As historical as it is marvelous, walk in the footsteps of 2,000 years of history as you explore the heart of Paris (and the location on which this great city was founded), Île de la Cité. An island sitting in the middle of the Seine River, this place was the home of kings and the site of world-changing political uprisings. Better yet, hear about the gruesome histories, revolutionary rivalries and romantic interludes that happened in this very location as your expert City Wonders guide captivates you with commentary as colorful as the stained glass.
Join your guide for a visit to the visually stunning Notre Dame Cathedral with its flying buttresses and Gothic architecture. See for yourself why Victor Hugo chose this monument as the setting for his widely-acclaimed novel, The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Soaring spires reach toward the sky as looming gargoyles pierce you with their stony eyes. Listen as the monumental organ and imposing bell towers ring to life, creating a superbly ominous ambiance. And learn the intriguing story of how this captivating cathedral came to be.
Your guide will unfold the histories and mysteries forever captured within these walls, from the days of antiquity to the present. Once you’ve explored the interior of this impressive edifice, the tour will continue to the nearby Sainte-Chapelle where you’ll be whisked past the crowds with Skip the Line Access and straight into this hidden wonder of Paris.
Another Gothic masterpiece, this former chapel of King Louis IX, also known as Saint Louis, was built in 1248. It is home to over 6,500 square feet of 13th century stained glass, two-thirds of which are recently-restored originals. Dazzling in color, this is a sparkling Parisian gem not to be missed.
Because of its popularity, this admired monument can have lines stretching upwards of hours. But not when you book with us. Get the most out of your visit to the area, and save precious vacation time with this tour of both Notre Dame and the Sainte-Chapelle.
Extra measures may be implemented at some venues due to heightened global security. As a result, we may experience delays in getting through mandatory security checks when entering these venues. Extra measures may also restrict the size of bags that can be brought inside. To avoid disruptions or possible denied entry, we strongly suggest that you avoid bringing large purses, bags, or backpacks on your tour. Please note that all bags taken into the Sainte Chapelle will be scanned and any sharp, metal and glass instruments will not be allowed in and will be confiscated by security staff on site.
The walking portion of Ile de la Cité takes approximately 1 hour. Your guide will be pointing at the most iconic buildings on the island along the way.
There is only one metro stop on the island called Cité.
No. We have options with towers and without the towers. You can find the inclusions of each activity on the relevant tour page.
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