Île de la Cité, Seine Cruise & Skip-the-Line Sainte Chapelle

4.9 / 5

39 reviews

Activity provider: Walks

Île de la Cité, Seine Cruise & Skip-the-Line Sainte Chapelle

Activity provider: Walks

From US$ 77.04 per person

Explore iconic Parisian sights like Notre Dame and skip the line to visit Sainte Chapelle, before relaxing on a River Seine cruise through the heart of Paris.

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Duration 1.5 hours
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  • Marvel at Notre Dame and reflect on the impact it has had worldwide and in Paris
  • Explore the Latin Quarter, and learn about the characters in the heart of Paris
  • Special-access entry to Sainte Chapelle, and breathtaking Gothic architecture
  • Enjoy a charming cruise along the river Seine
Full description
This in-depth exploration of the histories, myths, legends, and lore hidden behind the stones of Paris’ most interesting neighborhood takes you to the historic Île de la Cité in the heart of the city. From the gothic splendor of the bell towers of Notre Dame that inspired Victor Hugo to create his hunchback bell-ringer, to the tranquil, leafy Place Dauphine that offers breathing space and calm for its residents, you’ll see Paris from several entirely different perspectives, and discover exactly what makes it such a special place. Your day starts with a stroll along the banks of the Seine, where you’ll hear all about the hidden history of this intriguing city, taking in its romantic sights along the way. As you approach the iconic Notre Dame, your guide will take you back in time hundreds of years to when the mighty cathedral (the distance from which all points in France are measured) was first built and Paris looked very different than it does today. You’ll be taken as close to the majestic landmark as the ongoing restoration will permit you to give you the best views possible. After crossing the river into the historic Latin Quarter, you’ll stroll down meandering, cobbled, streets where you'll hear the stories and learn of the characters - poets, philosophers, artists - that made Paris the City of Light. Following this, it's time for a short wander through the street of Île Saint-Louis, where you'll get a stunning view of your next stop. You’ll head to the city’s most beautiful chapel - Sainte Chapelle. This royal chapel was originally built to house relics and today it’s still one of the most jaw-dropping rooms in Paris. It’s also one of the city’s most popular attractions. Luckily, you’ll have skip-the-line tickets, so you can spend more time enjoying the chapel and less waiting around! The guided part of your tour ends here but your guide will leave you with a special treat - a river cruise along the Seine where you can experience and view Paris and it’s many magnificent buildings from a new vantage point. The cruise will last one hour and has also a live guide on board. Sites Visited: Notre Dame Cathedral (exterior) Île de la Cité Sainte Chapelle River Seine Place Dauphine Latin Quarter Île Saint-Louis
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Expertly guided walking tour
  • Skip the line ticket for Sainte-Chapelle
  • Ticket for Seine River cruise
  • Headset
  • Small groups of 20 people or fewer
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup/drop-off
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Meet in the small square in front of the cafe Louis Philippe. Your guide will be holding a Walks sign.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • The tour partner complies with all local government regulations. You may need to wear a mask or provide proof of vaccination to enter certain venues. Please refer to Paris government guidelines for the most up-to-date information
  • The tour is conducted in English only
  • Unfortunately, the upper floor at Sainte Chapelle is not wheelchair accessible
  • As with all museums, some galleries of the Île de la Cité monuments may be closed without prior notice, or select pieces may be removed for restoration or loan
  • Sainte Chapelle is a place of worship and requires appropriate attire to visit; both men and women are required to wear clothing that covers the shoulders and knees
  • Comfortable shoes are recommended
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 39 reviews

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This gently meandering walk, boat tour, and visit the Saint Chapelle was one of the best tours I’ve taken during our five week retirement holiday. What made it as spectacular as it was, was Michele, our guide. This young woman is knowledgeable, compelling to listen to, and full of whit and lovely dry humour. Her passion for what she does is infectious. We learned about the history of bridges and buildings, its present and past leaders, and her insight into Notre Dame was remarkable. What a great day!

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September 21, 2022

Guide in English which was not expected and we were 3 French couples unaware. But we understood and the guide was charming and interesting. A bit of a queue to get on the boat and Sainte Chapelle was crowded, but we got through first. Apart from that very nice morning and varied activities

June 4, 2022

Outstanding guided tour of Saint Chapelle and La Conciergerie. Violet our guide was fabulous, extremely knowledgeable. The Saint Chapelle is a very special Chapelle, just magical!! The 1,000 glass coloured panels are beautiful. The La Concergerie was great to see so much history. As I am very interested in Marie Antoinette it was great to see where she spent her last days of her life. I felt privileged to see this. Violet found a great spot to view Notre-Dame and tell us it’s history. A most enjoyable tour with a great guide. I would highly recommend this tour!!

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September 11, 2019

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