Elysee (8th Arr) Walking Tour I, Paris (Self Guided)

On this tour you will explore the 8th arrondissement of the French capital, one of its busiest and chic neighborhoods, thanks to the presence of Avenue des Champs Elysées, Arc de Triomphe and Place de la Concorde. If shine and glamour are up to your liking, we invite you to take this walk in a mixed crowd of fashionistas, tourists and local workers, and see some of Paris's most prominent attractions, such as as Le Grand Palais, Palais de L'Élysée, and more.
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Guide Name: Elysee (8th Arr) Walking Tour I
Guide Location: France » Paris (See other walking tours in Paris)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 km
Author: karen
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Eglise de la Madeleine

1) Eglise de la Madeleine

L'Eglise de la Madeleine is a Roman Catholic church located in the 8th arrondisement of Paris. It was built in order to honor Napoleon's army but today it is affiliated with a Benedictine abbey and hosts some of the most fashionable wedding ceremonies in Paris. The construction of La Madeleine started during the reign of Louis XV but the construction was stopped as the first design wasn't accepted. It was then built as a commemorative monument for Napoleon's "Grand Armee". However its role got lost when the Arc de Triomphe was completed in 1808. Today it is a great place for afternoon concerts that take place several times a week.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Place de la Concorde

2) Place de la Concorde (must see)

The Place de la Concorde is one of the major public squares in Paris, France. Measuring 8.64 hectares (21.3 acres) in area, it is the largest square in the French capital. It is located in the city's 8th arrondissement, at the eastern end of the Champs-Élysées. The Place was designed by Ange-Jacques Gabriel in 1755 as a moat-skirted octagon between the Champs-Élysées to the west and the Tuileries Garden to the east. Decorated with statues and fountains, the area was named Place Louis XV to honor the king at that time. The square showcased an equestrian statue of the king, which was torn down during the French Revolution and the area renamed "Place de la Révolution". The new revolutionary government erected the guillotine in the square, and the first notable to be executed at the Place de la Révolution was King Louis XVI, on January 21, 1793. Other important figures guillotined on the site, often in front of cheering crowds, were Queen Marie Antoinette, Princess Élisabeth of France, Charlotte Corday, Madame du Barry, Georges Danton, Camille Desmoulins, Antoine Lavoisier, Maximilien Robespierre, Louis de Saint-Just, and Olympe de Gouge. The guillotine was most active during the "Reign of Terror", in the summer of 1794, when in a single month more than 1,300 people were executed. A year later, when the revolution was taking a more moderate course, the guillotine was removed from the square.

Why You Should Visit:
Great place for photos and for taking a stroll; centrally located so you can fan out from here to just about any place in Paris.

Tip:
In the square, there is a big Ferris wheel, which offers breathtaking views over Seine river, Louvre Museum, Jardin des Tuileries, Champs-Élysées, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower... This wheel turns three times more than the London Eye and costs much less!
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Palais de L'Elysee

3) Palais de L'Elysee (must see)

Palais de l’Elysée has been the official residence of French presidents since 1871. It is located on Rue Saint-Honoré, one of the most prominent streets in Paris, lined with 18th and 19th-century buildings. The palace was constructed in the early 18th century and was initially owned by the Earl of Evreux. In 1753, Madame de Pompadour came into its possession. According to her will, the building was eventually passed on to King Louis XV and had changed hands several times before it was taken over in 1786 by the Duchesse de Bourbon-Condé, who renamed it Elysées-Bourbon. It was here that Napoleon Bonaparte masterminded his coup of the 2nd of December 1851. The Palais de l’Elysee became a presidential residence in the late 19th century.

The presidential office, located in the Gold Saloon, has changed very little since 1861; the terrestrial globe, a significant part of the interior, was brought in by Charles de Gaulle. Today, the French Government holds regular meetings at the palace. In the underground section, there is a room with a red button, by pushing which the President of France can activate the country's nuclear arsenal. Also in this room are the large screens and equipment for direct communication between the Commander-in-Chief (the President), the Minister of Defence and the leadership of the strategic air force. After the palace was enlarged by architect Lacroix and its interior repainted in the lavish style of the Second Empire, it was opened as a private property. Unfortunately, nowadays it is almost impossible for ordinary folk to get into the palace, but it is still worth the while to view it from the outside. So, whenever in Paris, make sure to walk by.

Tip:
Once per year, the Palace is open to the public for the European Heritage Days, but the queue starts at midnight.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Grand Palais

4) Grand Palais (must see)

The Grand Palais ("Big Palace") is a large glass exhibition hall that was built for the Paris Exhibition of 1900. Built at the same time as the Petit Palais and the Pont Alexandre III, it involved four architects: the main façade was the work of Henri Deglane, the opposite side the work of Albert-Félix-Théophile Thomas, the interior and the other two ends given to Albert Louvet, with the entire job supervised by Charles Girault. The building's façade is a prototypical example of Beaux-Arts architecture, and the main roof is an expanse of steel and glass. As a whole, the exterior of this massive palace combines an imposing Classical stone façade with a riot of Art Nouveau ironwork, and a number of allegorical statue groups including work by sculptors Paul Gasq and Alfred Boucher. Two monumental bronze quadrigas by Georges Récipon terminate each wing of the main façade.

Why You Should Visit:
What is more Parisian than seeing an exhibition, a parade or a show at the Grand Palais?
It is very chic and the monument with its glass roof – most impressive when illuminated at night – is a magnificent setting that leaves no one indifferent.
Numerous outstanding exhibitions, multiple entrances, cinema, skate ring sometimes, art fairs, fashion shows, restaurant and many more...

Tip:
Check out the Petit Palais just across the street while you're here, too!

Opening Hours:
Mon, Thu-Sun: 10am-8pm; Wed: 10am-10pm; closed on Tuesdays
Last admission 7:15pm (9:15pm on Wednesdays)
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Avenue des Champs-Élysées

5) Avenue des Champs-Élysées (must see)

With a length of about 2 km, this important avenue is one of the axes of Paris, and runs from Place de la Concorde to Place Charles de Gaulle, where the Arc de Triomphe is located. The initial part of the avenue has a garden area, along which you can see some important buildings: the Palais de la Découverte ("Palace of Discovery"), the Petit Palais and the Grand Palais. Following these gardens is a busy shopping area that brings together the biggest Parisian luxury brands, car dealerships, but also great theatres and cafés/restaurants. In addition, Les Champs Elysées is famous for the annual Bastille Day military parade, and for being the finish of the Tour de France cycle race.

The name is French for "the Elysian Fields", the paradise for dead heroes in Greek mythology. Champs-Élysées is widely regarded to be one of the most recognizable avenues in the world. It is certainly a highlight for photographers, especially when viewed from the top of the Arc de Triomphe.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Musee Jacquemart-Andre

6) Musee Jacquemart-Andre (must see)

The Musée Jacquemart-André is a public museum created from the private home of Édouard André (1833–1894) and Nélie Jacquemart (1841-1912) to display the art they collected during their lives.

It features works by Élisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun, Bellini, Botticini, Luca Signorelli, Cima da Conegliano, Pietro Perugino, Neri di Bicci, Vittore Crivelli, Luca della Robbia, Paolo Uccello, Canaletto, Jean-Marc Nattier, Alfred Boucher, Quentin Massys, Rembrandt, Anthony van Dyck, Frans Hals, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Jacques-Louis David, Franz Xaver Winterhalter, Thomas Lawrence, Joshua Reynolds, Thomas Gainsborough, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Sandro Botticelli, Andrea Mantegna, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, and Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin.

Why You Should Visit:
A lavish place to escape crowds and still experience outstanding works/exhibits. Furnishings and art collection are all as the couple left it.

Tip:
Make sure to have lunch or tea in the terrific café with a Tiepolo ceiling – the original dining room of the house. The setting and the dessert are not to be missed!
Note that it is possible to visit the gift shop and the café without purchasing a museum entry.

Opening Hours:
Mon: 10am-8:30pm; Tue-Sun: 10am-6pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Musee Nissim de Camondo

7) Musee Nissim de Camondo (must see)

The mansion was built in 1911 by the Comte Moïse de Camondo, a banker, with architect René Sergent, to set off his collection of 18th-century French furniture and art objects. Its design was patterned upon the Petit Trianon at Versailles, though with modern conveniences. Both house and collections were bequeathed to Les Arts Décoratifs in honor of his son, Nissim de Camondo, killed in World War I, and opened as a museum in 1935. Today, the house is maintained as if it were still a private home preserved in its original condition. Three floors are open to visitors: the lower ground floor (kitchens), upper ground floor (formal rooms), and first floor (private apartments). They can enjoy the impressive interior and wonderful design.

Why You Should Visit:
A place to drift back into time, filled with an exquisite collection of decorative arts; very interesting from both art & human perspectives, as the bitter-sweet story behind the home is just as compelling.
The location near Parc Monceau and the development of the adjacent area are most enjoyable.

Tip:
If you've read Edmund de Waal's book "The Hare with the Amber Eyes", you'll enjoy this gem of a building even more.

Opening Hours:
Wed-Sun: 10am-5:30pm; closed Monday & Tuesday
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.2 km
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Travel Distance: 3.5 km
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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 km
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Travel Distance: 2.3 km
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Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.9 km

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Saving Money with City Passes


To save yourself time and money visiting Paris's multiple sights, you may want to resort to the so-called city passes, such as the Paris Pass, Paris Explorer Pass, Paris Museum Pass, or Paris Night Pass.

A city pass combines all or multiple Paris' top highlights, tours and experiences in one prepaid attractions pass, using which you can save incredible amounts on general admission fees as compared to purchasing tickets separately. Often, a city pass also allows you to skip the lines at major attractions, thus saving you precious time.

Staying at Walk-Friendly Hotels


Since you're keen on exploring cities on foot (we assume that you are, and this is why you're here), it is important that you stay at a hotel close to the city's major attractions. It saves you time and energy. Here are a few of Paris hotels that are conveniently located, but at the same time, also not so ridiculously expensive: Novotel Paris Les Halles, Les Rives de Notre-Dame, 9Confidentiel.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Paris, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

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Exploring City on Guided Tours


We have a strong bias towards exploring a city on foot, at your own pace, because this is how you get to see things up close with a maximum freedom. You decide how much time you wish to spend at each attraction and don't have to worry about following a crowd. That said, however, we also understand that some of you may want to go with a guided tour. If that is your case, here are some guided tours to consider. Be ready to fork out a bit of money, though, as a guided tour of Paris typically costs from around US$20 up to US$200 or more per person:

- Board a hop-on hop-off double-decker to enjoy sightseeing of Paris from the open top of the bus, listening in the headsets to the commentary provided in a variety of languages, and be able get off at any of the stops along the two interconnecting routes (your ticket is valid for both).

- Alternatively, you can cruise along the river Seine on a similar hop-on hop-off sightseeing boat viewing Paris's top attractions from a different angle, able to get on and off as often as you want at any of the eight stops along the Seine riverbanks. The ticket is valid for one day (24 hrs) and may be upgraded to two days (48 hrs).

- Embark on a self-balancing Segway tour – this usually lasts about 3 hours and allows you to get a real sense of the city. Most people (even those aged 70+) find it quite fun and convenient, enabling to cover much more ground than you otherwise would have done by walking.

- Pedal your way around Paris on a bike tour. In the course of 4 hours you will visit the city's most spectacular sights stopping at each of them for a bit of rest, watching the surroundings, and learning much about the city from an informative group leader.

- Take a walk around Paris with a knowledgeable guide for an alternative view of the French capital. Over the course of this 2-hour walking tour you will get insights and hear stories about every major classic sight of this fascinating city. A complete overview of Paris from the ground up!

- Come see the best of the French capital in just one day in a combo of a Seine river cruise and historical walk of Paris. You may start either with the Eiffel Tower or the Notre-Dame Cathedral making your way around the iconic sights of the city: the Louvre, Arc de Triomphe, Grand Palais, Alexandre III bridge, Invalides, Concorde Square, Orsay Museum, etc.

- Missing out on the French food, whilst in Paris, would be worse than a crime – it would be a mistake! If you don't want to make such a mistake, consider a private 3-hour food tour of Paris complete with a set of 10 unforgettable tastings the memories of which will last you a lifetime. Just make sure to bring along your appetite to make the most of the savory treats awaiting!

- Live a chocoholic’s dream right at the heart of Paris! Follow your sweet tooth sense on this 2-hour guided “chocolate walk” in central Paris visiting some of the best chocolate boutiques of the French capital, learning about peculiar chapters in the history of the city and the place delectable chocolate played in it. Adding to the excitement is a round of free tastings.

Day Trips


If you have a full or half day to spare whilst in Paris, why not use it to explore some of the out-of-town destinations, like Versailles, Fontainebleau, Champagne region, Loire valley, Normandy, or a combo of Honfleur and Giverny. For as little as US$90+ to US$200+ per person you will get a chance to discover highlights of the UNESCO World Heritage sites, see the favorite residence of the French royalty, world-famous vineyards, charming castles, and historic battlefields of World War II. For any of these tours you may be picked up either straight from your hotel or any other place in Paris, and transported by a comfortable air-conditioned minivan or train (whenever applicable) to the destination of your choice and back again.