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Oise - Compiègne - The Imperial City

Compiègne - The Imperial City

(27 reviews)
Compiègne, Oise, France
45 mins

About the tour

although it is a Royal city it was often called the imperial city because of its importance during the Second Empire. It is also the city where the armistice of WWI was signed and of the French surrender in 1940. It also bears the heavy burden of having hosted the transit camps for the death camps in Germany. Patrick will show you a lot more of this sumptuous city centre and its royal and imperial past.

Meet your local guide


Patrick isn't one to shy away from travel and adventure. "I was lucky enough to travel the world with my job, discover different cultures, and meet incredible people!" he says, after having explored multiple cities across Europe and Asia. On his tours, you may catch more than a surprise or two about Paris. "In fact, it is an everyday experience. I'm a native Parisian, but every day, I continue to discover new things, new secrets about Paris. It's a never-ending story," he laughs. It was his love for Paris that led him to become a guide. "I'm a father and a teacher, and I realized that my passion was to share my knowledge, so I decided to be a guide about one of my passion: Paris!" Patrick chips in. "I enjoy sharing the love and passion I have for my own city, Paris. Its monuments, its history, its gastronomy, its culture, and all of its little secrets. I can't wait to share all of these with you!" "At the end of my tour I always give a virtual bise - two in fact being a good Parisian!" he laughs.

Patrick has been guiding since Sep 2020

What to expect

Get ready for something special. We're travelling to Oise with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you'll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and an amazing guide.

The tour will last about 45 mins and will be live-streamed by your guide directly from Oise. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!

While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your guide and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.

Why are they tip-supported?

We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to book and join, but you have the option to tip the guide during the tour.

Leaving a tip will help support the guides and allow us to offer tours in more places around the world. If you aren't able to leave a tip, then it would be great if you can share the tour with friends and family to spread the word.

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How to join

Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.

For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.

Reviews from travellers

🐈‍⬛ Carol (Hi from Essex, 🇬🇧) S.

07 March 2021

An interesting tour delivered in Patrick’s great style. Always love his tours

Ron L.

07 March 2021

Thank you Patrick for another fascinating tour. I have joined you on several of your tours; they have all been enjoyable and very interesting. I like the history and architecture, you give us a lot of information in on your pleas and and fun manner. Thank you.

Christine B.

07 March 2021

We loved this tour. We always love learning more about Joan of Arc, so we enjoyed seeing the church. Also, there is a lot of interesting architecture to look at.

Carole w.

06 March 2021

5 Stars? What happened to 10? 12? Patrick continues to surpass all expectations. He's a gem. The truth is, I don't want to venture on to other places with these tours because I am afraid I will expect everyone to be like the beloved Paris (and now, beyond) tour guideS (yes, plural) and I (probably unjustly) fear disappointment. I will eventually join up for Italy or the like, but I feel so "chez soi" with Patrick, I want to just have fun with that for a while. Patrick is also very kind; some participants make inane comments, like "it was impossible to hear you in that church," even though... a) Patrick has to speak softly in churches, and that should be OBVIOUS b) soaking it all in with your eyes alone is good enough for those instances when reception is poor and, c) why make comments like that AFTER the fact? Patrick is so sweet about "apologizing'" just enough to not dwell but to say "hey, TY for that." Bravo, Patrick. Those people drive the rest of us NUTS, but you take it all in stride. Patrick's info about everything is so broad and interesting, I want to walk all over every city with him. Bon travail aujourd'hui, Patrick! :)

Anne J.

06 March 2021

Patrick is knowledgeable and well prepared. It always feels like you are right there with him.

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