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This amazing combination tour brings together the best art, architecture and pure Parisian history in just one day! Explore the Ile de la Cité, the most ancient district in Paris and an island in the middle of the Seine! Save money to boot and avoid wasting time waiting in long lines with a skip-the-line access to the famous Notre Dame Cathedral and Paris’s grandest museum, the Louvre!
12 Nov 18 - 31 Mar 19: Friday
1 Apr 19 - 31 Oct 19: Monday, Wednesday & Friday
1 Nov 19 - 10 Nov 19: Monday & Friday
7.5 hoursStart time
Notre Dame: Make your way to the statue of Henri 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).
The Louvre Museum: Make your way to Arc du Carrousel. Your guide will meet you at the Arc du Carrousel. This is a monumental arch with a horse-drawn chariot on top, situated across the road from the courtyard of the Louvre. Standing with your back to the entrance of the Louvre Museum and Pyramid, you will see it across the road, past the roundabout, before the entrance to the Tuileries Garden (Jardin du Tuileries).
Arriving by metro: Take metro lines 1 or 7 and get off at the metro stop Palais Royal Musee du Louvre. Take the exit marked rue de Rivoli. Cross the rue de Rivoli into the Louvre courtyard and you will see the arch.
Arriving by taxi: Ask to be dropped off at the Arc du Carrousel du Louvre. Your taxi should be able to stop just in front.
Arriving by foot: Walk into the centre of the Louvre courtyard where the glass pyramid is. With your back to the pyramid you will see the arch in the gardens in front of the Louvre.
Notre Dame: At the entrance to the Towers of Notre Dame.
The Louvre: Under the glass pyramid inside the Louvre.
Meet the tour at the meeting point at the scheduled time.
Ile de la Cité Tour: The tour begins with a walk through the Ile de la Cité, the heart of the city where Paris was founded. A natural island in the middle of the River Seine, the Ile de la Cité was once home to kings and was also the hub of world-changing political uprisings.
Your expert guide will fill you in on the gruesome history, revolutionary rivalries and romantic interludes of the Île de la Cité. Spot landmarks such as the Conciergerie, the last home (and prison) of Ms. Marie Antoinette.
Skip-the-line access to the Cathedral of Notre Dame:
You will next visit the iconic Cathedral of Notre Dame, the setting of Victor Hugo’s masterpiece, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” Skip the long lines and tour the cathedral with an informed guide in tow. Learn about the history of the majestic edifice. Take in the imposing towers and the beautiful gothic stonework.
Admire the archways, buttresses and statues of the cathedral, see the gargoyles and hear the mighty organ play. Learn all about the cathedral’s 200 years of construction from your guide and admire the spectacular 13th-century stained glass windows that are one of the major highlights of the cathedral.
After the Notre Dame Cathedral tour, there is a break of 2 hours and 25 minutes, when you can grab a quick lunch and explore on your own before the next leg of the tour starts.
Skip-the-line access to the Louvre:
Avoid waiting in lengthy queues with a skip-the-line access pass to the Louvre. The Louvre requires little introduction to art connoisseurs around the world. Enjoy a curated tour of the most-visited art gallery in the world. Admire the Venus de Milo and Winged Victory of Samothrace, Michelangelo’s 'Slaves' and the famed Mona Lisa among other priceless artworks. Learn about the stories, facts and history of the artworks like a true art aficionado.
Take in the medieval fortress of the Louvre, admire the modern glass pyramids and see the priceless art collection as your guide shows you the priceless artefacts from several millennia.
The Louvre tour ends inside the site itself, underneath the Louvre’s glass pyramid. After your tour, you are free to explore on your own.
Since we would visit a place of worship, wearing shirts with sleeves and avoiding shorts, vest tops and open toe sandals would be best. Improper dress could result in refused entry.
Some of the sites lack shade which will lead to direct exposure with sunlight. So, we recommend you to bring a hat, sunscreen and a bottle of water along with you for your comfort.
On some occasions of religious services and events, Notre Dame can be closed at the last minute. In this case you will be offered a free re-booking of this tour or a full refund.
The afternoon tour of the Louvre Museum ends around 5:30pm.
Please note that many sections of the museum are not air-conditioned.
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.
Gratuities to guides providing excellent service are appreciated.
So there’s no last-minute rush please arrive at the start point 15 minutes early. People arriving after departure cannot be accommodated, & missed tours or tickets cannot be refunded.
In case of queries related to the meeting point or any further issues please feel free to give call on 0033 1 70371426.
The local 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 so comfortable shoes are recommended.
Unfortunately, this tour is not suitable for people with mobility problems. Accommodation for strollers or baby carriages on our group tours will not be available.
Only non-flash photography is permitted throughout the tour.
Skip the Line Access and careful planning will limit our crowd exposure but please keep in mind that some locations may be unavoidably busy during standard hours.
The local operator reserves the right to refuse participation on its tours to anyone under the influence of drugs or alcohol and to anyone whose behavior is disorderly or poses a threat to other person or City Wonders staff.
Due to issues beyond our control, timings and sites are subject to last minute changes on rare occasions.
The Apollo Gallery is closed till the end of December 2019 and the Crown Jewel collection will not be open for visit. Your guide will make sure to include other highlights to the itinerary.
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.
Please note that parties of 7 or more people might get split in different groups on the day of the tour at the meeting point.