From EUR 69.90
Skip the long lines and enjoy a birds-eye view of Paris, from the towers of Notre Dame Cathedral, accompanied by the famous gargoyles! Then take a stroll through the heart of the city, and visit this world famous Cathedral and the dazzling Sainte Chapelle. You will also enjoy a visit to the Conciergerie, infamous prison and last home of Queen Marie-Antoinette, and enjoy a delightful walk around the charming streets of this tiny island.
The Ile de la Cité in the heart of the capital is known as the island on which Paris was born. Join us for a tour of the history and timeless structures of this island, including spectacular gothic masterpieces, quaint side streets, imposing medieval architecture and some of the best views across the city.
Our tour starts at Notre Dame Cathedral - in spectacular style! Climb the stone steps to the imposing towers for a birds-eye view of the city. Your expert guide will accompany you, pointing out the famous belfry (home to Victor Hugo’s Quasimodo), and the iconic gargoyles and chimeras, as well as the major city landmarks. Then it’s time to enter into the church, where you will see some of the largest rose windows in Europe and the relics of Christ’s crown of thorns. Exiting Notre Dame you’ll have a chance to admire the magnificent exterior and hear of the personalities, real and fictional, bound up in the fame of the cathedral.
We’ll also visit the Conciergerie. The original royal palace of the kings of France, this institution ironically served as a prison during the French Revolution. This was where Marie Antoinette was finally incarcerated, tried, and condemned to the guillotine in 1793. Learn about the conditions of the prisoners of the period as you glimpse into this most turbulent period of French history.
Sitting next to the Conciergerie is the Sainte Chapelle, a small gothic church that’s absolutely irresistible due to the world-famous stained glass panels that surround the upper level. King Louis IX, better known as Saint Louis, ordered the construction of this edifice in the 13th century to house his holy relics. We’ll skip the often long lines, but our biggest added value is your guide’s explanations and assistance inside. The spectacular stained glass windows were modeled on religious manuscripts of medieval times, and your guide will help you “read” them!
Join us for an afternoon spent exploring one of the most historic and fascinating parts of the city.