Notre Dame's Island with Sainte Chapelle and Marie Antoinette's prison
Attractions & monuments

Notre Dame's Island with Sainte Chapelle and Marie Antoinette's prison

Free cancellation
Language: English , French
Availability: Saturday and Sunday
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: up to 2 hours 45 minutes
Do this because
  • Enjoy a stroll around the picturesque Ile de la Cite
  • Fully guided tour including the exterior of Notre Dame Cathedral
  • Skip the lines to the Sainte Chapelle and the Conciergerie
  • See Marie-Antoinette's prison cell
What to expect

Join our guide for a fascinating walking tour of this charming and historical island, home to some of the most dazzling medieval architecture in the city.

The tour starts in the Latin Quarter, home to scholars and intellectuals since the founding of the Sorbonne University in the 13th Century. We'll pass by the famed bookstore Shakespeare & Company, gathering place for the literary legends of the 'Lost Generation' who made Paris both their home and the artistic center of the world.

You will then see the imposing gothic structure of Notre Dame Cathedral. Built in the 13th century, this magnificent edifice has recently survived a devastating fire, yet she is still standing proudly as the symbol of the city. Learn of her incredible construction, the mastery of her medieval architects and builders, and watch history unfold before us as she readies herself to stand tall for another eight centuries. We will see the exterior of the cathedral, you can admire the imposing sculpted facade and bell towers, the flying buttresses still holding the structure of the cathedral together today, and learn of her glorious past, including tales of the famous Hunchback.

Then it’s a short stroll through the charming flower market to the Sainte Chapelle, home to some of the best-preserved and most breathtaking stained glass in the world. Built in the 13th century by King Saint Louis, 80% of the walls are covered by remarkable colored glass windows. Once again you will skip the long entry lines, and your guide will teach you how to read the stories on these centuries-old masterpieces, as you admire the astonishing multi-colored light flooding the chapel.

Our last visit is to the Conciergerie, built as a medieval palace but most famous as the prison and last home of Queen Marie Antoinette during the French Revolution. See the cells where the prisoners were kept, including the cramped cell of Marie Antoinette, where she was imprisoned until she was taken to the guillotine in 1793.

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What's included
  • Guided visit of Ile de la Cité
  • Guided visit of the exterior of Notre Dame Cathedral
  • Entrance tickets & skip the line timed entrance to the Sainte Chapelle and Conciergerie
What's not included
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
Where

Fontaine Saint-Michel, 11 Place Saint-Michel, 75006 Paris

Meeting point:

Meet your guide in front of the Fontaine St Michel on the end of the Boulevard St Michel. Your guide will be wearing their guide card around their neck on an orange lanyard.The nearest metro is St Michel (line 4). Please be sure to be at the meeting point 15 minutes before departure time indicated

What to remember
  • Limited groups of 20 people or fewer
  • This tour includes a reasonable amount of walking. Please ensure you wear comfortable shoes.
  • Special post-covid conditions for Summer 2020: Please note group sizes are currently limited to 9 guests plus the guide for this tour.
  • Guides are not allowed to talk inside the Sainte Chapelle or in the revolutionary sections of the Conciergerie, due to restricted space in these areas. They will provide commentary and explanations for you outside or in other parts of these sites.
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When

Tour in English:
Saturday at 2.45 pm

Tour in French:
Sunday at 10.15 am

Please refer to the calendar for updated starting times and availability

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Booking fee
Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
Cancellation policy
Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 24 hours before the activity begins.

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