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.
Visit Paris boarding a Seine River cruise and a panoramic bus and discover all the main monuments of Paris. Dinner on the Champs Elysées avenue at the restaurant "Chez Clément."
Bus tour to discover the monuments of illuminated Paris, the City of Lights. Visit Paris by panoramic bus with an individual commentary about Paris’ History.
Visit Paris by night in an open-top bus, discover the main monuments of Paris illuminated and listen to a commentary about Paris History.
Discover the Magic of Paris through a city tour in a panoramic coach. Visit the Louvre Museum and discover its top art works. Departure and return at Disneyland Paris New York® Hotel.
Visit Paris with a night illuminations tour to admire the monuments of Paris. See the new Lido de Paris show with a glass of Champagne included.
Discover the spectacular monuments of Paris at night with a commented tour of the city. The highlight of the evening is the new review at the Lido, with a half bottle of Champagne per person during the show. Minibus tour with pick-up and drop-off at your hotel in Paris.
Visit Paris monuments and museums as much as you like during your holidays in Paris for two consecutive days.