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Overview

Discover Gothic architecture, medieval artefacts and centuries of heritage on this 3.5-hour art history walking tour of Paris. After a traditional Parisian snack of coffee and croissants by the Seine River, explore the 12th-century Notre Dame Cathedral with your guide. Visit the Sainte Chapelle on the Île de la Cité and admire the spectacular 13th-century stained glass windows in the nave. Finish your tour at the Conciergerie, once part of the Palais de la Cité. Your tour size is limited to eight to ensure a more personalized experience.
  • Private tour of Notre Dame Cathedral, the Sainte Chapelle and the Conciergerie
  • Gain insight into Paris' medieval history, artistic heritage and religious relics and monuments from an expert art historian guide
  • Start with a traditional French snack of coffee and croissants on the banks of the Seine River
  • Admire the Gothic grandeur of Notre Dame Cathedral, the symbol of medieval Paris
  • View the spectacular stained-glass windows inside the Sainte Chapelle, a 13th-century royal chapel
  • Choose between a morning or afternoon tour
Meet your guide on the Île Saint-Louis in central Paris in the morning or afternoon (depending on option selected). Then, start your tour in typical French style with coffee and croissants in a local café.


Afterward, head on to Notre Dame Cathedral with your guide and admire its striking Gothic façade before stepping inside to explore further. Widely considered among the most famous churches in the world, Notre Dame Cathedral was built during the reign of King Louis VII in the 12th century and it stands today as one of Paris’ most iconic medieval buildings. Admire the stained-glass windows and religious artifacts on display and learn the significance behind several of the surviving statues.

Continue on to the Sainte Chapelle, a 13th-century church constructed by King Louis IX. During your visit, marvel at the spectacular stained-glass windows in the nave and listen as your guide details the stories they tell.

Your visit after the Sainte Chapelle will proceed to the Conciergerie. This medieval building (which now houses the Paris law courts) is the oldest royal palace in Paris. It was the residence and seat of power of the French kings for centuries during the Middle Ages, then it was converted into a prison in the 15th century. You will see the impressive 14th century Hall of Men-at-arms where the banquets took place in the Middle Ages and the Guardroom with its gothic style vaults. Then you will tour the prison itself, with the Grooming room where the condemned prisoners were stripped from their personal belongings and you will see the different cells, including that of Marie-Antoinette, where she spent the last weeks of her life before being beheaded by guillotine.

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R
, Jul 2018

Our guide Clemence was wonderful - she was very knowledgeable and informative and had a pleasant disposition. Our private tour turned out to be for only the three of us including my two teenage children who very much enjoyed Clemence’s historical story telling.

R
, Feb 2018

I highly recommend a private tour. There is so much to see and explore. By having a private tour, we were able to truly understand the magnificence of the cathedral and chapel. The private tour guide was brilliant. Marie Christine was the best tour guide in the world. She has so much knowledge and understanding of the buildings and history. We got chills when she explained how people did pilgrimages to Notre Dame and how St. Louis displayed the crown of thorns. The Conciergerie was incredible and sad at the same time. Listening to how the Queen was treated was difficult and painful. But walking through the halls brought a sense of astonishment for the love of God and Faith. I recommend Marie Christine and will ask for her again when we go to Paris next year!

C
, Nov 2017

Manuella did a great job showing us the sites of Notre Dame, the Sainte Chapelle and the Conciergerie. She was very personable, and knowledgeable. We would recommend her!

L
, Oct 2017

Manuela did a great job with the history of Notre Dame and Sainte Chapelle.

w
, Sep 2017

Our private tour-guide, Marie Christine, was a veritable font of knowledge and we enjoyed every part of this tour. She was a Parisien who had lived overseas and was highly educated so one felt one received an unbiased historic account of these three amazing places. I'd highly recommend this tour, well worth the money.

T
, Sep 2017

Our guide was well spoken and very knowledgeable about all three locations. The tour is just about the right length of time to be a good overview of the sights.

It was a very enjoyable morning.

R
, Sep 2017

This is an informative and interesting tour. The meeting place was a bit confusing and finding the guide amounted to asking around until you bump into each other. Norte dame Cathedral is a bit of a tourist trap but the Sainte Chapelle and Conciergerie were great.

A
, Sep 2017

Excellent tour guide, extremely professional and has done this type of work for many years. We were the only 2 taking this first tour of the day so were able to ask any questions and have the guides full and immediately attention. We've been touring Europe for the past month and this guide was one of our favourites forgive us as we forget name, too long a holiday : Would highly recommend this tour to everyone as the history was amazing and were lucky enough to visit this Cathedral during a service. We were also provided a headset so never missed any information during the tour whilst service was in progress. Thank you for such a professional informative tour, we wish we had this guide for our entire trip.

H
, Aug 2017

Short, concise and time saving! On top of it, the chance to see a great monument.

B
, May 2017

Excellent tour. Marie-Christine was wonderful. She was prompt and very knowledgeable. We thoroughly enjoyed Notre Dame, Saint Chappelle, and the Conciergerie and having Marie-Christine allowed us to full understand the history of these amazing landmarks. I would highly recommend this tour and MarieC


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