Heart of Paris: Historic Notre Dame Island, River Walk, Seine Cruise & Skip-the-Line Sainte-Chapelle

Highlights

  • - Marvel at Notre Dame and reflect on the impact it has had not only in Paris, but worldwide

  • - Explore the Latin Quarter, and learn about the characters at the heart of Parisian history

  • - Gain special-access entry to Sainte Chapelle, and bask in its breathtaking Gothic architecture

  • - Enjoy a charming cruise along the river Seine

Summary

Take in iconic sights from Notre Dame to Sainte Chapelle, before a leisurely cruise along the River Seine as the city’s history unravels before you.

Tour info

Duration
2 hours
Group Size
20
Pricing
Adult: (15-99 years)
€36.00
Child: (2-14 years)
€31.00
Infant: (0-1 years)
€0.00
Commentary
English
Meeting Point

66 Quai de l'Hôtel de ville , Paris, 75004 , FR

Dropoff location

The Sainte-Chappelle , Paris, France , FR

Why take this tour?

For such a tiny island, Île de la Cité has a lot of stories to tell. See the site of Notre Dame from the courtyard, which still stands proud after the recent fire. Stroll through the narrow streets and hidden corners of the Latin Quarter. Marvel at St. Louis' phenomenal private chapel with skip-the-line Sainte-Chapelle tickets. Then experience Paris from a different vantage point on an idyllic Seine River Cruise.

Go back to where it all started with this leisurely tour of the geographic and historic center of Paris; the Ile de la Cité. Take in iconic sights from Notre Dame to Sainte Chapelle, before a leisurely cruise along the River Seine as the city’s history unravels before you

One of the best known sites in Paris, your day begins at the Louvre Pyramid where you’ll meet your guide and small group. From there, you will be transported to the calmness of the Seine for a stroll along the river banks. Take in the idyllic sights and charming buildings as your guide reveals the area’s hidden history. Stop along the Pont Neuf; the oldest surviving bridge that crosses the river, and get swept away by the beautiful surroundings. The leafy cobblestones of Place Dauphine awaits before a guided tour around the narrow streets of the Latin Quarter home to the Sorbonne and the resting place of Marie Curie and Victor Hugo.

Next, your tour will transport you hundreds of years back in time, to when the mighty cathedral at Notre Dame (the distance from which all points in France are measured) was first built, and Paris looked very different to how it looks today. Since the Middle Ages, Paris has been a city of pilgrims drawn by Notre Dame Cathedral; the gothic jewel of the city. Struck by its immensity, seemingly impossible design, and bathed in light, early visitors were convinced it was conceived by the divine. Its ability to inspire endures more than 850 years later. Severely damaged by a recent fire, it proudly stands as a testament to the genius of its design and the endurance of France, reminding us all of Paris' official motto: fluctuat nec merger - ‘rocked but never sunk’.

Your guide will bring you as close as the ongoing restoration permits to give you the best views possible. You'll cross the river into the historic Latin Quarter. Strolling down meandering, cobbled streets, you'll hear the stories and learn about the characters - poets, philosophers, artists - that made Paris the ‘City of Light’. Following this it's time for a short wander through the street of Île Saint-Louis, where you'll get a stunning view of your next stop.

Notre Dame is a magnificent building, but the title for the most beautiful church in Paris is reserved for the next stop of your Ile de la Cité tour; the incomparable Sainte Chappelle. Originally built by King Louis IX to hold his considerable collection of relics, it's one of the most stunning single rooms ever constructed in the Gothic style, with towering stained glass windows which never fail to impress. It's no wonder that general entry lines stretch around the block - but with skip-the-line Sainte Chapelle tickets, you'll get straight inside. You will be free to explore the majesty of the building at your own pace as the guided part of your tour ends here. Your guide will leave you with a special treat however - a river cruise along the Seine where you can experience Paris and its many magnificent buildings from a new vantage point. The cruise will last one hour and has a live guide on board.

Fact, fiction, history, rumor, and lore all come together on this engrossing tour of Central Paris' most popular attractions. With a small group of no more than 15 people, you will have excellent access to your guide, whose stories about Paris will bring the city to life around you.


Sites Visited:
  • Notre Dame Cathedral (exterior)
  • Île de la Cité
  • Sainte Chapelle
  • River Seine 
  • Place Dauphine
  • Latin Quarter
  • Île Saint-Louis

What’s included?

  • Local English-speaking guide

  • Expertly guided walking tour

  • Skip the line ticket for Sainte-Chapelle

  • Ticket for Seine River cruise

  • Headset

  • Small groups of 20 people or fewer

Frequently asked questions

Things to know

Before you book

  • Our group tour utilizes multiple areas that are not wheelchair accessible. Those with wheelchairs should contact us so we can arrange your visit.

  • Walks comply with all local government regulations. You may need to wear a mask or provide proof of vaccination to enter certain venues. Please refer to Paris government guidelines for the most up to date information

Cancellation Policy

    Cancellations received greater than 24 hours prior to tour commencement are fully refundable. Cancellations received within 24 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.

About operator:

Walks (takewalks.com, walksofitaly.com) began over a decade ago (2008, to be exact) in Rome, Italy. We quickly became the premier walking tour company in 7 countries - Italy, Spain, France, the UK, Greece, and Portugal. Our US cities include San Francisco, NYC, Boston, Chicago, and New Orleans.

In 2021, we joined The Hornblower Group (cityexperiences.com) expanding our reach and working alongside this powerhouse travel brand.

Our tour products vary but predominantly we #takewalks, exploring the world by foot - we believe, the best way to get into the heart of a city and its incredible people. From introductory strolls to food tours, day trips, cooking classes, and below the surface, in-depth tours, we have our hand in everything a traveler could want. Oh, and we also like to give our clients exclusive access to the biggest attractions in the world...

Despite the big changes in our brand over the years, our focus has remained simple - to relentlessly create tours with the client experience at the forefront and anchored upon the dedicated, intelligent, and above all, passionate local guides who want to share their cities with you.