Skip the Line Ile de la Cité Tour with Sainte-Chapelle, Notre Dame & 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. See the site of Notre Dame which still stands proud after the recent fire. Stroll through the Latin Quarter with its narrow streets and hidden corners. Visit La Conciergerie to see the prison cell where Marie Antoinette spent her last hours. Marvel at St. Louis' phenomenal private chapel with skip-the-line Sainte-Chapelle tickets. Experience Paris from a different vantage point on a Seine River Cruise.

Take in the City of Light under the Shadow 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.

Since the Middle Ages Paris has been a city of pilgrims drawn by Notre Dame Cathedral, the gothic jewel of the city. Struck by its immensity, seemingly impossible design, and bathed in light early visitors were convinced it was conceived by the divine. Its ability to inspire endures more than 850 years later. Severely damaged by a recent fire, it proudly stands as a testament to the genius of its design and the endurance of France, reminding us all of Paris' official motto: fluctuat nec merger. Rocked but never sunk.

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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.

Since the Middle Ages Paris has been a city of pilgrims drawn by Notre Dame Cathedral, the gothic jewel of the city. Struck by its immensity, seemingly impossible design, and bathed in light early visitors were convinced it was conceived by the divine. Its ability to inspire endures more than 850 years later. Severely damaged by a recent fire, it proudly stands as a testament to the genius of its design and the endurance of France, reminding us all of Paris' official motto: fluctuat nec merger. Rocked but never sunk.

Your day starts in front of the fountain at Place Saint-Michel, from there your guide will take you back in time hundreds of years, to when the mighty cathedral at Notre Dame (the distance from which all points in France are measured) was first built and Paris looked very different than it does today. Your guide will bring you as close as the ongoing restoration will permit to give you the best views possible. You'll cross the river into the historic Latin Quarter. Strolling down meandering, cobbled, streets you'll hear the stories and learn of the characters - poets, philosophers, artists - that made Paris the City of Light.

Notre Dame is still a magnificent building, however the distinction of most beautiful church 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: - 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 1 hour and has also a live guide on board.

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 (outside)
  • Sainte-Chapelle
  • Latin Quarter
  • La Conciergerie
  • Île de la Cité
  • Tour Includes
  • Skip the Line Sainte Chapelle tickets
  • Skip the Line La Conciergerie tickets
  • Latin Quarter walking tour
  • Île de la Cité walking tour
  • Seine River Cruise
  • 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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This tour is the best hidden gem of Paris. Our guide Tina was outstanding! She was very knowledgeable, fun to be with and overrall very enjoyable. In fact the rest of our tours and guides were rated on what we called the "Tina scale". Our Scale ranked our guides 1(lowest) to "Tina" (10) which was perfect, none of our other guides came close. I would highly recommend the tour and Tina to anyone who asks. In fact when we return to Europe we will be booking your tours and asking for Tina.

Excellent guide and a very enjoyable tour. Will book with Tours again in the future.


FAQ

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.
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.