Delve into the history of the Second World War and hear tales of German Occupation, Parisian Resistance, and Liberation.
Things to know
Family, Friends, History Buffs
You and our own professional guide. 100% exclusive
No tickets required
Type of tour:
Walking tour - the cost of all public transport is not included between sights. Your guide will help you with this.
Customisable- please contact us Gratuities optional
Meeting points: Outside Holiday Inn Paris Opera - Grands Blvds Hotel, 30 - 32, Bd Poissonnière 75009 Paris
What makes this tour special
The Second World War vastly shaped the world's view of the war and shaped Paris throughout the twentieth-century. On this tour, you will:
Commence your tour at the historic Jewish quarter
Uncover the main events of 1940-44, from occupation to resistance to collaboration to deportation to liberation
Discuss the economy through the stock exchange & banks
Experience Parisian decadence in the Opera district
Hear stories of heroism & liberation
Explore traces of Paris' past through its iconic buildings and streets- Place Vendôme, rue de Rivoli, and Place de la Concorde
Amid disarray and chaos, the German army entered Paris on the 14th of June 1940, and occupied the city until the end of August 1944. Commence your experience at the heart of the third Jewish district of Paris, and uncover the historical and political circumstances that led to the outbreak of the Second World War. In this area, stops include a school and a nearby synagogue, so travellers can familiarise themselves with daily life in Paris under the occupation. You will learn about the lives of those deported, as well as tales of heroic opposition.
Next, discuss the economic elements of the war with your expert guide, through its stock exchanges, banks, and press centres spread across the city. But life was not all about business, and Paris' cultural scene thrived with operas, cinemas, and exhibitions. Experience this at the Opera district, and compare a tale of two cities- through the Palais Garnier and Folies Bergère.
From the Opera through the grands Hôtels rue de Rivoli, uncover the remaining political and physical signs of the German presence in Paris. This experience concludes with stories of the liberation of Paris, ending at Concorde square. Here, overlook the square and hear about this troubled period, notably the works of arts stolen from the Jewish community and stored nearby, as well as the highlights of the liberation of Paris.
QWill there be other people on the tour or is it just us?
AAll of our tours are 100% private and exclusive, which means that it will just be you, your group and your guide on the tour.
Your tour will be completely tailored to your needs and we will make sure to find a guide that best suits your group.
QAre entrance tickets and transport included in the cost of the tour?
AIn the ‘Things to Know’ section at the top of this page you will find details of whatever entrance tickets and transport are included in the tour. If you have any questions about this, then you can either use the chat button in the bottom right hand corner, send an email to <firstname.lastname@example.org> or call 1-212-710-1322 (US) or +44 20 3009 2392 (UK).
QWhat is your cancellation policy?
AOn tours cancelled more than 48 hours before the scheduled departure time, we are happy to offer our customers a full refund - minus a 5% credit card fee and the cost of any tickets that have been purchased.
For tours cancelled less than 48 hours before the scheduled departure time, we are unfortunately unable to offer refunds. If you would like to reschedule a tour, this is usually possible if we are given enough notice, but we cannot guarantee the same guide.
Changes made to bookings may be subject to rebooking fees to cover the cost of tickets purchased, transport, guide rescheduling and administration.
To cancel or change your booking, please contact us at <email@example.com> or call 1-212-710-1322 (US) or +44 20 3009 2392 (UK).
QWho do I contact if I have any questions about this tour or if I want to make changes to my tour?
AAt Travel Curious, we provide a free concierge service to help you plan your time abroad and they will be able to answer any questions you may have about this tour or any other tours. We are normally able to customise or personalise tours to suit your needs.
Please do get in touch by either using the chat button in the bottom right hand corner, sending an email to <firstname.lastname@example.org> or calling 1-212-710-1322 (US) or +44 20 3009 2392 (UK).
QAm I able to book more than one tour?
AAbsolutely, you can book as many tours as you like! You can add them to your cart by clicking the ‘Book Now’ button or you can get in touch and we can put together an itinerary for you. To get in touch, you can either use the chat button in the bottom right hand corner, send an email to <email@example.com> or call 1-212-710-1322 (US) or +44 20 3009 2392 (UK).