Skip the Line - Notre Dame and Ile de la Cite Tour with Skip the Line Access to the Notre Dame Bell Towers

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Visit Notre Dame Cathedral* and explore the famous Ile de la Cite in the heart of the Seine river. Gain Skip the Line access to the Notre Dame towers and enjoy a gargoyle's-eye view of Paris, an amazing view not to be missed!

Highlights
  • Skip the line access to the Towers of Notre Dame. Enjoy some of the best views of Paris, accompanied of course by the famous gargoyles!
  • Enjoy a tour around the beautiful Ile de la Cité, the heart of Paris
  • Skip the line access allows you to bypass long queues and avoid long wait times
  • Guaranteed Small Group Tour with a maximum of 20 guests to maintain quality and an intimate feel
  • Audio headsets when appropriate so you can always hear your guide

It was a rainy day when we did this tour, but Laura did a wonderful job of keeping us really well informed which in fact made us forget about the weather...my only recommendations are: make sure that the other guide arrives on time to handover the tickets to do the belltower.

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Duration: 2:30 hour(s)
Available: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu and Fri
Pick-up: Not available
Inclusions: Headsets / Admission / English-speaking guide
Skip the Line - Notre Dame and Ile de la Cite Tour with Skip the Line Access to the Notre Dame Bell Towers

Duration: 2:30 hour(s)
Available: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu and Fri
Pick-up: Not available
Inclusions: Headsets / Admission / English-speaking guide

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Schedule

Starting time: 10:00 - 17:00 (Show more)
  • 09:45

    Check-in & Tour departs

  • 10:00

    Walking tour of the Ile de la Cité

    See the imposing walls of the Conciergerie, where Marie-Antoinette spent her last days. Admire the oldest clock in Paris, dating back to 1535 - it still works! Stand on the 0km point in front of Notre Dame from where all French road distances are calculated. You are truly in the heart of Paris.

  • Cathedral of Notre Dame

    You will see why Victor Hugo selected Notre Dame as the setting for his widely acclaimed novel, The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The flying buttresses, menacing gargoyles, soaring spires, the monumental organ and the imposing bell towers create an ambience that is as beautiful as it is ominous.

  • Skip the Line Access to the Notre Dame Bell Towers

    Whether you choose to climb the 387 steps to the top is up to you, but with its 13-ton bell and army of gargoyles, the towers are worth every step – not to mention the fact that they offer perhaps the most stunning view in all of Paris.

  • 12:00

    Tour Ends

  • 10:15

    Check-in & Tour departs

  • 10:30

    Walking tour of the Ile de la Cité

    See the imposing walls of the Conciergerie, where Marie-Antoinette spent her last days. Admire the oldest clock in Paris, dating back to 1535 - it still works! Stand on the 0km point in front of Notre Dame from where all French road distances are calculated. You are truly in the heart of Paris.

  • Cathedral of Notre Dame

    You will see why Victor Hugo selected Notre Dame as the setting for his widely acclaimed novel, The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The flying buttresses, menacing gargoyles, soaring spires, the monumental organ and the imposing bell towers create an ambience that is as beautiful as it is ominous.

  • Skip the Line Access to the Notre Dame Bell Towers

    Whether you choose to climb the 387 steps to the top is up to you, but with its 13-ton bell and army of gargoyles, the towers are worth every step – not to mention the fact that they offer perhaps the most stunning view in all of Paris.

  • 12:30

    Tour Ends

  • 16:45

    Check-in & Tour departs

  • 17:00

    Walking tour of the Ile de la Cité

    See the imposing walls of the Conciergerie, where Marie-Antoinette spent her last days. Admire the oldest clock in Paris, dating back to 1535 - it still works! Stand on the 0km point in front of Notre Dame from where all French road distances are calculated. You are truly in the heart of Paris.

  • Cathedral of Notre Dame

    You will see why Victor Hugo selected Notre Dame as the setting for his widely acclaimed novel, The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The flying buttresses, menacing gargoyles, soaring spires, the monumental organ and the imposing bell towers create an ambience that is as beautiful as it is ominous.

  • Skip the Line Access to the Notre Dame Bell Towers

    Whether you choose to climb the 387 steps to the top is up to you, but with its 13-ton bell and army of gargoyles, the towers are worth every step – not to mention the fact that they offer perhaps the most stunning view in all of Paris.

  • 19:00

    Tour Ends

  • (For Check-In) Statue of Henri IV Pont Neuf Paris (Pont Neuf, Paris, France) Time: 09:45:00

  • (For Check-Out) Cathédrale Notre Dame (Cathédrale Notre Dame) Time: 12:00:00

Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In) Statue of Henri IV Pont Neuf Paris (Pont Neuf, Paris, France) Time: 09:45:00

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) Cathédrale Notre Dame (Cathédrale Notre Dame) Time: 12:00:00

  • (For Check-In) Statue of Henri IV Pont Neuf Paris (Pont Neuf, Paris, France) Time: 10:15:00

  • (For Check-Out) Cathédrale Notre Dame (Cathédrale Notre Dame) Time: 12:30:00

Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In) Statue of Henri IV Pont Neuf Paris (Pont Neuf, Paris, France) Time: 10:15:00

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) Cathédrale Notre Dame (Cathédrale Notre Dame) Time: 12:30:00

  • (For Check-In) Statue of Henri IV Pont Neuf Paris (Pont Neuf, Paris, France) Time: 16:45:00

  • (For Check-Out) Cathédrale Notre Dame (Cathédrale Notre Dame) Time: 19:00:00

Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In) Statue of Henri IV Pont Neuf Paris (Pont Neuf, Paris, France) Time: 16:45:00

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) Cathédrale Notre Dame (Cathédrale Notre Dame) Time: 19:00:00

Description

Skip the long line with us to Notre Dame towers and explore 2000 years of tumultuous Parisian history from the dark ages to the City of Lights.

We begin with a fascinating walking tour of the famous Ile de la Cité, in the heart of the Seine River, home to kings, revolutions and to the infamous gargoyles. Here you will see why Victor Hugo selected Notre Dame as the setting for his widely acclaimed novel, The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The flying buttresses, menacing gargoyles, soaring spires, the monumental organ and the imposing bell towers create an ambiance that is as immensely beautiful as it is ominous.

For a dramatic finish, we'll give you Skip the Line Access to the Notre Dame Bell Towers for a gargoyle's-eye view of Paris. Whether you choose to climb all 387 steps to the top is up to you, but there's a reason why general-access lines here stretch to several hours during the summer months. With its 13-ton bell and army of gargoyles, the towers are worth every step - not to mention the fact that they offer perhaps the most stunning view in all of Paris.

Experience history unfold as your expert guide recounts the amazing history of Notre Dame from antiquity to current day. Join us on this incredible journey into the heart of medieval and Gothic Paris and be enriched by the history, craftsmanship and the legacy that envelope City Island and Notre Dame Cathedral.*

Sites Visited

  • Ile de la Cité

  • Notre Dame Cathedral*

  • Notre Dame Towers with view over Paris

Includes

  • Headsets

  • Admission

  • English-speaking guide

Notes

Restriction(s)
  • This activity is not wheelchair accessible.

Required Items to Bring & Attire
  • Notre-Dame Cathedral observes a certain dress code for visitors. Shorts, miniskirts and dresses showing the shoulders are not allowed inside the premises. It is recommended to dress modestly in respect to the religious function of the building.

Additional Note(s)
  • Non-flash photography is allowed in Notre-Dame Cathedral

  • Entrance into religious sites requires a strict dress code. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women

  • The activity schedule is subject to change or cancellation due to weather or traffic conditions.

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Reviews

It was a rainy day when we did this tour, but Laura did a wonderful job of keeping us really well informed which in fact made us f...orget about the weather...my only recommendations are: make sure that the other guide arrives on time to handover the tickets to do the belltower. more

CityDiscovery

Adam was very knowledgable and did a fantastic job keeping the group together. He was energetic and keep the groups interest.

CityDiscovery

We loved everything about the Notre Dame tour, particularly Emily. It was great to be taken on a tour with a guide who was so enth...usiastic and knowledgeable. So many guides seem to have their spiel off pat but Emily obviously puts a lot of thought, effort, and research into her work and she made the tour thoroughly enjoyable. We will be recommending her to all our friends who travel to Paris. Well done. Please pass on our congratulations and thanks to Emily. Kia Ora, Ngahuia and Graham. more

CityDiscovery

The tour was great; it was the perfect duration and I felt that we had sufficient time to go through the church at a good pace. A...nna was excellent! more

CityDiscovery

We have travelled all over the world and taken dozens of local tours, but I have to say that Adam was the best tour guide we have ...ever had! more

CityDiscovery

The tour company really worked with me! I missed my first scheduled tour and they easily rescheduled me! Laura was wonderful! VE...RY knowledgable. She was really nice and great to take us around in the pouring rain. more

CityDiscovery

Very well done although I'd recommend more time within Notre Dame instead of Il de la Cite but otherwise, this was a good tou...r, very knowledgeable tour guide! I'd recommend the tour! more

CityDiscovery

We really and truly appreciated the knowledge, candor, and humor that Randa brought to the tour. We would have liked it even more... had the catacombs been open....she would have been our guide for that as well. We will have to come back for that one and will definitely utilize My Parisian Tours in the future. Au Revoir. more

CityDiscovery

Laura is full of interesting tidbits which enhance and enrich the experience. From our meeting point, the walk around the island ...was informative and built the interest and excitment as we approached Notre Dame. This year is the 850 anniversary of this important landmark and Laura gave great value to our tour. I appreciated the time she has spent in preparation, her patience with trying to meet all of the needs of our group and grace. She made my visit so much more enjoyable. more

CityDiscovery

Our guide was terrific with excellent knowledge of the area. Really happy we skipped the line with a queue incredibly long for nor...mal entry. Highly recommended. more

Peter

Booking was a breeze an follow up help very helpful. Hope the tours will be just as good as the service.

Debbie

My clients love your service and that you are always there. Your tours have been wonderful.

Joan

I own a travel company and use City-Discovery because they have professional guides, great small group tours and are always on tim...e.
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Joan

Excellent guide, nice small group. Saw the highlights in the Louvre and got the basics for future visits. Wine tasting was off s...ite in a very nice location along with other groups that were on a similar tour. No hesitation in recommending this tour to anyone. more

Ron

The walking tour around Île de la Cité was nice; our guide (Mato / Matej?) was great. Wish there was more time spent inside the ca...thedral though.

The highlight was definitely the AMAZING views from the Notre-Dame Bell Towers. Seeing the chimeras and the tower details up close was surreal. The (very tiring) climb was so worth it.
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V

The guide was fantastic!!!! Had lots of knowledge and was very friendly 😊

Mariam

Loved every part of this. Really wanted a tour that included île de la cité and access to the towers. Our guide Randa really ma...de this trip informative and fun. Learned so much about the area, the history and the cathedral itself. Notre Dame is a must see visit if in Paris but it would seem pointless to just see it without an actual tour, or without getting to the top. Views are great. Very well done tour, definitely glad to have done it, well worth it. (FYI while in area Saint Chappelle is an absolute must. More beautiful than ND, just stunning stained glass like nothing I've ever seen) more

Adam

It was a good move to do the tour and skip the lines. It is such a time saver.

CityDiscovery

Our guide was very knowledgeable about the island and cathedral. We enjoyed the tour of the cathedral very much and was amazed at... its inner beauty. Somewhat crowded even in late September and the use of transmitters and receivers with ear plugs allowed us to keep up with the commentary, even if separated from the group. Some people on the tour detracted with irrevalent questions to the guide about best places for shopping, etc. more

John

I cannot recall the name of our guide but she was a delightful Mexican lady whose background information on the sights of Ile de l...a Cite and Notre Dame Cathedral greatly enriched our tour experience. We particularly liked the detour into the Latin Quarter. The climb amongst the gargoyles of the Cathedral was breathtaking. more

Miriam

John did a good job with explaining the details. He is friendly and food sense of humor. The self tour to the tower is good. Good ...value for money. more

Kean

The guide had good knowledge and patience with the different people in the group. All seemed to have liked the level of tour made.

Adenilson

Notre Dame is free to enter, which we didn't know when we booked the tour. You are really paying to go up the tower. If you ...have no intention of doing so, it's not worth it. Further, our guide was not particularly knowledgeable. more

Patricia

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