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Père Lachaise Cemetery: Walking Tour

1. Père Lachaise Cemetery: Walking Tour

Visit one of Paris’ quirkier landmarks, the Père Lachaise Cemetery, on a walking tour with an expert guide. Don’t miss the most visited cemetery in the world during your stay in Paris, with over 3.5 million visitors every year. See the final resting places of many famous artistic, literary, and historical figures, including Marcel Proust, Edith Piaf, Delacroix, Jim Morrison, Chopin, Oscar Wilde, and many others. Explore the grounds of the 19th-century cemetery with your guide, whose commentary will balance humor with historical accuracy. Let them share secrets with you about the cemetery and some of its famous residents. Highlights include the quaint cobbled paths, elaborate tombs, and stunning decorative funerary art.

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Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery Walking Tour

2. Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery Walking Tour

Wander the quiet walkways and park-like setting of Père Lachaise Cemetery, one of the oldest cemeteries in Paris and discover the last resting place of Edith Piaf, Oscar Wilde, Molière, Jim Morrison, Jean Paul Sartre, Chopin and many others. Meet your guide at the entrance to the cemetery in the 20th arrondissement and learn about the artists, writers, politicians and other remarkable personalities that are buried within its beautiful stone walls. Hear stories that encapsulate the history of Paris, the cemetery itself and even the popular culture, literary and political history of the 20th century. Learn about a gruesome Communist uprising in Paris and the hordes of Jim Morrison fans that make a pilgrimage to visit the tomb of The Doors front man.

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Le Marais: Private Walking Tour

3. Le Marais: Private Walking Tour

Your guide will take you beyond the beaten track and typical tourist routes to another cultural dimension, on this mystical and enchanting escape to some of the more unusual spots in the French capital. Tailor your itinerary to suit your group and spend more time at the locations that spark your interest. Originally a swamp, the land of the Marais was drained and it became habitable, soon enticing settlers. It developed into the center of the city’s Jewish community, remaining so to this day. Over the years it has gone through several transformations, changing from a chic residential area that was home to aristocrats and even a royal court, to a run-down neighborhood. Today, the Marais is reliving its finest days. With your guide, you’ll have the opportunity to see the best it has to offer. Experience the royal history of the Marais by exploring the pristine Place des Vosges, a public square with unparalleled beauty in Paris. During the tour, your guide will show you the many faces of this unique neighborhood, narrate some interesting stories, and inform you about important historical events.

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Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery Private Tour

4. Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery Private Tour

Situated on the top of an enchanted hill called Mont Louis, the Père Lachaise Cemetery is world-renowned for its funerary art and as the final resting place for many great cultural icons. The cemetery is a surprising open-air museum of 70,000 graves, 44 hectares and 5,300 trees.  An experienced and licensed guide who knows this labyrinth like the insides of their pockets will be there just for you. The itinerary can be easily customized and adapted on the spot according to your tastes, interests, and time. Your guide will provide a narrative of energy and passion, balancing humor with historical accuracy. Avoid the noisy big groups and experience this unique spot in a more intimate way as your guide reveals to you the secrets and legends of past and present. This tour can be just for you alone, for your partner, for your family, or for your group of friends - and all special requests will be fulfilled. Many celebrities are buried here, both local and international - this includes Jim Morrison, Oscar Wilde, Isadora Duncan, Gertrude Stein, Maria Callas, Marcel Proust, Chopin, Molière, Delacroix, Piaf, Marceau, and so many more. Your guide will take you off the beaten path to visit the graves of some of the world's best, and to discover this unusual landscaped beauty. The tour is approximately 2 hours, but the rest is up to you!

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Paris: Pere Lachaise Cemetery Guided Tour

5. Paris: Pere Lachaise Cemetery Guided Tour

Discover an enchanted hill in the center of Paris on a guided tour of the labyrinthine Pere Lachaise Cemetery, world-renowned for its funerary art and as the final resting place for many great men and women from the world of art, music, literarure and history. The most surprising open-air museum in Paris, Pere Lachaise is home to 70,000 graves and 5,300 trees in 44 hectares of landscaped beauty. Your guide will lead you down the cemetery’s cobbled paths to see picturesque tombstones. The necro-romantic safari is certified by the Paris Visitors Bureau, and takes you on a trip through history, where the great celebrities of the past come alive. See the tombs of Oscar Wilde, Edith Piaf, and Jim Morrison. Discover the final resting place of Molière and Chopin. Pay your respects at the graves of Isadora Duncan and Gertrude Stein, and marvel at the tomb of Héloise and Abélard. Your guide will provide a narrative of energy and passion, balancing humor with historical accuracy to share secrets and anecdotes about the legends of the past and present.

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Paris: Famous Graves of Père Lachaise Small Group Tour

6. Paris: Famous Graves of Père Lachaise Small Group Tour

Historic and scenic, Père Lachaise Cemetery boasts some of the most expensive and coveted grave real estate in the world. It is the final resting place for famous artists, writers and musicians, from Yves Montand and Simone Signoret to Chopin and Oscar Wilde. On this 2-hour walking tour you’ll wander through this labyrinth of headstones, trees, and paths as your guide points out the famous graves and eccentricities that make this place so special. Oscar Wilde’s tomb surely stands out, covered entirely with bright red lipstick from kisses left by visiting admirers. As you pass Chopin’s tomb it seems that you can almost hear his well-known funeral march. See the final resting place of Molière, the famous French playwright. Famous for irony and satire, Molière, a sick man whose doctors thought he was a hypochondriac, died on stage playing a well man who is a hypochondriac, while the audience cheered him on. The most visited grave is that of the American rock star, Jim Morrison. His grave and those surrounding it are covered with graffiti from the hordes of fans that come here. Enjoy a walk through an extraordinary cemetery and relive the lives of some of the world’s greats.

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Paris: Pére Lachaise Cemetery Guided Tour

7. Paris: Pére Lachaise Cemetery Guided Tour

The Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris’s largest cemetery, is probably best known to foreign visitors as the final resting place of James Morrison, the lead singer of The Doors. To Parisians, it’s also known for The Communard’s Wall where the last insurrectionists were shot at the end of the Commune's (another French revolution) “Bloody Week.” On this walk with Fred, you’ll pay your respects to the likes of Guillaume Appolinaire, Marcel Proust, Molière, Chopin and Oscar Wilde, who died in Paris in 1900. Each year, Père Lachaise Cemetery welcomes over 3.5 million visitors, making it the most visited cemetery in the world. Oscar Wilde wrote, “Death must be so beautiful. To lie in the soft brown earth, with the grasses waving above one’s head, and listen to silence. To have no yesterday, and no tomorrow. To forget time, to forgive life, to be at peace.” And peace is what you’ll encounter at this calm, yet utterly captivating cemetery.

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Unexpected Paris: 2-Hour Private Tour

8. Unexpected Paris: 2-Hour Private Tour

Experience an unexpected side of Paris with a knowledgeable local guide on a 2-hour private tour that’s priced for a group of up to 9 persons. Your guide will take you beyond the beaten track and typical tourist routes to another cultural dimension, on this mystical and enchanting escape to some of the more unusual spots in the French capital. Take a walk through the historic Marais district, home to many of the city’s architectural gems. Stop to admire Places des Vosges, one of the finest squares in Paris, and learn about the famous personalities entombed at the unique Père Lachaise Cemetery.

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Paris: Stories of Père Lachaise Cemetery Walking Tour

9. Paris: Stories of Père Lachaise Cemetery Walking Tour

Uncover the scandals and secrets that lie buried in the largest cemetery in Paris on this walking tour of the Père Lachaise cemetery. Have the option to book a group tour or a private tour, which can be made more kid-friendly. Meet your guide and begin your tour at the tomb of the star-crossed lovers Héloïse and Abélard who were separated in life but reunited in death. Visit Colette's gravesite who is known as the first lady of French Scandal. Have the chance to participate in the tradition of puckering up to kiss the tomb of Oscar Wilde. Rub a prominent shiny part of Victor Noir’s effigy to increase your chances at being fertile. Find out how a ménage à trois with Marilyn Monroe ended up in Père Lachaise Cemetery. Marvel at tombstones of famous characters like Edith Piaf, Jim Morrison, and Yves Montand. Hear about the salacious histories of those who have been interred at this Parisian cemetery.

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Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery Walking Tour

10. Paris: Père Lachaise Cemetery Walking Tour

Join a passionate and knowledgeable guide to learn the story of the famous Père Lachaise Cemetery, burial site of some of the world's most famous men and women. Trace the story of the cemetery, from its origins as the country house of the king's confessor to its role as a battlefield during the Napoleonic Wars. Now regarded as one of the most romantic cemeteries in the world, the site is a journey back in time as you stroll along its cobblestone paths. Discover the burial site of the 12th-century lovers, Heloise and Abelard, whose tale is recorded in love letters in their tomb commissioned by Josephine Bonaparte. Pay your respects to icons of the arts and letters, such as Jim Morrison and Gertrude Stein. Visit the last resting place of Edith Piaf, Moliere and Delacroix. Wander along the picturesque lanes and hear fascinating stories about well-known figures. Escape from the crowds and marvel at the funerary art for a truly unique experience in Paris.

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What people are saying about Pere Lachaise Cemetery

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 684 reviews

Jean François is a cultivated guide, funny and attentive to his listeners. Animated by his passion, he shares it with us with dynamism and a very appreciable talent for storytelling, declamation and singing. Thank you for these 3 informative and entertaining hours (yes I did say entertaining). One regret ... the visit goes very, too quickly.

Avant la visite je recommande de déjeuner à L'Etoile de Charonne juste à côté du point de rdv. Nous avons eu la chance d'avoir Fred comme guide pour la visite du cimetière du Père Lachaise juste pour nous puisque nous étions un peu hors saison (en Novembre) et les restrictions dues au Covid n'aident pas le tourisme.

Super interesting visit, well paced, with a great mix of small and big stories. We feel an absolutely passionate guide, and whose knowledge to share is not limited at all to what was presented to us during this visit. I warmly recommend it to you.

Victoire was an excellent guide- full of enthusiasm and info, and very approachable. Highly recommend!

It was a beautiful visit. We discovered a lot of new things. I really enjog it!