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Private Treasure Hunt around Notre Dame for Families & Kids

1. Private Treasure Hunt around Notre Dame for Families & Kids

If you want to learn about Paris’s rich history and medieval heritage but are worried about keeping your kids engaged—this is the tour for you. Explore medieval Paris with a private, kid-friendly guide on a fun treasure hunt.   Meet your guide outside the Cité metro station. They’ll be ready with activity booklets for your youngsters that will keep their interest throughout the tour. Acting as detectives, they’ll have to solve an investigation in the medieval neighborhood around Notre-Dame.   Starting at the Notre-Dame in all her Gothic glory, you and your kids will discover architectural details that will take you back in time to the Middle Ages. Your next stop will be the Palais de Justice (the Courthouse), where you'll listen to your guide’s stories about knights and kings who once lived in this former palace. Then, a few blocks away, discover Sainte Chapelle, a true Gothic jewel with 15 stained glass windows.   Hop across the River Seine to wander the natural island of Saint Louis. Spot gorgeous views, explore narrow streets, and get a feel for what a lively Parisian neighborhood is really like.   After your tour, you can’t leave Saint Louis without stopping at Berthillon, the famous Parisian ice cream shop—your kids will be glad you did!

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Paris: 3-Hour Interactive History Walking Tour

2. Paris: 3-Hour Interactive History Walking Tour

Entertain your teens and family with an informative and playful walking tour in Paris to discover its history. Your passionate guide will lead you through the history of Paris and give each of your kids an activity booklet to help uncover quirky stories and facts along the way. Travel through time from the Middle Ages to the French Revolution to grasp the building blocks of Paris as its known today. Begin your journey in antiquity by meeting your cheery guide near one of the most impressive Gallo-Roman sites in Paris, the Cluny Thermae. Travel through time again to reach the Latin Quarter. Spot remnants of the Middle Ages and other periods to observe the epic history that still shows itself in the streets of Paris today. Stroll a bit further to reach Paris’s two natural islands on the Seine River, Ile de la Cité and Ile Saint Louis. Walk along the Cité Island and observe the iconic Gothic jewel of Notre Dame, poised in all her glory. Then meander through the charming, village-like streets of Ile Saint Louis to discern its medieval architecture and atmosphere. Next, step into the Marais district, the heart of historical Paris. Private mansions, hidden gardens to splendid churches, your guide will show you timeless wonders that you will see only in this neighborhood, behind closed walls and secret passages. Sit back and relax in a typical Parisian café for a well-deserved break. Enjoy a delicious pastry and warm drink while your guide recounts more tales of the past for you. Finally, head toward Bastille Square for your last history lesson. Recall the events of July 14, 1789 and the famous Storming of La Bastille. Try to visualize how the fortress once stood and see what revolutionary symbol now occupies the square before concluding your tour.

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Paris: Notre Dame Quarter & St. Chapelle Kids & Family Tour

3. Paris: Notre Dame Quarter & St. Chapelle Kids & Family Tour

Start your tour in front of the fairytale Hotel de Ville, home to the Mayor of Paris. Cross over to the Ile de la Cité, and enjoy a walk along the riverbanks and through the charming flower market. Then it’s time to skip the often long lines and enter the gem of the island, the Sainte Chapelle. This tiny chapel is home to some of the most dazzling stained glass in the world, much of it dating from the 13th Century.  Your tour will take you past the Conciergerie - medieval palace, revolutionary prison and final home of Queen Marie-Antoinette before she was taken to the guillotine in 1793. Learn of troubles and turmoil during the French Revolution and the stories of some of the famous residents of this infamous prison. See the oldest public clock in Paris, as your stroll continues through one of the prettiest squares in Paris to the oldest bridge in the city. Your final visit will be of the exterior of the spectacular 850-year-old gothic Cathedral of Notre Dame. Learn of the terrible fire in April 2019 that threatened to destroy this much-loved symbol of Paris, but more importantly of the talents and techniques of her medieval architects and builders, whose mastery ensured that she survived this drama and is still standing tall. Discover her fascinating past, and of course learn about the most famous resident, Victor Hugo’s Hunchback of Notre Dame, and hear his colorful and thrilling story. See history unfold before you as she turns this new chapter and readies herself to face the future. Specially designed materials for children will be provided to ensure that younger members of the family are able to participate every step of the way. Your guides are all fully licensed and specialised in leading tours for groups of all ages. Spend a memorable afternoon in Paris and enjoy a visit through the captivating heart of the city.

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Paris: Photography Class for Beginners

4. Paris: Photography Class for Beginners

Discover all the possibilities offered by your DSLR, hybrid, bridge, or compact camera equipped with manual mode. During this 3-hour class, your instructor will guide you through the main settings you need to master in order to obtain the perfect images. Meet your instructor, a passionate professional photographer, at any place you like in Paris. If you don't have your own camera, you will be loaned one for no additional cost. Get ready to understand how to communicate your vision to the camera so that it always gives you what you really want. This private class will be personally tailored to your individual needs. Learn how to get the perfect depth of field, how to stop or show the movement of the subject, how to always get your subject in focus, and how to make perfect use of the natural light. Receive a booklet at the end of the course to recap all the advice your instructor gave you so you can continue practicing your new skills.

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What people are saying about Notre Dame Cathedral

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Excellent! Highly recommend!

Our Guide was amazing. She's been very well prepared and her story telling skills were second to none! She's shared her knowledge in such an informal and personable way, that we've lost track of time. My 12 yr old daughter and I, both enjoyed it a lot! Very memorable experience! We'd love to come back for more, next time we're in Paris.

This was a really nice tour, which our 9-year old daughter enjoyed a lot. Great to get a lot of interesting information, while staying flexible for customer wishes. Thanks a lot