Complete Tour Description
Take a tour of Notre Dame Island* and explore the heart of France from the humble river location where the pagan Parissi tribe founded a settlement that exploded in the medieval period.
Discover how an ultra stylish architecture developed after the Dark Ages powered by the Monarchy and Church. This city set the standard before turning the world upside down with its revolution.
Explore Île de la Cité
Your tour starts on Pont Neuf bridge beneath a statue of Henri IV, one of its favorite kings. Your expert guide will show you the royal buildings that became the administrative center of France as you head towards Notre Dame.
Along the way, you'll be captivated by tales of gruesome histories, revolutionary rivalries and romantic interludes as royalty and clergy clashed with the French people.
Walk around Notre Dame
Join your guide as you walk around the outside of the visually stunning 12th century Notre Dame Cathedral. Discover how its flying buttresses, soaring towers, and Gothic facade were constructed and how it survived revolutions and recent fires.
See for yourself why Victor Hugo set his widely-acclaimed novel, The Hunchback of Notre Dame here beneath the looming gargoyles that pierce you with their stony eyes.
Skip the line into Sainte Chapelle
Your tour will take you to another gothic masterpiece, Sainte-Chapelle where you’ll be whisked past the crowds with Skip the Line Access. This hidden wonder is home to over 6,500 square feet of 13th century stained glass. Dazzling in color, it is a sparkling gothic gem not to be missed.
Your guide will take you off the island to the famous Left Bank of Paris. The best views of the Notre Dame Cathedral are to be found here as you soak up the intellectual vibes from the student quarter.
You will also pass the legendary bookstore “Shakespeare and Co”, which was featured in the movie Midnight in Paris.
Join us on this incredible 2-hour journey exploring the architectural heart of medieval Paris.
If you are interested in more tours of the city, check out our tours of Paris.
*Please note that the streets around the Cathedral are closed until further notice. Therefore we won’t be able to access the square in front of Notre Dame and see the 0km point. However, your guide will ensure to take you through alternative routes so you can get as close as possible to the Cathedral