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Description Summary
  • See the top highlights of Central Paris with an expert local guide on this easy half-day tour.  Start with the fascinating story of Notre Dame and see it still standing proud, defiant of the recent raging fire that tried to destroy it. Following a stroll through the historic center of Paris, you will skip the lines for entry into St. Chapelle.  Next, you’ll skip the lines at the Louvre and explore the best of its collection with your guide on hand to help you interpret and enjoy the art. Finally, we’ll leave you with a river cruise ticket that you can use whenever you like.
  • See the top highlights of Central Paris with an expert local guide on this easy half-day tour.  Start with the fascinating story of Notre Dame and see it still standing proud, defiant of the recent raging fire that tried to destroy it. Following a stroll through the historic center of Paris, you will skip the lines for entry into St. Chapelle.  Next, you’ll skip the lines at the Louvre and explore the best of its collection with your guide on hand to help you interpret and enjoy the art. Finally, we’ll leave you with a river cruise ticket that you can use whenever you like.
Description
  • This highlight tour of Central Paris packs a maximum number of world-class attractions into a small amount of time. 
  • Your tour starts in front of the fountain at Place Saint-Michel. From there your guide will take you to the site of Notre Dame explaining its fascinating 850 years of history, secrets, and mysteries. See how this historic structure still stands proud after the recent fire and discover what the future holds for this magnificent building. 
  • Your Paris walking tour continues in the picturesque lanes of the Île de la Cite and Latin Quarter, where you'll see iconic buildings, like the Conciergerie, and learn about some of the historic personalities that strolled these streets before you. You will skip the lines for entry into St. Chapelle and be given the opportunity to take in the iconic chapel's unique ambience at your own pace. You will also visit the impressive church of St. Germain l'Auxerrois built in the 13th century.  
  • Passing through the narrow, medieval streets of the Latin Quarter, you’ll cross back over the river to enter the Louvre. During high season, the entrance lines can stretch for hours, but regardless of when you visit, you’ll walk right in for a full tour.  
  • The Louvre's collection is enormous but you won't have to worry about art fatigue;  Your guide will focus on the most important works and help you understand what makes them so significant by giving you the vibrant stories behind them. There’s a lot to see, but your visit will include paintings by Leonardo da Vinci and his incomparable Mona Lisa, sculptures by Michelangelo and Canova, statues from antiquity like the Venus de Milo and the Winged Victory of Samothrace, the major works of the French Romantics like Géricault’s ‘Raft of Medusa’, and even the French Crown Jewels. 
  • The guided part of your tour ends here but we leave you with a little gift; a Seine River cruise ticket that you can use any time during the rest of your stay. Either hop right on a boat, or save it for sundown, which is a lovely time to take in the sights along the river.
  • This is a great experience for anyone who wants to pack in a lot of must-see sights to an easy half day of touring. 
  • This highlight tour of Central Paris packs a maximum number of world-class attractions into a small amount of time. 
  • Your tour starts in front of the fountain at Place Saint-Michel. From there your guide will take you to the site of Notre Dame explaining its fascinating 850 years of history, secrets, and mysteries. See how this historic structure still stands proud after the recent fire and discover what the future holds for this magnificent building. 
  • Your Paris walking tour continues in the picturesque lanes of the Île de la Cite and Latin Quarter, where you'll see iconic buildings, like the Conciergerie, and learn about some of the historic personalities that strolled these streets before you. You will skip the lines for entry into St. Chapelle and be given the opportunity to take in the iconic chapel's unique ambience at your own pace. You will also visit the impressive church of St. Germain l'Auxerrois built in the 13th century.  
  • Passing through the narrow, medieval streets of the Latin Quarter, you’ll cross back over the river to enter the Louvre. During high season, the entrance lines can stretch for hours, but regardless of when you visit, you’ll walk right in for a full tour.  
  • The Louvre's collection is enormous but you won't have to worry about art fatigue;  Your guide will focus on the most important works and help you understand what makes them so significant by giving you the vibrant stories behind them. There’s a lot to see, but your visit will include paintings by Leonardo da Vinci and his incomparable Mona Lisa, sculptures by Michelangelo and Canova, statues from antiquity like the Venus de Milo and the Winged Victory of Samothrace, the major works of the French Romantics like Géricault’s ‘Raft of Medusa’, and even the French Crown Jewels. 
  • The guided part of your tour ends here but we leave you with a little gift; a Seine River cruise ticket that you can use any time during the rest of your stay. Either hop right on a boat, or save it for sundown, which is a lovely time to take in the sights along the river.
  • This is a great experience for anyone who wants to pack in a lot of must-see sights to an easy half day of touring. 
Full Description
  • Sites Visited: 
  • Notre Dame (outside)
  • Île de la Cité
  • St. Chapelle
  • The Louvre
  • Seine River Cruise
  • Sites Visited: 
  • Notre Dame (outside)
  • Île de la Cité
  • St. Chapelle
  • The Louvre
  • Seine River Cruise

Version 1 – February 14, 2020 09:27

Highlights
  • - Explore Notre Dame with an expert local guide and learn the story of Paris’s most famous building and the fire that recently damaged the famous icon.
  • - Enjoy a city stroll around the Île de la Cité, the historic center of Paris, which is home to the Conciergerie and St. Chapelle.
  • - Skip the lines for entry into St. Chapelle and take in the iconic chapel's unique ambience at your own pace.
  • - Skip the lines at the Louvre and see the highlights of the collection, including the Mona Lisa, Winged Victory, Liberty Leading the People, Sculptures by Michelangelo, and more!
  • - Take a cruise down the Seine with a river cruise ticket that you can use whenever you want.
  • - Visit the Musée d’Orsay with skip the line tickets.
  • - View the collection with a local, expert guide who is passionate about art and will show you a specially curated list of the most interesting and important works.
  • - Enjoy close encounters with art by Van Gogh, Monet, Cezanne, Gauguin, Manet, and more.
  • - Marvel at the beautiful interior the Beaux-Arts building and learn some of its secrets.
Included
  • Skip the Line Louvre tickets
  • Skip the Line St. Chapelle tickets
  • Full Louvre Highlights Tour
  • Entrance to St. Germain l'Auxerrois
  • Expert local guide
  • Seine River Cruise Ticket
  • Tickets to the Musée d’Orsay
  • Expert guide
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.
  • Please ensure that all members of your party have a valid ID. This is particularly important for guests who qualify for a student or child discount.
  • As with all museums, some galleries of the Louvre Museum may be closed without prior notice. In this case, your guide will make an appropriate substitution.
  • To ensure the safety of visitors, French authorities enforce security measures upon entry to the attractions of the Louvre. 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 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.
  • Please ensure that all members of your party have a valid ID. This is particularly important for guests who qualify for a student or child discount.
  • As with all museums, some galleries of the Musee d'Orsay may be closed without prior notice. In this case, your guide will make an appropriate substitution.
  • To ensure the safety of visitors, French authorities enforce security measures upon entry to the Musee d'Orsay. Suitcases, luggage, and larger bags are not allowed inside. Please accept our apologies for any delay or inconvenience caused by extra security checks.
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 we are unable to accommodate guests with mobility impairments, wheelchairs or strollers on this tour.