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Notre Dame's Island with Sainte Chapelle and Marie Antoinette's prison

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Notre Dame's Island with Sainte Chapelle and Marie Antoinette's prison

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icon2 hours 45 minutes  (approx.)
iconOffered in: English and 1 more

Overview

The Parisian district of Ile de la Cité is packed with standout sights—and surrounded by the picturesque waters of the Seine. Cover the highlights of the stunning, history-filled island during an enriching guided visit. See the Conciergerie, where Marie-Antoinette was once imprisoned, and walk by the remains of the Notre Dame Cathedral (closed during reconstruction). The tour includes skip-the-line admission to the famous stained glass windows of Saint Chapelle.
  • A history-packed guided tour through Ile de la Cité, with skip-the-line Saint Chapelle tickets
  • Cover standout landmarks like Notre Dame Cathedral, Pont Neuf, and the Conciergerie
  • Avoid the long waits to see the stained glass of Saint Chapelle with pre-booked admission
  • Listen to key background on notable historic sites from your own expert guide
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Enjoy a stroll around the picturesque Ile de la Cite
Fully guided tour including the exterior of Notre Dame Cathedral
Skip the lines to the Sainte Chapelle and the Conciergerie
Marvel at the dazzling stained glass of the Sainte Chapelle
See Marie-Antoinette's prison cell
Fully accredited local guide
Limited groups of 20 people or fewer
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Place Saint-Michel , Pl. Saint-Michel, Paris, France

Meeting point: At the Fontaine St Michel on the end of the Boulevard St Michel Directions: On the end of the Boulevard St Michel, between the two main roads and opposite the River Seine is a large fountain. Your guide will be waiting for you just in front of the fountain. The nearest metro is St Michel.

2:45 PM
Île de la Cité , Île de la Cité, Paris, France

Your tour will end on the Ile de la Cité

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants aged 0-3 years are free of charge and do not require a booking.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Memories France
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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  • "I highly recommend small group tours due to the personalized attention and the stories and details the guide shares." See review

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star-3
Lots of talking-not much seeing.
ElizabethA_Y
, Aug 2022
Guide was lovely & quite knowledgeable but we did not see much of what she was talking about. We would walk into a room/place, she would tell us all about it but not actually show us anything- then whisked us to somewhere else. Company should get Bluetooth capable devices so that those folks with hearing aids can benefit from the commentary. I wear hearing aids & could not use the device because I need to keep my hearing aids in in order to hear around me.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thank you for your review and your comments. It would be very helpful if you could contact us with the name of your guide or the date of your tour so we can pass on your comments to her, as all guides are constantly aiming to grow and do better and all your comments are valuable to enable them, and us, to do this. We will certainly look into the options for guests with hearing aids to ensure that all our guests can hear their guide well at all times during the tour. If you are not able to hear her, please don't hesitate to let her know, the guides are more than happy to do all they can to accommodate you - keeping you close to them during the tour for example. We hope that you had a wonderful stay here in Paris and that we will have the opportunity to see you again on future visits.
star-5
Fantastic
David_H
, Jul 2022
The beauty of Saint Chapelle is stunning and to learn of the history helped provide a greater appreciation
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thank you for your review! We are happy you enjoyed your tour and the beautiful St Chapelle. It still takes our breath away every time we see it. We hope you had a wonderful stay here in Paris!
star-5
Great Tour!
Jennifer_W
, Jul 2022
The beauty and history of the buildings brought to life through our tour guide James! Learned a lot.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thank you for your review! We are very happy to read you enjoyed your tour, it's a beautiful part of Paris packed with history - so much so see and learn! We hope you had a wonderful stay here in Paris and look forward to perhaps seeing you again!
star-5
Great walking tour
Alison_M
, Jul 2022
Our tour guide was great! She knew so much and made sure that we all understood the history and significance behind the places we visited. I would definitely recommend this tour to others.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thank you for your review! We are very happy you enjoyed your tour and we very much appreciate your recommendation. We hope you had a wonderful stay here in Paris!
star-5
A fabulous walking tour around Ile Notre Dame, stick around for Sainte Chapelle!
Neil_B
, Jul 2022
A fabulous walking tour around Ile Notre Dame, taking in what can still be seen of the facade of the cathedral, then a few notable stops, including Marie Antoinette's prison and the incredibly impressive Sainte Chapelle, the stained glass of which has to be seen to be believed quite frankly. A great guide takes you around, pointing out key things as you go too.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thank you again for taking the time to leave us a review! We very much appreciate them, and we are really happy to read that you also enjoyed this tour so much. The Sainte Chapelle is incredible, and you're right, you have to be there! We have shared your comments with your guides, and we hope we will see you again in Paris some day and have the chance to show you more of our beautiful city.
star-5
Informative, fun, captivating
Jennifer_B
, Jul 2022
Our tour guide Jessica was awesome!! She even engaged our kids and answered questions. We had a great time!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thank you for your review which we have passed on to Jessica. We are really happy to read that you, and especially your children, enjoyed your tour with her. There's a lot to see and learn on this tour and we are glad you all had fun! We hope you had a wonderful stay here in Paris and that we will perhaps see you again on future visits.
star-5
Worth the Walking! Torture and beauty all in one tour!
Terri_L
, Jul 2022
Very informative and interesting tour with a knowledgeable guide. Caroline definitely knows her subjects and loves to talk about them! There is a fair amount of walking on this one and some stairs, so be aware if you struggle with either. Notes Dame is closed during restoration after the 2019 fire, but it’s very interesting to see the restoration process. The conciergie is so interesting and she had amazing stories about the courts and the executions, including that the f Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. My favorite place was St. Chapelle. The most impressive display or architectural stained glass I’ve ever seen. Luckily, we saw it on a beautiful sunny day, so the colors really shone. Caroline gave a great tutorial about the stories the windows tell. It can get hot and stuffy in the church and there is little seating. All in all, an excellent tour on a gorgeous day. Caroline was fantastic.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Many thanks for taking the time to leave us such a detailed review! We very much appreciate it, and have shared it with Caroline. We are so pleased to read that you enjoyed your tour with her so much, the Ile de la Cité certainly packs a lot into a small space! We hope you had a wonderful stay here in Paris and that we may see you again one day if you return.
star-5
Our guide was so...
Georgeann_V
, Jul 2022
Our guide was so personable and very friendly! She has a wealth of information . It was a very beautiful and informative tour. The tour and the tour guide were wonderful!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thank you for your review! The Ile de la Cité is a fascinating part of the city and we are very glad you enjoyed exploring it with your guide. We hope you had a wonderful stay in Paris and that we may see you again on future visits!
star-5
The Sainte Chapelle is a...
Paul_B
, Jul 2022
The Sainte Chapelle is a once in a lifetime experience. alkdfalskjlaskdjflksdjflaksjflaskdjfl;aksdjflaksdjlj
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Many thanks for your review. We are very happy you enjoyed your tour, especially the breathtaking Sainte Chapelle. It truly is a must-see in Paris! We hope you had a great stay here and that we may see you again on future visits.
star-5
So Much Info!
Bridget_H
, Jun 2022
Our guide was so knowledgeable! It was fascinating to hear everything about the area, even without being able to go in Notre Dame!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you for your review! We are very pleased that you enjoyed your tour, there is a lot to see even with Notre Dame being closed for renovations! It's a beautiful part of our city with so much history and incredible architecture packed into a small space, and we are always happy to share it with our guests. We hope you had a wonderful stay here in Paris.
star-5
The Kolta review
Sam_K
, Jun 2022
Hello, our Guide Marion was excellent. Her English is great, very knowledgeable and patient with her customers. She answered all our questions very professionally. I give her 10 of 10. Thx
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Many thanks for your review which we have passed on to Marion. We are very happy to read that you enjoyed your tour with her! We hope you are having a great stay in Paris, and that we may have the opportunity to welcome you on other tours!
star-4
Beautiful Paris Overview
David_B
, Jun 2022
This is a good tour to get your feet wet in Paris and see some key sites. Our guide (forgotten her name sorry) provided so much information on Paris, history and key sites. There is a lot of history. The Conciergerie is beautiful but not set up as it would have been when Marie Antoinette was there. There are virtual really devices to show this but not part of the tour. Saint Chappel is absolutely amazing to see. A must do.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you for you review! We are very happy to read that you enjoyed your tour. You are right, the prison cells in the Conciergerie have changed over the centuries, but what remains gives us a great view into the conditions of the various types of prisoners during the Revolution, including of course Marie-Antoinette. And your guide is there to bring all this history back to life! We are glad you enjoyed both the Conciergerie and the wonderful Sainte Chapelle, and we hope to see you again on future visits!
star-5
Memorable
Susan_J
, Jun 2022
Tour guide was excellent! We went last Friday June 10 at 2:45pm as I forget her name. It was a magnificent experience in the chappale.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you for your review! We are so happy you enjoyed your tour, especially the Ste Chapelle which is incredible and breathtaking. We hope you had a wonderful stay here in Paris and look forward to seeing you again on future visits!
star-5
Excellent guide
Dennis_G
, Jun 2022
She was very knowledgeable about the subject matter and was an excellent guide on all history aspects of our tour
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you for your review! We are really pleased that you enjoyed your tour and your time with your guide. We hope you are having a wonderful stay in Paris and that perhaps we will see you again on future trips!
star-5
We really enjoy our tour...
Maria_Q
, Jun 2022
We really enjoy our tour guy Humberto was very knowledgeable clearly communicated the history associated with the area. Excellent experience!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you for your review which we have passed on to Humberto. We are very happy you had such a great time with him. We hope you are enjoying your stay here in Paris and that we will have the opportunity to welcome you again on future visits!
star-5
Great tour. Highly recommend
jdmillers1990
, May 2022
Great tour experience. Our guide was amazing and funny. Highly recommend. The chapel was incredible and hearing the stories brought the history alive.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Many thanks for your kind review which we are very happy to read. The Sainte Chapelle is amazing, so worth seeing and so often missed by visitors. We are glad that we were able to show it to you, and we hope to see you again on future visits for more discoveries here in Paris!
star-5
Another must for Paris!
Jacqueline_H
, May 2022
Great tour! Our guide was terrific! A wonderful way to see these two beauties. Un fortunately Notre Dame is still under repair...maybe next time:)
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you for your review, we are very happy to read it! We'd love to welcome you back again and take you inside Notre Dame and perhaps up the towers when it reopens, hopefully in 2024/25. We hope you had a wonderful stay.
star-1
The directions were not...
Gregf_C
, May 2022
The directions were not clear, and we missed the start of the tour, and tried to communicate with the local tour guide, and did not receive any response. So we did kit go on tour. Wasted $100
icon Response from Host , May 2022
We are sorry that you missed your tour. We do pay very careful attention to our descriptions of meeting points on our vouchers, and make sure that we choose meeting points that are easy to access and easy to identify once you get there. The meeting point for this tour is on Place St Michel, which is very well connected with several metro lines and an RER line, and is very accessible and well known to all taxi drivers in France. It's very central and is easy to walk to as well. Place St Michel is a square with an enormous fountain on it, we meet right in front of the fountain to ensure that we are very easy to spot. On this tour the guide is accompanied by a coordinator to help meet and check in our guests. Both are wearing orange badges and are very clearly branded to ensure you can see them. The coordinator arrives 30 minutes before the start time of the tour, the guide 15 minutes before. We are constantly in touch via WhatsApp with our coordinators during the check in period, and 10 minutes before the tour start time they tell us which guests are missing and we call everyone to see if they need help. Our tours start on time, but the coordinator waits for a further 15 minutes for any latecomers and takes them to join the guide. We are sorry that despite all our efforts you were not able to find the tour. We do have a very flexible refund policy allowing full refunds up to 24 hours before your tour start time, but after that it's not possible for us to refund for extremely late cancellations or missed tours. We do hope you had a wonderful stay in Paris nonetheless, and that we will perhaps have the chance to welcome you on future visits.
star-5
Our tour was everything...
Maribel_C
, May 2022
Our tour was everything we expected, our guide (sorry I can’t remember his name) was so great. He was extremely excited to share his knowledge about the history behind these architectural gems just listening to him made me excited to be here. Highly recommend!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Many thanks for your review which we are very happy to read. We are so pleased that your guide was able to share his excitement and love of our city with you, and we very much appreciate your recommendation. We hope to see you back in Paris and would be delighted to welcome you again.
star-4
Fascinating historical tour
Christa_C
, May 2022
Tristan was full of great information!! It was fascinating. The history is a little overwhelming and I wish I had done some reading beforehand.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you for your review! We are very pleased that you enjoyed the tour with Tristan. There is a lot to learn on this tour for sure! Hopefully the tour will be a perfect starting point if you want to do some further reading into what you saw and learned on the tour. We'd love to have you back on more tours in Paris, hope to see you again!

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