Guided tour

Paris: Île de la Cité Walking Tour

4.2 / 5

11 reviews

Activity provider: Fat Tire Tours - Paris
Guided tour

Paris: Île de la Cité Walking Tour

Activity provider: Fat Tire Tours - Paris

Visit the historical center of Paris and learn about its humble beginnings. Visit the Sainte-Chapelle, the Conciergerie, Pont Neuf and the Latin Quarter. Explore île-de la Cité, in the heart of Paris home to some memorable sights.

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Duration 2 hours
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  • Explore Île de la Cité and see its iconic sites
  • Learn about the Notre Dame's history and the fire that nearly brought it down in 2019
  • Stop by the Conciergerie, Palais de Justice, and Pont Neuf
Full description

On this story-packed tour, you will unlock the secrets of Paris' historical origins and visit outside of the famed Notre Dame Cathedral. Start the two-hour leisurely walk near Notre Dame. Learn about the myriad of sites the island has to offer, including Sainte-Chapelle, the Memorial of the Deported, the Conciergerie, Palais de Justice, and Pont Neuf.

Then, from peasants to emperors to hunchbacks, you will delve into the rich history of the exterior of Notre Dame de Paris and find out why over 13 million people come to see her every year.

As you stroll across the island to the leafy Place Dauphine, take in Sainte-Chapelle and the Conciergerie. Learn about the island's fascinating history and cross the Pont Neuf bridge.

Finally, take in the quaint Latin Quarter before your guide leaves you at the famous Shakespeare & Company bookshop.

  • Live guide
  • Exterior visit of Notre Dame Cathedral
  • Tips (optional)
  • Due to the fire in 2019, interior access to Notre Dame is not included

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Meeting point

We meet just outside a café called Brasserie Les Deux Palais located at 3 Boulevard du Palais, 75004. If taking the metro, exit the "Cité" metro stop (line 4) in Place Louis Lépine and turn left. The cafe is on the street to the left of the cathedral. Your guide will be wearing a Fat Tire Tours shirt and holding a sign.

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Weapons or sharp objects
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • This tour covers approximately 3 kilometers and is very easy paced, but it is recommended that you wear comfortable shoes
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.2 /5

based on 11 reviews

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August 24, 2022

Our guide had a lot of interesting things to tell us. However his presentation was quite intense and muddled. It was a hot day and we were standing in the sun for long periods or else walking while he was talking which made it hard to hear if we weren’t next to him. He did not encourage us to ask questions

August 18, 2022

This was a great way to see Paris and learn from someone who knows the history, religion, politics and could explain it in a simple and entertaining way. Highly recommend this tour!

August 8, 2022

Product ID: 164220