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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
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5pm Departure Tour Only
Tour departs at 5pm. 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$41.65
10:30am Departure Tour Only
Tour departs at 10:30am. 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.
US$41.65
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.
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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 12 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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

Thank webgrrrl
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Once around the Ile de la Cite

My wife and I enjoyed this tour around the Ile de la Cite, and our tour guide Charlie was knowledgable, very friendly and had a great sense of humor. He answered our questions and we had some interesting conversations about the history of Paris. You...More

Thank WesPettus
Reviewed 4 weeks 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 19 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 18 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

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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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Soham R
12 May 2018|
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Response from mvutah |
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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