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Visit some of Paris’ top historical sites and enjoy an in-depth experience at Notre Dame Cathedral on this half-day Paris sightseeing tour that’s great for history buffs. With a knowledgeable guide, you’ll travel to city landmarks like the Louvre, Palais Garnier, Bastille Square, the Latin Quarter and Luxembourg Gardens. Then head to Ile de la Cité either by bus or Seine River cruise to visit Notre Dame, Paris’ iconic masterpiece of Gothic architecture. Learn about its history and significance from your guide.

Highlights

  • Sightseeing tour of Notre Dame Cathedral and the oldest parts of Paris
  • View top Paris attractions such as the Luxembourg Gardens, the Louvre and the Sorbonne
  • Take a Seine cruise or mini-coach ride to Ile de la Cité to visit magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral
  • Learn about the history, architecture and importance of the cathedral from your expert guide

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This is your chance to learn all about one of the most famous landmarks in Paris. While many tours just give you an overview of Notre Dame Cathedral, this one puts it in historical context and explains how significant it is to everyday Parisians.

What You Can Expect

Historical Paris Sightseeing Tour Including Notre Dame Cathedral

Place Vendome: One of the sights on your historical bus tour of Paris

Your historical city tour begins at a location in central Paris, where you’ll meet your guide and hop aboard a comfortable coach for the drive to some of the French capital’s oldest and most fascinating sites. As you go, learn about the importance of these attractions from your guide.

Pass by Place Vendome and Palais Garnier, Paris’ famed opera house and the setting for The Phantom of the Opera, and admire the intricate architecture of the Louvre and Hotel de Ville, the city hall. Check out Bastille Square (Place de la Bastille), an important French Revolution site, and drive through popular neighborhoods like the elegant Marais and lively Latin Quarter, home to the Sorbonne. Visit one of Paris’ largest parks, Luxembourg Gardens (Jardin du Luxembourg), and pass through the St-Germain-des-Prés district where writers and other intellectual figures like Ernest Hemingway, Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre used to spend their time.

Next, you’ll head to Ile de la Cité, one of the islands in the Seine, either via a short river cruise (during warmer months) or by minicoach (during the winter). When you arrive on the small island, head inside Notre Dame Cathedral with your guide to marvel at its Gothic architecture and learn about its centuries-old past, including what damage it incurred by the events of the Revolution.

Your tour then ends with the coach ride back to your departure point.

Please note: On Sundays and during mass services, you will not be allowed to enter the cathedral. The commentary will take place in the square outside.

Customer Reviews

Saundra D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

I can and #39;t even begin to express what a great time we had! I guess the highlight was the Eiffel Tower tour. But all tours were exquisite. Thank you.

Terry B USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing!

mdbelle

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

An interesting and enjoyable tour. My guide was very knowledgeable.

sbuck930

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Thought the bus portion of the tour was especially good, as it took us into some areas we hadn't previously seen. Our guide was great - she walked us past an open-air market full of color en route to the cathedral, plus some unique shops. Finishing up on the BatoBus was perfect.

bobbie

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Another excellent tour with a typically very knowledgeable guide to this extraordinary cathedral. Returning to the Louvre area by riverboat was a nice touch.

ETHEL D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Another awesome tour. We booked all our tours through Viator and were so glad we did. Every one of them was everything we expected it to be and more. Notre Dame Cathedral was just beautiful. So glad we did this tour.

oceansideisle

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The tour was excellent. The guide we had was not the greatest but what we saw and the information was very good

Corazon A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Loved my tour and my tour guide was nice and took extra special time to make me feel as priority

Michael M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

The quide was excellent and the tour was well worth the money.
Mike and Terry McCabe

Rick Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

This was an extremely worthwhile tour. The tour guide took great care to explain sites during the driving tour and we spent at least 45 minutes in the cathedral. The tour guide lead a wonderful and informative tour inside Notre Dame.

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