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Book your tour option and meet your guide on the Ile de la Cité, a natural island in the River Seine in central Paris.

Don the audio headsets to hear your guide and explore the small island and uncover its history. Then, enter Notre-Dame Cathedral, built starting in 1160 by the Bishop of Paris and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Wander through the vast interior, admiring stained glass windows and ornate stonework as your guide shares tales of its turbulent past. Learn how the cathedral survived violent episodes such as the 16th-century Huguenot riots, French Revolution, and bullets of World War II.

Next, if you selected the bell tower option at checkout, bypass the often 2-hour wait lines for the Notre Dame bell towers, and climb the 387 stone steps. At the top, gaze over the gargoyles to admire the panoramic Paris views. Your experience finishes when you descend.

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Notre Dame Cathedral
Ile de la Cite
Tours de la Cathedrale Notre-Dame
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Overview

Explore the Cathedral of Notre Dame without missing out on its history—or waiting in a line to visit its bell towers—with this guided tour. A guide delves into the 12th-century cathedral’s past as you explore the inside with your group. If you choose the bell tower ticket, you can bypass the often hours-long wait. A choice of departure times and a private tour upgrade let you further tailor the trip.

Highlights
  • Hassle-free Notre-Dame Cathedral experience, ideal for those short on time
  • Opt to visit the bell towers and avoid long waits with skip-the-line access
  • Gain historical insight on the cathedral from a guide that might be missed
  • Flexible time slots and private tour option, with or without tower access
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Reviewed 3 days ago
Do not do this!

Guide started by telling us the tower was not included. We then got a history lesson standing in the hot sun and no walking tour. We left. This is not what was advertised at all.

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Reviewed 1 week ago
Completely depends on the guide you get...

I'm very torn on leaving a bad review, but the group I went with had a rather bad experience. We were sent with one guide while the other half went with another guide, and their tour guide Georgia was incredible--knowledgable, kind, funny, etc. She was...More

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CityWondersCS, Manager at City Wonders, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Kaylyn G, Thank you very much for sharing your feedback on TripAdvisor. We appreciate the time you took to share your experience. At City Wonders, we aim to deliver top quality services in all of our tours, and we are disappointed to hear that...More

Reviewed 1 week ago
Amazing Tour - Highlight of our trip to Paris!

We were late getting to our tour meetup but were able to find our group anyway. Our guide was enthusiastic, knowledgeable and great fun. We especially enjoyed the description of the statues on the entryway to the cathedral. The best part, though, was the skip-the-line...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Great Tour of Ile de la Cite with guide Anatol

What a wonderful few hours my wife and I got to spend learning all kinds of history about the City of Paris, and all of the landmarks on Ile de la Cite. Starting from the Statue of (Good) King Henry IV and ending at the...More

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Reviewed 30 June 2018 via mobile
Informative and fun tour!

Our recent tour of Notre Dame was wonderful. Our guide, Dries, was lively, interesting and full of fantastic information about the history of the cathedral. The additional independent time we had at the top of the tower offered breathtaking views and the most wonderful opportunity...More

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Sarah H
30 July 2018|
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Response from WesPettus | Reviewed this property |
A fair amount. Distance wise, it's hard to say. We did stop often to talk about what we were seeing. The pace is reasonable and totally up to you. At one point we took the Metro to Monte St Martre, so it wasn't all walking... More
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Erika B
17 July 2018|
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The tour lasted around 2 hours but the trio up the towers took an extra 1.5hours as there are others climbing the stairs of varying ability. Take some sun cream on a warm day as the walking tour starts at the bridge and a... More
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Carolina S
11 July 2018|
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Response from WesPettus | Reviewed this property |
Yes. My wife and I did it, but be prepared it's a small stone spiral stairway. It's a bit of a hike; not impossible and the reward is the beautiful views from the top of Notre Dame.
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