Best of Paris – Louvre Museum & Notre Dame Island Walking Tour with Sainte Chapelle
Spend your day enjoying two of the major institutions of Paris, Sainte Chapelle and the Louvre Museum.
Start your day with a short walking tour in the heart of Paris where the city was founded, Notre Dame Island, also known as the Ile de la Cité. Stroll along the Seine River and admire the Conciergerie, prison and last home of Marie Antoinette.
Then your guide will show you the visually stunning Notre Dame Cathedral with its flying buttresses and gothic architecture. See for yourself why Victor Hugo chose this monument as the setting for his widely-acclaimed novel, The Hunchback of Notre Dame. And learn the intriguing backstory of how this captivating cathedral came to be.
Your guide will unfold the histories and mysteries forever captured within these walls, from days of antiquity to the present. Once you’ve admired the exterior of this impressive edifice, the tour will continue to nearby Sainte Chapelle where you’ll be whisked past the crowds with Skip-the-Line access and straight into this hidden wonder of Paris.
At midday, you will be given free time to enjoy lunch on your own. Our guides will be there to assist you with recommendations. Then it’s a short walk to one of the world’s greatest museums, the Louvre – another must see for any visitor to Paris. Housing one of the world’s greatest and largest collections of artworks (35,000 pieces on show and another million in the basement!), some of the world’s most famous pieces are in the Louvre. Your expert guide will lead you straight past the long lines, through the crowds and straight to the best masterpieces, bringing the art to life with stories of the artists and their lives. Marvel at the beauty of the Venus de Milo and the splendor of the Victory of Samothrace. See Michelangelo’s slaves, and of course the Mona Lisa, probably the most famous painting in the world. Now is your chance to decide for yourself who she really is, and why she has that enigmatic smile.
This full-day tour will introduce you to some of the most iconic sights of Paris. Expert local guides help to not only to skip the long lines and navigate the crowds, but also to get the most out of your time and your visit, ensuring that you get the very best out of your day.
Sites Visited Inside
- Sainte Chapelle
- Louvre Museum
Sites Visited Outside
- Courtyard of Louvre Museum
- Notre Dame Cathedral
- Ile de la Cité
- Guided visit of Notre Dame Island
- Entrance ticket and Skip the Line access to Sainte Chapelle
- Guided visit of the Louvre including Skip the Line access, tickets and reservation fee
- Expert, English-speaking tour guide
- Small groups of 25 people or fewer
- Headsets when appropriate, so you can always hear your guide
- Includes a €2.00 donation to the Notre-Dame Cathedral restoration fund
Extra measures may be implemented at some venues due to heightened global security. As a result, we may experience delays in getting through mandatory security checks when entering these venues. Extra measures may also restrict the size of bags that can be brought inside. To avoid disruptions or possible denied entry, we strongly suggest that you avoid bringing large purses, bags, or backpacks on your tour.
Important: Due to renovation work being carried out within the Louvre Museum until mid-October 2019, some artwork may not be covered by the guide (such as the Mona Lisa), this is beyond our control and your guide will do their best to provide the same level of service for the tour described.