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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.


  • 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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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

Susanne M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

I would give our tour ten stars on a scale of one to five. Our tour guide was a French History major, with a concentration on the Medieval, and added so much meaning to our tour of both the island and the Cathedral. This tour provides so much information about the extremely detailed effort that went into establishing this island, building this Cathedral, saving the island and the Cathedral from internal and external forces, and finally, restoration and preservation of this stunning, amazing historic site. The island walk was pleasant, but not demanding. A warning is needed for the tour of the Tour, or Bell Tower:: ground to first deck/gift shop is a small workout for the not practiced or very young or old, first deck to second deck is a tiny, very rounded, very tight stairway that requires decent health and stamina, BUT IS WORTH IT! The view! The sculptures! Second deck to the two tower parts-bell tower and top deck, are really not bad after One to Two, and even more spectacular. Would say this is a necessity for those wishing to truly enjoy their Notre Dame experience.

Andrew G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This was a fantastic tour! We learnt a lot but also had a lot of fun. Our guide Charlie was awesome and really made the tour.

Susan B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

I have been to Paris on several occasions but have never done a tour. Shannon was a fantastic guide. Friendly, and very knowledgable. I learned lots of new things about Parisian history and Notre Dame. The climb up to the bell tower was challenging but so worth it. It helps to be somewhat in shape. I'd definitely recommend this tour!

Mary P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Avi led us on this wonderful tour of the Ile and Notre Dame. We used headsets which allowed our group to spread out but still hear the history and information Avi was relaying. Notre Dame is beautiful and the history was intriguing. The bell tower offered wonderful views.
Well worth it.

James Herbert A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Felix our guide was not only a very personable guide but he was a bottomless pit of information. We had taken a tour of Notre Dame earlier in the week and were surprised at the amount of new information that Felix had. One small note, we included a tour of the bell tower and there should be a note that it may be difficult for the elderly and those with disabilities.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Great tour, very knowledgeable and fun guide!

James M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

The tour guide was very friendly and knowledgable of the surrounding area and the Cathedral. Being able to break in and walk all the way up to the tower was great. Highly recommended to take this tour!

Celeste G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Charlie was fantastic! Highly recommend!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Highly recommended. Our guide a history major gave us a very interesting history and anecdotes relating to the Notre Dame Cathedral and of Paris during the ages. The visit to the bell towers is a must. amazing views of he city and the cathedral itself. Be prepared to climb a steep narrow staircase. Skip if you have health issues.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Our tour guide was great! The skip the line is definitely worth getting.

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