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

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
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Skip the Line: Notre Dame Cathedral, Tower and Ile de la Cite Half-Day Walking Tour
From US$ 41.85
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9:30am with Bell TowerMost Popular
Tour departs at 9:30am. Includes skip the line access to Notre Dame bell tower. Duration of this tour option is 2.5-hour.
US$ 55.00
2pm Departure Tour Only
Tour departs at 2pm. 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.
US$ 41.85
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.
US$ 55.00
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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.

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 22 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago
Great tour!

Charlie was a fantastic tour guide. He was enthusiastic and very knowledgeable. We definitely got a lot more out of our visit because of him. We'd definitely recommend this tour. If you're going to see Notre Dame, this skip the line option is really the...More

Thank Cassandra G
Reviewed 1 week ago
Fab time.

The tour was very informative. I couldn't believe all of the facts our guide Helen knew. She took us all around the city and explained to us how to find your way around. She also had many tips and information about other interesting trips and...More

Thank Rachel Y
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Excellent tour worth to take

I would highly recommend this tour for anytime you visit Paris. Our group was lucky enough to have a professional, funny, careful and very much knowledgeable tour guide Georgia. She could manage to transfer us throughout the French history of over 2,500 years in 2,5...More

1  Thank Yelena M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Well-worth it!

We were very pleased with our experience, and our tour guide Kate was very friendly, knowledgeable, fun and good at keeping attention with interesting facts about the history of Paris. We skipped the long line to climb up to the top. It is a stunning...More

Thank Larena C
Reviewed 20 August 2018 via mobile
Avi was great

Notre Dame was just beautiful inside and out! I am so glad we booked this tour. We met our guide, Avi a few blocks away. You could see and hear his passion for Paris, history and art immediately. His good sense of humor made the...More

1  Thank Jessica K
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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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Response from Ketul P | Reviewed this property |
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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