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Ghosts, Mysteries and Legends: Night Walking Tour of Paris

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Ghosts, Mysteries and Legends: Night Walking Tour of Paris

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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Challenge your romantic illusions of Paris on a terrifying tour of the city’s most sinister spots. Delve into the eerie mysteries of the City of Light, strolling the serpentine streets in search of spectres and spooks; stray from the beaten path with a masterful story teller, discovering unfamiliar facts about the captivating capital as you venture to sites of reputed haunting. Gain fascinating insight into the horrible history of the city when you visit mystery-shrouded sites like the Place de la Vert Gallant and the Palais du Justice.
  • Night walking tour of Paris' ghosts, mysteries and legends
  • Discover the dark and violent history that lurks beneath the city's sparkling facade
  • See the Hotel de Concierge, where Marie Antoinette was once imprisoned
  • See the old Place du Greve, where many were tortured and killed
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Local guide
Small groups of 20 people or less for more intimate experience
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Equestrian Statue of Henri IV , 15 Pl. du Pont Neuf, 75001 Paris, France

Meet at the statue of Henri IV, in the middle of Pont Neuf- at the western end of Ile de la cite. Pont Neuf is the bridge that links Ile de la Cite to both the left and right banks of Paris. The statue is of a man on a horse sitting in the middle of the bridge. Nearest Metro: Pont Neuf (7) or Cite (4)

Hotel La Ville , 70 Rue de Rivoli, 75004 Paris, France
Greet your guide at a central Parisian location and set out to explore the spooky, serpentine streets of the city. See Paris’ sinister side on this spine-tingling tour, dispelling your romantic and elegant image of the capital; delve into its dark past, gaining gory insight into murders, executions, rampant plagues and bitter wars against the corrupt monarchy. 

Venture down winding alleyways under the cloak of darkness and visit significant sites such as the Place de la Vert Gallant, where the last of the courageous Knight’s Templar was burnt at the stake; scour St. Germain de Auxerrois for restless souls killed in the St. Bartholomew’s massacre in 1572; and listen out for the haunting cries of those executed and tortured before live audiences at the Palais du Justice. 

Stroll through atmospheric enclaves steeped in legend and history, listening to tales about the French Revolution, the Paris Commune and the Nazi rule. Learn about the serial killers who stalked the streets, and about significant historical figures that contributed to Paris’ death toll. Catch a rare a glimpse of those who loved, died and hated in the city before concluding your tour at another central location.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Seine River
Paris, the City of Light, has a remarkably dark and stormy past. Before the city earned its reputation for culture, art, fashion and romance, it endured centuries of strife – gruesome murders, torture, and beheadings, political and social unrest, brutal monarchies and wars, not to mention terrible plagues. This tour will bring to life Paris's mysterious and often horrific past – its ghosts, legends and historic personalities. You’ll see both rarely visited and well-known sights in a whole new way!
Pass By:  
Conciergerie
See the Hotel de Concierge, where Marie Antoinette was once imprisoned.
Stop At:  
Square du Vert-Galant
At the beautiful, romantic Square du Vert-Galant - created in honor of Henry IV and his mistresses and recently declared an “Espace vert ecologique” (an ecological green space) – your guide will describe a different scene, when the last Knights’ Templar was burned at the stake here.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Eglise St-Germain l'Auxerrois
You’ll visit the 7th century church of Saint-Germain-l'Auxerrois, and learn how and why around 30,000 Huguenots were murdered in the infamous St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre of 1572.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Ile de la Cite
Pass by the Île de la Cité, an island in Seine river in the center of Paris, which in the 4th century was the site of the fortress of the Roman governor.
Pass By:  
Palais de Justice de Paris
You’ll learn that the Palais de Justice - which was awarded the Grand Prix de l'Empereur as the greatest work of art produced in France in that decade - was where unfortunates were judged guilty during the French Revolution and sentenced to the guillotine in front of cheering crowds – even if they were Kings or revolutionaries themselves!
Pass By:  
Hotel de Ville
Place de l'Hotel de Ville was used for parties organized by the municipality and to celebrate births and marriages of the royal family, but it was also the place for important executions from 1310 to 1830, including those of Ravaillac and La Brinvilliers.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • For your safety and the one of others in the group, please make sure you bring a mask on the tour.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY City Wonders Ltd
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Ghosts, Mysteries and Legends: Night Walking Tour of Paris?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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Traveler Tips


  • "Be sure to wear comfortable shoes as the tour lasts two hours and covers a lot of ground from the Île-de-Cité to Les Halles to Hotel da Ville." See review
  • "Paris is a great city to walk around at night." See review

Reviews

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star-3
Great idea but need a guide with more volume
Warner_P
, Oct 2021
Start was a little chaotic (Pont Neuf was blocked for fireworks, nobody let us know). The idea is fun, but 9pm a little late to start with kids, and guide was speaking too softly to hear, so we bailed after 15m.
star-5
Dark history, Well told
Donna_D
, Oct 2021
The tour was dark, funny, informative, and I thoroughly enjoyed it rain and all. It is worth your time.
star-5
SO FUN!
MaryKathryn_M
, Oct 2021
Very interesting!! I really enjoyed this tour and had a lot of fun learning about some of the dark secrets of Paris. Our guide was very knowledgeable and knew every answer. She actually gave me really great recommendations for where to eat and other things to do in Paris. I had a great time and would recommend this tour to anyone wanting to have a spooky night! Just FYI - it is a mile or two of walking, with pauses. I know it says it, but I just want to make sure that’s known!
star-5
Totally recommend!
Melissa_S
, Sep 2021
Such a great tour! Very informative, interesting from historical perspective, beautiful sights, AND some legit great ghost stories! Our guide was fantastic. I did this tour the evening I arrived and wasn’t sleepy at all, even with the two days of travel + jet lag, it was that good. Totally recommend!
star-5
Not scary, but very interesting.
mmed
, Aug 2021
The Louvre stories. I loved learning about the history that happened there and seeing the Louvre at night.
star-5
Great history!
LadyC
, Aug 2021
Victoire was absolutely delightful and full of history and interesting facts and tidbits. We loved every minutes of this evening tour!
star-5
Easy informative tour of hidden historical landmarks!
Laura_B
, Aug 2021
Vik was an amazing guide! 2 hours was the perfect amount of time and it wasn’t too much walking. We loved seeing small landmarks that were hidden in plain sight.
star-5
Vic is awesome!
Barbara_K
, Jul 2021
We actually bought tickets for this tour after going on the Père-Lachaise Cemetery tour with the same company. We enjoyed our first tour so much, we decided to do another. We had the same tour guide both times- Vic- and she was awesome! She was incredibly knowledgeable and personable. The stories and history was interesting and we got to see some areas of Paris we had not yet explored. Highly recommend!
star-4
Good to site see when places are not crowded
jessica_t
, Jul 2021
Was very good all the stories were fun and interesting. Answered all of our questions in fun detailed ways
star-5
Most enjoyable with an amazing guide
Julie_K
, Jul 2021
This was a most enjoyable tour and our guide Karen was fabulous! Friendly, cheery, captivating, accommodating, and paid full attention to every person in our group. The stories shared were delivered with detail and enthusiasm. The tour was one of the highlights of our trip.

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