The Luxembourg Gardens: Τhe Lung of Paris

$ 12,82 per person

  • Self-guided audio tour
    Follow the story at your own pace
  • English
    For both audio and stories included
The Luxembourg Gardens: Τhe Lung of Paris

$ 12,82 per person

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  • 1h 30min
  • 101 stories
  • 2.36km distance
  • 19 stops

Waltz in the Luxembourg Gardens with a self-guided audio tour on your phone designed by an accredited expert. Listen to fascinating stories based on an award-winning storytelling concept and gain great insights into one of the most iconic landmarks of Paris. Start your tour from the magnificent Saint-Michel Boulevard entrance and continue to explore the Luxembourg Palace, the pond, and the rest of the garden’s most famous attractions.

This is an unmissable opportunity to experience the Luxembourg Gardens at your own pace with a captivating audio tour on your phone.

* * Ticket/entrance fee to the Luxembourg Gardens is not included.

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Queen mother’s house

The Luxembourg Palace was built between 1615-1627 for Maria de Medici. After her husband Henry IV was killed in 1610 (just one day after her coronation) she acted as regent until her 9 year old son, Louis XIII, came of age. For her new royal residence, she bought the hotel Flanco de Luxembourg –and some nearby properties– and asked architect Salomon De Brosse to build her a palace in the style of her old home in Florence, Palazzo Pitti. A true Frenchman, De Brosse built a palace in french style instead, hinting at the Italian model only in his use of rustication and elevations. For the interior, she asked painter Peter Paul Rubens to paint 24 works based on her life with Henry IV, today known as “the Maria Medicis cycle”. Sadly, she didn’t get the chance to enjoy the palace. In 1631, she was exiled by her own son, Louis XIII. Tragic!

Inclusions and Exclusions


  • Self-guided audio tour on your smartphone (Android & iOS)
  • An activation link to access your audio tour
  • Offline content (text, audio narration, and maps) to avoid roaming charges


  • Live Guide
  • Smartphone or headphones
  • Transportation

Mandatory items

  • Charged smartphone
  • Headphones

The location


75006 Paris, France

Directions to starting point

There is no meeting point. The self-guided audio tour is designed to start at the entrance of the Luxembourg Gardens at Bd. Saint-Michel can be easily accessed from the Luxembourg train station(75006 Paris, France). The easiest way to get there is by exiting the station and walking up Bd. Saint-Michel. The tour ends at the Fountain of the Four Parts of the World(27M Av. de l’Observatoire, 75006 Paris, France) near the Port-Royal train station(75005 Paris, France).


The Medicis Fountain/ The Fountain of the four parts of the world/ The Marionette Theatre

Important information

Recommended visiting hours

This is a city tour; therefore, it is always available. It is recommended to take the tour before sunset.

Know before you book

  • Entrance to the Luxembourg Gardens is free of charge
  • This is a downloadable self-guided audio tour for your smartphone, accessible through our app. No live guide will accompany you. No VR / AR is included
  • No live guide or meeting point is provided
  • The course of the visit may be modified, and special restrictions may be imposed. The visitors must always adhere to the guidelines of the site.”
  • After booking, you will receive an email with further instructions on accessing and downloading your audio tour. Check your spam folder as well
  • Book per device to be used, not per participant
  • An Android (version 5.0 and later) or iOS smartphone is required. The audio tour is not compatible with Windows Phones, iPhone 5/5C or older, iPod Touch 5th generation or older, iPad 4th generation or older, iPad Mini 1st generation
  • You will need storage space on your phone (100-150 MB)
  • Most of the Luxembourg Gardens are wheelchair-accessible. Note that there may be parts of the Gardens that are not wheelchair accessible

Know before you go

  • Mobile signal may be weak at the site(s). Download your audio tour on your smartphone before your visit to fully enjoy it
  • After booking, you will receive an email with further instructions on accessing and downloading your audio tour. Please check your email spam folder as well
  • Ensure that your smartphone is fully charged & that you bring your earphones
  • Wear comfortable shoes, sunscreen, and a hat

Contributors and Bibliography


Image Credits:

Central: © Kosala Bandara Wikimedia

Stop 3. © Selbymay Wikimedia

Stop 4. © Guilhem Vellut Wikimedia

Stop 5. © JLPC Wikimedia

Stop 7. © Aymeric pathier Wikimedia

Stop 8. © LPLT Wikimedia

Stop 9. © Aymeric pathier Wikimedia

Stop 10. © Jason Riedy Wikimedia

Stop 11. © 4net Wikimedia  

Stop 12. © Eutouring Wikimedia

Stop 16. © Pierre Félix Masseau Wikimedia

Stop 17. © Hugues Mitton Wikimedia

Stop 18. © Celette Wikimedia

Stop 19. © Wally Gobetz Flickr

Download the app

To take this self-guided tour, you will need to download the Clio Muse Tours app on your iOS or Android device. Enjoy your tour!


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