Welcome to Chartres


After visiting the town’s museums, don’t miss a stroll around Chartres’ carefully preserved old city. Adjacent to the cathedral, staircases and steep streets lined with half-timbered medieval houses lead downhill to the narrow western channel of the Eure River, romantically spanned by footbridges.


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$155.93 Day Trips & Excursions

Chartres Town, Cathedral Private Tour with Paris Hotel Pickup

Your tour starts with pickup at your hotel in Paris for the 1-hour drive in a private vehicle to Chartres. Located about 50 miles (80 km) southwest of Paris, the town is best known for the Cathedral Notre-Dame de Chartres, one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in the world. Ornamented with more than 4,000 sculptures, the cathedral has been an important destination for travelers since the 12th century; many pilgrims come to see its relic the Santa Camisa, said to be worn by Mary at the birth of Jesus, and others come to admire the 176 stained-glass windows that create a relatively dark but richly colored interior where light filters through the many narrative and symbolic panes. The labyrinth, in the center of the nave, and the crypt beneath the cathedral are two other can't-miss features you'll see inside before heading outside to focus on the structure itself: its towers built in different styles, its facade with detailed sculptures and statues, the astronomical clock from the 15th century, the flying buttresses, the bishop's garden where you can enjoy a view over the old town, and the labyrinth garden from the 18th century.After your visit of the cathedral with your private guide, you can enjoy a stroll around town before heading back to Paris, where your tour ends.

$83.07 Day Trips & Excursions

Chartres Old Town and Cathedral Walking Tour from Paris

Your tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Chartres begins when your guide meets you to escort you there personally on the short 1-hour train ride from Paris. When you arrive in charming Chartres, you’ll visit this historical treasure with your guide, and explore the old town and visti France’s largest cathedral.On your 6-hour tour of Chartres you’ll go back in time to learn about its storied Roman and Celtic history, take in the ancient granite walls that still surround the city, and visit the 12th-century cathedral that is the largest in France.Your Chartres exploration uncovers what makes the legendary cathedral so rare and shares the sacred religious stories that are depicted throughout the cathedral in the stained glass and stone.Of course, your tour of Chartres will do much more than simply show you the cathedral. Your guide will also take you through the ancient old town, built into the hill leading to the Eure River and escort you through the historical past of the town, when it was a village of mills. It is at one of those very mills, which charmingly overlooks the old town, where you will have the wonderful opportunity to have a local lunch and refreshments if you choose, before you return to Paris.

$133.15 Day Trips & Excursions

Chartres and its Cathedral (5 Hours)

Once we pick you up from the desired location, the driving to Chartres may begin. On our way, you will hear a lot about the history of the place including the art. Once we arrive, we will take you to the Cathedral Notre Dame de Chartres making sure you experience and see the Gothic architecture. On the same place, you will be able to see other impressive cathedrals and churches. The cathedral features more than four thousand different sculptures that have been seen by thousands and thousands of people from all over the world.Before we go back to Paris, you will enjoy a private tour through the city.