Ile de la Cite Medieval History Private Tour in Paris

Cultural & Theme Tours in France

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Get to the medieval soul of Paris with a private 3-hour walking tour in the historic heart of the city - the Ile de la Cité. Explore the gothic details and magnificent architecture of Notre Dame Cathedral, inside and out. Get direct VIP access inside the vaulted stone ceilings of the Conciergerie prison and exquisite stained glass interiors of Sainte-Chapelle. Explore the key monuments of the Middle Ages - a time of kings, castles, and criminals - to discover the secrets of Paris’ past. Enjoy an in-depth yet relaxing tour with your private guide.
ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Paris, Paris, Ile-de-FranceYour tour begins on the island in front of Notre Dame Cathedral, where you’ll be deciphering the intricate details of the stone façade of this gothic masterpiece and learning the difference between a gargoyle and a grotesque. Once inside, you’ll discover how this iconic cathedral fared during the key events of Paris history from the Revolution to the Second World War, and there’ll be a chance to admire its resplendent stained glass windows, religious relics and artistic features.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Sainte-Chapelle, Paris, Ile-de-FranceFinally the dazzling Sainte Chapelle, a masterpiece of medieval engineering with walls made entirely of stained glass. You’ll learn about the king behind this ambitious and costly project, and the high-profile relic for which the chapel was built.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Conciergerie, Paris, Ile-de-FranceNext it’s the Conciergerie, a former royal palace and infamous prison that struck fear into the hearts of its detainees. You’ll see the sprawling vaulted ceilings of the Salle des Gens d’Armes, the world’s largest gothic hall and discover old prison cells, offering different levels of comfort according to the social status of the prisoner. The French Revolution also comes to life as you retrace Marie Antoinette’s fateful trip to the guillotine.Duration: 1 hour

What’s included

  • Private Art Historian
  • Entry/Admission - Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Paris
  • Entry/Admission - Sainte-Chapelle
  • Entry/Admission - Conciergerie

What’s not included

  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off


  • Skip the line
  • Led by an art historian
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience