“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-Dame! Admire 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!