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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 Sainte Chapelle and Paris’s grandest museum, the Louvre!
1 Jul - 31 Oct: Monday, Wednesday and Friday
1 Nov - 10 Nov: Monday & Friday
11 Nov - 31 Dec: Friday
7.5 hoursStart time
9:30am and 2:30pm
So there’s no last-minute rush please arrive at the start point 15 minutes early.
Notre Dame Island: 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 Island: At the entrance of Sainte Chapelle.
The Louvre: Under the glass pyramid inside the Louvre.
Meet the tour at the meeting point at the scheduled time.
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.
You will next see the iconic Cathedral of Notre Dame from outside, the setting of Victor Hugo’s masterpiece, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” Learn about the history of the majestic edifice. Hear the many fascinating stories held within the walls of Notre Dame and beautiful Gothic stonework. Learn all about the cathedral’s 200 years of construction from your guide.
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 place.
After Sainte Chapelle 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.
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.
The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details. They’re a nice bunch, and will happily answer any logistical questions you may have. Please give them a call at least 24 hours before your organised activity to reconfirm.
Voucher information: No need to print! You can show your voucher on your smartphone or other devices. (But if you’d rather print a copy – that’s fine too!)
So there’s no last-minute rush please arrive at the start point 15 minutes early. Arriving after departure cannot be accommodated & missed tours or tickets cannot be refunded.
City Wonders coordinators will be wearing blue polo shirts or jackets at the meeting point for easy recognition.
This tour is not suitable for people with mobility issues. Strollers or baby carriages can not be accommodated on the tour.
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.
This tour involves a fair amount of walking, comfortable shoes are recommended. 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.
We will do everything within our power to ensure timings and itineraries are respected. However, due to issues beyond our control, timings and sites are subject to last minute changes on rare occasions.
Enjoy a more personalised interaction as not more than 25 people are allowed in this tour.
The streets around the Cathedral are closed until further notice. Therefore we won’t be able to access the square in front of Notre Dame and see the 0km point. However, your guide will ensure to take you through alternative routes so you can get as close as possible to the Cathedral.
The Apollo Gallery is closed until the end of December 2019, and the Crown Jewel collection can not be visited. Your guide will make sure to include other highlights to the itinerary.
Gratuities to guides providing excellent service are appreciated.
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.
Photography is permitted throughout the tour, except in Sainte Chapelle where only non-flash photography is allowed.
Many sections of the museum are not air-conditioned.
Group of 7 or more people may be split in different groups on the day of the tour at the meeting point.