Ile de la Cite: Guided Tour, Skip-The-Line to Saint Chapelle

Cultural & Theme Tours in Lyon & the Rhône Valley

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Join us for a guided walk through the historical center of Paris, the Ile de la Cité, and visit the city’s two most spectacular gothic monuments. The world famous Cathedral of Notre Dame and the spectacular Sainte Chapelle with its unmissable stained glass windows.  You will also visit the Conciergerie, once a palace of kings, later an infamous prison and the last home of Queen Marie-Antoinette. Don't miss the chance to enjoy a delightful stroll around the charming streets and squares of this tiny island in the heart of the city.
The tiny and picturesque Ile de la Cité is the island on which Paris was born. Join us for a stroll around this charming area, packed full of history and world-renowned monuments. See spectacular gothic masterpieces, dazzling stained glass and revolutionary prisons, all set against a backdrop of quaint side streets and delightful squares. Meet us at the Pont Neuf or ‘New Bridge’, actually the oldest bridge in Paris, as we begin our tour of this lovely island. Here you will learn about the pretty 'Square du Vert Galant' and why it got its name thanks to a much beloved King of France. It's now a favorite place to sit and enjoy a picnic by the riverside. A stroll through one of the most elegant small squares in Paris takes us past the imposing law courts and the oldest public clock in Paris. Our first visit is to the Conciergerie. Once a royal palace, it later became infamous as a revolutionary prison and place of torture, serving as Queen Marie-Antoinette’s last home before she was taken to the guillotine in 1793. See the conditions in which the prisoners were kept and learn the stories of those who lived and died during this most turbulent period of French history. Your guide will then lead you to the Sainte Chapelle, a tiny gothic masterpiece that must not be missed. We’ll skip the often long lines, and ascend to the upper chapel to view the stunning stained glass windows. Many of these windows are the originals dating from the 13th century, and a recent renovation has brought back to life their dazzling and vibrant colors. To give you a full understanding of their significance, your guide will help you “read” them! It’s then a short walk from to the world famous Notre Dame Cathedral. This 850-year-old gothic church found fame thanks to Victor Hugo and his Hunchback. Your expert guide will accompany you into the church and lead you around the interior, showing some of the largest rose windows in Europe and where the relics of Christ’s crown of thorns are kept. You’ll also have a chance to admire the magnificent exterior of the cathedral and hear of the personalities bound up in the fame of the cathedral. Join us for an afternoon spent  exploring one of the most historic and fascinating parts of the city.

What’s included

  • Guided visits of Notre Dame Cathedral, the Sainte Chapelle, the Conciergerie & Ile de la Cité
  • Entrance tickets and reservations where necessary
  • Expert, English-speaking tour guide
  • Small groups of 25 people or fewer

What’s not included

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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