- 4.5 hours
- Product Type
- Cathedral of Chartres
- Chartres Cathedral (interior and exterior)
- Note that this tour does not include touring Chartres town
- Train tickets to and from Paris
- Tickets to Chartres Cathedral
Home to the Sancta Camisa, a tunic believed to have been worn by the Virgin Mary at the birth of Christ (which miraculously survived the 1194 fire), the Cathedral has long been a destination for pilgrims. Arriving at the cathedral as pilgrims ourselves, we will begin by examining the exterior. Each of the three heavily decorated entrances (west, north, and south) are comprised of three doorways, showing the stylistic transition from Early to High Gothic architecture. Once inside the cathedral, we will marvel at intricate original thirteenth-century stained glass.
While our half-day tour ends with a guided visit of the cathedral, we encourage you to have lunch or spend the rest of the afternoon visiting the charming town of Chartres and all of its attractions on your own.
Where do we meet? Where does it end?
You'll meet in Paris, at the Montparnasse train station. The tour duration includes the train ride to Chartres with your guide. The tour will end in Chartres. You can then get lunch and explore the town on your own, or return to Paris with your guide.
Does this excursion include a visit to the town of Chartres?
No, our half-day tour is a guided visit of the cathedral only; however, we encourage you to have lunch or spend the rest of the afternoon visiting the charming town and all of its attractions on your own. Lunch is not included.
We usually take the train back to Paris at 1:34 pm arriving in Paris at 2:30/3 pm. Depending on the day of your tour we have some other tours which start later in the afternoon and may be able to fit your schedule. Please contact us for assistance!
Absolutely. We buy round-trip train tickets for this tour, but the return time is flexible and therefore allows you to return on a later train than that of your guide.
Yes. We can adapt the route of our private tours based on the ages, needs, and interests of travelers in your party. In this particular tour, the terrain is easy. The walk is slightly uphill from the station to the cathedral, and then totally flat. There are no cobblestones. There are, however, certain parts of the cathedral which can be a bit more challenging. Please contact us to know more.
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