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  1. France
  2. Ile-de-France
  3. Paris
  4. Seine River

Skip-the-line Louvre & Sainte Chapelle on Notre Dame Island

Product ID: 50064
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Immerse yourself in the medieval architecture of the cathedrals of Paris on Île de la Cité. Then, dive into the ocean of paintings, sculptures, and ancient antiquities of the world’s largest museum, the Louvre.
About this activity
Duration 5 hours
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Discover the island of Ile de la Cité, home to French royals and the location where they were guillotined
  • Unpack the importance of Gothic architecture through Notre Dame Cathedral and skip-the-line access to Sainte Chapelle
  • Find your way through the Louvre with skip-the-line entry to discover the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo
  • Hear the stories which hide behind the architecture and artworks of Paris
  • Support the Notre Dame Restoration Fund with a €2 Donation
Full description
See two highlights of Paris on one full-day combined tour, spending the morning on the island where the city was founded, and an afternoon exploring the galleries of the Louvre Museum.

You’ll start at Île de la Cité which grew from a pagan settlement to a royal island where medieval kings and queens lived. Strolling through the island you’ll see the Conciergerie that was once the home of kings and ended up being used to torture and imprison them during the revolution. Both Notre Dame and Sainte Chapelle are UNESCO heritage sites which can be seen on Île de la Cité. Although Notre Dame is no longer accessible after the recent fire, your guide will cover the many unusual features that it is famous for. You’ll be able to see the ribcage-like structure that keeps the building standing. This tour will also allow you to skip-the-line into Sainte Chapelle which is located close by. This former private chapel is now a magnet for stained glass enthusiasts.

Break for lunch on your own. Your guide will be happy to provide recommendations. After, stroll along the River Seine to one of the world’s greatest museums. Skip the long lines to the Louvre Museum, and follow a route to see some of the highlights among the 35,000 pieces on public display — there are another million in the basement. Your art historian guide is passionate about the museum and will take you on a carefully planned route. This allows you to make the most of your time and ensure that you get to see the unmissable works such as the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo. Hear stories behind famous paintings, including the enigmatic smile of the “Mona Lisa.” Each of these artworks has a message which needs deciphering and your guide will help you tease out the meaning behind each of them.

This one-day tour of Paris is ideal for those who want to view Paris through the prism of its art and architecture and get a taste of the culture it is famous for.
Includes
  • Guided visit of Notre Dame Island
  • Entrance ticket and skip-the-line access to Sainte Chapelle
  • Includes a €2.00 donation to the Notre-Dame Cathedral restoration fund
  • Skip-the-line ticket and reservation fee for the Louvre Museum
  • Guided tour of the Louvre Museum
  • Headsets (when appropriate) to hear your guide
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Transfers between tours
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Notre Dame Morning Tour at 9:30 AM: Meet at the statue of Henri IV, in the middle of Pont Neuf, at the western end of Ile de la cite. Address: Statue équestre d'Henri IV, 15 Place du Pont Neuf, 75001 Paris, France. Pont Neuf is the bridge that links Ile de la Cite to both the left and right banks of Paris. The statue is of a man on a horse sitting in the middle of the bridge. Nearest Metro: Pont Neuf (7) or Cite (4) Louvre Tour at 2:30 PM: Meet at the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel. This is a monumental arch with a horse-drawn chariot on top, situated across the road from the courtyard of the Louvre. Standing with your back to the entrance of the Louvre Museum and Pyramid, you will see it across the road, past the roundabout, before the entrance to the Tuileries Garden (Jardin du Tuileries).

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Baby strollers
Know before you go
• This is a small group tour of no more than 20 people
• Please be at the meeting point 15 minutes before departure. Guests arriving after departure cannot be accommodated, and missed tours or tickets cannot be refunded
• Entrance to religious sites is subject to a strict dress code. Knees and shoulders must be covered at all times (men and women). The operator cannot be held responsible for any refused entry due to improper dress
• This tour involves a fair amount of walking and stairs. Please wear comfortable shoes
• Please be aware that some locations may be unavoidably busy during standard hours
•Please note that the Apollo Gallery is closed until the end of December 2019. This means that the Crown Jewel collection won't be visible until then.
• The streets around the Cathedral are now closed until further notice. Therefore there is no currently no access to the square in front of Notre Dame and the 0km point.
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Product ID: 50064