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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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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.
US$53.78
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.
US$40.92
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.
US$40.92
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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 (709)
1 - 5 of 33 reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago
So much more than I ever expected

I was expecting to see Notre Dame and what I got was a great tour of the Ile de la Cite, it’s history, the church of Notre Dame and its bell tower. It is worth it if you care to learn the history of Paris....More

Thank Michael R
Reviewed 3 days ago
Enjoyable tour on a beautiful Paris morning

We met early on the Pont Neuf. Guide was easy to locate. Beautiful light over the Seine gave plenty of opportunity to take photos while we waited. Diane ( our guide) was very informative and knowledgeable, starting with a brief overview of the history around...More

Thank Lee-Ann D
Reviewed 3 days ago
This is a tour of the entire island, it’s history, Norte Dame and a climb up the bell tower

This is a great tour of the Ile de la Cite, it’s history, the church of Notre Dame and its bell tower. It is worth it if you care to learn the history of Paris. Georgia was our tour guide. She is amazing. We learned...More

1  Thank Maytorena
Reviewed 3 days ago
A great way to skip the line for the towers of Notre Dame

We had planned to climb the towers of Notre Dame and were seeking a good strategy to avoid those long lines. We took a small group walking tour of the Ile de France and Notre Dame with City Wonders and it worked out perfectly. We...More

Thank elizabethpV8634SC
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile
Double check the meeting point!

I arrived early to meet my guide at the statue as described on my voucher(photos below!) but no guide ever showed! No one answered the phone at the number on my voucher (went straight to voicemail!) and the email address provided on the voucher was...More

Thank Allison G
CityWondersCS, Manager at City Wonders, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Dear Allison G, Thank you for your review. As per the photo you provided, we're afraid that this was not the correct meeting point. The meeting point was at the statue of Henri IV, in the middle of Pont Neuf- at the western end of...More

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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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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
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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