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Île de la Cité Tours

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Île de la Cité
Île de la Cité shares the Seine River with its upstream neighbor, Île Saint-Louis, right in the middle of Paris's city center. The westernmost end of the island is mostly residential with a small park at the tip, while the eastern end gives visitors the best view of the flying buttresses of Notre-Dame Cathedral. The Palais de Justice is also housed on the island, which has the Sainte-Chapelle inside, a tiny jewel box of almost kaleidoscopic color thanks to its wonderful stained glass.

Archaeologists found evidence of habitation on this island by the Romans, as early as the first century BC. But the early 17th century was when the island came into its own, after the construction of the Pont Neuf that spans the river and intersects with the western end.

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The Île de la Cité is actually the geographical center of Paris, and as such it's easily reachable. From the Left Bank of the Seine, the M4 Saint-Michel stop is the closest. The Right Bank's stop is Châtelet, with the M1, M4, M7, M11 and M14 all stopping there. And on the island itself, the M4's Cité stop is the only Metro station.
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75 Tours and Activities to Experience Île de la Cité

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

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

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The Parisian district of Ile de la Cité is packed with standout sights—and surrounded by the picturesque waters of the Seine. Cover the highlights of the stunning, history-filled island during an enriching guided visit. See the Conciergerie, where Marie-Antoinette was once imprisoned, and walk by the remains of the Notre Dame Cathedral (closed during reconstruction). The tour includes skip-the-line admission to the famous stained glass windows of Saint Chapelle.
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  • 2 hours 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$66.11
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$66.11
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Paris Private Tour by Classic French Citroën

Paris Private Tour by Classic French Citroën

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Put a twist on the typical Paris sightseeing tour with a private drive around the city in a Citroën Traction—a classic French car. Inside the open-top vehicle with a retractable roof, drive through neighborhoods like Montmartre and the Latin Quarter and pass by major sights such as the Eiffel Tower, Champs-Elysées, the Louvre, and the Moulin Rouge. Learn about the city from a guide as you go. Up to four people can fit in one car.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$194.50
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Paris Medieval Private Tour: Ile de la Cité, Sainte Chapelle & Conciergerie

Paris Medieval Private Tour: Ile de la Cité, Sainte Chapelle & Conciergerie

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Experience the beauty and history of one of the River Seine's last two natural islands—Ile de la Cité—on a private 3-hour walking tour with a visit to Notre Dame Cathedral. Admire the stunning gothic architecture of this centuries-old church, see its iconic gargoyles and step inside to view its towering vaulted ceilings and learn about its legendary bell ringer from your art historian guide. Then enjoy exclusive skip-the-line access into Sainte-Chapelle—known for its incredible stained glass windows—and the Conciergerie, a once-torturous prison where Marie Antoinette served time. 
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$228.19
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$228.19
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Eiffel Tower Access, Seine River Dinner Cruise & Moulin Rouge Show

Eiffel Tower Access, Seine River Dinner Cruise & Moulin Rouge Show

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Soak in the splendor of Paris in one unforgettable night that includes fine-dining, sightseeing, and a flamboyant cancan show. Choose between dining at the Eiffel Tower and a sightseeing river cruise, or combine the experience with a spectacular dinner cruise along the Seine. Top your evening off by sipping Champagne and enjoying a show at the legendary Moulin Rouge.
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  • 7 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$383.29
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$383.29
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Paris in One Day : Eiffel Tower Summit, Louvre and Seine River Cruise

Paris in One Day : Eiffel Tower Summit, Louvre and Seine River Cruise

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Hit all the Paris highlights, starting with a guided tour of the Eiffel Tower including standard access to the tower's summit. Follow up with a narrated cruise along the Seine River, a tour of Ile de la Cité home to the Notre-Dame Cathedral, and a guided walk through the Louvre Museum. Enjoy skip-the-line access so you can bypass the Louvre's outdoor crowds and tour the artworks with your guide. 
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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$239.63
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Notre Dame Island with Medieval History of Paris Guided Tour - 15 People Max

Notre Dame Island with Medieval History of Paris Guided Tour - 15 People Max

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Discover the 'City of Light' on a small-group walking tour. With a guide, learn the 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 learn how these medieval structures have survived over the years.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$34.92
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Paris by Night City of Lights Sightseeing Guided Bike Tour

Paris by Night City of Lights Sightseeing Guided Bike Tour

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Pedal through the City of Light on an evening bike tour. Follow your guide past Paris' top attractions, such as the Louvre, Notre Dame, and the famous Berthillon ice cream shop, and listen to commentary along the way. After a relaxing ride through the illuminated city, top off your tour with a cruise along the Seine paired with a glass of wine.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$52.98
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$52.98
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Off the Beaten Track: Guided Bike Tour of Paris Local Districts and Stories

Off the Beaten Track: Guided Bike Tour of Paris Local Districts and Stories

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See Paris like a local as you pedal around its vibrant neighborhoods, lively markets and hidden sights on this small-group bike tour. Explore the famous Latin Quarter, the Jewish communities of Le Marais and the historic Place de la Bastille, as well as enjoying views of iconic landmarks like Notre-Dame Cathedral. With plenty of rest stops and photo opportunities, this tour is suitable for all ages and fitness levels.
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  • 3 hours to 3 hours 30 minutes
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$47.73
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$47.73

Ghosts, Mysteries and Legends Night Walking Tour of Paris

Ghosts, Mysteries and Legends Night Walking Tour of Paris

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Challenge your romantic illusions of Paris on a terrifying tour of the city’s most sinister spots. Delve into the eerie mysteries of the City of Light, strolling the serpentine streets in search of spectres and spooks; stray from the beaten path with a masterful story teller, discovering unfamiliar facts about the captivating capital as you venture to sites of reputed haunting. Gain fascinating insight into the horrible history of the city when you visit mystery-shrouded sites like the Place de la Vert Gallant and the Palais du Justice.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$22.88
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$22.88
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Paris in a Day: Montmartre, Eiffel Tower, Seine River Cruise & Optional Louvre

Paris in a Day: Montmartre, Eiffel Tower, Seine River Cruise & Optional Louvre

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See many noteworthy sights of Paris in one day, including skip-the-line access to the Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum (if option selected). With a guide, tour Montmartre and the Latin Quarter. At the Eiffel Tower, head up to the second level for views of the city. A ticket for a Seine River cruise is also included on this small-group sightseeing tour of Paris.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$119.21
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$119.21
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Lonely Planet Experiences: Paris Food & Drink Tour Of Saint-Germain

Lonely Planet Experiences: Paris Food & Drink Tour Of Saint-Germain

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Stroll through Paris’ Bohemian past with this guided walking tour of Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the Latin Quarter. Explore these neighborhoods known as havens for the city’s intellectuals and artists, and stop in at a local café to enjoy a savory charcuterie platter. Visit the oldest park in Paris and try your hand at the beloved French ballgame pétanque. See the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral and browse the shelves at the city’s first English bookstore. Numbers are limited to 12 for a personalized small-group experience.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$80.93
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$80.93
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Paris Seine River 3-Course Dinner Cruise on board Capitaine Fracasse

Paris Seine River 3-Course Dinner Cruise on board Capitaine Fracasse

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Sit down to a 3-course Gallic dinner and pass Paris' top sites on this 4-hour evening cruise on the Seine River. From the panoramic windows of the dining room, look out at the Louvre, Musée d'Orsay, Ile de la Cité, Pont Alexandre III, and other glittering waterfront sights. Upgrade to include Champagne, cocktails, wine, or beer, and head to the top deck for open-air views of the City of Light.
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  • 2 hours
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$78.27
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$78.27

Paris City Center & Skip-the-Line Louvre Museum Combo Tour - Private Tour

Paris City Center & Skip-the-Line Louvre Museum Combo Tour - Private Tour

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Get to know the picture-perfect city of Paris on this private walking tour that comes with a fast-access entry ticket into the Louvre Museum. Starting on Île de la Cité, where the ancient city was born, your own guide takes you on a stroll along the Seine River and shares insight into many famous landmarks like the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Eiffel Tower. Next, it’s off into the Louvre, bypassing the long entrance lines, for a guided tour of world-class artworks including the ’Mona Lisa’ and ‘Venus de Milo.’
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  • 5 hours to 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$215.72
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Paris during WWII Historical Walking Tour

Paris during WWII Historical Walking Tour

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Step back in time to the days of Nazi occupation in Paris during this small-group tour. Discover the history and stories behind this dark period and learn about how the Allied forces fought to liberate Europe. Stroll through the city's Jewish Quarter, see the Holocaust Museum, the Deportation Memorial, Notre Dame Cathedral and more. Learn about what life was like in Paris and France during the 1940s from your guide.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$72.20
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$72.20

Latin Quarter Le Quartier Latin Guided Walking Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max

Latin Quarter Le Quartier Latin Guided Walking Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max

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Visit the Ile de la Cité and the Latin Quarter with a local guide on a 2.5-hour, small-group walking tour that explores one of Paris’ oldest and most atmospheric neighborhoods. Trace Parisian history from ancient Roman ruins to the romance of the ‘Lost Generation,’ while following cobblestone streets past some of the city’s key landmarks.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$88.07
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Paris Seine River Brunch Cruise on board Capitaine Fracasse/River Palace

Paris Seine River Brunch Cruise on board Capitaine Fracasse/River Palace

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Take a leisurely midday break in Paris without missing out on sightseeing with a 1.5-hour brunch cruise on the Seine River. Board your boat in Paris' city center and float down the Seine, admiring top attractions like the Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, Notre-Dame Cathedral and Place de la Concorde. Enjoy a brunch of both cold and hot dishes, including sweet and savory treats, and for a more luxurious meal you can even upgrade to add a half-bottle of Champagne per couple.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$62.41
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Latin Quarter Le Quartier Latin Guided Walking Tour - Private Tour

Latin Quarter Le Quartier Latin Guided Walking Tour - Private Tour

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Known as the famous Left Bank gathering place of artists and intellectuals, Paris’ Latin Quarter buzzes with the rich legacy of luminaries like Hemingway, Descartes, and Dalí. Explore its bohemian past and hidden corners on a private, 2-hour walking tour led by a local guide. Trace the area’s history beginning with medieval times, and stroll past highlights like the Sorbonne, Pantheon, Shakespeare & Co. bookstore, and shooting locations from Woody Allen’s ‘Midnight in Paris.’
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  • 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$88.07
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$88.07
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Louvre Skip the Line Ticket & Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Louvre Skip the Line Ticket & Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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Discover iconic attractions of Paris such as the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame at your own pace on a 1- or 2-day hop-on hop-off bus tour of the captivating French capital. Aboard a distinctive double-decker bus, admire the quaint cobbled streets of the Left Bank and the military splendor of Ecole Militaire. When an attraction captures your attention, hop off to explore further, and then simply hop back on when it’s convenient for you. Plus, this Paris hop-on hop-off bus tour also includes a skip-the-line admission ticket to the Louvre to use in the morning.
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  • 2 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$78.33
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$78.33

Paris Full-Day

Paris Full-Day "Must See" Highlights Guided Tour

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Paris is packed with things to do and see, and this guided walking tour does more in six hours than most can with far more time. An elevator ride up the Eiffel Tower, a Seine cruise, pass by the Notre Dame Cathedral, and a stroll to the Louvre Pyramid are among the highlights.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$121.15
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$121.15
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St Chapel, ile de la cité, Louvre, - priority access - Small group of 6

St Chapel, ile de la cité, Louvre, - priority access - Small group of 6

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Marvel at the interiors of Notre Dame Cathedral and Sainte-Chapelle, two of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture in Paris. Then spend 2 hours lingering over works of art at the Louvre—you’ll save time with a guide to lead the way. Please note, you must purchase your priority-access ticket separately online. This small-group tour is limited to six people for an up-close experience.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$122.38
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Paris Top Attractions & Hidden Gems around your Hotel Private Orientation Tour

Paris Top Attractions & Hidden Gems around your Hotel Private Orientation Tour

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Get an insider’s perspective on Paris with a private walking tour of your favorite neighborhood. Learn local history, discover tucked-away treasures, and get the scoop on the best places to eat, shop, and explore. Take your pick of diverse neighborhoods including Montmartre, Eiffel Tower/Champs-Elysées, St-Germain-des-Prés, Marais/Bastille, Opéra/Louvre, Montparnasse, or Panthéon/Latin Quarter. Enjoy the full attention of a private guide, who customizes your tour based on your interests and preferred pace.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$134.62
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Paris City Center History of Paris Guided Walking Tour - Private Tour

Paris City Center History of Paris Guided Walking Tour - Private Tour

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Tick off some of Paris’ most iconic attractions, at your own pace, on this private walking tour of the City of Lights. Alongside your personal guide, you’ll head to one of Paris’ oldest districts, Île de la Cité, and explore the pristine Tuileries Gardens. Visit Place de la Concorde, home to the world’s first guillotine, admire the grandeur of Fontaine Saint-Michel, and delve into Paris’ turbulent history as you amble along the Champs Elysees, the world-famous boulevard that flanks the River Seine. 
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  • 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$88.07
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$88.07
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Paris Sightseeing Family Friendly Guided Electric Bike Tour

Paris Sightseeing Family Friendly Guided Electric Bike Tour

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Save your energy for sightseeing with this tour of Paris by electronic bike. After a short briefing, you’ll pedal along the bike lanes and sidewalks of the French capital, with the e-bike’s motor propelling you along when you need a little help. The route takes in sights of the standout Paris attractions such as the Notre Dame and Eiffel Tower, and you’ll learn about each landmark from your guide.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$77.02
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$77.02
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Paris City Center & Skip-the-line Louvre Museum Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max

Paris City Center & Skip-the-line Louvre Museum Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max

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Spend a delightful day in Paris discovering the world-famous attractions along the Seine River and the artistic masterpieces of the Louvre Museum. Follow you guide along the UNESCO-listed Seine riverbanks while learning the history of iconic monuments like the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Musée d'Orsay, the Jardin des Tuileries and the Eiffel Tower. Next, skip the long line at the Louvre and take a guided tour of museum highlights and lesser-known treasures. Numbers are limited for a personalized small-group experience.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$215.72
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$215.72
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