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Discover the City of Light on a personalized walking tour including skip-the-line access to the eaves of the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral. With a live guide, learn the cathedral’s riveting history of the Ile de la Cité and Notre Dame de Paris throughout the ages. Get expert insight into the cathedral's somber accents and head up to the famous bell towers, where you will perch amongst the gargoyles for a splendid view of Paris.

Highlights

  • Expert English-speaking guide, plus audio headsets guarantee you'll hear the guide clearly
  • Personalized small group and commentary (maximum 25 people)
  • Skip the line to climb the Notre Dame Bell Towers
  • Small group guided walking tour inside Notre Dame Cathedral

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What You Can Expect

Skip the Line: Notre Dame Cathedral, Tower and Ile de la Cite Half-Day Walking Tour

Skip the Line: Notre Dame Cathedral, Tower and Ile de la Cite Half-Day Walking Tour

Choose a morning or evening tour and head to Ile de la Cité to meet your English-speaking guide. With you small group, explore the small island that is notably the epicenter of Paris and learn about the political and cultural importance of this area and the surrounding Seine River. Hear about ever-evolving Paris from antiquity and the dark ages to present day. 

Then explore the breathtaking interior of St Paul’s Cathedral – a relic of Paris’ long and storied past. Originally built in 1160 by the Bishop of Paris, this glorious monument has seen nearly a millennia of turbulence including rioting Huguenots in the 16th century, destruction during the French Revolution and bullet spray during WWII.

Wander the grand space and admire the signature organs, vibrant stained glass windows and the elaborate stone work. Then jump the queue to the bell towers – which can last up to two hours! – and climb the 387 steps to the top. Stand in the footsteps of Victor Hugo’s infamous Hunchback of Notre Dame and see the city as he must have – amongst bells and spires, in the company of ominous yet protective gargoyles.

Customer Reviews

Marian N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Great tour! Shannon was funny and informative. Skip the line was well worth it. As a warning, while there are places you can let people pass, the stairwell is very narrow and it isn't easy. My mom climbed all the way to the top 3 months after a Total Hip Replacement-you can do it!

John M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Great! John was knowledgeable and witty and gave us plenty of background information we definitely would have missed otherwise. The ability to walk right up to the tower and go right in past the long line Highly recommended!

Dorothy S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This tour was amazing!

Geraldine K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Excellent tour, guide was very good, very informative, would highly recommend.

Marian N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Shannon was an excellent guide and the skip the line to the top of the bell tower was invaluable.

Seif B Spain

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Great tour

Cindy C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Our tour guide was well-informed and very knowledgeable about the architecture and history French and Art of Notre Dame, Tower and Ile de la Cite. I had a great time listening to his stories about each nook and kranny - so entertaining - and he answered all of my questions.

Juan L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

nice experience

Matthew M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Guide was amazing! you learn all about the island as well as Notre Dame!

Sara

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Fantastic! Our tour guide was very knowledgable. We has a great time walking the Il De La Cite and then ending our tour with Notre Dame. It was breathtaking. It was so nice to have a guide navagate us through the crowds. Go on Sunday while they are holding mass. Very special!

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