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Discover the history and legends of the Notre Dame Cathedral towers on this unique after-hours tour. Visit the iconic site after all the crowds have dispersed to experience the quiet mystery of the Gothic masterpiece that inspired Victor Hugo’s ‘The Hunchback of Notre-Dame.’ Climb to the top of one of the towers for panoramic evening views of the city, admiring stone gargoyles on the way up.

Highlights

  • After-hours tour of the Towers of Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris
  • Enjoy a rare chance to experience the Towers of Notre-Dame away from the crowds
  • Climb up the cathedral’s iconic towers after they’ve closed to the public
  • Soak up a beautiful panoramic view of Paris from the top
  • Learn about the history, legends and architecture of Notre-Dame from your guide

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What You Can Expect

After-Hours Tour of Notre-Dame Cathedral Towers

See the famous gargoyles that guard Notre Dame

Built in the 14th century, the Cathedral of Notre Dame is one of the most recognizable monuments in Paris. Meet your guide at the entrance to the towers in the evening to begin your after-hours tour. Experience the quiet majesty of the UNESCO World Heritage–listed cathedral after it has closed to the general public, and avoid the long lines common during the day.
Stand in the forecourt as your guide shares the history of this Gothic masterpiece that took more than 200 years to build. Hear how the cathedral inspired Victor Hugo’s novel The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, which in turn sparked a restoration of the neglected structure to its former glory.
Enter on the ground floor of one of the bell towers and climb 422 steps almost to the top of the cathedral, which rises an impressive 226 feet (69 meter) above the city streets. Appreciate the monumental history of Notre Dame as you gaze past the seated stone figures of gargoyles and chimeras out onto panoramic views of Paris.

Customer Reviews

roy k

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

It's a great way to see the tower and not wait on long lines or be overrun with too many people. The tour, however, does not go inside the cathedral.

karlbethel

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

I highly recommend this tour. You get to go inside the tower and see the bells. This does not occur on the regular day tours. Be ready to walk up 350 spiral steps to get there though.

Chris T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Great tour! Truly an enjoyable experience. Definitely recommend.

Rachel

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Great tour with a fantastic guide. Highly recommend this tour! One suggestion is to bring a bottle of water. Its a longer climb than I realized. A

TIMMY L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Awesome tour! The guide knew his history. However, I will warn you, the climb is 420 spiral steps. We went in mid-August, so the temps were around 85 degrees with no air circulation. Make sure you have plenty of water with you. There were some people who couldn't complete the climb and some who immediately had to leave. The views from the top are breathtaking!

rmmc07

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The guide was wonderful and knew his history. This tour was very enjoyable and much preferred by my preteen to waiting in long lines during the day in the hot sun.

Carrie K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This was a don't miss experience. If I had a friend who was looking to splurge on one tour, this is it. Yes, there are over 400 steps but it was worth every one of them. Being up there without crowds and with a great guide was an experience I'll never forget.

Bobby

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Brilliant tour, Wonderful guide and Spectacular views.

Wendy H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was one of the things we will never forget. If you are going on a tour of anything while in Paris...Do this Tour.

Lola

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Loved this after hours tour! Not only was it less crowded than the day tour but we could spend as much time as we wanted on top and in the bell tower. Awesome tour and highly recommended.

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