Île de la Cité is a small island in the Seine river with an huge influence on the history of France. It’s where Paris was first settled, where some of the city’s greatest dramas were acted out, and where the most beautiful buildings were constructed. Find out how this tiny island became the center of one of Europe’s most vibrant cultures with the most complete tour of the Île de la Cité on the market; including skip the line tours of Sainte Chapelle, La Conciergerie and Notre Dame Cathedral, with skip the line tickets to climb the Towers.
Your in-depth exploration of Paris' historic center begins with a fully guided tour of Notre Dame Cathedral. Your guide is an expert on Medieval France and your group will only include 14 other travelers or fewer. Inside Notre Dame, you'll marvel at the famous Rose Window, admire the stunning Gothic arches, and learn how Victor Hugo and his Hunchback of Notre Dame actually saved this beautiful building from demolition. Surprisingly, this isn't the most jaw-dropping religious space in the city. That title is reserved for your next stop: Sainte-Chapelle. This royal chapel was originally built by King Louis IV house his collection relics, and today it’s one of the most beautiful single rooms in Christendom. It’s also one of the city’s most popular attractions. Luckily, you have skip-the-line tickets, so you’ll walk right past the entrance line that often stretches around the block. Your last stop is the Conciergerie, a lovely building with a dark past that was used to host the tribunals of the French Revolution and to imprison political prisoners awaiting their date with the guillotine. The building was recently renovated, including the cell where Marie Antoinette spent her last days before execution. You’ll also see a second cell where she was briefly kept, now converted into a tiny chapel.For a more uplifting end to the tour, we'll leave you with little surprise. Your guide will take you back to Notre Dame for the tower climb (included in the tour price). You’ll get up close to the famous gargoyles and inside the bell tower to see where Victor Hugo’s hunchback lived. This tour has access to the highest point of the cathedral too, with 360 degree vantage point, for our favourite views of the city. After all, when you climb the Eiffel Tower, you can’t see the Eiffel Tower. From Notre Dame you have the whole city at your feet.