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Notre Dame Island Medieval Tour with Skip the Line of Sainte-Chapelle Combo Tour

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    Stop At: Ile de la Cite, 75001 Paris France

    This walking tour of Île de la Cité will explore the architecture of medieval Paris over the course of two hours. Your English-speaking historian guide will take you through the history of the settlement from the time of the Parissi tribe up to the modern day. You will discover pagan temples, Roman remains, and royal palaces. The highpoint was during the medieval period when the French kings decided to make this their home. That is why there are so many royal buildings here. Along with the Notre Dame Cathedral and Sainte Chapelle you will also stroll down streets where the Palais de Justice and the threatening Conciergerie overlook your route. All of these, you will discover, were the homes and private buildings of the monarchy. These streets echoed with tales of courtly romance, political intrigue between the monarchy and the church and the terror which came from the guillotine during the revolution. Walking through the island you’ll learn how the French kings lent their weight to Christianity. Without them, the church would not have become so powerful. It was this relationship which led to an explosion of gothic church building. The result of this are the UNESCO world heritage sites of Notre Dame and Sainte Chapelle.

    Although Notre Dame Cathedral* is closed after the recent fire and is undergoing restoration your guide will enlighten you on how this new church type was so different. Nobody had seen such a detailed façade before. The combination of hypnotic gargoyles, climbing spires, and rib-like vaults are now the norm, but they would have looked alien to Parisians at the time. Despite being nearly destroyed many times and witnessing the weakening of the church and monarchy in France, it is still loved by the people. Picasso painted it, Walt Disney animated it and gamers immersed themselves in it over the years. To get a better view of it your guide will take you across to the Left Bank where you can also see the celebrated Parisian bookstore Shakespeare & Co. Notre Dame is not the only medieval gem worth visiting on Île de la Cité.
    *Please note that the streets around the Cathedral are closed until further notice. Therefore, we won’t be able to access the square in front of Notre Dame and see the 0km point. However, your guide will ensure to take you through alternative routes so you can get as close as possible to the Cathedral

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Sainte-Chapelle, 8 Boulevard du Palais, 75001 Paris France

    Continue to Sainte-Chapelle, a former chapel of King Louis IX. Enjoy skip-the-line entry to step straight inside and marvel at the chapel’s display of stained glass windows, it’s one of the most extensive displays in the world. When your Sainte-Chappelle visit comes to an end, step outside the chapel to conclude your tour.

    Duration: 1 hour
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    Departure Point
    13 Place du Pont Neuf, 75001 Paris, France
    Duration
    2h
    Return Details
    Rue de Sainte-Chapelle, 42100 Saint-Étienne, France
    Inclusions
    • Local tour guide
    • Entrance ticket and Skip the Line access to Sainte Chapelle
    • Headsets when appropriate, so you can always hear your guide
    • Entry/Admission - Sainte-Chapelle
    Exclusions
    • Food and drinks
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    • Entrance into religious sites requires a strict dress code. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    It was our first tour of the trip and we picked Notre-Dame. Turns out it was one of the hottest day in a long time for France so we were all dreading the heat. Michelle was our guide and she was fantastic. She kept it personal and made sure to keep us in the shade as much as
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    Michelle gave us a great history of the bridges and key buildings of the Ile de la Cite, along with general French history. Her English is excellent and she is extremely personable. Because we were a very small group, we were able to skip the microphones and just stop in shady
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    Michelle was fantastic. She speaks English fluently as Canadian born and fills you with information from the moment we met . We highly recommend her for any of your Paris tour needs.
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    We were so lucky, my husband and I were the only two on the tour! Maybe because it was frigid and because of the yellow jacket demonstration. But even if we weren’t the only two, there was a tour director from the company to meet us at our spot, just to make sure our tour guide
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    Our tour guide was Davor, and he was really knowledgeable and interactive. He kept everyone engaged and gave us a great learning experience. He is really passionate in what he does and ensures that everyone enjoyed the tour. The only small issue was that there was little time
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