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Discover the City of Light on a personalized walking tour including skip-the-line access to the eaves of the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral. With a live guide, learn the cathedral’s riveting history of the Ile de la Cité and Notre Dame de Paris throughout the ages. Get expert insight into the cathedral's somber accents and head up to the famous bell towers, where you will perch amongst the gargoyles for a splendid view of Paris. To upgrade your ticket, select a private tour exclusive to just your group.

Highlights

  • Expert English-speaking guide, plus audio headsets guarantee you'll hear the guide clearly
  • Personalized small group and commentary (maximum 25 people)
  • Skip the line to climb the Notre Dame Bell Towers
  • Enjoy a small-group tour or a private tour exclusive to only your group

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What You Can Expect

Skip the Line: Notre Dame Cathedral, Tower and Ile de la Cite Half-Day Walking Tour

Skip the Line: Notre Dame Cathedral, Towers and Ile de la Cité Walking Tour

Choose a morning or evening tour and head to Ile de la Cité to meet your English-speaking guide. With you small group, explore the small island that is notably the epicenter of Paris and learn about the political and cultural importance of this area and the surrounding Seine River. Hear about ever-evolving Paris from antiquity and the dark ages to present day. 

Then explore the breathtaking interior of St Paul’s Cathedral – a relic of Paris’ long and storied past. Originally built in 1160 by the Bishop of Paris, this glorious monument has seen nearly a millennia of turbulence including rioting Huguenots in the 16th century, destruction during the French Revolution and bullet spray during WWII.

Wander the grand space and admire the signature organs, vibrant stained glass windows and the elaborate stone work. Then jump the queue to the bell towers – which can last up to two hours! – and climb the 387 steps to the top. Stand in the footsteps of Victor Hugo’s infamous Hunchback of Notre Dame and see the city as he must have – amongst bells and spires, in the company of ominous yet protective gargoyles.

Customer Reviews

Teresa D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

The tour guide was outstanding! The group,was prompt and easy to find. Very enjoyable experience.

Michele D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Excellent way to see this monument. The guide provided some great information (I and #39;m sorry that I forgot his name). Highly recommend this tour.

Nancy D. P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Had amazing guide. Young fellow from England. So knowledgeable.

Krisztina S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

We LOVED this tour and learned so much from our tour guide, Avi! He was like a walking encyclopedia and shared a wealth of interesting knowledge with us throughout this tour. I especially enjoyed learning about royal symbolism, and as we continued our European tour specifically in Venice, we were able to spot the same/similar royal symbols that he pointed out to us - very cool. Thank you Avi!

Peggie M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Would highly recommend this tour, John our guide was really knowledgable and a great guy, we learnt a lot about Paris. A beautiful part of the city and the view from the Tower is amazing.

Jamie B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Davor was our guide. He was extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and engaging. His insights into French history were interesting. Notre Dame is beautiful and stunning views from the top. If you are comfortable with stairs and tight spaces, it is well worth it from meeting time to leaving ND was about 3 hours. If you want to see the city from the top of the bell towers, this tour is the way to do it.

Susanne M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

I would give our tour ten stars on a scale of one to five. Our tour guide was a French History major, with a concentration on the Medieval, and added so much meaning to our tour of both the island and the Cathedral. This tour provides so much information about the extremely detailed effort that went into establishing this island, building this Cathedral, saving the island and the Cathedral from internal and external forces, and finally, restoration and preservation of this stunning, amazing historic site. The island walk was pleasant, but not demanding. A warning is needed for the tour of the Tour, or Bell Tower:: ground to first deck/gift shop is a small workout for the not practiced or very young or old, first deck to second deck is a tiny, very rounded, very tight stairway that requires decent health and stamina, BUT IS WORTH IT! The view! The sculptures! Second deck to the two tower parts-bell tower and top deck, are really not bad after One to Two, and even more spectacular. Would say this is a necessity for those wishing to truly enjoy their Notre Dame experience.

Andrew G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This was a fantastic tour! We learnt a lot but also had a lot of fun. Our guide Charlie was awesome and really made the tour.

Susan B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

I have been to Paris on several occasions but have never done a tour. Shannon was a fantastic guide. Friendly, and very knowledgable. I learned lots of new things about Parisian history and Notre Dame. The climb up to the bell tower was challenging but so worth it. It helps to be somewhat in shape. I'd definitely recommend this tour!

Mary P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Avi led us on this wonderful tour of the Ile and Notre Dame. We used headsets which allowed our group to spread out but still hear the history and information Avi was relaying. Notre Dame is beautiful and the history was intriguing. The bell tower offered wonderful views.
Well worth it.

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