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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

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!

Brian

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Our tour guide, a gentleman from the USA, was excellent! He was very informative and spoke clearly. I highly suggest booking this. You get a nice history of the area walking around. There is a short wait to get into security to enter the Cathedral. Everyone has to wait in this. The REAL TIME SAVINGS is the skip the line to climb the tower! That line is insane! This tour totally skips that line! Highly recommend!

April S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Tour was great! Charlie was full of information and made the tour a lot of fun. Highly recommended.

Jon T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Great above average local guide and walking tour. This tour can also be used to skip the line for the Notre Dame tower, which typically lasts 1.5 - 2 hours.

Jennifer F. H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Felix made this tour for us. He was so entertaining and interesting. He was able to answer all of our questions and even suggested a great place for dinner after our tour. The tour was well paced. Our son especially enjoyed climbing the bell tower.

Lisa R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Our family 2 adults and 3 teenagers very much enjoyed this tour! Avi was our guide and he gave us a fantastic history of the island and cathedral without it being boring. My 3 teens loved it! We learned a lot while seeing such beautiful sites!!

Jenny J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Very informative tour with our guide Harvey who was more than happy to answer questions and related the historic information in a very interesting way. The time went so quickly. So glad to be able to literally walk straight in to the cathedral and climb up the tower when the queues were huge and it was about a 2 hour wait to get in.

Ricky C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Informative tour about the history of Notre Dame and the surrounding areas. Very nice walking tour. Guide was really good at explaining the history. Skip the line is good. Would recommend.

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