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.
Use your pass to come discover the Arc de Triomphe at your own leisure, with its breathtaking views of the Champs Elysées. Discover a superb panoramic view of Paris and its landmark monuments.
The Musée Grévin is the perfect place to visit with the whole family, and go at your own pace. Come and see wax figures from a variety of backgrounds, from France and around the world.
Take advantage of a one-day passport to see the Versailles Palace Estate at your own leisure. Depending on the tour selected, you can visit the palace with audioguide, the Trianons, Queen hamlet and the gardens with the magnificent Musical Fountains.
Enjoy a visit at your own pace, while at liberty. Discover the fascinating history of the Sainte Chapelle, from its construction in the 13th century to the present day, and admire its renowned stained glass windows all over the world.
Visit the Rodin Museum at your own pace and discover the sculptor's renowned works, as well as others by Monet, Van Gogh and Renoir.
Visit Paris at your own leisure and take advantage of a single ticket providing access to the Louvre and the Arc de Triomphe's spectacular view of Paris, not to mention a Seine river cruise to see the city from another angle.
Visit the Pablo Picasso Museum in Paris and discover an impressive collection of the Spanish painter's works. You can see his work in several mediums: painting, sculpture, drawings, prints.
Visit the Pompidou Center at your leisure and discover a collection of more than 100,000 works, not to mention breathtaking views of Paris rooftops.
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 “Boeuf sur le Toit” restaurant close to the Champs-Elysées.
Admire the finest Paris monuments and discover the History of Paris on board our panoramic bus tour: The Louvre Museum, Eiffel Tower, Conciergerie, Place Vendome, etc. Audio guides available.