cemetery can be confusing, with thousands of graves and tombs crammed into it, but with your expert guide you will be able to find the most interesting and attractive tombs.

Itinerary

Explore one of the world’s most famous graveyards on the Père Lachaise Cemetery Walking Tour.

To join the tour, make your way to Rivoli Agency: 214 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, where you will meet your expert guide. You will then travel by metro to Père Lachaise Cemetery, which is located in the XXth district, at the Eastern side of Paris.

The Père Lachaise Cemetery, one of the most famous in the world, is located in the XXth district, at the Eastern side of Paris. Covering 44 hectares, it is the biggest cemetery of the capital. With millions of visitors each year, it is the most visited location in Paris after Notre-Dame, the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower.

The terrain, property of the Jesuits, was occupied during the XVIIth century by François d'Aix de La Chaise, the confessor of Louis XIV, nicknamed 'Père La Chaise'. Given to the 'Mairie de Paris' (the 'Council of Paris') when Napoleón Bonaparte, as consul, created several cemeteries in the city, it became the 'Cimetière de l'est de Paris' in 1804.

Conceived by the neoclassical architect Alexandre Brongniart, author also of the 'Palais Brongniart' (the old Paris Stock Exchange), this 'garden of death' is both a beautiful green space (boasting 5,300 trees) and an open air museum of the funeral arts.

The cemetery has around 70,000 graves, 30,000 of them classed as historic monuments. You will see many remarkable tombs decorated, in some occasions, with splendid sculptures and moving inscriptions and your guide can tell you many fascinating tales about the graves. Here are just a few of the great and famous people buried here:

Francois Poulenc, Heloise and Abelard, Camille Pissaro, Cherubini, Chopin, Breguet (famous watch manufacturer), Lalique (the glass designer ), Félix Faure (French President – Dreyfus Affair), Gustave Dore, Jim Morrison, Moliere, La Fontaine, Murat, Antoine Parmentier, Sarah Bernhardt, Balzac, Delacroix, Edith Piaf, Bizet, Marcel Proust, Apollinaire, Isadora Duncan, Stephane Grappelli, Gertrude Stein and Alice Toklas, Modigliani, Edith Piaf, Colette, Oscar Wilde, Maria Callas.

The tour ends at Père Lachaise Cemetery and you will need to make your own way back to your accommodation.

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Activity Schedule

When does it run?

01 Apr - 31 Oct:
English-speaking guide: Monday & Wednesday
French speaking guide: Wednesday

Duration

Approx 2 hours 30 minutes

Start time

Start time: 1400h (2:00pm)
Duration: Approx 2 hours 30 minutes

Meeting point

The start point for the tour is 214 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris.
Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.

Ending point

The tour ends at Père Lachaise Cemetery.

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Inclusions

  • Walking tour
  • Choice of English or French speaking guides
  • One way metro ticket
  • Audiophones

Exclusions

  • Food and beverages

Do/Dont's

This is a walking tour so dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes. Don’t forget the camera!

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Please note

Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details.
Please carry a copy of your booking voucher and give it to the guide.
Please state your choice of language when making your booking.

Voucher information: You must print and surrender a paper version of your booking voucher for this activity (showing your voucher on a smartphone is not accepted). No refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.

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Additional info

  • The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.
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Cancellation policy

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