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Skip the Line: Notre Dame Cathedral, Tower and Ile de la Cite Half-Day Walking Tour

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  • Location: Paris, France
  • Duration: 2 hours (approx.)
  • Tour code: 3731NOTREDAME
Skip the line to climb the Notre Dame Cathedral Bell Towers and explore 2000 years of tumultuous Parisian history from the dark ages to the City of Light. By booking ahead, you won't waste any time waiting in line! Numbers are limited to a maximum of 25 people on this small group walking tour, ensuring you'll receive personalized attention from your guide.
At Notre Dame Cathedral you will not only visit the interior of the church, but will also have the opportunity to climb the famous bell towers for astounding views of Paris alongside the gargoyles that have protected the Notre Dame for centuries.

Your small group tour begins with a fascinating walking tour of the famous Ile de la Cité, in the heart of the Seine River, home to kings, revolutionaries and those famous gargoyles.

Here you will see why Victor Hugo selected Notre Dame as the setting for his widely acclaimed novel, The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The flying buttresses, menacing gargoyles, soaring spires, monumental organ and imposing bell towers are as beautiful as they are ominous.

Experience history unfold as your expert guide recounts the amazing history of Notre Dame from antiquity to today on this incredible journey into the heart of medieval and Gothic Paris. For a dramatic finish, we will skip the long line to climb the 387 steps to the Notre Dame Bell Towers for a gargoyle’s-eye view of Paris. The long queues can last up to two hours, so skip the line and go to the head of the tour.

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Tour departs near the Ile de la Cite
Departure Time:
10am (arrive strictly at 9:45am)
5pm (arrive strictly at 4:45pm - between July and August only)
Duration:
2 hours (approx.)
Return Details:
Concludes inside Notre Dame Cathedral

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10am Departure Tour Only
Code: EN1000NOBELL

Tour departs at 10am. 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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USD $39.11
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2pm Departure Tour Only
Code: EN1400NOBELL

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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10am Departure plus Bell Tower
Code: EN1000

Tour departs at 10am. Includes skip the line access to Notre Dame bell tower. Duration of this tour option is 2.5-hour.

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USD $51.40
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5pm Departure plus Bell Tower
Code: EN1700

Tour departs at 5pm. Includes skip the line access to Notre Dame bell tower. Duration of this tour option is 2.5-hour.

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USD $51.40
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10.30am Departure plus Bell T
Code: EN1030

Tour departs at 10.30am. Includes skip the line access to Notre Dame bell tower. Duration of this tour option is 2.5-hour.

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USD $51.40
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Skip the Line: Notre Dame Cathedral, Tower and Ile de la Cite Half-Day Walking Tour

Skip the Line: Notre Dame Cathedral, Tower and Ile de la Cite Half-Day Walking Tour

Inclusions:
  • Visit to Ile de la Cite
  • Local guide
  • Entrance fees
Exclusions:
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • Please note: the access to the Towers of Notre Dame is included only if the option with Bell Tower is selected.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
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Cancellation Policy

If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Stephen L, July 2016

The guide was a great little Irishman not French ?? with a professional friendly presentation style.
Looking at the long lineup at Notre Dame I was thankful for the skip the line access although those waiting appeared not as happy

Reviewed by: Barry S, July 2016

We did this tour during our first full day in Paris. Meeting coordination was as noted and we had a decent sized group. The Cathedral of course is awesome and the guide was quite engaging and well informed.

There was a bit of a delay getting through the tower line -- on the order of a half hour or so. That caused some coordination problems with a couple of others on the tour as they had a subsequent tour closely timed.

Also, it should be made clear that the 400 step walk can be troublesome for some. It was clear that at least one touring person was not going to make the walk up the tower -- that's not a fault of the description, except perhaps to include a note that the tower walk is REAL exercise.

My wife and I could have gone all the way up but stopped at the bell tower level due to time constraints -- that 30 minute delay getting access to the steps, plus a couple of delays by the Tower security people grabbed up some spare time for us.

That being said, this was an excellent tour and the guides explanation of other sites in the one hour lead up to the Cathedral portion of the tour were very much appreciated.

It might be useful here to make sure people realize that the tour really has three components.

1 A walking tour of Ile de la Cite about an hour or so.

2 A guided tour of the inside of the Cathedral about 30 minutes

3 The skip the line access to the tower once the guide gets you in at this point, the guided portion completes.

That might reduce some confusion. Also, we do wish that 30 minute hold for tower access could have been less -- say 15 minutes or less.

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