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Guided Visit of Notre Dame and Ile de la Cité

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Duration: 2 hours – 2.5 hours
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Take a journey into the heart of medieval and Gothic Paris on a 2-hour guided tour. Visit the Notre Dame Cathedral, its famous bell towers, and climb…

Duration: 2 hours – 2.5 hours
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The Devil in Notre Dame's details

This Gothic masterpiece took almost 200 years to build, only to be trashed by Huguenots, Revolutionaries, and World War II. Restoration efforts have triumphantly returned every last detail of the cathedral to its former magnificence. Here's what to look for!

Gargoyles

The expressive stone gargoyles along the cathedral's facade are perhaps the most famous in the world. Just don't expect them to talk and fly like in The Hunchback of Notre Dame!

Rose window

At Notre Dame's south facade, the stained-glass Rose Window illustrates the story of the New Testament through an astonishing 84 panes!

Photo: Eric Chan @Wikipedia (CC BY 2.0)

Great organ

There are no less than three organs at Notre Dame, but you definitely won't miss the main one. The Great Organ comprises an impressive five keyboards and 8,000 pipes!

Photo: ~Ealasaid~ @Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Relics

Among the religious relics on display at Notre Dame are a piece of Jesus' crucifix and a suspiciously bling Crown of Thorns. Get Your Guide cannot guarantee their authenticity!

Photo: ~Ealasaid~ @Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Tower and Crypt

The tower provides visitors with a Quasimodo's-eye-view of the city below, while the crypt tells Notre Dame's history through ruins discovered at the site during construnction.

Notre-Dame Cathedral: Our Tips

How much does it cost?

Admission to Notre Dame is free, but visitors will need tickets to enter the tower (€8.50) and the crypt (€6). Access to both is included in the price of the Paris Pass.

How to get there?

The closest Metro stop is Cité on the Metro 4 line.

How many steps is it to the top of the tower?

There are 387 steps to reach the panaromas over Paris and see the gargoyles up close, so it's best to know your physical limits.

Mass times

"On Sundays, all masses are held at the main altar. Arrive at least 10 minutes before the start time to get a seat. 8:30AM - Mass 9:30AM - Lauds service 10:00AM - Gregorian mass of the cathedral chapter 11:30AM - International mass 12:45PM - Mass 5:45PM - Vespers service 6:30PM - Mass All services are held in French. Masses are also held throughout the week. More details are available at the Notre Dame de Paris official website."

Good to Know

  • When to visit
    8:00AM to 6:45PM on weekdays - open until 7:15PM at weekends.
  • What is the price?
    Access itself is free of charge, although it's a good idea to invest in a tour to get the most out of your visit.
  • Will I need a guide?
    It's worth checking out these best-selling tours.
  • How to get there
    There are several metro stations in the vicinity of Notre Dame - on lines 1, 4, 7, 10, 11, and 14. The most immediate is Cité on the 4 line.
  • Additional tips
    *Be prepared to wait in a line outside, especially on weekends. *Dress modestly - you are in a church, after all.

What People Are Saying About Notre-Dame Cathedral

Really enjoyed this tour, great way to see Paris and it's history

Lillianna was our guide. Extremely knowledgable and friendly. We learned so much from our walk around with her. The Notre Dame itself is unbelievable, the views are incredible, but if your afraid of heights it's quite tight up there.

Guided Visit of Notre Dame and Ile de la Cité Reviewed by Shane, 01/10/2017

Great price, lovely attractions, well worth booking.

Really easy to find meeting spot, tour guide led us to the Eiffel Tower, no problems at all. We were up to the 2nd floor in no time at all with our fast track tickets which we were glad to have! Stunning views even just from the 2nd floor of the tower, great experience. We did the river cruise the next day, the tickets allow you to use them up to a couple of days after which is handy if you're staying a few days. Basically see all the sights from down the river and back, can't complain. The only issue I'd say here is you can only listen to the tour guide underneath via headphones and not when on the upper deck (a shame because this is where you'd want to be to see all the sights and get some good photos). Would definitely recommend this tower and seine cruise to anyone visiting Paris in the future.

We were given one ticket short, five instead of six.

My husband was not able to join us for the tour. I am still waiting on a call back for the refund promised by Maria the tour guide.

Great experience with a knowledgeable guide

We have done this to her a few times with various companies. This was a very good tour, for a very good value. Our guide was knowledgeable and friendly.

Beautiful cathedral with a lot of history

The guide we had was great and very informative. The climb wasn't as bad as I was expecting and the view from the top was great.

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