Duration: 2,5 hours
Group Size: 25 max
Refund up to 48h
- Private walking tour in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, the Latin Quarter, and Ile de la Cité
- Captivating and fun exploration of Paris life and French history under Louis XIV
- (Optional, not included in the price) Private fencing lesson in the oldest Parisian armory
- (Optional, not included in the price) Food stops at chocolate and pastry shops
Follow Alexandre Dumas’ Three Musketeers in a fun and captivating historic walk through the neighborhood of Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the Latin Quarter. A family-friendly version of this tour includes optional stops at chocolate and pastry shops and a private fencing lesson at a 100-years-old armory.
About the tour
Cloak and sword, bravery and brotherhood—this is the legend of the musketeers, known and adored the world over thanks to Alexandre Dumas. The flamboyant novelist was also a passionate historian and an expert on the era of Louis XIV. His saga of the Three Musketeers serves as a backdrop to this fun and captivating historic walk in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the Latin Quarter.
Musketeers treats… and tricks
The family-friendly version of this tour includes a few stops at chocolate and pastry shops, for which this district is renown. An optional—but usually much appreciated—highlight is a private fencing class in the oldest Parisian armory.* The regular version of the tour can be customized to also include these options; do not hesitate to contact us prior to the booking to discuss it.
The Three Musketeers walking tour
The tour starts at the heart of the old musketeers’ neighborhood. We’ll explore the role of the Church in the 17th-century France as we visit the church of Saint-Sulpice with its magnificent mural paintings by Delacroix and its 18th-century astronomical gnomon.
Then, we’ll dive into the narrow medieval streets of the Left Bank, that hold on to the epic and romantic spirit of the musketeers’ times. We’ll meet some of the typical characters of the Grand Siècle. We’ll follow the nobleman with Athos, the soldier with d’Artagnan, the clergyman with Aramis, and the epicurean with Porthos. We’ll walk in their footsteps through the 17th-century Paris, which—along with the rest of French society—was then leaving the Middle Ages and embracing the modern times.
As we stroll past d’Artagnan’s and Athos’ homes, we’ll discover the real people behind Dumas’ iconic characters and discuss what it took to be a nobleman in Louis XIV’s France. The tour can includes a detour by the magnificent baroque Luxembourg Palace, which saw some of the whimsical intrigues that shaped French politics under the Cardinal of Richelieu.
Pastries, chocolates, and medieval ruins
We’ll stop by a historic mall, direct successor of a medieval fair, to talk about Porthos and the food habits in the musketeers’ day. What foods were considered healthy, what body shape was required to succeed in life, and how did chocolate addiction start in the days of the Sun King—these are some of the essential questions we’ll need to answer before we go on a dessert spree in the pastry shops of Saint-Germain-des-Prés!
As we catch up with d’Artagnan on his way to save the Queen, we’ll descend underground to uncover an 800-years-old fortification. It used to encircle Paris in the days when the Louvre and Notre-Dame were built. Then, we’ll cross the oldest bridge in Paris to reach the Ile de la Cité. The tour ends at the least known of Parisian royal places—Place Dauphine. As an option, you can continue with a private fencing class in a 100-years-old fencing school, during which you will learn all the techniques once used by musketeers.*
*A 1-hour fencing lesson is available on demand for individuals and small groups at an additional fee (135 € per group). It can be booked outside of the armory’s public opening hours (which are 5-9 PM) and is subject to the armory’s capacity and holidays. If you’d like to book it, please leave us a note at the check-out or contact us prior to booking.
Where is the meeting point?
We will email you the meeting point and other details of the tour upon booking.
Is the tour suitable for young children / seniors / turbulent teenagers?
The tour is appropriate for all guests in good health with good mobility. We walk at a moderate pace with short breaks.
I have particular interests and/or special needs. Can this tour be customized?
Yes. Please contact us, and we will be happy to come up with a tailor-made solution for you.
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