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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.
  • Discover the birthplace of Paris on a historical walking tour of Notre Dame Island
  • Grasp how the Gothic cathedrals built by medieval masons spread the Christian faith
  • Admire the buildings which belonged to the royalty of France before the revolution
  • €2 Donation to Notre Dame Restoration Fund 
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Visit to Ile de la Cite
Local guide
Small group of 15 people max
Headsets when appropriate
Optional Access to Corciergerie, prison where Marie-Antoinette was kept (when booked)
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

15 Place du Pont Neuf, 75001 Paris, France

Return Details

6 Parvis Notre-Dame - Pl. Jean-Paul II, 75004 Paris, France
Choose various departure time and head to Ile de la Cité to meet your English-speaking guide. With your small group, explore the small island that is notably the epicenter of Paris and where the city was founded in the Middle Ages.

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 as well as the revolution that changed the world as you admire the medieval structures that have survived for hundreds of years.
Stop At:  
Ile de la Cite
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
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Seine River
  • 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 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY City Wonders Ltd

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Shannon was great
, Jul 2019
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!
Very good
, Jun 2019
We enjoyed the trip very much.The guide was excellent and give us a lott information.Will do it again in future
Fun interesting history
, Jun 2019
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
Couldn’t find the group
, May 2019
I was there 20 minutes before the waiting time and I waited and waited and waited. I could never find the group. I had to buy my own ticket and go in separately. I was at least lucky though that I was able to see it one week before it burned
Notre Dame tour
, Mar 2019
This City Wonders tour was great. Michelle is a fantastic tour guide. She told us about so much about Ile de la Cite and the history of it, and the. We had a great tour of Notre Dame and a visit to the top of the bell tower, which was challenging for those of us fearful of heights. A+ all around.
American in Paris
, Jan 2019
We were fortunate to have Shannonas our private guide. She was prompt, knowledgeable, and had interesting anecdotes. Worth every penny!
Leo is the best!!
Kristin D
, Oct 2018
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!!!
Best tour in Paris!
, Sep 2018
Loved the tour - the duration, the information and particularly our tour, guide Charlie. We came away knowing so much more about French history, architecture as well as Notre Dame.
This was a very interesting tour...
Michelle K
, Sep 2018
This was a very interesting tour. Charley was very knowledgeable and friendly. Worth the price to skip the line. would do this again.
Our tour guide, Charlie, was superb. He...
Irwin M
, Sep 2018
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.

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