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Basilica of St Denis: The Royal French Necropolis Semi-Private Tour provided by Memories DMC France

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Basilica of St Denis: The Royal French Necropolis Semi-Private Tour

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9 Avenue du Général Eisenhower
9 Avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008 Paris, FranceBy the metro entrance/exit at Champs Elysées Clemenceau Address: 9 avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008 Paris For your comfort, the tour starts in an easily accessible place in Paris where you will meet your guide who will escort you by metro to the Basilica. Please meet your guide 15 minutes prior to the starting time of the tour next to Champs-Elysées-Clemenceau metro station by the statue of Charles de Gaulle walking, located right in front of the Grand Palais.  Your guide will be wearing their guide card on an orange lanyard. Directions: Metro station : Champs-Elysées-Clemenceau (line 1)
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    Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis
    Stop: 90 minutes - Admission included
    The Basilica of St. Denis is the official necropolis of the French monarchy; here you will find the tombs of 43 kings and 32 queens, from Dagobert in the 7th century to King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. Get introduced to the city and history of Paris through the kings and queens that both made and ruled it. Also learn about the story of St. Denis, patron saint of Paris, whom the cathedral is dedicated to and who, according to legend, walked here carrying his own head! This magnificent Gothic masterpiece was built in the 13th century, many years before the Cathedral of Notre Dame. Chosen by St. Louis to be the final resting place of the French royal family, it houses a collection of the finest medieval and Renaissance royal tombs. During the French Revolution, the remains of kings and queens were meticulously dug out and thrown into a mass grave. With the Restoration of the monarchy, the glory of the kings had to also be restored, but how were their bodies found after the turmoil of the Revolution? Your guide will tell you this story, as well as that of the 10-year-old son of King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, whose heart is preserved today in a crystal urn.  Learn the secrets of the lives and deaths of the French royal families on a visit to this incredible Gothic treasure.
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9 Avenue du Général Eisenhower
9 Avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008 Paris, FranceBy the metro entrance/exit at Champs Elysées Clemenceau Address: 9 avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008 Paris For your comfort, the tour starts in an easily accessible place in Paris where you will meet your guide who will escort you by metro to the Basilica. Please meet your guide 15 minutes prior to the starting time of the tour next to Champs-Elysées-Clemenceau metro station by the statue of Charles de Gaulle walking, located right in front of the Grand Palais.  Your guide will be wearing their guide card on an orange lanyard. Directions: Metro station : Champs-Elysées-Clemenceau (line 1)
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Departure Point
9 Avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008 Paris, France
Duration
2h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • 1.5 hour guided visit of the Basilica of St Denis
  • Escorted metro ride to St Denis from central Paris
  • Fully accredited local guide
  • Semi-private groups of 8 people or fewer
  • Entry/Admission - Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please note the total tour time is 2.5 hours including transportation time
  • Sunday bookings will give you the opportunity to attend Mass after your visit.
  • Mass starts at 6:00 pm from October to March, and at 6:30 pm from April to September.
  • Note that the Basilica is both a museum and a church. For this reason, very occasionally, due to funerals or exceptional masses, the tour may be canceled or postponed. We will of course notify you as early as possible.
  • From October to April please make sure you are dressed warmly as it does get cold inside the cathedral.
  • There are a few steps to enter the church and to reach the crypt. The Necropolis museum has special access and elevators for disabled people. Please notify us so we can make the arrangements with the staff there.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Marius N wrote a review Oct 2019
3 contributions1 helpful vote
The guide, Marion, is great, very knowledgeable and passionate. Good at explaining. She really makes herself available in order to make sure you understand every single aspect of what she's saying. What more for a guide ? Bottom-line, this was an excellent visit specially for
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from Siobhan P, Guest Relations Manager at Basilica of St Denis: The Royal French Necropolis Semi-Private Tour
Responded 24 Oct 2019
Thank you very much for your review which we are very pleased to pass on to Marion. We are delighted that you enjoyed your tour and we hope that your comments may encourage others to visit this wonderful cathedral so full of history, that can get overlooked by visitors to Paris. We hope you had a great stay in Paris and that we will see you again!
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Barb Pritchard wrote a review Sep 2019
Fort Worth, Texas10 contributions
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My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our private tour of the Basilica of St Denis with our fantastic guide, Martin. We learned so much about the origins of the church, Gothic architecture, and the royals who were laid to rest here. If you love history, enjoy Gothic architecture,
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Response from Siobhan P, Guest Relations Manager at Basilica of St Denis: The Royal French Necropolis Semi-Private Tour
Responded 9 Oct 2019
Thank you so much for your very kind review, which we were very happy to pass on to Martin. The Basilica of St Denis is a magnficient and fascinating site, one that our team of guides love to visit, and that we regret is often overlooked by visitors to Paris. We hope that your review will encourage others to visit this amazing place, and we hope we will see you again in Paris on your future adventures!
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TravelingTeacher79 wrote a review Jul 2019
San Francisco4 contributions
This was the best tour we've taken in France! Our tour guide, Marouane, spoke perfect English, was born in Paris, and was a former history teacher. I love history and I could not trip him up. He knew the answer to every question I had--Marouane really knows his history! He did a
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Response from Siobhan P, Guest Relations Manager at Basilica of St Denis: The Royal French Necropolis Semi-Private Tour
Responded 18 Jul 2019
Many thanks for your kind review and recommendation! We are always especially pleased to read that our guests enjoyed the Basilica at St Denis as it's so often overlooked by visitors to Paris, and it's such a wonderful visit. Our guides very much enjoying taking people there. We have passed on your comments to Marouane and he was very pleased to read them (and honestly, we don't know anybody who has ever been able to ask a history question he can't answer!) We hope to see you again in Paris!
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infrequenttravellor wrote a review Aug 2018
Melbourne, Australia97 contributions49 helpful votes
You wouldn't think that so many royal corpses would be entombed in such a place - it's not surprising that it ended up being a place of pilgrimage. It was a 2 hour tour and the guide who took me was very knowledgeable. Very much a historical tour.
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Date of experience: August 2018
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Response from Siobhan P, Guest Relations Manager at Basilica of St Denis: The Royal French Necropolis Semi-Private Tour
Responded 4 Sep 2018
Thank you for your review! We are always extremely happy to read positive reviews for our tour of the Basilica of St Denis. It is such a beautiful and fascinating place, and one that we would really love to take more visitors to. Many visitors to Paris do not know about this amazing site and do not visit it, we really hope to be able to change that. We would be very happy to see you again for more discoveries in Paris!
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hd4ez wrote a review Apr 2018
Hobart, Australia2 contributions3 helpful votes
Our group of six, spent a memorable two hours on a guided tour of Basilica St Denis with Herve from Memories DMC France. Herve brought the fascinating history of this Basilica fully to life. He demonstrated an amazing and effortless knowledge about his subject matter, and
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Date of experience: April 2018
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Response from Siobhan P, Guest Relations Manager at Basilica of St Denis: The Royal French Necropolis Semi-Private Tour
Responded 2 May 2018
Thank you very much for your kind review! We are very happy that you enjoyed your tour of the Basilica of St Denis. It's a magnificent and fascinating place, much loved by our guides but sadly often overlooked by visitors to Paris. We hope that your comments will encourage others to go there too, and that we will see you again on future trips to Paris.
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