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Key Details

  • City: Paris
  • Duration: 6hrs (incl. 1hr break)
  • Start Time: 9AM

Tour Highlights

  • Visit the top three sites on Île de la Cité with skip the line access, saving you hours of waiting in line (Notre Dame tower tickets are particular time-savers!)

  • Enjoy a complete Notre Dame tour, exploring inside the church, climbing her famous tower, getting a close look at her beloved gargoyles and exploring the hunchback’s bell tower.

  • At Sainte Chapelle you’ll see the most beautiful chapel in Paris (maybe even the world), then go next door to discover the prison cell where Marie Antoinette was imprisoned and sentenced to a date with the guillotine!
A gargoyle-eye-view from the Notre Dame belltower Notre Dame Cathedral from outside View of the Seine from the top of Notre Dame Tower See the Eiffel Tower from Notre Dame Tower It the heart of Paris, Notre Dame offers the best views One of the famous bells of Notre Dame The enormous groin vaults of Notre Dame's nave Notre Dame has not one, but three glorious rose windows The beautiful gothic arches of Notre Dame The interior of Sainte Chappelle The Altar of Sainte Chapelle - the King's Chapel The chapel was originally created to house relics Downstairs in Sainte Chapelle La Conciergerie: The imposing prison that once held Marie Antoinette Stunning archicture inside (under-rated) La Conciergerie A list of guillotine victims, all sentanced inside La Conciergerie A 'luxury' prison cell at La Conciergerie Portrait of Marie Antoinette in her old prison cell Lines for Notre Dame stretch for hours

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Explore the birthplace of Paris

Paris has a lot of interesting neighborhoods but the Île de la Cité tops them all - this tiny island is where the city of Paris was born after all, and where all distances in France are measured from.

This is an unforgettable trip through the history, legends, lore, and outsized personalities that make this little island in the Seine so important to the city. From the lofty heights of the Notre Dame gargoyles, to the depths of the prison cells that held dissidents during the Revolutionary Reign of Terror; the Île de la Cité has witnessed the best and worst of Parisian history. This tour shows you all of that and more in one unforgettable excursion.

Explore Paris’ Most Historic Neighborhood

Your day starts in front of the most famous cathedral in Paris, where you’ll meet your expert guide and small group of 15 people or fewer. From there you will embark on a full Notre Dame Tour that focuses on the building’s exquisite gothic architecture, as well as the many stories and legends surrounding it. Your guide will help you appreciate just how important and unique this building is by pointing out many details that you may miss otherwise.

Learn The Dirty Truth Of Medieval Paris

Next, you’ll take to the narrow, winding streets of the of Île de la Cité to hear stories of what life was like here during the Middle Ages. The streets may be similar, but thankfully they are no longer full of raw sewage.

What makes this tour unique is your next stop. La Conciergerie is a stunning building, whose beautiful facade belies a dark history. This was ground zero for the state sponsored terror of the French Revolution. During that period (and, to be honest, before and after that period) hundreds people were imprisoned in squalid conditions, awaiting their date with the guillotine.

A highlight of the tour comes as you see not just one, but two cells where Marie Antoinette was held. One has since been converted into a tiny chapel, with a poignant portrait of her last moments and inverted tears adorning the wall. The other, recently renovated, is just as it was during her incarceration -- a chilling reminder of that dark time in Parisian history.

Don’t worry - it isn’t all dark delights. Your next stop is one of the most beautiful structures in Paris, if not the world. Skip long (long, long) lines for an-all inclusive Sainte Chappelle tour. If you thought the Rose Window in Notre Dame was beautiful, the King’s personal chapel will knock your socks off.

Climb Notre Dame Tower For Amazing Views Of The City

After a lunch break (with plenty of restaurant recommendations from your guide) you will reconvene for skip the line access to the tower of Notre Dame. With a timed entrance and pre-reserved Notre Dame tower tickets, you won’t have to wait to climb up and see the famous gargoyles, or hear how Victor Hugo and his hunchback (equal parts myth and reality) helped save this amazing structure from demolition. Your guide will get you inside and give you a quick introduction, before leaving you to climb the tower at your own pace.

Sites visited

  • Notre Dame
  • Sainte Chapelle
  • La Conciergerie
  • Notre Dame Towers
  • Palais de Justice (outside)
  • Pont Neuf
  • Place Dauphine
  • Square Jean XXIII

Included

  • Skip the line tickets to Sainte Chapelle
  • Skip the line tickets to La Conciergerie
  • Skip the line tickets to climb the towers of Notre Dame
  • Expert local tour guide
  • Small groups of max 15 people
  • Headsets

Reviews

5-stars from over 27 Customer Reviews

Was just amazing she was so informative educated on the material and just so pleasant to be with!
Felix was EXCELLENT!! A wealth of knowledge, friendly and approachable. For our first tour in three months the bar has been set very high. Felix is ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Violette is exceptional. She is very educated in the culture, history and art of Paris. This tour is an excellent value!
Felix was a fantastic guide. He was very personable & extremely knowledgeable. Providing far more insight than we had anticipated. Would highly recommend.
Guide was brilliant! Had a great time. Very approachable and helpful.
Fantastic tour. Highly recommend!
Liliya did share plenty of her knowledge to us. Had a great history lesson and time in Notre Dame and surrounding places
It was our 1st time. Everything perfect. Very good guide.
Excellent tour and guide!! We thoroughly enjoyed ... merci!
We had Josephine, and she was so knowledgeable, friendly and took a great interest in us all. It felt like a friend taking us around the city. She somehow remembered everyone's names right until the end! Very impressive. This tour was the highlight of our stay in Paris. Just incredible! Thanks
Josephine was wonderful! She was SO knowledgeable and very clear in her communication. The headsets were a smart touch. Organized, professional and thorough tour.
Felix was an awesome guide. Very engaging, friendly and passionate about his job. He was very informative, and he kept the group entertained all day.
Felix was a very well informed guide who paid close attention to the needs of the clientele. Only issue was length. Did not know it was 5 hours and that was too long for me.
Felix was passionate about att, history, and sacred number concepts.. Elizabeth
Stephanie was wonderful. Friendly, well informed and gave a great tour.....
Guide was extremely personable and did a wonderful job bringing the history to life. Very attentive to make sure We had a good spot for lunch. Good group size. Liked that tower climb was at the end so hubby who didn't want to climb could wait without being left behind. Great job!
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Important information

Before you travel, please read our important notes about possible disruptions & site entrance requirements

Please ensure that all members of your party have a valid ID. This is particularly important for guests who qualify for a student or child discount.

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 substitution.

The Notre Dame Cathedral restricts access to some parts of the church during mass.

Please remember that Notre Dame Cathedral and Sainte Chapelle are holy places, and attire must be appropriate for the visit. Both men and women are asked to wear clothing that covers at least the shoulders and knees. Walks cannot be held responsible for denied entry due to improper dress. Please note that it is sufficient to bring extra coverings with you and put them on before our entrance to the holy areas.

To ensure the safety of visitors, French authorities enforce security measures upon entry to the attractions of Ile de la Cité. Suitcases, luggage, and larger bags are not allowed inside. Only bags smaller than 21.5 in x 13.5 in x 7.5 in (55 cm x 35 cm x 20 cm) are permitted. Please accept our apologies for any delay or inconvenience caused by extra security checks.

Unfortunately, Notre Dame Towers and the upper floor at Sainte Chapelle are not wheelchair accessible. For a wheelchair-friendly alternative tour, please contact customer service.

Please be advised that there are 426 steps to the top of the south tower of Notre Dame. Unfortunately, there is no elevator access. Those with heart problems, claustrophobia, or other medical conditions should take this into consideration before booking this tour.

Although strollers are technically allowed in all sites on this tour the aforementioned 426 steps to the top of the Notre Dame towers make bringing a stroller up inadvisable. Sainte Chapelle is also famously tight, and often quite crowded making stroller access difficult at best.

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Was just amazing she was so informative educated on the material and just so pleasant to be with!
Felix was EXCELLENT!! A wealth of knowledge, friendly and approachable. For our first tour in three months the bar has been set very high. Felix is ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Violette is exceptional. She is very educated in the culture, history and art of Paris. This tour is an excellent value!
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Felix was a fantastic guide. He was very personable & extremely knowledgeable. Providing far more insight than we had anticipated. Would highly recommend.
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Guide was brilliant! Had a great time. Very approachable and helpful.
Fantastic tour. Highly recommend!
Touring Notre Dame and Saint Chappelle was a wonderful experience. Climbing the steps to the top of the bell tower was exhausting but well worth it. Claire was a great tour guide, very knowledgeable and fun.
Liliya did share plenty of her knowledge to us. Had a great history lesson and time in Notre Dame and surrounding places
One of the best tours we took in Europe. Violette was such an amazing guide. We had another couple bail so it was basically a private tour, and we are so happy for it. We really learned so much. Her enthusiasm for Paris was contagious and we really fell in love with the history and the architecture. It really is one thing to go look. It's a completely different experience to be immersed in a tour that is a full blown history lesson.
Keep doing a good job. Your tour is more expensive so quality is expected but worth the premium price. Hope you will expand with more offerings in France.
It was our 1st time. Everything perfect. Very good guide.
Absolutely brilliant! We have had another amazing tour with Walks of Paris. We have now done over 5 tours with you guys and there is always the same standard - a huge amount of knowledge and passion that brings to life the history where you are, this time it was Notre Dame, Saint Chapelle and La Conciergerie. We would definitely recommend this tour to anyone coming to Paris.
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Excellent tour and guide!! We thoroughly enjoyed ... merci!
We had Josephine, and she was so knowledgeable, friendly and took a great interest in us all. It felt like a friend taking us around the city. She somehow remembered everyone's names right until the end! Very impressive. This tour was the highlight of our stay in Paris. Just incredible! Thanks
Guide very knowledgeable / entertaining...
Josephine was wonderful! She was SO knowledgeable and very clear in her communication. The headsets were a smart touch. Organized, professional and thorough tour.
Felix was an awesome guide. Very engaging, friendly and passionate about his job. He was very informative, and he kept the group entertained all day.
Felix was a very well informed guide who paid close attention to the needs of the clientele. Only issue was length. Did not know it was 5 hours and that was too long for me.
Felix was passionate about att, history, and sacred number concepts.. Elizabeth
Stephanie was wonderful. Friendly, well informed and gave a great tour.....
(No comment)
Guide was extremely personable and did a wonderful job bringing the history to life. Very attentive to make sure We had a good spot for lunch. Good group size. Liked that tower climb was at the end so hubby who didn't want to climb could wait without being left behind. Great job!
This tour is new and has not yet received guest feedback