1. France
  2. Ile-de-France
  3. Paris
  4. Seine River

Île de la Cité: Tour with Sainte Chapelle and Notre Dame

Product ID: 56621
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Discover Île de la Cité, located in the middle of the Seine River in the heart of Paris. Skip the lines to enter Sainte Chapelle and see the outside of Notre Dame Cathedral. Learn about the history of these iconic monuments from your expert guide.
About this activity
Duration 2 hours
Skip the line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Easy cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund

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Experience

Highlights
  • Enter Sainte Chapelle without delay with your skip-the-line access ticket
  • See the outside of Notre Dame Cathedral, one of France’s most iconic monuments
  • Enjoy interesting and informative commentary from your expert English-speaking guide
Full description
An island sitting in the middle of the Seine River, Île de la Cité was the home of kings and the site of world-changing political uprisings.

On this 2.5-hour tour you’ll hear about gruesome history, revolutionary rivalries, and romantic interludes as your English-speaking guide entertains and educates you with colorful expert commentary.

With your guide, you’ll see the famed Notre Dame Cathedral, admiring its Gothic style from the outside. See for yourself why Victor Hugo chose this monument as the setting for his widely-acclaimed novel, The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Listen to the intriguing backstory of how this captivating cathedral came to be. Your guide will tell you about the history and mysteries of this infamous landmark, from the days of antiquity to the present.

Next you'll continue on to the nearby Sainte Chapelle, where you’ll be whisked past the crowds with your skip-the-line access and straight into this hidden wonder of Paris. Another Gothic masterpiece, this former chapel of King Louis IX, also known as Saint Louis, was built in 1248.

The chapel features over 6,500 square feet of 13th-century stained glass, the majority of the originals having been recently restored. Dazzling in color, this is a sparkling Parisian gem not to be missed.

Please note, due to the fire at Notre Dame on April 15, 2019 this tour's itinerary may be modified.

Includes
  • Expert, English-speaking tour guide
  • Sainte Chapelle admission ticket and skip-the-line access
  • Headsets when appropriate, so you can always hear your guide
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up/drop off
  • Food and beverages

When you get there

Meeting point

Meet at the statue of Henri IV in the middle of Pont Neuf, at the western end of Ile de la cite. Pont Neuf is the bridge that links Ile de la Cite to both the left and right banks of the river. The statue is of a man on a horse in the middle of the bridge. Nearest Metro: Pont Neuf (7) or Cite (4).

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Know before you go
• Note: Due to the fire at Notre Dame on April 15, 2019 this tour's itinerary may be modified
• Extra security measures may be implemented at some venues due to heightened global security. You may experience delays in getting through mandatory security checks at these venues. Extra measures may also restrict the size of bags that you can bring inside. To avoid waits or possible denied entry, it is strongly recommended that you avoid bringing large purses, bags, or backpacks on your tour. All bags taken into the Sainte Chapelle will be scanned and any sharp or metal instruments will be confiscated by security staff onsite
• It isn't possible to accommodate guests with wheelchairs or any impairments requiring special assistance. This also applies to strollers or baby carriages
• Admission to religious sites is subject to a strict dress code. Both men and women must have their knees and shoulders covered. The supplier cannot be held responsible for refused entry in this case.