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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.
The daughter of a sculptor, Marie has been surrounded by art ever since she was born. A native Parisienne, she holds an undergraduate degree in history and art history, with a specialty in iconography and French and Flemish paintings from the 16th to the 18th centuries. She also holds a Master's degree in museology from the Ecole du Louvre and one in Art History from the Sorbonne. She currently works for the French National Art History Institute on special cultural events. Since she loves literature, ballet, theatre, opera, jazz clubs, and classical concerts—she has been playing the piano since she was 9—Paris and its artistic life are a perfect fit.
Anna received her PhD in 2006 from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. A specialist in medieval art, she has published and presented numerous conference papers on illuminated manuscripts. She is preparing a book proposal based on her dissertation about representations of miraculous images of the Virgin Mary. She currently teaches at the American University of Paris. She is also a France Director of the International Medieval Society in Paris.
Nicole is currently a PhD student studying Gothic architecture at Columbia University with a focus on early Gothic structures and applications of new media and technologies. Her interests are in tectonic expression and spatial formation as well as social and cultural history. She received her Master's degree from Columbia University and her Bachelor's degree from Barnard College. Before joining the PhD program at Columbia she worked in media production in both creative and management positions. She also held a curatorial assistant position at the New Orleans Museum of Art for the Raised to the Trade: Creole Building Arts of New Orleans exhibit.
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