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Guided tour of Notre Dame and Towers, Sainte Chapelle and Marie Antoinette's prison cell

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Availability: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays
Duration: 3 hours
Language: English
Mobile voucher accepted
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  • Enjoy the most complete Île de la Cité tour available
  • Get on top of Notre Dame hunchback's bell tower, great panorama
  • Skip the line at the Sainte Chapelle and see its impressive stained glass
  • Visit La Conciergerie, the tribunal and jails of Paris during the French Revolution
  • Stories and facts bringing to life the historic of the neighborhood of Île de la Cité
What to expect

This is an in-depth exploration of the histories, myths, legends, and lore hidden behind the stones of Paris’ most interesting neighborhood. From the gothic splendor of the bell towers of Notre Dame that inspired Victor Hugo to create his hunchback bell-ringer, to the darkest cells in the Conciergerie where condemned dissidents awaited death during the Revolutionary Reign of Terror, the Île de la Cité has witnessed the best and the worst of Parisian history and you’ll hear all the stories that make it such a special place.

Your tour begins at Notre Dame where you’ll meet your expert guide and an intimate group of 15 people or fewer. Inside, you’ll marvel at the famous Rose Window, admire the stunning arches of the cathedral’s gothic architecture and learn how Victor Hugo and his Hunchback of Notre Dame actually saved this beautiful building from demolition.

Next you’ll head to the city’s most beautiful chapel - Sainte Chapelle. If you thought Notre Dame’s Rose Window was beautiful, Sainte Chapelle is going to blow you away. This royal chapel was originally built to house relics and today it’s still one of the most jaw-dropping rooms in Paris. It’s also one of the city’s most popular attractions. Luckily, you have skip the line tickets and early entrance so you’ll enjoy the chapel when it is nearly empty.

After a short walk, you’ll stop in the Conciergerie, a lovely building with a dark past that was used host the tribunals of the French Revolution and to imprison political prisoners awaiting their date with the guillotine. The building was recently renovated, including the cell where Marie Antoinette spent the last days before her execution, under heavy guard and in very difficult conditions. You’ll also see a second cell where she was briefly kept, now converted into a tiny chapel.

As your tour is ending at Concergerie, your guide will provide further information how to get back to Notre Dame to redeem your flexible skip the line tickets to the Towers. You will past the long lines and go straight inside to get up close to the famous gargoyles and inside the bell tower to see where Victor Hugo’s hunchback lived. This ticket has access to the highest point of the cathedral too, with 360 degree vantage point, for our favourite views of the city. After all, when you climb the Eiffel Tower, you can’t see the Eiffel Tower. From Notre Dame you have the whole city at your feet.

Sites Visited:

  • Notre Dame
  • Sainte Chapelle
  • La Conciergerie
  • Notre Dame Towers
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What's included
  • Skip the line tickets to Sainte Chapelle
  • Skip the line tickets to La Conciergerie
  • Visit of Notre Dame Cathedral
  • Skip the line tickets to climb the towers of Notre Dame (flexible entry time tickets)
  • Expert local tour guide
  • Headsets
What's not included
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off
Reduced price
  • Infants (ages 0-3): free (no reservation required)
  • Children (ages 4-18)
Where

Parvis Notre-Dame - Pl. Jean-Paul II, 75004 Paris

Meeting point:

Present your voucher to your guide 15 minutes before the tour starts. The guide will wait for you in front of the the Charlemagne Statue in the Notre Dame Cathedral's square, on the right side of the Cathedral when facing the front facade. Your guide will be holding a WALKS sign.

What to remember
  • Notre Dame Towers and the upper floor at Sainte Chapelle are not wheelchair accessible
  • As with all museums, some galleries of the Ile de la Cité monuments may be closed without prior notice, or select pieces may be removed for restoration or loan. In this case, your guide will make an appropriate substition.
  • There are 422 steps to the top of the south tower of Notre Dame with no elevator access
  • This tour is not recommended for people with heart problems, claustrophobia, or other medical conditions
  • Tour in English only
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When

Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays

Meeting Time: 8.00am
Departure Time: 8.15am

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Provider
Walks LLC
Booking fee
Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
Cancellation policy
Receive a 100 % refund if you cancel up to 3 days before the activity begins.
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