- More than just a regular tour, travel back in time and relive the history of the heart of Paris
- Explore Notre-Dame and its neighborhood in the wake of colorful historical figures
- Unlock the secrets of Ile de la Cité, the birthplace of Paris
- Enjoy an intimate walking tour of 6 people maximum with an historian expert
- End with a complimentary drink with your welcomer in a typical French café
Colorful Characters Around Notre Dame de Paris – Historical Adventure Tour
“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 20th century. 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 Welcomer will call your card. Just listen to the incredible life of your character!
As you stroll the picturesque streets around Notre Dame Cathedral, 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, 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’ architectural jewels.
Starting off at The Pont-Neuf, this bridge is considered today as a romantic hangout but saw events that were not love affairs at all during the Middle Ages! This will be the chance to unveil the first character of the tour. Let’s meet now 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 captive was Marie Antoinette. Your welcomer will share with you some tragic stories that occurred here. This will be another opportunity to be introduced to another character.
A Comprehensive and Entertaining Notre Dame Tour like no other!
As you walk on the Boulevard du Palais, you can’t miss the outside view of the Holy Chapel, a Gothic jewel commissioned by King Louis IX during the 13th century. Nearby, admire the Palace of Justice (law court) which was formerly a royal palace. Be ready for another incredible mine of anecdotes!
And now, here we are at the charming flower market on our way to Notre-Dame. The inside is as astonishing as its impressive facade. During your inner visit, admire the beautiful colors of its 13th-century – and mainly genuine – stained glass rose windows.
Time now to stroll around Notre-Dame and explore the medieval-like quarter. This neighborhood survived the centuries and will plunge you in the depths of the Middle Ages. Be prepared to meet new historical characters!
As a woman 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 former inhabitants have been.
Time to be back to the present and conclude this Notre Dame 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 the inside visit of Notre-Dame included in that tour?
Yes, we are visiting the inside of the Cathedral. Keep in mind this is a Notre Dame tour that focuses not only on the Cathedral, but also its neighborhood. If you want a dedicated visit to Notre-Dame, click here.
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 never experienced before!
Can this walking tour be privatized?
Of course, we would be more than happy to propose you a private version of this tour! Just contact us here to make this request.
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)
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