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  • Location:Paris, France
  • Duration:2 hours (approx.)

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

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Book by February 29, 2016 to save 10% off our previously offered price (for 10am Departure plus Bell Tower only)!

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.


  • 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

Matthew M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

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


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!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Great tour. Great guide. We learned a lot. Dress appropriate, as you will be outside and on your feet for a while.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

We were a group of 6 travelers and as it turned out we were the only ones on the tour so it was absolutely fantastic. We all enjoyed it very much and would recommend it. Our only problem was finding the meeting place which was by a subway entrance/exit. We were walking from the D'Orsay and had to ask a couple of policemen for directions. We eventually found our guide and he was great.

Arrenia G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Great tour. Highly recommended!!!!!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

The guide allocated to us was simply amazing. We learned so much from him! Highly recommend this tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This tour was the best, we love it the most, out tour guide was wonderful, lot to see lots of history.

Michelle W Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Wow what a fabulous tour and our wonderful guide can't remember her name was one of the best. We learnt a lot about the history of Paris and Notre Dame is just beautiful. I definitely recommend this tour and I recommend going up the Bell Tower. It is 400 steps, I had injured my back a couple of days before the tour and took it very slowly because there was no way I was going to miss out and it was so worth it.

Jingwen Cindy Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

We loved the tour, the tour guide and the rich history behind Notre Dame and lle de la Cite. Skip the Line is definitely worth it for climbing the Notre Dame Tower!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015


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