Notre Dame Cathedral & the Cradle of Paris


This walking tour will take you a few centuries back and show you the real Cradle of Paris, the stunning Ile de la Cité. Your guide will start with a detailed presentation of the world famous Notre Dame Cathedral, a 12th Century masterpiece of architecture and home of the Hunchback. Your dedicated expert guide and history addict will retrace the building of this medieval gem and tell you all about the long-forgotten details lurking in the shadows.

You’ll then cross the Seine River to discover the northern edge of the vibrant Latin Quarter and wander the first streets of Paris. Where did they lead? Why this area is called the Latin Quarter? You’ll get all the answer while wandering the most singular streets of Paris. Last but not least, your guide will take you to the neighbourhood most iconic intellectual hotspot: Shakespeare & Co bookstore!
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    Why you'll love this

  • Unlock the deepest secrets of the world’s most famous cathedral
  • Tap into the magic of the historic Lutecia
  • Glimpse medieval streets and gothic architecture
  • Meander through the heart of historical Paris

    What's included

  • An exploration of Notre Dame’s Cathedral glory
  • An eye-opening walking tour along some of Paris’ oldest streets
  • A grand finale at Paris most inspiring bookstore

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Your guide

Knowing Paris inside-out comes with years of exploring, but above all a passion for discovering all the magic that a city has to offer. Our city guides are selected for their insatiable love for Paris, and their desire to share it with our visitors. Leaving no stone unturned, our guides are always ready to go the extra mile to ensure that those who explore with them get to discover the Paris that truly makes them tick.


5.0 / 5.0 - Based on 40 reviews
Last reviewed: July 20 2019
Why book with us
  • Flexible cancellation policy
  • Easy & secure booking experience
  • Real-time assistance with a local team
  • VIP skip the line access

  • Duration 02h00

  • Private Tour

  • Group Size
    10 max

  • Refund up to 48 hours

  • 40 reviews

  • Disabled access
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The itinerary

Notre Dame of Paris Cathedral was recently tragically damaged by an important fire. The monument will remain closed for renovations. Under the circumstances, and until further notice, we will offer the below itinerary for this tour (it will include the most striking sights of Medieval Paris & the Latin Quarter, including Notre Dame from the outside, but the entry in the Cathedral will not be included).

Did you know that Ile de la Cité, the heart of Paris, has been inhabited for an astonishing 22 centuries? From the first Gallic tribe that settled here to the architectural jewels of the glorious medieval times, learn the secrets of the Paris’ tumultuous history.

Your tour begins with the most famous cathedral in the world: Notre Dame de Paris. This breathtaking example of early Gothic architecture is dedicated to the Virgin Mary and has been studied worldwide for the richness of its decoration. Built over eight centuries ago, the structure has kept its strength and the façade its grandeur!

Your guide will decipher its secrets and bring to life its rich past: damage done during the French Revolution, and much more recently, but the devastating fire, the hidden symbolism adorning the doorways, and much more.

You’ll then cross the Seine River to the edge of the right bank, and then towards the energetic Latin Quarter in the Left Bank. Your guide will take you through Paris oldest and narrowest streets and, with its remarkable houses, you’ll manage to get a feel of what the city was like during medieval times.

A little further, gathered around the oldest tree in Paris (4 centuries!), your guide will explain why this area is called the Latin Quarter. Any guess? As time flies by, we had to think of a brilliant spot to end this experience. Allow us to take you to today’s most iconic intellectual hotspot in Paris, the emblematic Shakespeare & Co bookstore and its captivating story!

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