Notre Dame Island with Medieval History of Paris Guided Tour
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Notre Dame Island with Medieval History of Paris Guided Tour

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Stop At: Ile de la Cite, 75001 Paris France

Immerse yourself in the Paris of the middle ages on a 1.5hr walking tour of Île de la Cité with an expert historian guide. Founded on a river crossing by a pagan tribe, this settlement became a global leader by trying out a range of dramatic forms of rule over the course of hundreds of years.

Along with your guide, you’ll wander through the picture-book Paris of Place Dauphine which was built by a king and designed for infinite games of boules. You’ll pass by the brooding Conciergerie where they held members of the royalty while the guillotine was sharpened.

At the stunning Palais de Justice, you’ll see where Marie Antoinette was sentenced to death. Sainte-Chapelle is also nearby, still standing where it was built as a chapel for the royals and to hold the fragments of Christian faith which French Knights brought back from the crusades. If the spire looks familiar it is because it was the model for the one on Notre Dame which was recently destroyed by fire.

As you explore further into the island, you’ll discover the roots of pagans, the remains of Romans and the faith of kings and queens which led them to believe they had a divine right to rule.

Your tour will also take you across the Seine to the Left Bank, the playground of thousands of students and artists such as Joyce and Hemingway. While they were attracted by famous bookstores like Shakespeare and Co you will visit it to get the best views of Notre Dame Cathedral*.

The Cathedral is, of course, currently closed due to the savage fire that ripped through it, but the exterior can be viewed on the tour. Its flying buttresses still stand strong under the scaffolding which surrounds it as restoration continues. Your guide will fill you in on how it became the Grand Dame of France and why its architecture was a radical departure from European churches of the time. The global outpouring of grief after the fire is a testament to the esteem that this cathedral is held in. You will discover how it has survived more than one occasion like this.
*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

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Pass By: Seine River, 75001 Paris France


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  • Visit to Ile de la Cite
  • Local guide
  • Small group of 25 people max
  • Headsets when appropriate
  • Optional Access to Corciergerie, prison where Marie-Antoinette was kept (when booked)
Not included
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • 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.
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
April S
5 | 2019-07-24

Our original tour had to be altered due to the unfortunate fire at Notre Dame. However, the tour that they switched us to was phenomenal. Our tour guide, Shannon, was amazing and guided us through the French history as we walked the streets of Ile de la Cite. Thank you, Shannon, for a wonderful tour!

Geroge M
5 | 2019-07-03

Beside the fact the tour having to be changed to a walking tour and time change(which the email got miss placed somewhere) due to the fire at Notre Dame. We were very happy with the the guide’s Hugo,humours way of telling us the story of the Notre Dame chapel . King Henry the 4 and the Sainte-Chapelle . We enjoyed it very much and worth the changes

Kristin D
5 | 2018-10-03

I’ve been in this tour before and went again with friends who haven’t been before and I’m so glad I did. Leo had stories and fun facts that I hadn’t heard before. He was engaging, informative and fun!!!

Irwin M
5 | 2018-09-26

Our tour guide, Charlie, was superb. He was informative and funny without lecturing the tout group. He kept the tour moving without feeling rushed. This was a highlight and I would highly recommend it.

Brice G
5 | 2018-09-13

the view from the top was fantastic. Second best view in Paris

5 | 2018-08-20

The tour guide made the best tour we had while in Paris. Very informative, polite, funny and holds your attention. It was outstanding.

Susan W
5 | 2018-08-19

We love the information that was provided in this tour. Highly recommend.

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