Right in the middle of the Place de l'Étoile in Paris, in the heart of the great artery linking the Louvre with the Grande Arche de la Défense, The Arc de Triomphe is a key symbol in France's history. The idea occurred the day after the battle of Austerlitz and was then built between 1808 and 1835 under Napoléon's orders in honour of their 'Grande Armée' (grand army). Inspired by ancient Rome, the most monumental of the world's triumphal arches takes pride of place at the meeting point of twelve avenues, constructed in the 19th Century under Baron Haussmann's whim. It's facade is formed of figures, curls and bas-reliefs, like Rude's Marseillaise with its wings deployed. A century on, 11th November 1920, the corpse of an unknown soldier was laid down in a tomb beneath the arch, a symbol of the many deaths of World War I. Attached to the tomb is the sacred flagstone, on which the 'the flame of memory' was lit, and which has remained alight ever since. It is rekindled each evening at 18.30. This place, notorious for huge national protests and which has witnessed the funerals of Napoléon and Victor Hugo, is made up of rooms which use contemporary scenography to tell the rich history of this national monument in an interactive way. At 50 metres high, the final part of the visit of the Arc de Triomphe Paris, the terrace, offers a panoramic view of Haussmannian Paris and the Champs Élysées, the most beautiful avenue in the world, a view that's as impressive by day as it is by night. Several of ParisCityVision.com's excursions offer you the chance to admire the Arc de Triomphe: the Illuminations tour of Paris or Discover Paris in minibus.
Discover the Champs-Elysées by night! After a cruise on the Seine and an open-top bus tour of Paris and its monuments, enjoy dinner at the “Chez Clement” restaurant on the Champs-Elysées.
Admire the finest Paris monuments and discover the History of Paris on board our open-top tour bus: The Louvre Museum, Eiffel Tower, Conciergerie, Place Vendome, etc. Audio guides available.
Visit Paris by night in an open-top tour bus. Discover the magic of the City of Light with all the Paris monuments lit up, and enjoy the convenience of individual audio guides.
Discover the famous Louvre Museum and its legendary works of art like the Mona Lisa. Take a car tour to discover the finest Paris monuments. Day trip departing from Disneyland® Paris.
Discover Paris by night and the Lido cabaret! After a tour in an open-top bus (with audio guide) to admire the lit-up monuments, watch the fabulous show at the Lido while sipping a glass of champagne.
Let your hair down for an evening and go see the cabaret at the Lido, with a complementary half-bottle of champagne. Also discover the finest Paris monuments by night with a guided city tour. Service leaving from your hotel in Paris.
The Pass ticket formula gives you two consecutive days of access to all partner museums and monuments. Ideal to visit Paris at your own convenience!