Chartres Cathedral Half Day Tour from Paris

Explore the crown jewel of Gothic art and architecture
$601 and up
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About the Tour
4.5 hours
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  • Spend a day in Chartres Cathedral, accompanied by a local medievalist, architect, or art historian
  • Includes entry to Chartres Cathedral and train transport to/from Paris
  • Cathedral of Chartres
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36 Reviews (4.62)

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Elaine P is incredibly knowledgeable about the. Middle Ages in general and Chartres Cathedral in particular. Her enthusiasm about the topic is contagious. In addition, when she met with us about our full-day trip, she explained that our idea of touring the town of Chartres would be a let-down, since the city was bombed twice in WWII, which destroyed much of the medieval parts of the city that were not around the cathedral. Instead, she offered to take us on another half-day tour to Rouen, that would include both the lovely cathedral town and the Rouen Cathedral. Her honesty and flexibility were greatly appreciated. Our only disappointment was that we were unable to locate the stained glass museum—the person in the gift shop provided very vague directions and we were unable to locate the museum. That’s not Context’s fault, but it was a little disaapointing.
Nicole G is so knowledgeable and fun to be with. We so enjoyed our time with her and learned so much. With her deep knowledge of the subject, she answered all of our multitudinous questions with ease. Cannot recommend this tour enough for anyone who is interested in Chartres Cathedral and its construction during the late Middle Ages.
The Chartres tour was really exceptional - Elaine P was so knowledgeable, giving us a full hour of info on the train trip - about cathedrals, the Middle Ages in general, so many things. And that was before we got to the cathedral where she had all the specifics of the stories in the stained glass, the statuary, the architecture, etc. The one thing that I would suggest is that you warn participants to dress very warmly for Chartres since it was quite cold and damp as we stood outside the cathedral looking at the carvings and architecture and the inside was cold as well. Also, you could mention that binoculars are useful at Chartres for a close look at the stained glass since most of it is up so high.