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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.

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
  • Small group guided walking tour inside Notre Dame Cathedral

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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, Tower and Ile de la Cite Half-Day 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

Charles R. C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Our guide was GREAT! We learned a lot of facts interesting things.

Christine M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Avi, our guide, had a business acumen that went beyond all my expectations. He answered questions respectfully, knowledgeably and enhanced our experience. He was able to keep the group moving and lid out ll expectations. I truly hope I get him on another tour soon!!!!

Mark R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This was a great tour and our tour guide Avi was really knowledgeable about the history of Notre Dame Cathedral and the surrounding buildings. Very interesting tour and I learned a lot. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone seeking learn more about the history of Ile de la Cite.

meagan.mclain

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This tour was amazing! Hands down the best thing we did while in Paris! Charlie was the best tour guide and our personal favorite from all of our tours...so smart and informative! Always up for answering our questions. This is a must do while in Paris!

Charlie S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

I would highly recommend this tour, our tour guide Charlie was very informative and keen to answer any questions that we had about the tour or about Paris, his recommendations were very good! Thanks Charlie from Charlie. :)

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The tour guide was fabulous. She made this a wonderful experience.

Rakvinder H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Excellent experience! Learned a lot about the island and the Cathedral. There was a long line to get inside the church and to get inside the bell tower - but thanks to this ticket we skipped both lines and saved ourselves a lot of time! The best view of Paris is from the bell tower. Highly recommend!

Kevin H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Terrific tour! Small group and a wonderful guide who made so much history easy and fun to understand.

guesswhat

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Our guides for this tour was spectacular very knowlegeable and entertaining. The landmarks were impressive.

Wendi C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Fantastic guide. So worth it!

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