- 4 hours
- Chartres Cathedral (interior and exterior)
- Note that this tour does not include touring of 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 at 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 the 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 4 hour duration includes the train ride to Chartres. 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. If you are booking privately and would like to extend your time with the guide to include a visit to the Cathedral's crypt, the Stained Glass Museum, the nearby Church of Saint-Pierre, and a walk through the town, we can arrange this as part of a full-day tour. Please let us know and we can provide you with an additional quote.
We usually take the train back to Paris at 1:34pm arriving in Paris at 2:30/3pm. Depending on the day of your tour we could recommend an Evening Louvre tour or a Paris Evening tour. We can also arrange for a custom full day tour to include Chartres and other venues of your choice. Please contact us to discuss options.
Absolutely. We buy the round trip train tickets for this tour, but if you choose to stay in Chartres for the afternoon please let us know and we will change the time on your return train tickets accordingly.
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 up hill from the station to the cathedral, and then totally flat. There are no cobblestones.
Tricia is an architect and architectural historian. She came to Paris a little over 12 years ago to spend a year learning French for her research, and has never left! Tricia is an Assistant Professor in Design & Theory at the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Grenoble; she also teaches in Boston University’s London-Paris Architecture & Urbanism Program. She earned a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Detroit, a Graduate Diploma (history & theory) from the Architectural Association, a MA (French cultural studies) from Columbia University and a PhD (architecture) from the University of Paris 8. Focused on the 20th century, her research interests include the architectural/urban development of Paris and its region as well as public building policy in France. A veteran of walking tours of Paris organized for architectural students, she now brings her expertise to a broader audience.
Since she was a child, Caroline has always been fascinated by the world of museums. Holding a Bachelor's degree in Cultural Interpretation, followed by a Master's degree in Museology, she decided to become a professional guide. Her profession and love for travel took her first to different parts of France (she lived in Paris, Burgundy, and the southwest regions) and later on to Canada, in Montreal, but also to London where she spent two years to improve her English before coming back to her home city, Paris. Since 2015, she has been sharing her knowledge of the City of Lights and the French culture with the intellectually curious travelers. She thinks the best part of this job is to keep learning every day!
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