Marie Antoinette and the French Revolution Tour
Traditionally one of the most reviled characters in French history, Marie Antoinette's beauty and style, her extravagance and bizarre habits have become legend. Credited for causing the downfall of the monarchy and wasting the people's taxes, she nevertheless left an indelible mark on the Paris we know today. Explore pre and post Revolution France and compare the splendour of the aristocracy to the horrors of the Reign of Terror.
Tour highlights include:
- City tour of Paris to see the old houses and palaces of the French aristocracy including the Champs d'Elysees, the Place Vendome, the Asemblee Nationale, the Luxembourg Gardens and the Palais-Royal. Place de la Bastille, on the site of the Bastille Prison, which was stormed at the beginning of the Revolution and Place de la Concorde, where Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette were executed by the Guillotine.
- Eiffel Tower, built to commemorate the centenary of the French Revolution and Arche de la Defense, built to commemorate the 200th anniversary.
- The Louvre, once a royal palace and now a world-famous museum. See flamboyant furnishings in situ, the crown jewels and the coronation crown of Louis XV.
- The stunning Palace of Versailles and the Marie Antionette Tour, Petit Trianon, Hall of Mirrors, Queen's Suite and Bedchamber. Also St Cloud Park.
- La Conciergerie, where Marie Antoinette was imprisoned and the Tuileries Gardens, site of the Tuileries Palace where the Royal family were incarcerated.
- La Basilica de St Denis and the tombs of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.
- Nissim de Camando Museum, a townhouse decorated in 18th Century style and Galliera Museum of Paris Fashion, to see 18th Century fashions.
- Fontainebleu, a beautiful royal chateau outside Paris.
- Catacombs of Paris, ancient passageways under Paris, inspiration for Les Miserables and Paris Wine Museum, to learn about the history of wine and champagne.
- A performance at the Opera de la Bastille, opened to celebrate the bicentennial of the Revolution.
Photographs: View of Palace of Versailles from the gardens, ©Christian Milet, EPV; The Louvre, Paris ©Paris Tourist Office/Amélie Dupont; Place de la Concorde, Paris ©Paris Tourist Office/Amélie Dupont.