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Does this tour include climbing the bell towers of Notre Dame and/or a visit of the interior? Will we be visiting the crypt as well?
Our tour does not include the towers or the interior of the Notre Dame cathedral. The Archeological crypt is not included in the tour either, but your expert guide can direct you to the ticket office following the tour.
Does this tour include climbing the Saint-Jacques Tower?
No! But your expert guide can help you purchase your ticket at the end of the tour if you'd like to climb the tour on your own.
Notre Dame Cathedral and Sainte-Chapelle are wheelchair accessible, but the Conciergerie is not. Please contact us with any questions; we are also happy to design a private, customized tour for visitors with mobility concerns.
Generally speaking, the walk begins near Place Saint-Michel. Your confirmation email will have the exact meeting point details along with a map, and 24/7 phone number. The walk typically ends on the Ile de la Cité.
Tours operate rain or shine, but in the case of inclement weather, your guide will modify the tour so more time is spent indoors. It never hurts to have an umbrella on hand.
Yes. If you've selected the tickets at the time of your booking we will purchase the combined Sainte-Chapelle+Conciergerie ticket in advance of your tour. Your guide will have them on hand. Please note that we don't visit the towers or the interior of Notre Dame, nor the Saint-Jacques Tower.
Unfortunately, not. Tickets are mandatory and can't be canceled or modified. The Museum Pass is accepted at both the Sainte-Chapelle and Conciergerie but doesn't guarantee a skip-the-line access. Due to the long waiting lines at the Sainte-Chapelle we need to use the E-ticket instead.
Yes! We have some excellent family-friendly guides who can appeal to the learning styles of children. We have a separate Notre Dame and Gothic Paris for Families walk just for families with children 12 and under. When booking, please provide us with information about your children such as favorite school subjects, and hobbies. This way we can match you with the best possible guide.
Born and raised abroad, mostly in Asia, Lorraine discovered Paris intimately while studying art history at Ecole du Louvre, a school which holds most of its classes directly in museums and monuments. After several years spent in NYC, getting her Master's degree in Modern Art at Columbia University and working at the Guggenheim Museum, she returned to her adopted city in 2008 to start a PhD. Currently specializing in the history of photography and visual culture, active member of the Laboratoire d'histoire visuelle contemporaine, Lorraine also works as a freelance art critic, teaches art history, and nurtures a few artistic projects of her own.
Iveta Slavkova is Assistant Professor at the American University of Paris (AUP). She was born in Sofia, Bulgaria to a family of French francophiles, and always dreamed of living in Paris where she came to study Art History in 1999. In 2006 she defended a PhD at the Sorbonne on the European avant-garde around World War I. Her first monograph "Réparer l'homme. La Crise de l'humanisme et l'Homme nouveau des avant-gardes" (Restoring Humanity. The Humanism Crisis and the New Man of the Avant-Garde) was published in 2020 (https://www.lespressesdureel.com/ouvrage.php?id=2218). Iveta has edited one volume and published a number of academic articles on topics related to art, politics and power, namely in the context of World War I and World War II (https://www.aup.edu/profile/islavkova). A passionate museum goer and city stroller, she likes discussing and interpreting well know facts and making discover the secrets charms of bigger and smaller Parisian museums and neighborhoods where she has guided many students and visitors.
Pablo is a historian specialized in the interaction between arts, culture and politics in early modern Europe. In 2008 he received a PhD in European history from the Universidad Complutense, Madrid, and has been a postdoctoral research fellow at the European University Institute, The Italian Academy at Columbia University and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Pablo is also the author of three books on court culture and royal identity. He lived in Naples, Washington, London, Florence and New York before arriving in Paris as a researcher at the Institute national d’histoire de l’art (INHA). He is currently writing a book on the display of antiquities discovered in Herculaneum and Pompeii in the 18th century.
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