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Sainte-Chapelle & Conciergerie Combined Skip-the-Line Ticket

1. Sainte-Chapelle & Conciergerie Combined Skip-the-Line Ticket

Make the most of your visit to the Palais de la Cité by visiting 2 remarkable monuments: Sainte-Chapelle and the Conciergerie. During your visit to the Conciergerie, explore the ancient court of the French Revolution. At this picturesque site, see the cells of criminals and the tombs of the heroes of the French Revolution. Alongside the Conciergerie, enjoy Sainte-Chapelle, one of the most stunning examples of Gothic architecture in the world. Admire the ancient stained glass windows, with an impressive depth of color and beautiful design. With this ticket, spend as much time as you want at each of those iconic Parisian monuments. Choose to discover the Conciergerie's medieval and revolution-era rooms as well as the spaces that have disappeared with the HistoPad. This digital mediation tool allows you to go back in time thanks to its augmented reality, 3D reconstructions, and interactive functionalities.

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Paris: Night Musical Cruise on the Seine

2. Paris: Night Musical Cruise on the Seine

Bask in the night glow of Paris on a Seine River sightseeing cruise. Tour the "City of Lights" and soak in the relaxing atmosphere on board as French music plays. Take in a panoramic view of the Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, Notre-Dame de Paris, the Orsay Museum, the Alexandre III Bridge, the Concorde Square, the Petit, and Grand Palace, the Marie Bridge, and many more as you sail.

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Paris: 2-Hour Night Tour by Open-Top Bus

3. Paris: 2-Hour Night Tour by Open-Top Bus

Journey through the heart of Paris after dark and marvel at the floodlit monuments of the "City of Lights" from a front-row seat. Board the open-top vehicle on the Champs-Elysées and set off to marvel at all the iconic landmarks, such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame de Paris and much more. Admire the glass structure of the Louvre Pyramid as you listen to an informative commentary by a live English and French-speaking guide or on the multilingual audio guides. Get a free reward booklet with exclusive offers and recommendations.

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Paris: Illuminations River Cruise and City Walking Tour

4. Paris: Illuminations River Cruise and City Walking Tour

Get the best of the French capital with a 1-hour sightseeing cruise along the Seine. Admire city lights views of Paris before embarking on an audio tour of the city. Set sail along the Seine for a relaxing city lights cruise with amazing views of city highlights. Enjoy the ambiance on board with your choice of drink and calming electro-lounge music. Capture stunning photos along the river from the famous bridges to the most iconic monuments in Paris. Hop off to explore the city at your own pace with an audio-guided walking tour. Choose between 10 available tours in Paris such as Montmartre, Street Art, or the Eiffel Tower tour.

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Paris: Dark City Secrets Walking Tour

5. Paris: Dark City Secrets Walking Tour

Throughout your 2-hour guided tour you will discover the dark side of the center of Paris. Choose between a shared or private experience, which will begin at the former main site of the bloody and popular public executions, which were both adored and appreciated by Parisians. You will see how cruelly they used to punish convicted criminals, as well as the occasional unfortunate innocent person too. Paris is a haunted city with plenty of ghosts and phantoms. One famous French poet became the ghost that today haunts a theater, another one was injured during a fire and has since never left the Opera House. You'll learn about the "evil queen" of France, and how another spirit haunted her all the way up until her final days. Demons and devilish beings are everywhere in Paris, with the Notre-Dame Cathedral containing plenty of them on its exterior. On this facade there are so many creepy and mysterious signs and symbols, which require a thorough investigation to properly appreciate it. You will learn how a gypsy cursed a house in the Latin Quarter, causing its owner to die. This was followed by more people mysteriously dying there. You'll hear the spine-chilling story about this most famous cursed Parisian place, before your chilling tour finishes at the meeting point with the story of a vampire.

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Paris: Family-Friendly River Seine Guided Cruise

6. Paris: Family-Friendly River Seine Guided Cruise

Board your family-friendly cruise at the foot of the Eiffel Tower. During the one-hour sightseeing cruise, learn all the secrets of Paris thanks to your guide on board. Listen to anecdotes about Paris and its inhabitants. Hear all about the architecture, history, monuments and bridges of the city. Secrets will be revealed, so be ready to be surprised.  A bar on board will be serving french crêpes, snacks, and drinks. Sit back and relax as you take in the sights of one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

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Paris: Romantic Night Cruise and Montmartre Self-Guided Tour

7. Paris: Romantic Night Cruise and Montmartre Self-Guided Tour

Explore Paris, one of the most magical cities in the world. Take a moonlit night cruise along the River Seine, see Paris in all its glory, and then enjoy a self audio-guided walking tour of Montmartre, the most charming district of the City of Lights. Choose the order of the activities, and take as much time as is needed to complete them. Marvel at the monuments and docks that serve as scenery for this fantastic evening on a Musical Night Cruise. Admire the most emblematic monuments of Paris while listening to electro-lounge music and pass by the Louvre Museum, the Orsay Museum, the Cathedral of Notre Dame, the Grand Palais, the Eiffel Tower, and many others. Immerse with your loved one in the bohemian Montmartre neighborhood on a unique audio walking tour available for smartphones. Enjoy insightful commentary triggered by location, right where the action happened. Begin the tour at Place des Abbesses and follow the audio description through historic streets and squares. Visit famous movies locations and learn the fascinating stories of artists who called this place their home. Explore at any pace with this flexible experience, pausing the tour whenever necessary. End up at the stunning Sacre-Coeur Basilica, for magnificent panoramas over Paris.

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Notre-Dame, Île de la Cité & St. Severin Church Guided Tour

8. Notre-Dame, Île de la Cité & St. Severin Church Guided Tour

The monumental Notre-Dame Cathedral is one of the most remarkable Gothic cathedrals in France and Europe and is one of the capital’s major monuments. As a symbol of a city and even a country, its history is made of stones and men. On April 15, 2019 the main spire and roof of the building collapsed in a huge fire. By joining this tour you will learn more about the rebuilding of Notre-Dame and the next steps for its reconstruction. You will see the revival of Gothic Architecture and enjoy a walking tour in the Île de la Cité, the mythical place where everything began. Next you will enjoy a guided tour at the Saint-Severin Church in the Latin quarter, a great example of flamboyant Gothic Architecture.

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Paris: Eiffel Tower Tickets, Highlights & Crêpe Private Tour

9. Paris: Eiffel Tower Tickets, Highlights & Crêpe Private 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. Receive your tickets to ride the Eiffel Tower all the way to the top, and see Paris from above.

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Paris: Relaxing Seine Cruise and Self-Guided City Tour

10. Paris: Relaxing Seine Cruise and Self-Guided City Tour

Guided Cruise: Starting at the Eiffel Tower, cruise on a comfortable boat down the river for a taste of elegant Parisian life. Glide past the Grand Palais, the Louvre, Musée d'Orsay, and Notre Dame Cathedral. Your guide will entertain you throughout the leisurely cruise with anecdotes and intriguing historical facts. The Paris cruise goes as far as the Institute of the Arabic World at the Ile Saint-Louis before returning you to the Eiffel Tower, and it's the most relaxing way to sightsee in Paris and is the only way to explore the city free of traffic noise and congestion. 1 City Tour of your choice: After your cruise, hop off to explore the stunning capital at your own pace with an audio-guided walking tour. Start whenever you want and follow the voice of your guide from the Rewind Application: all stories trigger automatically as you walk. Choose between 10 available tours in Paris such as: Secret Montmartre From small hidden passages to the famous Sacré-Coeur Basilica, discover the fascinating village of Montmartre. Discover the origins of Montmartre over 1500 years ago and the legendary stories of artists like Picasso, Amélie Poulain. Visit the mythical cabarets and learn the origins of the famous windmills as well as the iconic Sacré-Cœur Basilica. Paris Street-Art Admire majestic works of art by the world's greatest street artists and learn about the history of street art. Eiffel Tower Discover the incredible story of the Eiffel Tower. "The Big Iron Lady" has been watching over the city and its inhabitants for more than 130 years

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Planning Your Visit

  • How much does it cost?

    Admission to Notre Dame is free, but visitors will need tickets to enter the tower (€8.50) and the crypt (€6). Access to both is included in the price of the Paris Pass.

  • How to get there?

    The closest Metro stop is Cité on the Metro 4 line.

  • How many steps is it to the top of the tower?

    There are 387 steps to reach the panaromas over Paris and see the gargoyles up close, so it's best to know your physical limits.

  • Mass times

    "On Sundays, all masses are held at the main altar. Arrive at least 10 minutes before the start time to get a seat.
    8:30AM - Mass
    9:30AM - Lauds service
    10:00AM - Gregorian mass of the cathedral chapter
    11:30AM - International mass
    12:45PM - Mass
    5:45PM - Vespers service
    6:30PM - Mass
    All services are held in French. Masses are also held throughout the week. More details are available at the Notre Dame de Paris official website."

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    8:00AM to 6:45PM on weekdays - open until 7:15PM at weekends.
  • Is it expensive?
    Access itself is free of charge, although it's a good idea to invest in a tour to get the most out of your visit.
  • Will I need a guide?
    It's worth checking out these best-selling tours.
  • How to get there
    There are several metro stations in the vicinity of Notre Dame - on lines 1, 4, 7, 10, 11, and 14. The most immediate is Cité on the 4 line.
  • Additional information
    *Be prepared to wait in a line outside, especially on weekends.
    *Dress modestly - you are in a church, after all.

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What people are saying about Notre Dame Cathedral

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 6,660 reviews

Nice tour with recorded audio guide. I liked the concept. If you go on the top deck of the bus when the weather is cold, the seats on the front near the windows should be less cold (they were taken when we did the tour). I would plan this in the beginning of your visit, as it gives you a nice overview and an idea of what you would like to see later.

L'expérience en bus était super on passe dans tous les endroits touristiques de la capitale c'est vraiment sympa ! La visite guidée sur smartphone complète bien l'experience, les commentaires des guides sont intéressants et l'application est très simple d'utilisation. Je recommande fortement

Our favorite part of our Paris visit! Our guide shared many unique and curious stories that we had never heard. I look forward to taking another My Precious Paris tour next time!

Alain was so friendly, professional, and creative! One of our favorite experiences so far! Thank you so much!

I think it's worth using. we sailed at 21.00. It was cold but it is worth savoring these views.