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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 20 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 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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

I enjoyed this tour immensely. Our guide was especially knowledgable and very friendly.

Irina Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Wonderful tour! Our guide was quite knowledgeable about Notre Dame and the area surrounding the cathedral. Unfortunately, due to the cold weather we were not able to go up to the tower, but it did not take away from the rest of the tour. Overall, we had a great time, and would recommend this tour to anyone.

Lord Sebastian United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Good tour, be sure to know where the meeting point is as it's a tad tricky, well it was for us. But once we got on our way the tour was very interesting.

Meesha Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

The tour guide was not dull at all. Was very informative, kept us eager to want to know more. Architect was AMAZING. We walked the grounds inside and out. I was more than impressed. I felt if you saw one Church, you saw them all-not in this case....aww inspiring, jaw dropping and the history, RICH.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Awesome tour

Kimberly S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Great experience! It ended up being a personal tour for my husband and I, so we got great personal attention, and loved that they did not cancel it for only 2. Tour guide was fantastic and very informative. We were not able to go up in the tower as it had snowed the night before, so they had it closed due to slippery conditions. Will just have to go had been to Notre Dame a few times before on my own, but it was well worth taking the tour for all that information you can't get on your own. Highly recommended.

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!

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