Medieval Paris – Ile de la Cité, St Chapelle & Conciergerie


This is where Paris all begun, on its historic heart: Île de la Cité. Your expert guide will take you on a journey from Notre Dame Cathedral and the birth of gothic art to the majesty and magnificence of the royal Sainte Chapelle. This experience is a must for those looking to discover the true cradle of Paris.

You’ll be transported to the 12th and 13th Centuries, a time when mountains of carved stone and stained glass heaved toward the heavens, making Paris the most wealthy and prestigious city in Europe. There will also be a chance to discover the city’s first royal palace – the Conciergerie, which then became a prison during the French Revolution, and the place where Marie Antoinette and thousands of unfortunate others spent their final days.
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    Why you'll love this

  • Explore 3 medieval must-sees: Notre-Dame, Sainte-Chapelle & Conciergerie
  • Lose yourself in the most beautiful medieval spaces of the Île de le Cité
  • Discover the most exciting stories of iconic Parisian monuments
  • Learn about Parisian life during the Middle Ages

    What's included

  • Skip the line access at the Sainte-Chapelle & Conciergerie
  • Stained glass, gargoyles, gothic details and Marie Antoinette’s former prison
  • Tales of Royals and Revolutionaries told by a passionate art historian

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Your guide

Exploring the museums of Paris alone can be a daunting experience, but our expert art history guides are on hand to make your visit a breeze – to introduce you to some of the most highly acclaimed works of art in the world, to take you deep into their history, but also to take you away from the tourist track. Our museums tours are lead solely by accredited guides with an abundance of knowledge, who give you the chance to explore some of the most breathtaking exhibitions in the world with a private, personable and approachable guide.


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Last reviewed: January 23 2020
Why book with us
  • Flexible cancellation policy
  • Easy & secure booking experience
  • Real-time assistance with a local team
  • VIP skip the line access

  • Duration 03h00

  • Private Tour

  • Group Size
    10 max

  • Refund up to 48 hours

  • 21 reviews
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The itinerary

Notre Dame of Paris Cathedral was recently tragically damaged by a important fire. We are all very saddened by the events. The monument will remain closed for renovations. Under the circumstances, and until further notice, we will offer a different itinerary for this tour (Notre Dame will not be visited inside, but your guide will give you a detailed presentation of its rich architecture and provide many facts about the History of Our Lady of Paris).

Often called the cradle of Paris, the Île de la Cité was adopted as home by the Parisii tribe over 2,000 years ago and is thought of as the historical centre of Paris. Your tour begins on the island in front of Notre Dame Cathedral, where you’ll be deciphering the intricate details of the stone façade of this gothic masterpiece and learning the difference between a gargoyle and a grotesque. Despite the recent 2019 fire that partially destroyed its roof and spire, your guide will present Our Lady of Paris from the outside and its rich sculpted facade.

Next it’s the Conciergerie, a former royal palace and infamous prison that struck fear into the hearts of its detainees. You’ll see the sprawling vaulted ceilings of the Salle des Gens d’Armes, the world’s largest gothic hall and discover old prison cells, offering different levels of comfort according to the social status of the prisoner. The French Revolution also comes to life as you retrace Marie Antoinette’s fateful trip to the guillotine.

Finally the dazzling Sainte Chapelle, a masterpiece of medieval engineering with walls made entirely of stained glass. You’ll learn about the king behind this ambitious and costly project, and the high-profile relic for which the chapel was built.

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