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Paris: Highlights Tour from Louvre Museum to Notre Dame

1. Paris: Highlights Tour from Louvre Museum to Notre Dame

Start your journey in front of Comédie Française and the gardens of the Palais Royal, a former royal palace, just opposite the Louvre. Learn about the building and its park with their history, architecture, and importance to the modern Parisian city culture. Pass by the Louvre Museum and see some of the exhibition rooms from the outside. Follow your guide to the Pyramid of Louvre, easily the most popular place to be in Paris. Enjoy a detailed tour of the area with less emphasis on history and the art inside the museum but more on the local street life of Paris. Once at the Pyramid, observe the Tuileries Garden connecting the Louvre to the Place de la Concorde. It is a place where Parisians celebrate and meet. Look how the setting served as a reference point for the modern development of Paris. See the historical axis of the two Arc de Triomphe's of the town and Champs-Elysées. Learn how the monuments stand in harmony with their modern setting. Then stay a while in the Square Court (Cour Carré) the place where The Louvre was born, a jewel of Renaissance architecture. Follow the River Seine and go across the famous Pont des Arts, a pedestrian bridge listed as a national historic monument. See the art exhibitions, and immerse in the open-air studio for painters, artists, and photographers drawn to its unique point of view. Watch the Parisiens enjoying a summer picnic if you are there in the season. Getting close to Notre Dame Cathedral, learn about the Île de la Cité and the surprising facts that this island will offer you. Learn about Notre Dame and discuss the impacts of the recent fire and the future of the building.  Say goodbye to your guide at Notre Dame Cathedral with many references and recommendations for Paris so that you can discover more of the city at your leisure.

Paris: Notre Dame Quarter & St. Chapelle Kids & Family Tour

2. Paris: Notre Dame Quarter & St. Chapelle Kids & Family Tour

Start your tour in front of the fairytale Hotel de Ville, home to the Mayor of Paris. Cross over to the Ile de la Cité, and enjoy a walk along the riverbanks and through the charming flower market. Then it’s time to skip the often long lines and enter the gem of the island, the Sainte Chapelle. This tiny chapel is home to some of the most dazzling stained glass in the world, much of it dating from the 13th Century.  Your tour will take you past the Conciergerie - medieval palace, revolutionary prison and final home of Queen Marie-Antoinette before she was taken to the guillotine in 1793. Learn of troubles and turmoil during the French Revolution and the stories of some of the famous residents of this infamous prison. See the oldest public clock in Paris, as your stroll continues through one of the prettiest squares in Paris to the oldest bridge in the city. Your final visit will be of the exterior of the spectacular 850-year-old gothic Cathedral of Notre Dame. Learn of the terrible fire in April 2019 that threatened to destroy this much-loved symbol of Paris, but more importantly of the talents and techniques of her medieval architects and builders, whose mastery ensured that she survived this drama and is still standing tall. Discover her fascinating past, and of course learn about the most famous resident, Victor Hugo’s Hunchback of Notre Dame, and hear his colorful and thrilling story. See history unfold before you as she turns this new chapter and readies herself to face the future. Specially designed materials for children will be provided to ensure that younger members of the family are able to participate every step of the way. Your guides are all fully licensed and specialised in leading tours for groups of all ages. Spend a memorable afternoon in Paris and enjoy a visit through the captivating heart of the city.

Paris: Crêpes and Eiffel Tower Private Highlights Tour

3. Paris: Crêpes and Eiffel Tower Private Highlights Tour

See the sights of Paris and learn its hidden secrets with a guided and private walking tour. Find the most emblematic places of the city and learn the romantic history. Watch the locals in Saint-Germain-des-Pres and taste sweet local crepes. Climb to the top of the Eiffel Tower and see it all. Find yourself at the Louvre Museum, and stroll through the beautiful Tuileries Gardens. Learn of the tragedy of Place de la Concrode, where Marie Antoinette was beheaded and where the Champs-Elysees begins. Relax and watch the local life in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, the most bohemian neighborhood of the city. Taste Parisian crepes while sitting in a bar with typical round tables. Visit the charming Ville Saint Paul in the Marais district and head to the elegant and must-see Place des Vosges. Venture to the beautiful "Ile de la Cité," and its famous Notre Dame Cathedral, on the banks of the Seine River. Get away from the tourist tide and lost in the curious and colorful streets that only your local guide can show you. Before the end of this fantastic day, your private host will guide you to get your tickets to visit the most famous monument in the world: the Eiffel Tower.

Paris: Le Marais Self-Guided Audio Tour

4. Paris: Le Marais Self-Guided Audio Tour

Discover the Marais neighborhood and the iconic landmarks that surround it, with a self-guided audio tour. Our tour showcases some of Paris most famous landmarks that are visible from the Marais neighborhood, from the Isle Saint Louise to the Hôtel de Ville and Notredam. Enjoy a relaxing walk on your own while you discover everything this unique area has to offer. With our self guided tour you will discover the fascinating history of these landmarks and much more. Start the audio guided tour at the Isle Saint Louise. As you explore the vibrant details of the Marais, auto triggered audio commentary from the app provides interesting information and stories of the most important landmarks you’ll see, such us the Hotel de Ville, Le Village Saint-Paul, up to Sainte-Chapelle in Ile de la cite. Visit the Saint-Paul-Saint-Louis Church, the first church in Paris to abandon the Gothic Style in Paris and the baroque masterpiece of Saint-Gervais church. Your tour will end in one of the most famous Cathedral in the world, Notre-Dame de Paris. If along the tour you wish to pause the tour and stop in one of the stylish cafès for a drink, a macaron or piece of cake, you are free to do so. You can then resume your tour when you are ready.

Paris: Seine & Notre-Dame Self-Guided Tour & VR Experience

5. Paris: Seine & Notre-Dame Self-Guided Tour & VR Experience

Uncover the secrets and stories of emblematic sites along the River Seine such as the Louvre, the Pont-Neuf, and the Conciergerie on a self-guided audio walking tour on your smartphone. Then visit a virtual reality center to see Notre Dame Cathedral prior to the fire of 2019. Hear stories produced by professional guides and actors as you wander along the banks of the Seine on your self-guided tour. Start the tour wherever you want, and discover the hidden mysteries behind iconic Parisian landmarks. Hear the chilling tale of the ghost of the Tuileries Garden. Learn of the legend of the barber and pastry chef, which may ring a bell. Stroll between the Louvre and Notre Dame and enjoy beautiful panoramas along the Seine as well as one of the most charming squares in Paris. Then, make your way to the virtual reality facility in central Paris to be transported to Notre-Dame de Paris as it was before the fire of 2019. Thanks to real 360 images filmed before the fire, you will discover, in virtual reality, the incredible history behind this famous cathedral. Go beyond the other side of the fencing, to see the cathedral in its current condition. Be immersed in the heart of the destroyed structure, in the exact spot where the spire collapsed and tore through the vault. You will be transported into a unique experience that is strikingly emotional.

Paris: Best Churches in the City Private Walking Tour

6. Paris: Best Churches in the City Private Walking Tour

The churches and cathedrals of Paris Old Town are prime examples of Parisian architecture and art. They are also a witness to the complex history of religion in France, from the fall of the Roman Empire to the French Revolution and its aftermath. Discover the most important sacred monuments of the City of Lights with a 5-Star Expert Guide. The 2,5-hour tour includes sightseeing in Paris’s Old Town and a visit to 2 churches. The tour begins with a visit to Saint-Germain-l'Auxerrois, a stunning 12th-century Gothic church located directly across from the Louver Palace. Step inside to admire stained glass, stone sculptures, a Flemish altarpiece and a unique ""churchwarden's pew"". As you explore the church interiors, your Local Guide will entertain you with historical facts and myths about religion in France, including the historic relationship between the King of France and the Pope as well as the reasons for the later separation of the Catholic Church and the State. Take a walk down the picturesque Seine River to see the Saint-Jacques Tower, which is the only remaining part of a 16th-century church that was destroyed during the French Revolution. Head to the Ile de la Cité island and see one of the city’s most prominent icons - the Notre Dame Cathedral. Although the cathedral has been closed since the 2019 fire, you can still admire some of the stunning details of its Gothic exterior. Another amazing church on this route will be Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Originally founded in 506, this historic abbey was the center of intellectual life before the French Revolution. Inside this colorful Gothic church you will find tombs of Rene Descartes, Merovingian kings and other notable figures. Choose the 3,5-hour option to visit one more sacred landmark of Paris, the Sainte-Chapelle (Holy Chapel). This extended tour includes skip-the-line tickets to a royal chapel within the medieval Palais de la Cité, a former residence of the Kings of France. Bypass the crowds and enter a small but richly decorated chapel, which is considered among the highest achievements of the Rayonnant period of Gothic architecture. Admire its stunning interiors and learn about the royal chapel’s important role in the political and cultural ambitions of King Louis IX and his successors.

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4.8 / 5

based on 79 reviews

The tour guide contacted us beforehand so that we could meet on time the next day, the tour was interesting, a lot could be told and shown. We were lucky enough to be in a group of two, so that our running pace and questions were taken into account.

The tour was a lot of fun with our guide Sabriye Manea. We experienced and learned a lot about Paris. Is recommended. We were also lucky enough to be just the two of us, were able to ask any questions and were guided individually.

Really nice tour. Rosaria was very knowledgeable, and really good with the kids. Skipped the huge line at Sant Chapelle. Great overall!

The guide was super extra friendly and knowledgable , the tour was so beautiful

Excellent guide with an outstanding knowledge about Paris and it’s history!