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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

Jennifer K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Very informational tour. Our guide Charlie was interesting and obviously knowledgeable about the tour. The Cathedral was beautiful and I am grateful to have been able to see it.

theo

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Our guide provided very useful informations on the history of Cite island with passionate and professional presentation style.

Stephen L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The guide was a great little Irishman not French ?? with a professional friendly presentation style.
Looking at the long lineup at Notre Dame I was thankful for the skip the line access although those waiting appeared not as happy

Barry S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We did this tour during our first full day in Paris. Meeting coordination was as noted and we had a decent sized group. The Cathedral of course is awesome and the guide was quite engaging and well informed.

There was a bit of a delay getting through the tower line -- on the order of a half hour or so. That caused some coordination problems with a couple of others on the tour as they had a subsequent tour closely timed.

Also, it should be made clear that the 400 step walk can be troublesome for some. It was clear that at least one touring person was not going to make the walk up the tower -- that's not a fault of the description, except perhaps to include a note that the tower walk is REAL exercise.

My wife and I could have gone all the way up but stopped at the bell tower level due to time constraints -- that 30 minute delay getting access to the steps, plus a couple of delays by the Tower security people grabbed up some spare time for us.

That being said, this was an excellent tour and the guides explanation of other sites in the one hour lead up to the Cathedral portion of the tour were very much appreciated.

It might be useful here to make sure people realize that the tour really has three components.

1 A walking tour of Ile de la Cite about an hour or so.

2 A guided tour of the inside of the Cathedral about 30 minutes

3 The skip the line access to the tower once the guide gets you in at this point, the guided portion completes.

That might reduce some confusion. Also, we do wish that 30 minute hold for tower access could have been less -- say 15 minutes or less.

Greg Kathy

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Josephine was an awesome tour guide. I and #39;ve gone on tours of Notre Dame before, but Josephine gave excellent insight and new information that I and #39;ve never heard before! By all means, go on this tour. The climb to the tip-top was spectacular!

Andrew W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Our tour guide, Lee, was really knowledgeable and entertaining.

mcollier

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

great tour. The guide was awesome.

Gil

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Ben was our tour guide. Very knowledgeable. Many interesting facts provided which would be very rare for an outsider to learn in a short trip. Highlight was the visit into the Notre Dame where Ben and #39;s expertise came in handy and the explanation of the front doors symbols.

Guillermo B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

outstanding! from the knowledge of the guide to his interpersonal skills.

tschmutter63

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Fantastic tour guided by Avi who was simply fantastic! Avi and #39;s commentary and knowledge were just superb. The skip the line tix to enter the bell towers were definitely worth it. Highly recommended..!!

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