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Paris: Notre Dame, Ile de la Cité Tour and Sainte Chapelle

1. Paris: Notre Dame, Ile de la Cité Tour and Sainte Chapelle

Meet your guide at Hôtel de Ville and begin your walking adventure in Ile de la Cité, the Island where Paris was born. Soak up the charm of this area which is nestled in the Seine River. Step back in time as your guide reveals the history behind the highlights. Admire the beauty and majesty of Notre Dame Cathedral, which, despite the fire that destroyed its roof in 2019 continues to stand majestically. Appreciate how quickly the reconstruction work on the cathedral is progressing. Hear about its technical details and Gothic style. Continue to the church of San Severino where you enter this church that is prime example of the Flamboyant Gothic-style. Walk through the Saint Michel Quarter to find one of the most beautiful and hidden squares in Paris which was built by King Henry IV, Place Dauphine. Keep walking for a while until you reach yet another work built by the the same king, the Pont Neuf, the first brick bridge built in Paris. End your tour outside the Saint Chapelle church with a deeper understanding of this magnificent part of the city. Your guide will accompany you to the entrance of the Sainte Chapelle and give you the entry ticket so that you can visit this masterpiece of Gothic art at your own pace.

Off-the-Beaten Track in Paris: 2-Hour Vintage 2CV Tour

2. Off-the-Beaten Track in Paris: 2-Hour Vintage 2CV Tour

Experience some of the hidden quarters of Paris and take in the city’s major highlights as you cruise the streets in a vintage Citroen 2CV convertible. See the grand avenues lined with well-known buildings and monuments, and also visit historical areas such as the Marais, with its village-like atmosphere. You’ll also see Place des Vosges, the oldest Royal place of Paris, on this unique 2-hour tour. Take a drive to the Arènes de Lutèce, the site of the city’s most important ruins from the Gallo-Roman era in Paris. The stones at the site date back to 200 A.D. What you’ll see: • Place des Vosges • Passage Sully • Village Saint Paul • Le Marais • Port de l'Arsenal • Bastille • Grande Mosquée de Paris • Butte aux cailles • Cité Florale • Arènes de Lutèce • Institut du Monde Arabe • Place Dauphine

Paris: The Mona Lisa Curse Outdoor Escape Game

3. Paris: The Mona Lisa Curse Outdoor Escape Game

Solve clues and unlock horror stories as you roam Paris' haunted streets. Each clue will lead you from one place to another, giving you precise directions so that you won't need a map, GPS, or guide. After you purchase the quest, you'll receive an access code which you can use in the app. The quest will take you between 1-2 hours to complete, but there's no time limit which will allow you to have fun playing at your own pace. Throughout the quest, you will try to solve the curious case of Mona Lisa of the Seine, finding clues and encountering other spirits of the city. For larger groups, one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group. All group members will be able to play the city game on their smartphone. Alternatively, each person can purchase their own ticket. You can play as a group and solve the clues together as you walk, or you can split into smaller groups/teams and compete against the others. Each person can also play on their own, separate from the group, and meet the group at the end.

Paris: Notre Dame Island Tour & Sainte Chapelle Entry Ticket

4. Paris: Notre Dame Island Tour & Sainte Chapelle Entry Ticket

Discover the charm of the Île de la Cité in Paris as you soak in the royal history at Place Dauphine and witness the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral from outside on a guided tour. Benefit from skip-the-line access to the Sainte Chapelle, which you can explore after the tour. Meet your guide and embark on your walking tour of Île de la Cité Learn about the ongoing restoration efforts at the Notre Dame Cathedral after the devastating fire of 2019, as you admire its facade. Cross the Seine and visit the Shakespeare and Company bookstore. Learn about the fascinating history of the Place Dauphine, and enjoy the fantastic views of Île de la Cité as you explore its historic streets. Wrap up your tour with a self-guided exploration of the enchanting Sainte Chapelle, a 13th-century gem boasting stunning stained glass windows. Benefit from skip-the-line entry and admire a rich tapestry of Parisian history, culture, and beauty.

Paris : Walking tour Notre Dame with local guide

5. Paris : Walking tour Notre Dame with local guide

Let yourself be carried away on our guided tour of the Île de la Cité, the captivating epicenter of Paris! Your journey begins at the legendary Pont Neuf, offering a stunning panoramic view of the shimmering Seine. Led by our expert guide, deeply passionate about history, you'll embark on a captivating voyage where past and present intertwine. You'll delve into vibrant tales of Parisians of yore, uncover the secrets of picturesque alleyways and lively squares. Our stroll will reveal the architectural treasures of the Île, from the majestic Palais de Justice to the Conciergerie, where fascinating stories of the French Revolution come to life. The magic continues with a visit to the serene gardens surrounding the Sainte-Chapelle, an awe-inspiring experience with its spectacular stained glass and Gothic splendor. Continue your adventure by exploring the memorable Place Dauphine, a peaceful haven amidst urban bustle. Before our tour wraps up at the charming Pont Saint-Louis, providing an iconic final view. An experience that will awaken your senses and satisfy your curiosity, offering a unique glimpse into the City of Lights

Guided Tour of Paris in Citroën 2CV

6. Guided Tour of Paris in Citroën 2CV

Visit Paris in this vintage convertible car known as the Citroën 2CV. Cute and funny, it draws attention and sympathy while allowing you to admire Paris in all its splendor. See the famous monuments to the tiniest streets (some so secret the locals don’t know them). We can pick you up anywhere in Paris. After picking you up from your hotel, restaurant or apartment, we will pass in front of the main monuments such as the Eiffel Tower, the Arc of Triumph, the Opera Garnier, the Grand and Petit Palais, the Pont Alexandre III, and the Invalides. We will also cover famous Royal places and squares, such as Place Vendôme, and Place Concorde. We will stop at various points for pictures, so you not only get an amazing experience but a vivid memory of the trip, with professional pictures to show for it, instagram-ready! Stops are at your convenience, and within the time available. We usually stop by the Eiffel Tower, and the Arc of Triumph. The roof can be closed if needed. We will go through the most beautiful avenue in the world, the Champs Elysées, and circle around the Arc. We will pass through exclusive luxurious streets such as Avenue Montaigne, Avenue George V, rue Saint-Honoré, and rue de la Paix.

Paris: Notre Dame and Historic Center Guided Walking Tour

7. Paris: Notre Dame and Historic Center Guided Walking Tour

Join a captivating walking tour of Paris's iconic Notre Dame area and its surroundings. Admire the historic highlights in the heart of the city including the Notre Dame Cathedral, Sainte-Chapelle, the Conciergerie, and Place Dauphine. Meet outside Hotel de Ville, a magnificent building that has served as the seat of the Parisian government since the 14th century. Admire its grand façade adorned with statues and intricate details. From there, head toward the Seine River, and cross the Pont Louis Philippe. Take in the picturesque views of the Seine from the historic bridge that connects the Marais district to Île Saint-Louis. Behold the Notre Dame Cathedral, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture. Admire its twin towers that soar into the sky and the intricate rose windows that tell stories of saints and biblical events. Learn about its construction, the famous hunchback Quasimodo, and the tragic fire that struck in 2019. Visit the legendary Shakespeare and Company English-language bookstore. Step inside this cozy literary haven, where writers like Ernest Hemingway and James Joyce once browsed the shelves. Marvel at the Fontaine Saint-Michel, a stunning fountain featuring the archangel Michael slaying a dragon. Learn about its symbolism and the lively Latin Quarter that surrounds it. Admire the Sainte-Chapelle, a hidden gem tucked within the Palais de la Cité. See its stained glass windows depict biblical scenes in vibrant colors. Discover the purpose behind its construction and the significance of its dazzling glasswork. Explore the haunting Conciergerie, once a royal palace and later a prison during the French Revolution. Walk through its ancient halls and cells, imagining the lives of Marie Antoinette and other historical figures who were held here. Finally, relax in the charming Place Dauphine, a tranquil square on Île de la Cité, surrounded by elegant townhouses. Learn about its history and the events that have unfolded here over the centuries as your tour comes to an end.

Île de la Cité: Self-Guided Audio Tour

8. Île de la Cité: Self-Guided Audio Tour

The Ile de la Cité is one of two natural islands in the Seine river in Paris, France. It’s located in the very center of Paris and is the historical heart of the city. Today, it’s a popular tourist destination, attracting millions of visitors each year to see its historic buildings, charming streets, and beautiful gardens. On this walking tour, you’ll discover that the area is so much more than a simple tourist destination. While you stroll along the island, I’ll reveal the city's origins from a small settlement along the Seine River to one of the most charming places within one of the most famous cities in the world. So much happened here! You’ll hear all of its tales, starting with the legend of love-lock bridge which is actually called Pont des Arts. I’ll also tell you about King Henri IV and the terrible demise of his murderer, the last Grand Master of the Knights Templar, and Quasimoto and the city’s beloved Notre Dame Cathedral. I’ll show the island and all its sites, including the ones you didn’t even know about like Tour de l’Horloge, a public clock that was installed in 1418 and where the city’s very own Sweeney Todd lived in the 1430s. I’ll also point out Palais de Justice, Conciergerie Museum and Sainte-Chapelle. You’ll hear how the island was the site of the Roman city of Lutetia and how it became an important center of Paris. This is the perfect tour for Francophiles who want a taste of French history while enjoying a leisurely two-hour stroll along the heart of Paris.

Paris: Guided Walking Tour from Opera Garnier to Notre-Dame

9. Paris: Guided Walking Tour from Opera Garnier to Notre-Dame

You will have an easy walk from the Opera Garnier until the cathedral Notre-Dame in company of one of our experienced local guides. Learn about the history behind the walls of the historical buildings we will cross at Place Vendome, in the Tuileries garden, in the Royal Palace, on the Pont Neuf, the ilsand Ile-de-la-Cité, the Congiergérie and the fountain of Saint Michel. This tour introduces you also to the Parisian life of nowadays: you will learn how to behave in the French capital like a native, we will provide lifehacks along the way for your staying in the City of Lights. Forget about boring historical lectures and be ready for a thrilling storytelling with your guide. Along the way we have a small break for restrooms and for buying drinks and snacks if you wish some. An the end of the tour we will show you the oldest tree in Paris, you will discover a breathtaking and unique view on Notre-Dame and we will give you a pice of advice concerning nice restaurants or brasseries where you can have lunch after the guided tour. Our tour is conceived in a way that provides a logical succession about the Parisian history from the origins to nowadays. The marshroute was conceived by an architect specialised in history of art and architecture as well as museal mobility. That's why we avoided all kinds of unnecessary efforts, the way goes alwas straight or down from the beginning to the end. Your tour can be resumed in three words: relax, fun and thrill.

Tour of Paris in Citroën 2CV

10. Tour of Paris in Citroën 2CV

This 2h tour offers a complete look of Paris with an itinerary designed to show you the main sightseeings that makes the renown of Paris such as the Eiffel Tower, the Arc of Triumph. From one place to another, we always drive around the little secret streets of Paris, the most charming squares, and hidden gems of Paris. Thanks to its small size, the 2CV allows us to go where touristic buses cannot go, in the narrow adjacent streets in the middle of the local French areas of Saint Germain Des prés, and the Latin Quarter. Whether it is for a special occasion with your love, to organise a surprise for a friend or family, stroll around during the sunset or at night, this tour is ideal to guarantee you to get a real taste of the beauty of Paris. We will make stops at any sightseeings to take beautiful captures for your best memories. Come onboard and we will guarantee an unforgettable experience that will remain your most beautiful Parisian memories.

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(135 reviews)

Lovely way to learn about the area and experience some of the beautiful history of the area - St Chapelle is a not to miss experience - Laura, our guide, was delightful and informative.

Martine was a great guide. She was very knowledgeable about art, history, and architecture while also flexible and engaging.

The information the guide gave was interesting and fun. We enjoyed seeing the three different kinds of churches.

Great tour guide and made the best of it despite the rain.

Our guide was informative and interacted easily with us.