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Discover Gothic architecture, medieval artefacts and centuries of heritage on this 3.5-hour art history walking tour of Paris. After a traditional Parisian snack of coffee and croissants by the Seine River, explore the 12th-century Notre Dame Cathedral with your guide. Visit the Sainte Chapelle on the Île de la Cité and admire the spectacular 13th-century stained glass windows in the nave. Finish your tour at the Conciergerie, once part of the Palais de la Cité. Your tour size is limited to eight to ensure a more personalized experience.

Highlights

  • Private tour of Notre Dame Cathedral, the Sainte Chapelle and the Conciergerie
  • Gain insight into Paris' medieval history, artistic heritage and religious relics and monuments from an expert art historian guide
  • Start with a traditional French snack of coffee and croissants on the banks of the Seine River
  • Admire the Gothic grandeur of Notre Dame Cathedral, the symbol of medieval Paris
  • View the spectacular stained-glass windows inside the Sainte Chapelle, a 13th-century royal chapel
  • Choose between a morning or afternoon tour

What You Can Expect

Private Tour: Notre Dame Cathedral, the Sainte Chapelle and the Conciergerie

Marvel at the beautiful stained-glass windows of the Sainte Chapelle

Meet your guide on the Île Saint-Louis in central Paris in the morning or afternoon (depending on option selected). Then, start your tour in typical French style with coffee and croissants in a local café.


Afterward, head on to Notre Dame Cathedral with your guide and admire its striking Gothic façade before stepping inside to explore further. Widely considered among the most famous churches in the world, Notre Dame Cathedral was built during the reign of King Louis VII in the 12th century and it stands today as one of Paris’ most iconic medieval buildings. Admire the stained-glass windows and religious artifacts on display and learn the significance behind several of the surviving statues.

Continue on to the Sainte Chapelle, a 13th-century church constructed by King Louis IX. During your visit, marvel at the spectacular stained-glass windows in the nave and listen as your guide details the stories they tell.

Your visit after the Sainte Chapelle will proceed to the Conciergerie. This medieval building (which now houses the Paris law courts) is the oldest royal palace in Paris. It was the residence and seat of power of the French kings for centuries during the Middle Ages, then it was converted into a prison in the 15th century. You will see the impressive 14th century Hall of Men-at-arms where the banquets took place in the Middle Ages and the Guardroom with its gothic style vaults. Then you will tour the prison itself, with the Grooming room where the condemned prisoners were stripped from their personal belongings and you will see the different cells, including that of Marie-Antoinette, where she spent the last weeks of her life before being beheaded by guillotine.

Customer Reviews

Barbara S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Wonderful guide. Private tour was a really amazing experience. Enjoyed our conversations with the guide over our wonderful coffee. The sites are not to be missed.

Jay J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

We had an excellent tour guide who showed us many things that we would never have seen. Highly recommend it!

Irving B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

The tour was EXCEPTIONAL in every way. My wife loves history. Our guide Chris was excellent - very relational and answered every question my wife had. After the tour, we felt we had learned a lot, had a great time and had a new friend in Chris. Highly recommend.

Susan H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The tour was spectacular and was the highpoint of my trip! The tour with Francesca was absolutely fantastic! She was by far the best guide I have had the pleasure to spend time with. Her warm, endearing personality and depth of knowledge about French history and local insights for each of the sites was outstanding beyond compare. If you choose this tour, I would highly recommend that you request Francesca to be your guide. It was a complete joy to share this time with her.

Christopher C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We were so incredibly lucky since my wife and I were the only ones on the tour! Gwen, our guide, was extremely knowledgeable and fun. I would not hesitate to recommend this tour to anyone that is going to Paris and I would make sure to tell them to ask for Gwen if she is available.

Walter K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Guide Manuela was excellent!!

daniel s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Very enjoyable. Our guide Emily was knowledgable and pleasant. Nice to avoid the entry lines

kenkat44

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

If we could rate this tour with more than 5 stars we definitely would. The architecture was spectacular along with obtaining a better understanding of the history of these amazing sites. Pushing our experience over the top was our personal guide, Francesca. What an amazing person! Her knowledge, passion for what she does, and her personality made this the greatest tour of our stay in Paris.

Howard L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

When we met our guide at our little cafe before the tour began, we immediately realized that was going to be special event. Our guide's knowledge, personality, and energy had us fully involved for every minute of our 3 hour tour. Needless to say, every visitor to Paris MUST see Notre Dame, but to be taken through this cathedral by someone with a total knowledge of every detail made this visit all the more special. Learning about the intricacies of the statuary, the history of the relics, etc. was truly special. The trip over to St. Chapelle was also a true highlight. St. Chapelle, the mecca of stained glass is impressive enough, but our guide's in depth knowledge of the story of the glass panels brought the entire experience to life. The Conciergerie is steeped in history, and our tour guide made sure that we understood the story behind this historic building. Viator made this all possible. Thank you Viator

Lennix Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

We had an fantastic guide Agatha. She was full of information and very attentive to our needs and comfort. We learned so much and definitely found out things we would not have, had we visited these churches on our own.

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