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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. 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.
Isabelle is a Franco-American who was born and raised in Versailles. In 2006, she received her Ph.D. in Etruscan art from the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes. During her studies, she spent several years in Italy: Siena and Florence, where she prepared her Master’s degree, and on a scholarship at the Ecole française de Rome working on her PhD thesis. In addition to teaching at the University of Paris VIII, Isabelle has experience as Communications Manager for an art books publisher and translating documentaries for French television. She is an active member of the Montmartre Historical Society and in her free time, enjoys sharing her passion for Paris, its art and its history, with visitors, family and friends.
Sandrine holds an MA in Art History and Museology from the École du Louvre, Paris. She is the author of “Sandrine’s Paris”, published by BBC Books, and writes articles and features for the UK press. In 2007, she presented the BBC series “Paris” which has been broadcast in the UK and all over the world. Additionally, Sandrine has worked as an art curator in France and in the film industry in London. Having lived in Paris for most of her life, she’s passionate about the stories behind the façades and loves sharing the City of Light’s hidden gems.
Dony holds an MA in Communication and Culture from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil and a Ph.D in Art History from the University of Granada, Spain. He has lived and traveled extensively throughout Greece and the UK, where he researched Ancient Greek and Roman Art, delving deeply into Aesthetics. He has taught at the University of Faesa, in Brazil. There and in Spain he has enjoyed working as a media journalist, as well as for the radio. He is now based between Rome and Paris and leads Context walks in both cities.
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