Notre Dame's Island With Sainte Chapelle And Marie Antoinette's Prison - Paris

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Duration: 2 Hrs 45 Mins
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    02:45 PM
  • Departure Details :
    Place Saint-Michel, Pl. Saint-Michel, Paris, France
  • Return Details :
    Île de la Cité, Paris, France
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Discover the heart of Paris on this 2.45-hour guided walking tour. See the Ile de la Cit, the famous Shakespeare & Company bookstore andthe exterior of Notre dame cathedral. Marvel at the prowess of her 13th century builders -Notre Dame survived the devastating fire of April 15 2019 and a new page of her history is being written todayas we visit. Enjoy skip the line access and marvel atthe spectacular stained glass of the Sainte chapelle,and visit the final prison of Marie Antoinette - the Conciergerie.

Know More about this tour

Did you know that there are two islands on the River seine, and that Paris was founded on one of them, the Ile de la Cit? Join our guide for a fascinating walking tour of this charming and historical island, home to some of the most dazzling medieval architecture in the city.

We'll start our tour on the Left bank, in the Latin quarter, home to scholars and intellectuals since the founding of the Sorbonne University in the 13th Century. We'll pass byt he famed bookstore Shakespeare & Company, gathering place for the literary legends of the 'Lost Generation'  - Hemingway, F Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein and many others - who made Paris both their home and the artistic center of the world.

You will then see the imposing gothic structure of Notre dame cathedral. Built in the 13th century, this magnificent edifice has recently survived a devastating fire, yet she is still standing proudly as the symbol of the city. Learn of her incredible construction, the mastery of her medieval architects and builders, and watch history unfold before us as she readies herself to stand tall for another eight centuries. We will see the exterior of the cathedral, you can admire the imposing sculpted facade and bell towers, the flying buttresses still holding the structure of the cathedral together today, and learn of her glorious past, including tales of the famous Hunchback. 

Then its a short stroll through the charming flower market to the Sainte chapelle, home to some of bGare de l|est-preserved and most breathtaking stained glass in the world. Built in the 13th century by the King Saint Louis, 80% of the walls are covered by remarkable colored glass windows. Once again you will skip the long entry lines, and your guide will teach you how to read the stories on these centuries old masterpieces, as you admire the astonishing multi-colored light flooding the chapel.

Our last visit is to the Conciergerie, built as a medieval palace but most famous as the prison and last home of Queen Marie Antoinette during the French Revolution. See the cells where the prisoners were kept, including the cramped cell of Marie Antoinette, where she was imprisoned until she was taken to the guillotine in 1793.

Enjoy strolling through the streets of this charming island with your guide, hear the fascinating stories of it's long history, see one of the prettiGare de l|est squares in Paris, and end your tour on the oldGare de l|est bridge in the city. 

Inclusions

Enjoy a stroll around the picturesque Ile de la Cite

Fully guided tour including the exterior of Notre Dame Cathedral

Skip the lines to the Sainte Chapelle and the Conciergerie

Marvel at the dazzling stained glass of the Sainte Chapelle

See Marie-Antoinette's prison cell

Fully accredited local guide

Limited groups of 20 people or fewer

Entry/Admission - Sainte-Chapelle

Entry/Admission - Conciergerie

Exclusions

Gratuities

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Not wheelchair accessible

Infants aged 0-3 years are free of charge and do not require a booking.

Stroller accessible

Near public transportation

Most travelers can participate

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers

We are compliant with international, government and local protocols and have received the stamps of approval: Safe Travels Global Tour Operator protocol, Caring Attitude Paris Tourism Commitment Charter. Our guides are informed of all measures that should be implemented during our visits.

Traveler Reviews

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  • 03-Nov-2022

    Good tour with history presented well. Marie Ant portion of tour I Particularly good. Please say a little more : “A little more “

  • 25-Oct-2022

    Magnificent stroll through the history of Paris with a trained historian. Paris born and raised Umberto trained as an historian at university. His tour was a delight punctuated with visual aides on an iPad. One particularly useful moment was watching him select various panes of stained glass in Sainte Chapelle too high up to see clearly. Each pane was displayed on his device clearly. This tour covers a lot of ground in just the right amount of time. Memories France tour is highly recommended. Tip: get to the meeting place 15 minutes before the tour is scheduled to start.

  • 16-Oct-2022

    The guide was extremely nice and well versed in the history of each place we went to. It is always interesting listening to someone who truly enjoys what they do.

  • 15-Oct-2022

    Wonderful tour! Meeting and check in was easy. We had 16 in our group and got a taste of medieval Paris from the Latin quarter, St. Severin, Saint-Chappell (wow!), Conciergerie, and finally a photo stop in front of Notre Dame. Excellent tour guide!!!! I had to look hard to find this tour on Viator, it needs to be promoted- a true gem.

  • 15-Oct-2022

    Humberto was our tour guide and was excellent. He brought the history to life especially all the complex layers of political changes that these places underwent. He noticed our group was tired from earlier sightseeing and let us sit for a while at the Conciegerie while he told us Marie Antoinette’s story. It was perfect! Even though Notre Dame is still under renovation, his historical perspective was fascinating and we learned so much. This part of the city really came alive for us. Thank you for an excellent tour!

  • 12-Oct-2022

    Host was very Informative. Tour of all places mentioned. Guide was friendly and very knowledgeable. Would recommend

  • 11-Oct-2022

    Clear directions including landmarks to find guide. She was knowledgeable, but her English wasn’t the best. Hesitating to find words and bad pronunciation made her difficult to understand at times. Overall, though, better than other Viator experiences.

  • 30-Sep-2022

    Tour guide was amazing! Super knowledgeable and friendly. She got us around all the lines and took time to answer all our questions. Also provided tips about where to eat on our stay.

  • 30-Sep-2022

    Caroline our tour guide was exceptional and so informative. Amazing tour would recommend it and would do it again!

  • 20-Sep-2022

    This tour covered a lot of ground and was very interesting with a wide range of topics. Each location we stopped at was better than the last!

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