Arc De Triomphe Self-Guided Audio Tour

Excellent
Duration

2 Hours

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

Unlimited

Languages

English

Step back in time and immerse yourself with our captivating Arc De Triomphe self-guided audio tour. Unravel the origins behind this iconic monument and delve into the fascinating history of its complicated construction. Discover the importance of the Arc to modern-day France, and be guided through its amazing statues, reliefs, and inscriptions. Whether a history enthusiast or a lover of architecture, this audio tour promises an enlightening and unforgettable experience at the majestic Arc de Triomphe.

Highlights

  • Explore the origins, construction, and modern-day significance of the Arc de Triomphe
  • Discover the secret symbolism of the statues and reliefs which decorate its walls
  • Meet the mighty heroes, despised villains, and unexpected protagonists memorialized on the Arc
  • Maximize your visit with interesting facts and unmissable details

Chapter 1 - Napoleon's Vision (History of the Arc de Triomphe)

How was the design agreed upon? Why do people think the arch could have been an elephant? Why was a huge wooden model constructed? These questions and more are explored in Chapter 1!

Length: 15 minutes

Please note: This Chapter does not need to be listened to at the Arc De Triomphe. As it is focused on the arch's history, it can be listened to before (or after) your visit. If you are short on time, Chapters 4 - 10 are the priority for your visit to the arch.

Chapter 2 - A Complicated Construction (History of the Arc de Triomphe)

Why did the Arc De Triomphe take 30 years to build? Why did so many Kings change the plans of the arch? How did (multiple!) revolutions impact the arch's construction? These questions and more are explored in Chapter 2. 

Length: 12 minutes

Please note: This Chapter does not need to be listened to at the Arc De Triomphe. As it is focused on the arch's history, it can be listened to before (or after) your visit. If you are short on time, Chapters 4 - 10 are the priority for your visit to the arch.

Chapter 3 - The Modern Heart of Paris (History of the Arc de Triomphe)

Was the arch really the sight of an assassination attempt? How did the meaning of the monument change after World War One? Did someone really fly a plane through it? These questions and more are explored in Chapter 3!

Length: 14  minutes

Please note: This Chapter does not need to be listened to at the Arc De Triomphe. As it is focused on the arch's history, it can be listened to before (or after) your visit. If you are short on time, Chapters 4 - 10 are the priority for your visit to the arch.

Chapter 4 - The Statues of the Arc de Triomphe (Eastern Side)

This chapter delves into the intricately carved statues adorning the eastern side of the Arc de Triomphe, depicting notable historical figures and allegorical representations that honor French achievements.

Length: 12 minutes

Chapter 5 - The Battle Reliefs of the Arc de Triomphe (Eastern and Southern Sides)

Exploring the eastern and southern sides, this chapter discusses the battle reliefs that showcase significant military events and victories from the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic eras, offering a visual narrative of the nation's history.

Length: 12 minutes

Chapter 6 - The Statues of the Arc de Triomphe (Western Side)

This chapter spotlights the statues on the western side of the Arc de Triomphe, which commemorate the Resistance of 1814 and the Peace of 1815. It delves into the symbolic representations of these events and their significance in shaping French history and identity.

Length: 7 minutes

Chapter 7 - The Battle Reliefs of the Arc de Triomphe (Western and Northern Sides)

Continuing the exploration of battle reliefs, this chapter covers the western and northern sides, capturing crucial moments in French history through intricate sculptural storytelling.

Length: 8 minutes

Chapter 8 - Heroes inscribed upon the interior archways (Northern Pillars)

This chapter discusses the heroes commemorated on the interior archways' northern pillars, highlighting the achievements of influential figures and underscoring the arch's role as a repository of national pride.

Length: 13 minutes

Chapter 9 - The Tomb of the Unknown Solider

Exploring a poignant feature of the Arc de Triomphe, this chapter delves into the history and significance of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, a solemn tribute honoring the sacrifices of unidentified soldiers who fought for France.

Length: 6 minutes

Chapter 10 - Heroes inscribed upon the interior archways (Southern Pillars)

In this chapter, we explore the southern pillars of the interior archways, revealing the names and contributions of heroic figures engraved within. These inscriptions pay tribute to individuals who left lasting imprints on France's cultural, scientific, and social landscape, underscoring the nation's enduring legacy of innovation and excellence.

Length: 6 minutes

  • 1 Hour and 44 Minute Self-Guided Audio Tour of the Arc De Triomphe
  • Exploration of the arch's amazing history, including its origins, construction, and modern-day significance
  • Detailed explanation of Arc De Triomphe's artworks and features, including statues, facades, and battle reliefs
  • Downloadable tour for your phone and tablet
  • Access on multiple devices. One purchase can be shared across 10 devices.
  • Live Guide
  • Tickets inside the Arc
  • Listening devices and headphones
  • Transportation

1 - 2 hours

English

Tour's Location

Can I share the audio tour with my travel companions?

Yes, the audio tour can be shared among up to 10 people.

Can we listen on more than one device?

Absolutely! You can download and listen to the tour on multiple devices.

Can I listen before and after my visit to the Arc?

Of course! Once purchased, the tour is available for 30 days, allowing you to listen before, during, and after your visit.

Does the tour include tickets to the top of the Arc?

No, the audio tour does not include entrance tickets to the top of the Arc de Triomphe. Tickets must be purchased separately.

Does the tour include tickets to the museum in the Arc?

No, the audio tour does not include entrance tickets to the museum within the Arc de Triomphe. You'll need to secure those separately.

Does the tour include the museum?

No. This audio guide focuses on the Arc itself, not the current exhibition within the Arc's museum. It does not include tickets into the museum either.

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David
28/08/2023

Purfect

Consider us Curious Cats! It was absolutely worth doing this tour. This tour provided us a comprehensive journey through the arch's history. The host's enthusiasm and knowledge was obvious. We bought the Pantheon tour right after doing this one. Downloading it onto our phones proved easier than we first thought (we can be a bit tech challenged at the best of times!). Keep up the good work
Julie
25/08/2023

Loved it!

My family did this audio tour went we went to the arch. It was detailed, interesting, and explained all the large statues and engravings clearly. Exactly what we wanted and easy to download. Will be back in the future.
TX History Lover
24/08/2023

Fantastic experience

An immersive journey that truly enhanced my understanding of the Arc. The narration was expertly crafted, making the history come alive. I appreciated the attention to detail and the way each chapter delved into different aspects of the monument. A fantastic experience all round.
Paul
18/08/2023

Very good

Really enjoyed this tour. I feel that some audio effects could have made it even better, and perhaps shorter chapters for the history section
Harrison Little
17/08/2023

Merci!

The host runs a French history podcast that I've listened to for years. When I found out these tours existed for Paris, I was excited to say the least! As always William has done a fantastic job. I recommend it to all
Luca
12/08/2023

Good Tour

I liked it. Thank for you making it. Would be better if you sold it with as a bundle with the Museum/roof ticket.
John F
08/08/2023

All you need

Really enjoyed this tour. Learned things I didn't know about the Arc de Triomphe. Great narration and easy to follow. I liked the fact I could listen to the history sections the day before.
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