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Chartres and Its Cathedral: 5-Hour Tour from Paris with Private Transport

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Discover grand spires and medieval houses along the Eure River on a 5-hour trip to Chartres from Paris with a private driver and guide. Find out firsthand why the Chartres Cathedral has been a pilgrimage place since the 12th century as you explore the rich symbols and artwork that adorn the stunning interior. Enjoy the flexibility of a private tour, so you can visit the cathedral and surrounding old city at your own pace, with plenty of time to see the places that interest you most.
  • 5-hour, private tour of Chartres from Paris
  • Step back in time on a history tour
  • Choose a private guide for a personal experience
  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Family friendly
Meet your guide at your Paris hotel, and learn about Chartres history as you make the 1-hour drive southwest to the 'Capital of Light and Perfume.' Start your private Chartres tour with the city’s most iconic landmark: the Cathedral Notre-Dame de Chartres is considered one of the world’s most stunning examples of Gothic architecture. Find some the the 4,000 sculptures that decorate the church, and follow biblical stories, kings and saints through 176 stained-glass windows.

Hear about centuries and myth and mystery that surround the Chartres Cathedral labyrinth, a 42-foot (13-meter) maze in the heart of the nave. Descend into the 11th-century crypt to find chapels, frescoes and ‘jamb statues,’ then take in the exterior of the church. Learn why the cathedral towers are built in different styles, see the 15th-century astronomical clock and get panoramic views of the old city from the Bishops Palace Garden.

After fully exploring the cathedral, take in the best of the historic Chartres, where you’ll find half-timbered houses from medieval times, picturesque foot bridges and tiny fishing boats along the Eure River. Follow narrow streets to pretty shops and cafes, and soak up the unique atmosphere of the center. Finish the day with a return trip to Paris and drop-off at your hotel.
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Chartres Cathedral
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Tourist Office of Chartres
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Chartres Historic Preservation Area
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Good trip
jmb0w
, Oct 2019
Our trip was good, although traffic and driving time limits the time we actually spent in Chartres. Would have liked to have spend more time wandering the village. Guide was excellent and knowledgeable.
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Extraordinary Day in Chartres
diannawoolley
, Sep 2019
My spouse and I couldn’t have asked for a more informative and relaxing day than with guide Lilith and driver Alex. Comfortable, immaculate car for the journey, articulate, knowledgeable guide. A totally enjoyable experience assuring we will engage with Viator when we travel again.
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It was very luxurious to have a...
Mark B
, Apr 2018
It was very luxurious to have a private tour, complete with driver and experienced guide. Our guide was very knowledgeable and patient with us and the Cathedral is a gem. It was the one thing we did on our week trip to Paris that didn't involve fighting a massive crowd, so we really enjoyed the leisure to explore the Cathedral and then have lunch in the wonderful town. Even the rain couldn't dampen the experience.
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Lilith was very good. Excellent...
Aylwin L
, Oct 2017
Lilith was very good. Excellent experience. The cathedral is a must see.
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Chartres is one of the world's most...
Andy W
, Sep 2017
Chartres is one of the world's most beautiful cathedrals and this tour was one of the best ways to enjoy the beauty and history of Chartres. Our professional guide Lilet was knowledgeable and gracious. She provided clear and interesting information about the cathedral and its surroundings. She went out of her way to always meet our needs and keep us happy. The ride was comfortable and peaceful allowing us to access the parts of the village that larger vehicles may not have had access to. I heartily recommend this tour.
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We had such a great experience! A...
Diana H.
, Mar 2017
We had such a great experience! A nice drive from Paris to Chartres in a private car with our very knowledgeable guide who shared a lot about French culture and history around religion and society along the way. Once at Chartres we had a private discussion about the church and recent renovations and discoveries. No time to stop for lunch but we did stop for a coffee and chatted a bit more. Then a lovely drive back and he dropped us off at our next adventure we had booked since we were short on time, which was really nice. This was definitely worth the price and did not take all day to do.
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This tour was fantastic! We...
Karen N
, Oct 2016
This tour was fantastic! We requested a visit to Masion Piqassiette first and it was so fantastic. Well worth the detour and was so happy to see the gardens in bloom in early October.

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