Île de la Cité, 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

Explore iconic Parisian sights like Notre Dame and skip the line to visit Sainte Chapelle, before relaxing on a River Seine cruise through the heart of Paris.

Tour info

Duration
2 hours
Group Size
20
Pricing (From)
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.

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 with 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 you 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.  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.

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.


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

  • Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off

  • Gratuities

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

Before you go

  • This tour is in English.

  • This is a walking tour. Guests should be able to walk at a moderate pace without difficulty.

  • This tour meets 15 minutes prior to the start time. No refunds can be provided for late arrivals or no-shows.

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

  • All guests (including children) must bring ID on the day of their tour.

  • Security measures are enforced at Sainte-Chapelle. Only small handbags and backpacks are allowed inside. No item larger than 55 x 35 x 20 cm will be allowed.

  • Tips/gratuities (for your guide) are always appreciated.

  • 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

Covid Policy

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas

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.

Redemption information

    Mobile tickets will be accepted


    Your voucher will be collected or scanned on redemption

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.