For such a tiny island, Île de la Cité has a lot of stories to tell. Follow our local guide on an in-depth Notre Dame tour (including pre-reserved tickets to do the tower climb at a later point) to learn the truth behind the hunchback; visit La Conciergerie to see where Marie Antoinette spent her last hours; and marvel at St. Louis' phenomenal private chapel with skip the line Sainte Chapelle tickets.
Take Walks: Take the the time to really explore the Medieval heart of Paris.
Go back to where it all started with this leisurely tour of the geographic and historic center of Paris; the Ile de la Cité.
Your day starts with a guided Notre Dame tour, during which your local 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.
After all that Gothic splendor, you might be surprised to learn that Notre Dame isn't actually the most beautiful religious building in France; that distinction is reserved for the next stop of your Ile de la Cité tour, the incomparable Sainte Chappelle. Originally built by King Louis IX to hold his considerable collection of relics, it's one of the most stunning single rooms ever constructed in the Gothic style, with towering stained glass windows that never fail to impress. It's no wonder then that general entry lines stretch around the block - but with timed entry and Skip the Line Sainte Chapelle tickets you'll get straight inside.
Your next stop is La Conciergerie, a building remembered for very different reasons. This castle was originally built for the first rulers of Paris buring the French Revolution's infamous 'Reign of Terror', it became one of the main dungeons for those awaiting la guillotine. In a bitter twist of fate, this is where Marie Antoinette was brought to await her own execution. You'll see her cell and private chapel, along with those of many others, as you tour this incredible building and learn the history of 'The Terror'. This particular tour is always given by our historian guides; the ones who have dedicated their lives to learning everything that happened inside these very walls.
The guided part of your tour ends here but your guide will leave you with a special treat: Notre Dame tower climb tickets for whenever you would like to use them. Due to new booking procedures, you can now book Notre Dame tower climb tickets in advance for a specific time. Your guide will show you how and then leave you with your tickets so you'll have something to look forward to. Whenever you decide to go up you'll step right inside and climb to the top (no elevators) for some of the most impressive views in Paris. Don't miss the belfry - before you go your guide will tell you all about the truth behind the story of the hunchback!
Fact, fiction, history, rumor, and lore all come together on this engrossing tour of Central Paris' most popular attractions. With a small group of no more than 15 people, you will have excellent access to your guide, whose stories about Paris will bring the city to life around you.
Our guide was amazing. 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's one thing to go look at Paris; It's a completely different experience to be immersed in a tour that is a full blown history lesson.
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.
We take care to assign our guides to the perfect tour for their particular skill set; so you’ll always have the perfect companion for your experience. Here are a few of the guides that regularly lead this tour.
Hailing from Chicago, Shannon first came to France as an exchange student, but found herself so charmed by the culture that she returned for her masters and now bases her life around the study of French culture.
Josephine was born in Hong Kong and originally came to Paris as a student. Despite initially being skeptical of tour guides, a chance experience on a friend's tour started her down the road to becoming a guide herself.
Silver tours have small groups & skip the line access, guaranteed.
Short on time but high on energy? On this ambitious full-day tour we visit Montmartre, the Louvre & Notre Dame, then climb the Eiffel Tower and cruise the Seine at sunset.
Approx. 9 hours