• Location: Paris, France
  • Duration: 2 hours (approx.)
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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.


  • 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

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 varies departure time and head to Ile de la Cité to meet your English-speaking guide. With your 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 Notre Dame 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

David W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

A very satisfying walking tour of the area near and including Notre Dame cathedral. Our guide, Georgie, was incredibly knowledgeable and personable. A true professional, she learned all the participants names before the tour started. She is a passionate expert on gothic architecture along with possessing a depth of knowledge on French/Paris history. Provided a deeper understanding during this tour than a semester course. She has multiple years of experience leading tours in Rome and Paris. Georgie made what was always going to be a fun day into an extraordinary one. My wife and I have had the good fortune to take many great tours around the world. We agreed Georgie was probably the finest guide we have ever had. My highest recommendation for any Paris tour she leads (catacombs, etc).


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

The guide was very knowledgeable and we skipped the lines. He pointed out architectural details we did not know. His historical knowledge was outstanding.

Travis P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

This tour of Nortre Dame and Île de la Cité was fantastic. What made it so good was our guide Charley! He was extremely knowledgeable and was excellent at telling the stories and history of the island and cathedral. I would highly highly recommend this tour.

Bonnie H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2018

We thought we had missed the tour but the guide saw us sitting there and introduced himself. The guide was engaging and informational. We enjoyed the ability to go to the top of the Cathedral.

Cristina G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

very happy whit all the tour that I book whit This company Viator

Robert W C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

This tour was excellent and I would highly recommend it. Our guide was really exceptional in that she was fun, knowledgeable and very effective as a guide.

Daniel O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Our guide Ferret spelling? was both entertaining and extremely knowledgeable, particularly with regard to Notre Dame. Well worth the money.

Michael D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Outstanding! worth every penny Randa was absolutely awesome, best tour we've ever had! would do this again!

Valentina W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Really enjoyed this tour. The guide was informative, fun and the route was interesting.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Very knowledgable guide - Randa I think. Excellent historical perspective - nicely woven into the individual visited location stories. Good pace, never felt rushed or slow. If it hadn't been in the rain and cold would have been awesome. Not her fault obviously.

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