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Sainte-Chapelle & Conciergerie Combined Skip-the-Line Ticket

1. Sainte-Chapelle & Conciergerie Combined Skip-the-Line Ticket

Make the most of your visit to the Palais de la Cité by visiting 2 remarkable monuments: Sainte-Chapelle and the Conciergerie. During your visit to the Conciergerie, explore the ancient court of the French Revolution. At this picturesque site, see the cells of criminals and the tombs of the heroes of the French Revolution. Alongside the Conciergerie, enjoy Sainte-Chapelle, one of the most stunning examples of Gothic architecture in the world. Admire the ancient stained glass windows, with an impressive depth of color and beautiful design. With this ticket, spend as much time as you want at each of those iconic Parisian monuments. Choose to discover the Conciergerie's medieval and revolution-era rooms as well as the spaces that have disappeared with the HistoPad. This digital mediation tool allows you to go back in time thanks to its augmented reality, 3D reconstructions, and interactive functionalities.

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Paris: Dark City Secrets Walking Tour

2. Paris: Dark City Secrets Walking Tour

Throughout your 2-hour guided tour you will discover the dark side of the center of Paris. Choose between a shared or private experience, which will begin at the former main site of the bloody and popular public executions, which were both adored and appreciated by Parisians. You will see how cruelly they used to punish convicted criminals, as well as the occasional unfortunate innocent person too. Paris is a haunted city with plenty of ghosts and phantoms. One famous French poet became the ghost that today haunts a theater, another one was injured during a fire and has since never left the Opera House. You'll learn about the "evil queen" of France, and how another spirit haunted her all the way up until her final days. Demons and devilish beings are everywhere in Paris, with the Notre-Dame Cathedral containing plenty of them on its exterior. On this facade there are so many creepy and mysterious signs and symbols, which require a thorough investigation to properly appreciate it. You will learn how a gypsy cursed a house in the Latin Quarter, causing its owner to die. This was followed by more people mysteriously dying there. You'll hear the spine-chilling story about this most famous cursed Parisian place, before your chilling tour finishes at the meeting point with the story of a vampire.

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Notre-Dame, Île de la Cité & St. Severin Church Guided Tour

3. Notre-Dame, Île de la Cité & St. Severin Church Guided Tour

The monumental Notre-Dame Cathedral is one of the most remarkable Gothic cathedrals in France and Europe and is one of the capital’s major monuments. As a symbol of a city and even a country, its history is made of stones and men. On April 15, 2019 the main spire and roof of the building collapsed in a huge fire. By joining this tour you will learn more about the rebuilding of Notre-Dame and the next steps for its reconstruction. You will see the revival of Gothic Architecture and enjoy a walking tour in the Île de la Cité, the mythical place where everything began. Next you will enjoy a guided tour at the Saint-Severin Church in the Latin quarter, a great example of flamboyant Gothic Architecture.

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Paris: Romantic City Exploration Game for Couples

4. Paris: Romantic City Exploration Game for Couples

Discover Paris’s fascinating history and attractions while solving clues around the city center. Experience the charms of the French capital as you embark on a quest with your friends, significant other, or family. Follow the clues from one place to another to watch the secret story of each location unfold. Get all the instructions via email after booking and begin your adventure. Play competitively in teams or in a group as you solve the romantic riddles hidden in Paris. Explore at your own pace and sightsee along the way. Visit city highlights like the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, and the Saint Germain des Pres Quarter while uncovering the romantic tales behind each turn.

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Paris By Night: 3-Hour Guided Bike Tour

5. Paris By Night: 3-Hour Guided Bike Tour

Your 3-hour bike tour begins at the Parking Etoile-Foch, near the Arc de Triomphe. After picking up your bike you’ll head out with your guide, who’ll take you on a ride through the streets of Paris. Stop at all the major attractions, including the Champs-Elysées, Eiffel Tower, Louvre and Notre-Dame, and take in the beauty of the illuminated monuments after dark. Hear stories about the city’s past and learn more about what life is like in Paris. This tour is an excellent way to get the know the city when the streets aren’t quite so busy. Feel free to bring some refreshments along with you!

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Best of Paris: 3 Smartphone Audio-Guided Tours

6. Best of Paris: 3 Smartphone Audio-Guided Tours

Visit some of the most well-known sites of Paris in an authentic, fun, and entertaining way on 3 distinct audio-guided tours. Enjoy the convenience of keeping your smartphone in your pocket while your professional guide’s commentaries lead you through charming streets and squares. The audio commentaries trigger automatically based on your location. Secret Montmartre (1.5 hours) Walk the steep streets and hidden squares of bohemian Montmartre and immerse yourself in the neighborhood’s artistic history, from Pablo Picasso to Dalida. Mysteries and Legends of Paris, Ile de la Cité (1.5 hours) Learn the history of central Paris’ famous sites, such as the Louvre Pyramid, Pont Neuf, and the Conciergerie, but with a macabre twist. Follow the side streets and secret passages, far from the usual tourist itineraries. Trendy Le Marais (1.5 hours) Discover the historic and fashionable district of Le Marais with its rich Jewish heritage and LGBTQ community. Explore the district’s incredible mix of historical architecture, cafes and museums, and great shopping. Want to make a short stop in a shop or grab a quick snack? Pause the tour and resume when you want, right where you left off. The guide provides clear audio directions and a map indicates directions to follow in real time, so don’t worry about getting lost. And if you take a wrong turn, the integrated geo-localization feature will get you back on track in no time! Customize your itinerary as you wish and enjoy the fun and entertaining tours at your own pace.

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Paris Highlights: From Notre-Dame to Eiffel Tower

7. Paris Highlights: From Notre-Dame to Eiffel Tower

Join a small group or a private tour to discover Paris's highlights –– historical sites, bridges, palaces, parks, and of course the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Eiffel Tower. Begin your adventure at Notre Dame with an expansive view of Paris's architecture and culture. Learn surprising facts about the Île de la Cité on the Seine. Discuss the history of Notre Dame as well as the impacts of the recent fire and the building's future. Follow the River Seine and go across the famous Pont des Arts, a pedestrian bridge listed as a national historic monument. Watch the Parisiens enjoying summer picnics and remember don't miss the famous eternal love padlocks attached to the bridge's railing. Follow your guide to the Pyramid of Louvre, the most popular destination in Paris. Pop into the gardens of the Palais Royal, a former royal palace, just opposite the Louvre. Walk through the Tuileries Garden connecting the Louvre to the Place de la Concorde. Learn about how the setting served as a reference point for the vast modern development of Paris. Continue your walk to the Arc de Triumph and Place de la Concorde and see how the monuments stand in harmony with their modern setting. These unique architectural masterpieces innovatively combined different styles and have influenced a range of art and culture for decades. Your tour will stop at the Eiffel Tower.

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Paris Private Full Day Tour - Tickets to Louvre & Lunch

8. Paris Private Full Day Tour - Tickets to Louvre & Lunch

Discover everything about Paris in one day with a unique full day private tour. Admire its culture, gastronomy, and history. Let your local host take you to the most authentic places of the city, avoiding the crowds. Feel like a local, as you walk through the most picturesque neighborhoods of Paris. Visit the famous Pantheon, located in the heart of the Latin Quarter, where the remains of famous characters from history rest. Cross the romantic Seine River, colored with its artists and its bohemian atmosphere. Don't forget to have a coffee in the mythical round table bars facing the streets. Enjoy an authentic Parisian lunch, a perfect excuse to take a break from walking and to recharge your energy. Journey through the history of the city and see the most important sights of Paris, including the square where Marie Antoinette was beheaded. Pass through the beautiful Tuileries Gardens and the magnificent Louvre Museum, where you will quickly enter, thanks to your skip-the-line tickets. Get all the insights you need to make the most of your time exploring the City of Light.

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Paris: Ile de la Cite Walking Tour with Notre Dame

9. Paris: Ile de la Cite Walking Tour with Notre Dame

Join your guide for a fascinating walking tour of the charming and historical Ile de la Cite. Start your tour on the Left Bank in the Latin Quarter and pass by the famed bookstore, Shakespeare & Company, a gathering place for the literary legends of the 'Lost Generation'.   Then, see the imposing gothic structure of Notre Dame Cathedral. Built in the 13th century, this magnificent edifice has recently survived a devastating fire, yet she is still standing proudly as the symbol of the city. Learn of her incredible construction and watch history unfold before you, as she readies herself to stand tall for another eight centuries.   Next, enjoy a short stroll through the charming flower market to Sainte Chapelle. Built in the 13th century by King Saint Louis, 80% of the walls are covered by remarkable colored glass windows. Your last visit is to the Conciergerie, built as a medieval palace, but most famous as the prison and last home of Queen Marie Antoinette during the French Revolution.

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Paris: 4-Hour Guided Tour by Minibus

10. Paris: 4-Hour Guided Tour by Minibus

Discover the highlights of Paris on an interactive 4-hour tour with live guide, available as a private or small group option. Travel the streets by minibus, and see more than you would on a walking tour! Meet your guide at the Opéra Garnier (Palais Garnier), and set off to explore the Latin Quarter, notable for the Sorbonne university campus and its bohemian vibe. Pass the scenic Place du Châtelet and imposing Louvre Museum, as well as the Haussmann designed Place de l’ Opéra. Admire the triumphant Place Vendôme and the expansive Place de la Concorde at the end of the Champs-Élysées. See the iconic columns of La Madeleine, the complex of buildings of the Ecole Militaire, and the museums and monuments of Les Invalides. Experience the sidewalk café culture of St. Germain-des-Pres. Enjoy ample photo stops along the way. Then, continue with a walking tour of the Notre-Dame de Paris and Marais district, including the famous Place des Vosges. Transfer to artistic Montmartre for a walking tour of Place du Tertre. Watch the pavement artists at work, and look at the white, wedding-cake basilica of the Sacré Coeur. Drive back to the city center for a drop off at the foot of the Eiffel Tower.

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What people are saying about Notre Dame Cathedral

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We were the only people on the tour but this made it much better. Our tour guide had extensive knowledge of Paris’s history and the stories that were told were fascinating. Aside from the Dark Secrets, our guide gave us some great restaurant and location tips for the rest of our time in Paris. A must-do guide if you’ve visiting Paris and want to hear some history. Thank you!

The sites are worth seeing, however, the “skip-the-line” ticket does not actually allow you to skip the line. We queued for 25 minutes which is okay, but don’t sell your tickets as such. Just call them entry tickets.

Our favorite part of our Paris visit! Our guide shared many unique and curious stories that we had never heard. I look forward to taking another My Precious Paris tour next time!

I would recommend this to anyone who wants to know about Notre Dame and the places around there. Our guide, Lea, was very knowledgeable and helpful.

Our guide was fascinating Thank you to Bertrand vacher for the quality of his explanations and his availability