Heart of Paris: Île de la Cité, Seine Cruise, River Walking Tour, and Skip-the-Line Sainte Chapelle

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Location: Paris
Category: Tours & Sightseeing
Duration: 225.0 minutes
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Currency: EUR
Language: English
TimeZone: Europe/Paris
Highlights - Enjoy an insider’s guide to the heart of Paris, covering some of the city’s most iconic sights - including a fascinating tour of the historic Île de la Cité.
- See the site of Notre Dame, which still stands proud after the recent fire.
- Soak up the company of an expert local guide whose stories, lore, and facts, will bring the history of the neighborhood of Île de la Cité to life.
- Visit the city’s most beautiful chapel, Sainte Chapelle, when it is nearly empty and marvel at some of the world’s most impressive stained glass.
- Take advantage of tickets for an hour-long cruise along the River Seine at a time that suits you, with expert commentary from a professional cruise tour guide.
Summary
Île de la Cité is a small island in the Seine river with a huge influence on the history of France. It’s where Paris was first settled, where some of the city’s greatest dramas were acted out, and where the most beautiful buildings were constructed. Find out how this tiny island became the center of one of Europe’s most vibrant cultures with this fascinating tour of Île de la Cité and the heart of Paris - including skip-the-line access to Sainte Chapelle and open tickets for a hour-long river cruise.
Description
This in-depth exploration of the histories, myths, legends, and lore hidden behind the stones of Paris’ most interesting neighborhood takes you to the historic Île de la Cité in the heart of the city. From the gothic splendor of the bell towers of Notre Dame that inspired Victor Hugo to create his hunchback bell-ringer, to the tranquil, leafy Place Dauphine that offers breathing space and calm for its residents, you’ll see Paris from several entirely different perspectives, and discover exactly what makes it such a special place. 

Your day starts in front of the Louvre Pyramid. From there you’ll be taken for a stroll along the banks of the Seine, where you’ll hear all about the hidden history of this intriguing city, taking in its romantic sights along the way. 

As you approach the iconic Notre Dame, your guide will take you back in time hundreds of years to when the mighty cathedral (the distance from which all points in France are measured) was first built and Paris looked very different than it does today. You’ll be taken as close to the majestic landmark as the ongoing restoration will permit to give you the best views possible. 

After crossing the river into the historic Latin Quarter, you’ll stroll down meandering, cobbled, streets where you'll hear the stories and learn of the characters - poets, philosophers, artists - that made Paris the City of Light. 

Next you’ll head to the city’s most beautiful chapel - Sainte Chapelle. This royal chapel was originally built to house relics and today it’s still one of the most jaw-dropping rooms in Paris. It’s also one of the city’s most popular attractions. Luckily, you’ll have skip-the-line tickets, so you can spend more time enjoying the chapel and less waiting around!
The guided part of your tour ends here but your guide will leave you with a special treat - a river cruise along the Seine where you can experience and view Paris and it’s many magnificent buildings from a new vantage point.  The cruise will last one hour and has also a live guide on board. 
Commentary English: Guide
Included Skip the line tickets to Sainte Chapelle
Guided tour of Île de la Cité
Flexible Seine River Cruise Tickets
Expert local tour guide
Expert local guide
Excluded Gratuities
Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off
Know before you book Unfortunately, some of the Louvre rooms are not wheelchair accessible. For a wheelchair-friendly alternative tour, please contact customer service.
Unfortunately, the upper floor at Sainte Chapelle are not wheelchair accessible.
Know before you go Please note that the tour meeting time is 15 minutes prior to the start time. No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no-shows after tour commencement or departure.
Comfortable walking shoes recommended.
As with all museums, some galleries of the Île de la Cité monuments may be closed without prior notice, or select pieces may be removed for restoration or loan. In this case, your guide will make an appropriate substitution.
Sainte Chapelle are places of worship and require appropriate attire to visit; both men and women are required to wear clothing that covers the shoulders and knees. Walks is not responsible for entry prohibited due to improper dress.
To ensure the safety of visitors, French authorities enforce security measures upon entry to the attractions of Ile de la Cité. Suitcases, luggage, and larger bags are not allowed inside. Only bags smaller than 55 cm x 35 cm x 20 cm are permitted. Please accept our apologies for any delay or inconvenience caused by extra security checks.
Please ensure that all members of your party have a valid ID on them on the day of the visit. This is particularly important for guests who have qualified for child reduction.
Additional Information
Gratuities to guides are appreciated but never obligatory.
Dress Code: Sainte Chapelle are places of worship and require appropriate attire to visit; both men and women are required to wear clothing that covers the shoulders and knees.
Required to bring: Valid ID
Health Items

Operating Info

Product Start Date 2020-04-01
Product End Date 2020-10-31
Booking Cut-off 2 hours
Minimum 1 guests per booking
Maximum 20 guests per booking
Valid Only on date on reservation

Availability Notes

From To Notes
January 01, 2021 October 31, 2021 4:30 PM Departure - Mon, Tues, Fri, Sat (except: 01 Jan 2020, 01 May 2021)
January 01, 2021 October 31, 2021 09:00 AM Departure - Not Running

Locations

Type: Starts location
Lat & Long: 48.8610252, 2.334484
Address: Equestrian statue of Louis XIV, Cour Napoléon et Pyramide du Louvre, Paris, 75001, FR
Directions: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Louvre+Museum/@48.8610252,2.334484,18.39z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0xb975fcfa192f84d4!8m2!3d48.8606111!4d2.337644
Notes: We meet at the equestrian statue of Louis XIV in front of the glass pyramid in the Louvre courtyard. Your guide will be holding a Walks sign.
Start Location Notes Equestrian statue of Louis XIV, Cour Napoléon et Pyramide du Louvre, Paris, 75001, FR
End Location Address Seine River, Paris, FR
Type: Ends location
Lat & Long:
Address: Seine River, Paris, FR
Notes:
Start Location Notes Equestrian statue of Louis XIV, Cour Napoléon et Pyramide du Louvre, Paris, 75001, FR
End Location Address Seine River, Paris, FR

Cancellation

Cancellation Policy: standard
Cancellation Cut-off: 72 hours
Cancellation Notes: Cancellations received greater than 72 hours prior to tour commencement are fully refundable. Cancellations received within 72 hours of tour commencement are nonrefundable. Amendment requests are subject to availability and price changes. Late arrivals and no shows are nonrefundable. This is applicable to any tour participant that fails to arrive, or arrives after tour departure.

Pricing

2021 PRICING RETAIL PRICE NET RATE
Adult 15-99 years €36.00 Available on request
Child 2-14 years €31.00 Available on request
Infant 0-1 years €0.00 Available on request
15 JUL 2020 - 31 DEC 2020 RETAIL PRICE NET RATE
Adult 15-99 years €34.00 Available on request
Child 2-14 years €29.00 Available on request
Infant 0-1 years €0.00 Available on request

Options

Option Name 2021 Pricing
Option Description 2021 Pricing
Option Name 15 Jul 2020 - 31 Dec 2020
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Other Information

Terms and Conditions

Before you travel, please read our important notes about possible disruptions & site entrance requirements.

Voucher Info

Mobile tickets will be accepted

FAQ Is food & drink allowed in Sainte Chapelle?

Closed bottled water is allowed, food is forbidden inside the visited sites.

Can I bring my bag on my tour?

To ensure the safety of visitors, French authorities enforce security measures upon entry to the attractions of Ile de la Cité. Suitcases, luggage, and larger bags are not allowed inside. Only bags smaller than 55 cm x 35 cm x 20 cm are permitted. Please accept our apologies for any delay or inconvenience caused by extra security checks.

My tour includes a visit to a holy site, what should I wear?

Dress code at Catholic churches and religious sites requires that both women and men cover their shoulders and knees. In summer we recommend that men wear t-shirts and long shorts that cover their knees. For women, if you are wearing a strapless top or dress, bring a cardigan. If you are wearing shorts, we recommend bringing a sarong to wrap around you inside.

Do I have to use my Seine cruise tickets on the day of the tour?

No. Your tickets for the Seine Cruise are flexible and can be used for any boat during your vacation.

Confirmation necessary? No
Redemption Your voucher will be collected or scanned on redemption