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Skip the Line Notre Dame Tour with Tower Climb, Sainte Chapelle Tickets & Marie Antoinette's Prison Cell

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3 hours

Max 15

Why take this tour?

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 the prison cell where Marie Antoinette spent her last hours; and marvel at St. Louis' phenomenal private chapel with skip the line Sainte Chapelle tickets.

Take in all of Paris from the top of Notre Dame

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 ...

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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, but during 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.

  • Sites Visited
  • Notre Dame Cathedral
  • Sainte Chapelle
  • La Conciergerie
  • Île de la Cité
  • Tour Includes
  • Skip the Line Sainte Chapelle tickets
  • Skip the Line La Conciergerie tickets
  • Skip the Line Notre Dame tower tickets at your preferred time
  • Île de la Cité walking tour
  • Expert local tour guide
  • Small groups of 15 people or fewer
  • Headsets
Sainte Chapelle is a small chapel with a very big story.
The altar of Sainte Chapelle
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Great tour and a great guide, we learned so many interesting facts on this tour that made the sites we saw that much richer and more memorable – for instance, we're never going to forget that someone's mother-in-law is immortalized as a Notre Dame gargoyle! We got very lucky on this tour and had only a group of three, so it was essentially a private walk around Paris. The sites were impressive and Josephine (our guide) was amazing. She had great info for us, answered all our questions, and took us around at a great pace. I've used Walks several times before in Italy, and was happy to find that their Paris walks are just as good!


FAQ

Can I bring my bag into the sites visited on this tour?
Yes, as long as your bag is small. 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 in the sites.
Are Notre Dame's tower's wheelchair accessible?
No. There are 426 (narrow) steps to the top of the south tower of Notre Dame and no elevator. Additionally we don't recommend this experience for anyone with heart problems, claustrophobia, or other medical conditions. The same applies for infants in strollers.
Does the itinerary of this tour ever change
Occasionally parts of the Ile de le Cité museums are closed without warning. On Sundays parts of Notre Dame are closed for Mass. If a particular area happens to be closed on the day of your tour your guide will find a suitable alternative.
Does this visit include a Notre Dame tower climb?
Yes, but not during the tour. Instead your guide asks you when you would like to visit the tours then helps you book a pre-reserved ticket for that time so you can simply show up and walk right in, instead of having to wait in line.