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Heart of Paris: Île de la Cité, Seine Cruise, and Skip-the-Line Sainte Chapelle

Paris, France
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icon3 hours 45 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English


This small-group tour lets you discover the historical delights of Île de la Cité, one of Paris' most beautiful locations. You'll have skip-the-line access to Sainte-Chapelle and the Conciergerie, with a guide to explain their historical significance. Tour the exterior of Notre Dame Cathedral and learn about its restoration work. Bonus: view Paris’ magnificent landmarks from the vantage point of the Seine River with a flexible cruise ticket.
  • Paris sightseeing: Île de la Cité with Notre Dame Cathedral exterior tour
  • Skip-the-line tickets included to Sainte Chapelle and La Conciergerie
  • Priority admission with flexible departure on Seine River cruise
  • Small-group maximum of 15 people helps you stay with the guide

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Great walking tour filled with history ad architecture, lead by knowledgeable and engaging guide
, Oct 2019
This tour was a good activity for learning about the history abd architecture of the "heart of Paris". Our guide, Avi, was very personable and extremely knowledgeable. Pace was good, distances easy to maneuver. Notre Dame was obviously, unavailable, due to the spring fire, but the company subsituted a 1 hour canal ride, which we spent on the first evening cruise. Highly recommended tour!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Thank you so much for your kind recommendation! We are happy that we got to share this experience with you. We look forward to the day with Nore Dame opens again, but until then, we are glad that you enjoyed the cruise!
Walking Tour
, Aug 2019
Our tour of the island was fantastic despite not being able to enter Notre Dame. Our guide Violeta was extremely knowledgeable and considerate of the needs of our small group. We had a wonderful experience.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
We're so glad to hear that you enjoyed your tour with Violette! Paris has so much to offer, and we are excited to have gotten to share a piece of it with you.
Walking tour
, Aug 2019
Out tour guide Oliver was friendly and very knowledgeable he gave some great information and would recommend him for this tour.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
We appreciate you taking the time to share your experience with us! Oliver is so friendly and knowledgeable and we are glad that he got to share his love of Paris with you!
Despite the fire at Notre Dame, this tour provided much to see
, Jul 2019
We had booked this tour well before the unfortunate fire at Notre Dame. However, as a member of Team Adam (our tour guide was Adam), this tour lost nothing despite being unable to enter the renowned cathedral. Adam was so well versed in history and architecture that you learned so much about the prior construction of Notre Dame (which had previously collapsed 3 times) and the current reconstruction. But, do not think that Notre Dame is the end all and be all of this tour. Sainte Chapelle is breathtaking and La Conciergerie (where Marie Antoinette was held before her death) was something to see. If there is any way to have Adam be your guide on this, we highly recommend asking for him. Enjoy.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
Paris has such a long and rich history; and although we are no longer able to visit the great cathedral of Notre Dame, there is still so much to see and learn and appreciate! We're so glad that you joined us on this journey through Ile de la Cite and enjoyed uncovering its wonders!
Most enjoyable tour
Jolie P
, Mar 2019
Felix, our tour guide was great! He was knowledgeable, and could bring history to life. He also has a million dollar smile.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Thank you for your review! We are delighted to hear that Felix helped illuminate the City of Light for you!
Average tour
Giselle H
, Jan 2019
I went on this tour because of Notre Dame church which is beautiful but unfortunately we couldn't climb to the tower because the office couldn't get the tickets so they said we will get a refund and we can come back the next day and buy a ticket and go on our own ( which i doubt anyone from the froup did ) . La chapelle was inetersting also la Conciergerie.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Dear Giselle H, Thank you for the review. We apologize that the situation with tickets that day negatively impacted your experience. Sometimes we have to work with issues beyond our control and feel terrible when it affects our guests' experiences. However, we are glad that you were still able to experience the tower despite the situation with the tickets. Thank you again and we hope that you enjoyed the rest of your time in Paris. All the best, The Walks Team
A wonderful visit made even more memorable by our guide Adam x
, Jan 2019
We had the most wonderful day on this tour. All three attractions are fantastic and each was made more interesting by our very enthusiastic and knowledgeable tour guide 'Adam'. We were in a small group and were amused and involved all the way through. Take the time to go to the top of Notre-Dame, I almost didn't & am so pleased I did, the view is amazing and well worth the huffing and puffing of the steps. I would highly recommend this tour even though it is an early start.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
We're excited to hear that you had a wonderful tour of Ile de la Cite with Adam! The views atop Notre Dame are truly magical; we're glad we got to share them with you!
A great combination of 3 must see attractions!
, Jan 2019
We met our guide at 7.45am, our tour being at 8am which was an early start, but was a good early start to our walk around Paris for the day, with the tour over before lunch and lots of the day left to continue exploring Paris! Notre-Dam is just beautiful and a must to visit. A guide is good to have to explain things we would have not known. We then walked to Sainte Chapelle, with more history explained to us. Well worth seeing also - just beautiful! The prison was next with another short walk - all 3 are close by so there is not much walking - our guide explained so much to us we felt we were in that era! She took us out of our world and for a short time into Marie Antoinette’s world! A definite must to visit also. We then walked back to Dotre-Dame where our guide left us in our skip the line to climb the towers. This you do at your own pace and time. We aren’t young, but managed the hundreds of steps to the very top quite well! The view is magnificent from the top, with many many photo opportunities of Paris. A well worthwhile, enjoyable tour!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
Hello Jillianthetraveller, We appreciate you taking the time to leave such a thoughtful review! We're so glad that you had a wonderful time visiting the sites of Ile de la Cite with your guide. There's truly no better way to experience the wonder and history of a new place than with the help of an expert guide!
Interesting and Entertaining
, Jan 2019
We thoroughly enjoyed this tour. Adam our guide was fantastic. We were expertly shown around with loads of interesting facts about the history of the Notre Dame, Sainte Chapelle and the Conciergerie.Highly recommended
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
Thank you so much for your recommendation! If you are ever back in Paris, give us a shout. We'd love to see you!
Best Tour Ever!!!
, Dec 2018
Felix was superb. He made the tour through the Notre Dame so much more exciting. His knowledge and interaction with his group is so exciting.This is truly worth it. The extra history and knowledge shared made it special.Thank you so much Felix and super amazing tour.

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