Notre Dame's Island with Sainte Chapelle and Marie Antoinette's prison
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Notre Dame's Island with Sainte Chapelle and Marie Antoinette's prison

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Stop At: Latin Quarter, 75005 Paris France

Did you know that there are two islands on the river Seine, and that Paris was founded on one of them, the Ile de la Cité? Join our guide for a fascinating walking tour of this charming and historical island, home to some of the most dazzling medieval architecture in the city.

We'll start our tour on the Left Bank, in the Latin Quarter, home to scholars and intellectuals since the founding of the Sorbonne University in the 13th Century. We'll pass by the famed bookstore Shakespeare & Company, gathering place for the literary legends of the 'Lost Generation' - Hemingway, F Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein and many others - who made Paris both their home and the artistic center of the world.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Paris, 6 Parvis Notre-Dame Place Jean-Paul II, 75004 Paris France

You will then see the imposing gothic structure of Notre Dame Cathedral. Built in the 13th century, this magnificent edifice has recently survived a devastating fire, yet she is still standing proudly as the symbol of the city. Learn of her incredible construction, the mastery of her medieval architects and builders, and watch history unfold before us as she readies herself to stand tall for another eight centuries. We will see the exterior of the cathedral, you can admire the imposing sculpted facade and bell towers, the flying buttresses still holding the structure of the cathedral together today, and learn of her glorious past, including tales of the famous Hunchback.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Sainte-Chapelle, 8 Boulevard du Palais, 75001 Paris France

Then it’s a short stroll through the charming flower market to the Sainte Chapelle, home to some of best-preserved and most breathtaking stained glass in the world.

Built in the 13th century by the King Saint Louis, 80% of the walls are covered by remarkable colored glass windows. Once again you will skip the long entry lines, and your guide will teach you how to read the stories on these centuries old masterpieces, as you admire the astonishing multi-colored light flooding the chapel.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Conciergerie, 2 boulevard du Palais, 75001 Paris France

Our last visit is to the Conciergerie, built as a medieval palace but most famous as the prison and last home of Queen Marie Antoinette during the French Revolution. See the cells where the prisoners were kept, including the cramped cell of Marie Antoinette, where she was imprisoned until she was taken to the guillotine in 1793.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Ile de la Cite, 75001 Paris France

Enjoy strolling through the streets of this charming island with your guide, hear the fascinating stories of it's long history, see one of the prettiest squares in Paris, and end your tour on the oldest bridge in the city.

Duration: 30 minutes

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  • Enjoy a stroll around the picturesque Ile de la Cite
  • Fully guided tour including the exterior of Notre Dame Cathedral
  • Skip the lines to the Sainte Chapelle and the Conciergerie
  • Marvel at the dazzling stained glass of the Sainte Chapelle
  • See Marie-Antoinette's prison cell
  • Fully accredited local guide
  • Limited groups of 25 people or fewer
  • Entry/Admission - Sainte-Chapelle
  • Entry/Admission - Conciergerie
Not included
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Increased security measures may affect lines as these security check are unskippable.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
Vivian F
5 | 2019-09-23

John, is by far the best guide you could ever ask for. He is not only knowledgeable, but it is evident that he loves what he does. St. Chappel, Marie Antoinette's prison and other sites were well worth the tour

Graham K
5 | 2018-09-20

Great small group 3 tour with a brilliant and passionate tour guide! Raphaelle?

Alan Keller
4 | 2018-07-10

Why am I giving 4 stars to a tour when the tour guide never showed up? I called the office and they very quickly 1 hour got us a second tour guide named Herve who was absolutely AMAZING! Very friendly, very informative, with a great personality. This is one of the best tours we took in Paris. Make sure you ask for Herve!

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