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Skip the Line: Notre Dame Cathedral, Tower and Ile de la Cite Half-Day Walking Tour

  • 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
Skip the Line: Notre Dame Cathedral, Tower and Ile de la Cite Half-Day Walking Tour
From US$41.50
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9:30am Departure Tour Only
Tour departs at 9:30am. This option doesn’t include “Skip the Line” and doesn’t go to “Notre Dame Bell Tower”. Duration of this tour option is 2 hours.
From US$41.46
10.30am with Bell Tower
Tour departs at 10.30am. Includes skip the line access to Notre Dame bell tower. Duration of this tour option is 2.5-hour.
From US$54.49
9:30am with Bell Tower
Tour departs at 9:30am. Includes skip the line access to Notre Dame bell tower. Duration of this tour option is 2.5-hour.
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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.

What to Expect

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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1 - 5 of 10 reviews

Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile
Brilliant guide John

Well done to this guide. Very knowledgeable. Be prepared to walk. Also please meet your guide as per the instructions. Do not go to the cathedral first (pointless)

Thank Ketul P
Reviewed 20 May 2018 via mobile
Do yourself a favor and book guided tours

We had Anastasia as a tour guide and she did a fantastic job! The day after Notre Dame tour we had her for the Louvre tour and again-fantastic. For the tours she had a wireless microphone and each participant received new earbuds and a radio...More

Thank Matthew M
Reviewed 19 May 2018
Excellent Tour Guide

READ THE FINE PRINT. This is not a skip the line tour, and it does not include the bell tower. However, do not go to Paris without touring Notre Dame Cathedral. Our guide Anastasia was fantastic. Very knowledgeable and very friendly. The walk from the...More

1  Thank babyboy7
Reviewed 18 May 2018
Guide makes the experience more interesting!

The history of Notre Dame is long and convoluted, so having the expertise of a guide is helpful. Our guide, Avi, provided lots of insight and information. Looking at the paintings and sculptures is more interesting when you have insight into it's origin and meaning....More

1  Thank Carole C
Reviewed 2 April 2018
Enjoyed the tour and skipping the lines

I enjoyed learning a bit more during this visit to Notre Dame and I highly recommend the bell tower option. There were over 400 stairs, which was a little tough for me, but the views were amazing. I wish I could remember the name of...More

5  Thank Michelle W
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Soham R
12 May 2018|
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up to 3 weeks, and i will leave the usa beginning of august. i am on google researching france now to see how many days do i need to really get a feel for paris and some different castles
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