Paris
3 hours
9:30 AM
20

Highlights

  • Witness the ongoing restorations of Notre Dame
  • Wander the Latin Quarter and learn who once lived there
  • Explore the Conciergerie and Sainte Chapelle on a guided tour
  • Hop aboard a cruise on the river Seine
  • See the prison that once held Marie Antoinette

Tour description

Olympics Advisory: The Paris Olympics & Paralympics are expected to cause significant travel delays throughout the city from July 14–September 9, 2024. To ensure you arrive at your tour meeting points on time, we strongly advise you to plan your journey with extra time to account for potential traffic and transportation delays.

Uncover the stories of the historic Île de la Cité neighborhood with an expert local guide

This in-depth exploration of the histories, myths, legends, and lore hidden behind the stones of Paris’ most interesting neighborhood takes you to the historic Île de la Cité in the heart of the city. From the gothic splendor of the bell towers of Notre Dame that inspired Victor Hugo to create his hunchback bell-ringer, to the dazzling stained glass windows in Sainte Chapelle, you’ll see Paris from several entirely different perspectives, and discover exactly what makes it such a special place.

Your medieval Paris walking tour starts in the heart of Ile de la Cité, where you’ll hear all about the hidden history of this intriguing city, taking in its romantic sights along the way to your first stop.

Get as close as possible to the Notre Dame cathedral to see the ongoing restoration

As you approach the iconic Notre Dame, your guide will take you back in time hundreds of years to when the mighty cathedral (the distance from which all points in France are measured) was first built and Paris looked very different than it does today. You’ll be taken as close to the majestic landmark as the ongoing restoration will permit you to give you the best views possible.

After crossing the river into the historic Latin Quarter, you’ll stroll down meandering, cobblestone streets where you'll hear the stories and learn of the characters—poets, philosophers, artists—that made Paris the City of Light.

See Marie Antoinette's prison cell and the stunning stained glass windows in Sainte-Chapelle

Then, it's a short walk to the Conciergerie, the oldest remaining part of the Palais de la Cité. This former royal residence of the kings of France became a prison during the French Revolution. You'll enter with pre-reserved tickets and receive a guided tour.

Next, you’ll head to the city’s most beautiful chapel—Sainte Chapelle. 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’ll skip the long lines and be among the first people of the day to appreciate this remarkable monument.

After passing through the tranquil Place Dauphine, your guide will leave you with a special treat—a river cruise along the Seine where you can experience and view Paris and it’s many magnificent buildings from a new vantage point. The cruise will last one hour and has also a live guide on board.

Sites visited

  • Notre Dame Cathedral (exterior)
  • Île de la Cité
  • Sainte Chapelle
  • Conciergerie
  • River Seine
  • Place Dauphine
  • Latin Quarter
  • Île Saint-Louis

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Jennifer

May 13, 2024

I enjoyed this tour as Adam the tour guide enriched the visit to Sainte Chapelle and the Conciergerie way beyond a visual experience by providing an insight into French history in an interesting and engaging manner. In Sainte Chapelle we learned how to read the story told in the magnificent stained glass windows and why the Chapel was built in the first place.

Lynn

Apr 28, 2024

This tour covered several sites on our want to see list, so I was excited to find it. It was great.

Shelley

Sep 22, 2023

The interior of Ste Chapelle is a must-see. You will be astonished! The stroll through Le Marais and the boat cruise were quite enjoyable. Thank you, Manuel, for being an excellent guide.

Amy

Sep 15, 2023

What a great tour! The walk was lovely and we learned a lot! The special treatment we received as a tour group was well worth the price! Our tour guide Adam was incredibly knowledgeable and funny and we had a blast!!

Matilde

Sep 15, 2023

Two guy was very knowledgeable about city . Excellent tour I highly recommend it.

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