Notre Dame Facade Front View
View of Pont Neuf near Notre Dame
Guided tour crossing Pont Neuf near Notre Dame
The Conciergerie in Île de la Cité in Paris
tour guide outside Notre Dame

Notre Dame Island and Historic Medieval Paris Tour with Optional Access to Marie-Antoinette’s Prison Cell

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1.5 h. / 2 h.
English
25
Every day
09:30, 10:00, 14:00, 9:30

  • Enjoy a gothic guided walking tour of Île de la Cité, the heart of Paris and home of the World Heritage cathedrals of Notre Dame and Saint-Chapelle. Stand in awe before this architectural marvel and see the flying buttresses that make its façade so famous. Even more, this tour package includes a €2.00 donation to the Notre Dame Restoration Fund.
  • With Skip-the-Line access at the Conciergerie, explore the somber prison cell where Marie-Antoinette spent her last days. Then stroll through Notre Dame Island, with your expert, English-speaking guide as they enthral you with tales of Medieval Paris’ royalty, revolutions and roosting gargoyles.
  • Your tour group of 25 people or fewer allows for a more intimate and engaging experience. Walk in the footsteps of Marie-Antoinette during the French Revolution, explore the imposing Conciergerie, stroll down the Left Bank, and admire Paris’s oldest clock – still ticking since 1535!

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Enjoy a guided tour through Paris' iconic Île de la Cité. With commentary from your expert, English-speaking guide, you'll uncover 2000 years of tumultuous Parisian history.
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Enjoy a guided walking tour of Paris' dynamic and captivating Notre Dame Island or Île de la Cité, as it is best known. Then, skip the line to the fascinating Conciergerie to discover the somber cell where Marie-Antoinette spent her last days.
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Discover the past on our Notre Dame tours

What's Included

  • Expert, English-speaking historian guide
  • Small group of no more than 25 people
  • Skip-the-Line Access to Conciergerie
  • Dedicated audio headsets so you never miss a word
  • All entrance tickets & reservation fees
  • Gratuities

Sites Visited

Outside

  • Notre Dame
  • Place Dauphine
  • Palais de Justice
  • Sainte Chapelle
  • Shakespeare & Co

Inside

  • Conciergerie

Take a tour* of Île de la Cité and discover how this settlement founded by the Parisii tribe tells the tale of the delicate balance of power between religion and government in one of the most secular countries in Europe.

Explore the Origins of Paris

Your tour begins on the bridges of Pont Neuf beneath the statue of Henri IV on horseback. From here, you’ll pass by the Palais de Justice where tribunals sentenced Marie Antoinette to the guillotine. Beside it stands Sainte-Chapelle, built to house the Crusader relics which gave the kings legitimacy. Its spire became the model for Notre Dame after the revolution.

On Rue de Lutece you’ll hear about the pagan shrine which lay beneath Notre Dame. You'll discover the saint who tried to bring Christianity to Roman Paris and how he lost his head in the process. You'll hear how a French King and Queen saved Paris from attack and began the close relationship between the monarchy and the church which changed the face of Europe.

View the Gothic Splendor of Notre Dame

As you walk around the closed Notre Dame Cathedral your guide will point out the features of the finest example of Gothic architecture in the world. The flying buttresses support rib-like vaults and high ceilings which were so unlike the small dark churches of the time. Before the printing press, the radiant rose windows, detailed portals, statues of saints and menacing gargoyles brought the bible stories to life.

The cathedral was further immortalized in literature by Victor Hugo and it became the home of relics such as the Treasure of Notre Dame – a ring of gem-encrusted rock crystal containing the Crown of Thorns. As the cathedral is the zero point* from where all French distances are calculated, it has many customs associated with it for travelers. This much-loved cathedral has withstood revolutions, world wars and the recent fire making it a global symbol of heritage at the heart of France.

Uncover the Prison Cell of Marie-Antoinette

You’ll visit Place Dauphine which the king designed to foster an air of calm in the city after the religious wars. It is still used by Parisians for games of petanque.

From here, you’ll admire the exterior of the opulent Conciergerie and its ominous towers. It was originally the home of the French kings before becoming the city's administration center. The building was later used to hold members of the aristocracy during the revolution, its most famous prisoner being Marie-Antoinette. 

Not only will you bask in the beauty of this impressive edifice from afar, but you will also be invited to explore the dark, yet captivating, history that lies inside its walls. With optional Skip-the-line access to Conciergerie, you'll be whisked passed the long lines and straight inside, to uncover the secrets of this hidden wonder. Marvel in the palace’s gothic grandeur as you are guided through its corridors to explore the sight's most noteworthy room; the prison cell of Marie-Antoinette. Dark, dreary and certainly not fit for a Queen; uncover the historic room where France's most notorious monarch spent her last days.  

Leaving the island, your guide will bring you across to the Left Bank of Paris. Known for its intellectual energy and student life this is where you will get the best view of the Lady of Paris before you pass the bookstore “Shakespeare and Co”, featured in the movie Midnight in Paris.

Join us on this incredible 2-hr journey into the heart of historical Paris and savor the history, craftsmanship, and the legacy that envelope the island and the medieval buildings it contains.

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