Paris audio tour: The Tuileries Garden: The Royal Walk from the Louvre to the Champs-Elysées

The Tuileries Garden: The Royal Walk from the Louvre to the Champs-Elysées

Walking Tour

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60 mins
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1.1mi

About the Tour

There are few sights in Paris that have changed as little over the past 350 years as the Tuileries, the grandfather of French gardens. Long before it was a public thoroughfare, the Tuileries was the place to see and be seen, to seduce and to be seduced, to practice one’s vices, and display one’s virtues.

Stroll through the Tuileries and Carrousel Gardens on this walking tour, starting outside the Louvre or Orsay Museums. Leaving Paris’ busy streets behind, I’ll transport you back to the era of the garden’s creation, when it was the stomping ground of kings and queens. Along the way, you’ll learn its history, hear the stories behind its sculptures, and enjoy incredible views of Paris.

I've designed this 60-minute tour as an easy-going and informative walk that you can enjoy at your leisure. There are garden chairs and outdoor cafés along the way if you need a break. The tour ends at Place de la Concorde and the entrance to Paris’ most famous avenue, the Champs-Elysées.

Tour Producer

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Gary Kraut

Gary Lee Kraut is an American and French dual citizen who has been inspiring and informing travelers for three decades through travel writing, consulting, lecturing, and guiding. He is the author of five travel guides to France and Paris, hundreds of articles, and numerous essays, short stories, and op-ed pieces concerning travel, culture, cross-culture, and life abroad. He operates the award-winning travel e-magazine France Revisited, francerevisited.com.

Gary’s unparalleled experience has made him the go-to guy for individuals and travel professionals seeking highly personalized tours, advice, and small-group events in Paris and throughout France, garysparistours.com.

He’s happy to share his passion for travel discovery in this VoiceMap.

Major Landmarks

  • The Louvre

  • The Arc de Triomphe of the Carousel

  • The Carousel Garden

  • The Tuileries Garden

  • The Orangerie Museum

  • The Jeu de Paume

  • Historic statues

  • Views of the Eiffel Tower

  • View of the Champs-Elysées

  • View of the Obelisk

  • View of Place de la Concorde

  • View of Hotel de la Marine

Directions to Starting Point

The starting point is the equestrian statue near the Pyramid entrance/exit of the Louvre Museum. This tour is therefore ideal for an airy walk after visiting the museum or before visiting the Champs-Elysées, since the Champs-Elysées begins just beyond where this tour ends.
The nearest metro station is Palais Royal, a 3-minute walk to the starting point. If arriving by metro, walk into the courtyard of the Louvre and you'll see the equestrian statue on the opposite side of the Pyramid.
Or the tour can be taken after exiting the Orsay Museum, a 10-minute walk from the starting point. From the Orsay, walk upstream along the river to the Pont du Carrousel to the Pont Royal bridge, then straight into the courtyard of the Louvre, where you'll see the equestrian statue before reaching the Pyramid.

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Tips

Places to stop along the way

There are cafés (outdoor seating only) in the garden as well as garden chairs throughout, so you can rest at any time.
The Orangerie Museum is inside the garden. Highly recommended. Since it's near the exit, consider going there after completing this tour.
The Jeu de Paume, an exhibition space for contemporary art, is also inside the garden, near the exit. The museum/café/restaurant complex called Hôtel de la Marine is just beyond the exit.
There are rest rooms by the exit.

Best time of day

Any time of day. The Tuileries Garden generally closes at about sunset. The exact time depends on the season. The garden is at its most calm in the morning.

Precautions

As a national garden near major sights and museums, the Tuileries Garden is generally considered as a safe, including for families with small children. As in all major cities that attract tourists, beware of pickpockets.

Comments

Excellent and informative tour. We enjoyed it immensely. Highly recommended.

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 2 months ago

A fabulous tour!! I knew almost none of the history that Gary details, even though I’ve visited The Tuileries Garden many times in the past several years. Gary shares his deep cultural knowledge of this world-famous garden and brings it alive with humor and anecdotes. I highly recommend it!!

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 3 months ago
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The Tuileries Garden: The Royal Walk from the Louvre to the Champs-Elysées