From EUR 137
Spend an afternoon discovering some of the most fascinating parts of Paris. This tour combines a visit to the charming Ile de la Cité, including Notre Dame Cathedral and a climb up its iconic towers, the dazzling Sainte Chapelle, a cruise down the beautiful river Seine taking in some of the major sights of the city, and a trip to the very top of the Eiffel Tower for some of the best views across the City of Lights. In between your tours, stroll along the river banks or through the Latin Quarter, or take the chance to wander around the lovely Ile St Louis. This tour is the perfect way to get an up close feel for the heart and highlights of the city.
Start your afternoon in front of the spectacular Notre Dame Cathedral, where your expert local guide will meet you and your small group as you set off for your 3h15’ tour of the delightful Ile de la Cité. The birthplace of Paris, this tiny island on the Seine is home to pretty parks and squares, charming streets with wonderful river views, imposing medieval structures and soaring gothic architecture. Your first visit will be to the 850 year old Cathedral of Notre Dame. This gothic masterpiece is home to some of the largest rose windows in Europe, and also houses the relics of Christ’s crown of thorns. Your guide will lead you through the cathedral, pointing these out to you whilst revealing to you the stories of its construction, and those of the colorful characters that make up its history, including of course the famous Hunchback! Climb the famous cathedral towers, see Quasimodo’s bell, and enjoy a birds-eye view of Paris, in the company of the iconic gargoyles!
You’ll also visit the Conciergerie, once a medieval palace, later a notorious revolutionary prison, and final home to Queen Marie Antoinette before she was taken to the guillotine. Your visit here will allow you a better understanding of the turmoil during this period in French history, as you learn of the prisoners kept here and see the conditions in which they lived.
Your guide will then take you to the gem of gothic architecture, the spectacular Sainte Chapelle. Built in the 13th century to house the holy relics brought to France by the King Saint Louis, this tiny church is home to some of the most dazzling stained glass in the world. Skip the often long lines and marvel at the glorious colors of the windows, as your guide helps you read the fascinating stories laid out on them.
Your final visit of the afternoon is to the 850 year old Cathedral of Notre Dame. This gothic masterpiece is home to some of the largest rose windows in Europe, and also houses the relics of Christ’s crown of thorns. Your guide will lead you through the cathedral, pointing these out to you whilst revealing to you the stories of its construction, and those of the colorful characters that make up its history, including of course the famous Hunchback!
After your tour enjoy some free time on the island. You may choose to cross the river to the Latin Quarter and discover Shakespeare and Company, famous bookstore and literary meeting place, or to stroll along the lovely streets of the neighbouring island, the Ile St Louis, famous for its beautiful mansion houses and charming village atmosphere. Don’t miss out on some of the best ice cream in the city, also sold on this lovely island!
It’s then time to board your boat for a cruise down the river Seine, past some of the most famous and iconic buildings of the city laid out along the UNESCO listed World Heritage river banks. Drift past the Orsay museum, the Louvre, the Tuileries Gardens and the Concorde Square, under some of the most beautiful bridges in the city. Your boat takes you to the foot of the Eiffel Tower, where your guide is waiting to whisk you past the long lines and up to the second floor, from where you will enjoy spectacular views across the city. But your afternoon doesn’t end there, join your guide for a trip to the very top of the tower, from where you can peek into Gustave Eiffel’s private apartment, or treat yourself to a glass of champagne. It’s the perfect way to end an afternoon of discoveries.