Insider's Guide to Paris

Major attractions, tips and our top things to see and do.

Get the
Inside Scoop

Privacy Policy

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 33 Reviews

5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
  • Location:Paris, France
  • Duration:4 hours (approx.)

Historical Paris Sightseeing Tour Including Notre Dame Cathedral

Explore historical areas of Paris by coach and enjoy an in-depth visit to Notre Dame Cathedral on this fascinating sightseeing tour. See and learn about top Paris attractions including Palais Garnier, the Luxembourg Gardens (Jardin du Luxembourg), the Louvre, Place de la Bastille (Bastille Square) and the Latin Quarter. Depending on the time of year, enjoy a brief Seine River cruise or mini-coach ride to Ile de la Cité, home to Notre Dame Cathedral. Admire the cathedral’s breathtaking Gothic architecture from the outside and step inside to marvel at its grand interior as your guide explains the history and importance of this beloved monument.


  • Sightseeing tour of Notre Dame Cathedral and the oldest parts of Paris
  • View top Paris attractions such as the Luxembourg Gardens, the Louvre and the Sorbonne
  • Take a Seine cruise or mini-coach ride to Ile de la Cité to visit magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral
  • Learn about the history, architecture and importance of the cathedral from your expert guide

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This is your chance to learn all about one of the most famous landmarks in Paris. While many tours just give you an overview of Notre Dame Cathedral, this one puts it in historical context and explains how significant it is to everyday Parisians.

What You Can Expect

Historical Paris Sightseeing Tour Including Notre Dame Cathedral

Place Vendome: One of the sights on your historical bus tour of Paris

Meet your guide in central Paris just after 9am and board your luxury, air-conditioned coach to travel to the oldest and most intriguing parts of France’s capital city. As you explore some of Paris’ best-known historical landmarks, your guide will explain their significance.
See octagonal Place Vendome and marvel at Palais Garnier, the world-famous opera house used as the setting for The Phantom of the Opera. Witness the magnificent architecture of the Louvre, the world’s most-visited museum, and the massive Hotel de Ville (City Hall).

The photo ops continue as you head to Place de la Bastille (Bastille Square), where the French Revolution began. View the old mansions in the Marais District and sense the youthful energy of the Latin Quarter, home to the famous Sorbonne, which houses several academic institutions.

Your guided coach tour also goes to the legendary Luxembourg Gardens (Jardin du Luxembourg), the second-largest public park in Paris, and St-Germain-des-Prés, a neighborhood favored by celebrated writers and philosophers including Ernest Hemingway, Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre.

In warmer months (April - Oct), board a boat for a short cruise on the Seine River to Ile de la Cité, an island in the heart of Paris that is the site of the famous Notre Dame Cathedral. During the winter, travel to Notre Dame by mini-coach for a more comfortable experience. Enter this iconic Paris landmark (except on Sundays and during Mass) and learn about its rich and colorful history from your guide. For instance, hear how the centuries-old Gothic cathedral was damaged during the French Revolution and later restored to its former glory.

After your visit to the cathedral, make your way back across the Seine and end your nearly 4-hour tour of historical landmarks with a coach ride back to central Paris.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Thought the bus portion of the tour was especially good, as it took us into some areas we hadn't previously seen. Our guide was great - she walked us past an open-air market full of color en route to the cathedral, plus some unique shops. Finishing up on the BatoBus was perfect.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Another excellent tour with a typically very knowledgeable guide to this extraordinary cathedral. Returning to the Louvre area by riverboat was a nice touch.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Another awesome tour. We booked all our tours through Viator and were so glad we did. Every one of them was everything we expected it to be and more. Notre Dame Cathedral was just beautiful. So glad we did this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The tour was excellent. The guide we had was not the greatest but what we saw and the information was very good

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Loved my tour and my tour guide was nice and took extra special time to make me feel as priority

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

The quide was excellent and the tour was well worth the money.
Mike and Terry McCabe

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

This was an extremely worthwhile tour. The tour guide took great care to explain sites during the driving tour and we spent at least 45 minutes in the cathedral. The tour guide lead a wonderful and informative tour inside Notre Dame.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Excellent tour and guide (Claire).

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

We love paris and the tour guide was amazing she does know her things and we will book again with you

4 star rating: Recommended October 2015

This was a great way to see experience some of the historic sights of Paris. Notre Dame was incredible! The return trip on the Seine River was a great way to experience some of the sights from the water you can also disembark at a number of the famous sites, which was an added bonus. Great tour!

From USD $ 67.82

View price calendar

Low Price Guarantee

Select Travel Date

Flexible Date Guarantee

Enter Total Number of Travelers

What's this, and can I change it?

Please note: After your purchase is confirmed we will email you a link to your voucher.
What's this?

Tour code: 2050PH


Viator uses cookies to improve your experience on our website. Learn more about how we use cookies and how to change your cookie settings | Close message