Explore historical areas of Paris by coach and enjoy an in-depth visit to Notre Dame Cathedral on this fascinating sightseeing tour. See and learn about top Paris attractions including Palais Garnier, the Luxembourg Gardens (Jardin du Luxembourg), the Louvre, Place de la Bastille (Bastille Square) and the Latin Quarter. Depending on the time of year, enjoy a brief Seine River cruise or mini-coach ride to Ile de la Cité, home to Notre Dame Cathedral. Admire the cathedral’s breathtaking Gothic architecture from the outside and step inside to marvel at its grand interior as your guide explains the history and importance of this beloved monument.
Meet your guide in central Paris just after 9am and board your luxury, air-conditioned coach to travel to the oldest and most intriguing parts of France’s capital city. As you explore some of Paris’ best-known historical landmarks, your guide will explain their significance. See octagonal Place Vendome and marvel at Palais Garnier, the world-famous opera house used as the setting for The Phantom of the Opera. Witness the magnificent architecture of the Louvre, the world’s most-visited museum, and the massive Hotel de Ville (City Hall). The photo ops continue as you head to Place de la Bastille (Bastille Square), where the French Revolution began. View the old mansions in the Marais District and sense the youthful energy of the Latin Quarter, home to the famous Sorbonne, which houses several academic institutions. Your guided coach tour also goes to the legendary Luxembourg Gardens (Jardin du Luxembourg), the second-largest public park in Paris, and St-Germain-des-Prés, a neighborhood favored by celebrated writers and philosophers including Ernest Hemingway, Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre. In warmer months (April - Oct), board a boat for a short cruise on the Seine River to Ile de la Cité, an island in the heart of Paris that is the site of the famous Notre Dame Cathedral. During the winter, travel to Notre Dame by mini-coach for a more comfortable experience. Enter this iconic Paris landmark (except on Sundays and during Mass) and learn about its rich and colorful history from your guide. For instance, hear how the centuries-old Gothic cathedral was damaged during the French Revolution and later restored to its former glory. After your visit to the cathedral, make your way back across the Seine and end your nearly 4-hour tour of historical landmarks with a coach ride back to central Paris.