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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
From US$40.48
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9:30am with Bell TowerMost Popular
Tour departs at 9:30am. Includes skip the line access to Notre Dame bell tower. Duration of this tour option is 2.5-hour.
From US$53.21
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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2pm Departure Tour Only
Tour departs at 2pm. 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.

Reviews (716)
1 - 5 of 39 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
Wonderful tour

We booked through trip advisor and decided to pay a little extra for skip the line. It was well worth the money. We met our guide at a designated location and it was a walking tour. Our tour guide was multi lingual and very knowledgeable...More

Thank ajbailey9
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
Notre Dame Tour

Great Tour. Guide Avi was very knowledgeable. Would recommend as very insightful into the history of the Notre Dame

Thank BenN1642
Reviewed October 30, 2018
Wonderful Way to learn about Notre Dame and Ile De la Cite- ask for Kate!

I booked this tour the night before as I had a day in Paris to spend while my husband was working. As I had been to Paris several times before, but not spent much time at Notre Dame, I thought this would be a fun...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank 1997Tarheel
Reviewed October 28, 2018
Ask for Georgia!!!

This was the most fun and informative tour we had during our time in Paris. Georgia, our guide, was amazing. She was funny, engaging and made the Ile de la Cite come alive with her quips. We would do this trip 100 times over!

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Laura K
Reviewed October 23, 2018
Great Tour and Georgia, Our Guide, was Awesome!

My wife and I booked a guided walking tour and skip the line up to the Notre Dame Cathedral and tower. It was a wonderful half-day exploration of the history of France and of Paris. Our guide, Georgia (from the UK), was a virtual expert...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank MartinTravelAddict
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Sarah H
July 29, 2018|
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Response from WesPettus | Reviewed this property |
A fair amount. Distance wise, it's hard to say. We did stop often to talk about what we were seeing. The pace is reasonable and totally up to you. At one point we took the Metro to Monte St Martre, so it wasn't all walking... More
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Erika B
July 16, 2018|
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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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carolinas280
July 10, 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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