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Colorful Characters Around Notre-Dame de Paris – Historical Adventure Tour

Why you shouldn't miss it!

  • More than just a regular tour, travel back in time and relive the history of the heart of Paris
  • Unlock the secrets of Ile de la Cité, the birthplace of Paris
  • Visit the Sainte Chapelle, a Gothic jewel in the heart of Paris
  • Enjoy an intimate walking tour of 6 people maximum with a historian expert
  • End with a complimentary drink with your guide in a typical French café
In a nutshell

3 Hours

Group (6 max)


Wheelchair Friendly

Refund up to 72h

What's Included:   A historian guide for 3 hours / A complimentary drink
Milestones:  Pont-Neuf / Conciergerie / Sainte Chapelle / Notre Dame area/ Paris islands / Seine Quays

Meet the Locals from the Past” is our unique historical walking tour that resurrects significant characters, taking you on a journey from the Middle Ages to the 20thcentury. This is how it works:

  • At the start of this Notre-Dame tour, you’ll receive a Historical Character Card.
  • With your card, step into the shoes of a crusading knight, a pioneering female sculptor, or France’s most famous medieval lovers! (Don’t worry, you won’t have to do any acting.)
  • Along the tour, your guide will call your card. Just listen to the incredible life of your character!

As you stroll the picturesque streets around Notre-Dame Cathedral and the Sainte Chapelle, you will discover Île de la Cité and Île Saint-Louis. These lovely tiny islands, located in the center of Paris, are the very heart of the city, as the first ever Parisians built their houses there. Along the islands’ streets, your expert will tell you amazing stories of ancient kings and cursed artists and show you Paris’s architectural jewels.

Starting off at the Pont Neuf, this bridge is considered today as a romantic hangout but witnessed events that were not at all love affairs during the Middle Ages! This will be the chance to unveil the first character of the tour. Let’s now meet our other historic figures!

The Conciergerie, your next stop, is an architectural masterpiece. But it was previously a fearsome jail during the French Revolution, as it was the last stop before the guillotine for many prisoners. One of the most famous captives was Marie Antoinette. Your guide will share with you some of the tragic stories that occurred here. This will be another opportunity to be introduced to another character.

A comprehensive and entertaining Medieval Paris Tour like no other!

As you walk along the Boulevard du Palais, you can’t miss the Sainte Chapelle, a Gothic jewel commissioned by King Louis IX during the 13th century. Located 5 minutes away from Notre-Dame, the Sainte Chapelle is a true Gothic jewel that offers an amazing example of polychromatic religious decoration. With its 15 stained glass windows featuring 1,113 separate scenes taken from the Old and New Testaments, this Royal Chapel is considered to be the finest example of High-Gothic architecture in the world.

Nearby, admire the Palace of Justice (courthouse), which was formerly a royal palace. Be ready for another incredible mine of anecdotes!

And now, here we are near Notre-DameAdmire the beautiful towers and façade of Notre-Dame cathedral.  The colorful rose windows will stun you!

Time now to stroll around Notre-Dame and explore the medieval-like quarter. This neighborhood survived the centuries and will plunge you into the depths of the Middle Ages. Be prepared to meet new historical characters!

As a female sculptor or a member of the Templar Knights, continue your lovely walk in Ile Saint-Louis. Famous for its private mansions and romantic atmosphere, this island has an environment so peaceful that you will be surprised by how boisterous and naughty some of its former inhabitants were.

Time to come back to the present and conclude this Notre-Dame and Sainte Chapelle tour! Your final stop will be the Saint-Louis-en-l’Île street. This calm shopping street portrays the real spirit of Île Saint-Louis. Not to mention it hosts Bertillon, the famous Parisian gelato shop. If you’re an ice cream lover, that’s a place not to be missed!

And if you're keen on history and want to see more of this concept, please have a look at our Historical Adventure Tours!


Is an inside visit of Notre-Dame included in this tour?

No, we are not visiting the inside of the Cathedral as it’s now closed for a while. But Paris hosts another Gothic jewel: the Sainte Chapelle, which is included in the tour. During your stroll in Ile de la Cité, you will be able to admire Notre-Dame from the outside.

Can children attend this Notre Dame tour?

Children are welcome but we highly recommend our Family Friendly Tours, as they are more adapted to youngsters. We provide them with creative and informative activities!

Won’t this tour be boring if I’m not a “history addict?”

You won’t ever think history can be boring after this tour. It’s a very interactive and playful visit, with a bunch of fascinating anecdotes and facts. You will get historical information from your awesome expert in a way you have never experienced before!

Can this walking tour be privatized?

Of course, we would be more than happy to offer you a private version of this tour! Just contact us here to make this request.

Price Details


Starting Point

Meeting Address: - 15 Place du Pont Neuf, 75001 Paris - On Pont-Neuf bridge, at the foot of Henri IV’s equestrian statue. Closest metro station: Pont-Neuf (line 7) / ENDING POINT: Saint-Louis Island, Rue des Deux-Ponts. Closest metro station: Pont Marie (line 7)
  1. (verified owner):

    We signed up for the tour and were the only ones with the guide. We got to choose 2 character cards and while walking around, we were told stories of the characters that we chose. It is actually quite a long walk, but it didnt feel that bad with the great stories and information. The guide is super knowledgeble and it made the tour very interesting. Highly recommended!

  2. (verified owner):

    My husband and I were in Paris early May. Our walk was in Notre-Dame area, with Nathalie as tour guide. She was a fabulous story teller, and she really made that area come alive for us. I have to say that this historical walk was a real highlight of our trip to France, and if I’m ever back I would love to do the rest of them. Highly recommended!

  3. (verified owner):

    We liked the original way Nathalie had to make us discover those places. Notre-Dame is very impressive but the district around is worth it as well! My daughters were associated to 2 romantic characters, they were delightful. They said we should’nt unveil everything about the tour’s trick and I agree. But I recommend anybody to join this Meet the Locals from the Past conceet! Both Surprising and educative!

  4. (verified owner):

    Nathalie is so knowledgeable, her passion for Middle Ages is truly communicative. And this idea to be an historical character for 2 and a half hours, so funny. I was very satisfied of my own… an important man! But I can say more. Just go and try!

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