Skip the line Notre Dame & Tower Climb, Sainte Chapelle, & Marie Antoinette’s Prison Cell

Skip the line Notre Dame & Tower Climb, Sainte Chapelle, & Marie Antoinette’s Prison Cell

Île de la Cité is a small island in the Seine river with an huge influence on the history of France.

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Île de la Cité is a small island in the Seine river with an huge influence on the history of France.

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  • Languages: Englisch
  • Participants: 1 - 15
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Description

This is an in-depth study of the stories, myths, legends and traditions behind the stones of the most interesting district of Paris. From the gothic splendour of Notre Dame's bell towers, which inspired Victor Hugo to his hunchbacked bell ringer, to the darkest cells of the conciergerie, where condemned dissidents waited for death during the revolutionary reign of terror, the Île de la Cité has experienced the best and worst in Parisian history and you will hear all the stories that make it a special place.

Your tour starts in Notre Dame, where you will meet your expert guide and a small group of 15 people or less. Inside you can admire the famous rose window, admire the breathtaking arches of the cathedral's Gothic architecture and learn how Victor Hugo and his bell ringer of Notre Dame saved this beautiful building from demolition.

We continue to the most beautiful chapel of the city - Sainte Chapelle. If you think the rose window of Notre Dame is beautiful, Sainte Chapelle will blow you up. This royal chapel was originally built as a reliquary and is still one of the most breathtaking rooms in Paris. It is also one of the city's most popular attractions. Fortunately, you skipped the line tickets and early entry so that you can enjoy the chapel when it is almost empty.

After a short walk you will stop at the Conciergerie, a beautiful building with a dark past where the tribunals of the French Revolution were housed and where political prisoners are held waiting for their appointment with the guillotine. The building was recently renovated, including the cell in which Marie Antoinette spent the last days before her execution, under heavy guard and very difficult conditions. You will also see a second cell in which she was kept short, which has now been transformed into a small chapel.

As your tour ends at Concergerie, your guide will give you more information on how to return to Notre Dame to redeem your flexible tickets for line tickets to the towers. You will walk past the long lines and walk right in to see the famous gargoyles and bell tower where Victor Hugo's Buckliger lived. With this ticket you also have access to the highest point of the cathedral, with 360 degree viewpoint, for our favourite views of the city. From Notre Dame you have the whole town at your feet.

Please note

Additional information

•Drinks to the guides are welcome, but never obligatory.
•Please note that the meeting time is 15 minutes before the start time. There is no refund or rebooking for late arrivals or non-appearance after the start or end of the tour.
•Notre Dame Towers and the upper floor of Sainte Chapelle are unfortunately not wheelchair accessible.
•As in all museums, some galleries of the monuments of the Ile de la Cité can be closed without prior notice, or selected pieces can be removed for restoration or rental purposes. In this case, your guide will provide appropriate representation.
•The cathedral of Notre Dame and Sainte Chapelle are places of worship and require a visit in appropriate clothing; both men and women must wear clothes that cover their shoulders and knees. Walks is not responsible for bans on entry due to improper clothing.
•Notre Dame Cathedral restricts access to some parts of the church during Mass.
•To ensure the safety of visitors, the French authorities enforce security measures when entering the attractions of the Ile de la Cité. Suitcases, luggage and larger bags are not allowed. Only bags smaller than 55 cm x 35 cm x 20 cm are allowed. Please excuse the delay or inconvenience caused by additional security checks.
•Please note that there are 422 steps to the top of the South Tower of Notre Dame. Unfortunately, there is no access to the elevator. People with heart problems, claustrophobia or other complaints should take this into account before booking this tour.
•Please make sure that all members of your group have a valid ID card with them on the day of the visit. This is especially important for guests who qualify for a student or child discount.
•Comfortable hiking boots recommended.

Included in the price

  • Without queuing for Sainte Chapelle.
  • Withour waiting in line for La Conciergerie.
  • Visit to Notre Dame Cathedral
  • Skip the queue to climb the towers of Notre Dame (flexible tickets).
  • Expert tour guide on site
  • Small groups of max. 15 people
  • Headsets
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off
  • Lunch

Meeting point

This tour meets in front of the Charlemagne Statue (equestrian statue) found in the Notre Dame Cathedral's square. This is the only statue in the square, which will be situated on the right side of the Cathedral when facing the front facade. Your guide will be waiting for you in front of the Charlemagne Statue holding a WALKS sign. Arriving by taxi: Ask your driver to drop you off at Notre Dame Cathedral, located on 6 Parvis Notre-Dame, Place Jean-Paul II, 75004 Paris. On the parvis (square), look for the equestrian statue (the only one in the square), which will be situated to the right of the Cathedral (when facing the front facade). Your guide will be holding a Walks sign. French directions for taxi driver: “Je dois aller sur le parvis de Notre Dame, merci”. Arriving by Metro: Take Line 4, metro station Cité. Follow the sign "sortie" (exit). The station has only one exit. Once you've exited, walk 5 minutes in the direction of Notre Dame cathedral, pass the flower market and cross the square on your left. Once you reach street "Rue de la Cité", make a right. Continue walking for a few minutes until you see the front of Notre Dame on your left. In the square, look for the equestrian statue (the only one in the square), which is to the right of the church. Your guide will be holding a Walks sign.

Cancellation Conditions

No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no shows after tour commencement or departure.

This deal can be cancelled for free up to 3 days before the date of the activity.

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