Notre Dame Front View
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Notre Dame Tour with Towers and Île de la Cité

Skip the Line
4.75
Out of 355 Reviews
  • Duration
    2.5 h.
  • Start time
    10:00, 10:30 & 17:00
  • Meeting Point
    Statue of Henri IV (Details at Booking)
  • Operating Days
    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
  • Language
    English

I would recommend this tour. A highlight of our trip to Paris.

Carolyn

Tour Highlights

  • Skip the Line access to the Tower of Notre Dame
  • Guided tour of Ile de la Cite and Notre Dame
  • Expert, English-speaking guide
  • Small group sizes of only 20 people or fewer
  • Audio headsets when appropriate so you can always hear your guide
Notre Dame Front View Facade

World’s Most impressive Cathedral

Notre Dame is one of the world’s finest examples of gothic architecture and it has a few stories to tell too! Hear the tales and spot the details.

Notre Dame's bell

Famous Bell Towers

Experience the famous bell towers of Notre Dame on this unique tour led by our expert, English-speaking guides.

Notre Dame Facade by Day

Save Precious Vacation Time!

Access to the Notre Dame towers is limited so lines can last for hours. Our Notre Dame tours save wasted time with Skip the Line access, getting you straight inside.

Description

Join our Notre Dame Cathedral tour to uncover its secrets, climb its legendary bell tower, and explore the Île de la Cité with its rich history, dramatic architecture and unique sights. With an expert, English-speaking guide leading the way, you’ll learn about the history behind this beautiful little island - the center of Paris where the medieval city was founded.

You’ll see the Conciergerie, the oldest remaining part of the first royal palace, and infamous prison that housed Marie Antoinette before her execution in 1793 during the French Revolution. Among the Conciergerie’s three towers there is also Bonbec, where prisoners were made to “sing”.

You’ll pass by the Sainte-Chapelle church, built in the 1200s by Louis IX to house the Crown of Thorns and Piece of the True Cross. More recent history and headlines were made when the island’s beloved Marche aux Fleurs was renamed for Queen Elizabeth II during the 70th anniversary of D-Day.
Since 1830, this lovely flower market, both covered and open air, has been a delight for the senses and, located between the Sainte-Chapelle and Notre Dame Cathedral, a welcome oasis for sightseers.

And now we come to the highlight of our tour – Our Lady of Paris. Begun in 1163 by Louis VII on a site that was originally sacred to the Romans, Notre Dame is one of the most magnificent examples of French Gothic architecture and among the largest and most famous churches in the world. The heart of Paris and the point from which all distances in France are measured, this cathedral has captured the hearts of visitors and locals for centuries. It even inspired Victor Hugo’s tale of a tragic, lovelorn hunchback, The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

After admiring its imposing exterior, we’ll explore the interior of the cathedral to see its incredible stained glass windows and sculptures, imposing arches and famed flying buttresses. Along the way, your guide will share stories about the work that went into the church, the damage it sustained during the French Revolution, and its restoration.

Then comes a sure highlight of our Notre Dame tour. Your guide will give you Skip the Line tickets to enter one of the cathedral towers. Climbing the winding staircase, you’ll discover perhaps the most beautiful view of Paris, with Sacre Coeur rising on one side, the Eiffel Tower on the other and the Seine River below. Here you’ll find an iconic feature of the cathedral – the gargoyles. These fantastic, fierce sculptures are actually drainpipes, built for water runoff, but it’s hard to think of them in practical terms. Imagine them as they originally appeared – in bright colors.

We guarantee you won’t need photos to remember the wonderful, timeless sights on Paris’s Île de la Cité. The dramatic tales of passion, scandal, terror, and triumph shared by your guide will make the centuries drop away.

 

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What's included

  • Expert, English-speaking tour guide
  • Small groups of 20 people or fewer
  • Entrance ticket and reservation fee for Notre Dame towers
  • Headsets when appropriate, so you can always hear your guide

What's not included

  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up/drop-off
  • Food and beverages

Meeting Point

Important notes

  • Due to increased security measures at many attractions some lines may form on tours with 'Skip the Line' access.

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Notre Dame Tour with Towers and Île de la Cité Reviews

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John was one of the best...

John was one of the best guides we’ve ever had on a tour: knowledgeable, engaging and charming. If only we could always have him!

This was a great tour...

This was a great tour with Laura! She was very knowledgeable and approachable. It felt like we were taking a tour with a good friend. She was very versed in the history of Paris. Laura pointed out so many key points but one of my favorites was in Dauphin Square. Thanks!

Absolutely the best guide...

Absolutely the best guide -- traveled many places & with many guides and have to say that I/we could not speak highly enough. Learned so much, he gave us history in such a special way. Of all the excursions/tours we did on this vacation. Ferit left such an impression -- wished others had the passion and knowledge he had for us. Could not praise him enough!!!

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