Wartime Paris: Private WWII History Tour

Cultural & Theme Tours in Paris

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Relive the most harrowing and heroic moments of WWII during a 3-hour guided private walking tour of Paris under the Nazi Occupation. Explore the former urban battlefields where the dramas of war played out. See the bullet holes and tank impacts that still scar the landscape of Paris. Learn stories of the French Resistance and the brave everyday men and women who rose up to take their city back. Hear of how Hitler ordered Paris to be destroyed, and how the city narrowly escaped certain annihilation. The maximum group size for this tour is 10 people.
Meet your guide outside the Saint Paul metro station at 2 pm. Begin your historic walk in the Marais, a Jewish quarter that was heavily affected by the German invasion. Listen to dramatic stories of life under Nazi rule that included food rationing, round-ups and deportations, and local heroes who bravely risked their lives to protect the persecuted.Stop at the Holocaust memorial to learn more about the plight of the Jewish community before crossing the bridges of the Seine to Notre Dame Cathedral and Ile de la Cité. In front of this iconic church, hear the stories of the French Resistance fighters and see the first building they overtook to begin the historic liberation of Paris. Your guide will point out all the World War II-era details that hide in plain sight on the buildings of the area, including French and German artillery damage.Discuss the dramatic true story of how Hitler demanded that Paris be destroyed, and how the fate of the city rested in the hands of just one man. Hear intriguing tales of how the Monuments Men saved countless works of art and other tales of heroism. Midway through the tour, rest your feet and reflect with an included coffee break at an authentic French café. This private walking tour is the perfect way to discover the forgotten secrets of one of the most dramatic war events in history, set against the backdrop of the most beautiful city in the world. The 3-hour tour concludes at the Pont Neuf Bridge around 6 pm.

What’s included

  • English-speaking guide
  • Small-group tour (no more than 10 participants)
  • A coffee break in an authentic French caf
  • Coffee and/or Tea

What’s not included

  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Food and Drinks
  • Transportation to/from attractions


  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
  • Pickup from a centrally located meeting point
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide