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Notre-Dame and Ile de la Cité Tour with Skip-the-Line Access to Sainte Chapelle

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from US$ 55.43 per person pp

Key Highlights

  • Smartphone voucher accepted – No need to print!
  • Explore the streets of Île de la Cité and hear its turbulent history from your expert guide
  • Visit Notre Dame Cathedral and revel in its Gothic facade, grand archways and flying buttresses
  • Admire a dazzling display of 13th-century stained glass at the Sainte Chapelle
  • Enjoy entertaining commentary by an English-speaking guide
  • An intimate group with limited members makes for a more personalised experience
  • Overview

    Discover the turbulent history of medieval Paris on this great-value combo tour of Ile de la Cité and the Notre Dame Cathedral. Explore the Ile de la Cité, an island in the middle of the River Seine, as your guide narrates the riveting history of this iconic site for you.

    Visit the stunning Notre Dame Cathedral and admire its Gothic charm and flying buttresses. Skip lengthy lines on your tour of the Sainte Chapelle, the former chapel of King Louis IX and another Gothic masterpiece!

  • Activity Schedule & Itinerary

    Activity Schedule

    When does it run?

    21 Mar 18 - 11 Nov 18: Wednesday & Saturday
    12 Nov 18 - 31 Mar 19: Saturday

    01 Apr 19 - 10 Nov 19: Wednesday & Saturday
    11 Nov 19 - 31 Dec 19: Saturday


    2.5 hours

    Start time

    Please reach the meeting point 15 minutes prior to the time of departure

    Meeting Point

    The statue of Henry IV, in the middle of Pont Neuf- at the western end of Ile de la cite. Pont Neuf is the bridge that links Ile de la Cite to both the left and right banks of Paris. The statue is of a man on a horse sitting in the middle of the bridge.
    Nearest Metro: Pont Neuf (7) or Cite (4)
    GPS Coordinates: 48.857132, 2.340991

    Ending Point

    Sainte Chapelle


    Meet the tour at the designated meeting point at the scheduled time. Head to the famous Île de la Cité district to begin your tour. Come face to face with 2000 years of history as you walk through the island. The Île de la Cité district was once home to kings and the hub of world-changing political uprisings. Hear the gruesome histories, revolutionary rivalries and romantic interludes of the Île de la Cité from your expert guide. Take in lovely views over the River Seine’s UNESCO-listed banks.

    You will next visit Notre Dame. Hear the many fascinating stories held within the walls of Notre Dame and admire the imposing towers and beautiful Gothic stonework. The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Victor Hugo’s 19th-century masterpiece, was inspired by the famous cathedral.

    You’ll be awe-inspired by the impressive gargoyles and the mighty organ and lofty bell towers. Admire the archways, buttresses and statues of the cathedral and gain an insight into the turbulent history of the cathedral from your guide.

    After the cathedral, you will then visit Sainte Chapelle, a former chapel of King Louis IX. Built in 1248, Sainte Chapelle is home to thousands of square feet 13th-century stained glass, two-thirds of which are restored originals. This Parisian gem is a major tourist magnet, but with this skip-the-line tour, you can simply skip the lengthy queues and spend more time enjoying this majestic edifice.

    The tour ends at Sainte Chapelle, after which you can continue sightseeing on your own or make your way back to the hotel.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • English-speaking tour guide
    • Skip-the-line entrance ticket to Sainte Chapelle
    • Headsets


    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
    • Food and beverages
    • Gratuities
  • Please note

    Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour to confirm all departure details.

    If this tour has numerous departure times, the guest must select only one departure time when booking, and times are not interchangeable.

    The service ends at Sainte Chapelle around 4:30pm.

    Gratuities to guides providing excellent service are appreciated.

    It is the responsibility of all visitors to be at the meeting point 15 minutes before departure. Guests arriving after departure cannot be accommodated, & missed tours or tickets cannot be refunded.

    For help with meeting points or other urgent issues, please phone 0033 1 70371426.

    The tour coordinators will be wearing blue polo shirts or jackets at the meeting point for easy recognition.

    This tour involves a fair amount of walking; comfortable shoes are recommended.

    Unfortunately, this tour is not suitable for people with mobility problems. We are also unable to accommodate strollers or baby carriages on our group tours.

    Entrance into religious sites requires a strict dress code. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. City Wonders cannot be held responsible for refused entry due to improper dress.

    Non-flash photography is permitted in both Notre Dame and Sainte Chapelle.

    Some sites visited lack shade and can be hot under direct sunlight. We recommend bringing a hat, sunscreen and a bottle of water in warm weather.

    France’s tourist sites are among the most popular in the world. Skip the Line Access and careful planning limit our crowd exposure, but please be aware that some locations may be unavoidably busy during standard hours. There is a security line at the Sainte Chapelle with a bag scan that all visitors must pass through.

    On some occasions Notre Dame may be closed at the last minute for religious services and events. In this case customers will be offered a free rebooking of this tour or a full refund.

    The local operator reserves the right to refuse participation on its tours to any guest under the influence of drugs or alcohol or to any guest whose behaviour is disorderly, or poses a threat to other guests or the staff.

    Due to issues beyond our control, timings and sites maybe subject to last minute changes on rare occasions.

    Meeting point information will be available to clients on the voucher they receive after booking.

    Extra measures may be implemented at some venues due to heightened global security. As a result, we may experience delays in getting through mandatory security checks when entering these venues. Extra measures may also restrict the size of bags that can be brought inside. To avoid disruptions or possible denied entry, we strongly suggest that you avoid bringing large purses, bags, or backpacks on your tour.

    All bags taken into the Sainte Chapelle will be scanned and any sharp or metal instruments will not be allowed in and will be confiscated by security staff on site.

    Voucher information: No need to print! If you are travelling with a smartphone or a tablet you can present the voucher on your device for this activity.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.