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Paris in a Half-Day Tour: Highlights from Notre Dame to the Eiffel Tower

An In-Depth Introduction to the City of Light
From US$131 for 1 person
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Tour Details
Duration
4 hours
Product Type
Tour
Venues
  • Notre Dame Cathedral (exterior only)
  • Île de la CitĂ©
  • Palais Royal
  • Tuileries Garden
  • Place de la Concorde
  • Pont des Arts
  • Champs-ElysĂ©es
  • Arc de Triomphe (exterior only)
  • Latin Quarter
  • Eiffel Tower (exterior only)
  • Saint-Germain-des-PrĂ©s neighborhood
Photos & Highlights
  • Join an engaging, local expert at the top of their field, as you explore the essential highlights of Paris, including Notre Dame Cathedral, Arc de Triomphe, and the iconic Eiffel Tower
  • Perfect for first timers or those looking to reacquaint themselves with the City of Light
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Tour Description
Soak up Parisian atmosphere and history with a local guide during this half-day walking tour of Paris's highlights. On this popular itinerary, you will explore a combination of essential sites, which may include the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Arc de Triomphe, and a breathtaking view of the Eiffel Tower, depending on your interest. You will wander down charming streets, view famous monuments, marvel at exquisite Gothic architecture, and delve into the complex historical narratives of the City of Light. 

The sites in Paris are plentiful, and you will start off your half-day tour by discussing with your expert guide what route you will take together in order to see what most excites you and your party. 

You will begin your Parisian adventure on the charming Left Bank, where you may explore the historic Saint-Germain-des-Prés area, famous for its cobblestone streets and literary heritage, and pass by Romanesque churches and iconic cafés - like Brasserie Lipp and Les Deux Magots - frequented by literary greats like Hemingway and Joyce. You may continue to the Latin Quarter, home to France's oldest university, Sorbonne, and the stunning Gothic vaults of Saint-Séverin. If time allows, your group may decide to stop at the renowned Shakespeare & Company bookstore.

Next, you'll cross to the Ile-de-la-Cité, the island at the heart of Paris, to catch a glimpse of Notre Dame, still recovering from the recent fire. You will then transition to the Right Bank, walking towards the Louvre's main courtyard and pyramid, or perhaps taking some time to admire the former Palais Royal and wander up towards the majestic Opéra Garnier, both offering captivating historical tales.

From here, your expert may lead you to hop on the metro and stop at the Arc de Triomphe, introducing its symbolism and significance on the city's historical axis. As you reach the end of the tour, you will find yourselves at Trocadéro, with one of the best views in the world - a panorama of the Eiffel Tower. Here, your Context guide will bid farewell, and you'll have the wonderful opportunity to ascend the tower if you have pre-purchased your own tickets. 

After this captivating and immersive walking tour, you'll emerge with a profound understanding of Paris's rich history, awe-inspiring architecture, and vibrant way of life.

  • It is your first time in Paris, and you are looking for a comprehensive introduction. 
  • You love walking and want to visit many areas in a short amount of time. 
  • Medieval streets and Gothic churches of the Latin Quarter
  • Right Bank classics such as the Louvre (exterior only), Tuileries Gardens, or Palais Royal
  • Views of the Champs-ElysĂ©es, Arc de Triomphe, and Eiffel Tower (exterior only)

Admission Tickets

Are Eiffel Tower tickets included?
No. We do not provide tickets to climb the Eiffel Tower. Should you like to climb the Tower following your tour, we recommend purchasing tickets well in advance. You may do so on their public site here.

Are there any other entrance fees included?
No. There are no entrance fees included on this tour. We will visit the listed venues from the exterior only.

Transportation

Can I be picked up from my hotel?
For our private tours, we offer the convenience of optional car service and hotel pick-up. Please note that this option is not available for small-group tours. Small-group tours meet in the 6th Arrondissement.

Where do I meet my Context Guide? Where does the tour end?
You will meet your guide in front of the main entrance of the Église Saint-Germain-des-PrĂ©s, and it will end in Esplanade du TrocadĂ©ro, also known as the Human Rights Plaza, just across from the Eiffel Tower. Your confirmation email will have the exact meeting point details along with a map.

Can I do this tour by car instead of walking?
Yes, you can reserve a car service for this tour if you are booking a private tour (note: this option is not available for our group tours). Please select the option for car service with hotel pick up at checkout and provide your hotel address in the Additional Details box when placing your order.

If I book a private tour with car service, where does the tour meet and end?
If you book a private tour with the optional car service, you will meet your guide and driver at your hotel or accommodation. You will be dropped off at the Esplanade du Trocadéro, near the Eiffel Tower.
 
If we don't select a car service add-on, how many times will we be taking the metro? 
Due to the distance between sites, we will use public transport at least 3 times during the tour. Your guide will help you purchase the tickets on-site. Please note that the cost of the tickets is not included in the total cost of the tour. If you'd like to do the tour by car please add the car service to your cart when booking.

Additional Trip-Planning Resources

  • For more information on planning your travels to France, take a read through our Context Stories.
  • If you are looking to learn more about France prior to a visit, check out our online lectures at Context Learning.
Will I see all of the major monuments on this tour?
Paris is a large city with a generous amount of famous landmarks. It is nearly impossible to see everything in 4 hours, which is why your expert will take the beginning of your tour to discuss what the best route is for you and your party.
 
What other tours should I take along with Paris in a Half-Day?
Any of our museum or food tours would make a great addition to Paris in a Half-Day. If you are looking for outdoor walking highlights, we suggest following this tour with one of our neighborhood tours, such as the Marais Walking Tour or the Montmartre Tour with Sacré Coeur.

We do not, however, suggest reserving Paris by Riverboat or Paris in a Day alongside this tour. These tours visit largely the same monuments and cover the same topics.

Is this tour suitable for children?
While this tour is not specifically designed for kids, we can certainly provide a family-friendly guide to ensure an enjoyable experience for everyone. For a tour tailored specifically to children, we recommend checking out our Paris in a Day for Kids itinerary, which is thoughtfully crafted with young explorers in mind.

What happens if it's raining?
Our tours take place rain or shine, and our expert guides are skilled at adjusting the route to make the most of any weather conditions. Be sure to bring along an umbrella or jacket, just in case, and get ready to have a fantastic time exploring with us.
We understand that some of our valued guests may have mobility concerns, and we want to ensure you have a comfortable and enjoyable experience throughout your tour. If there are any accessibility concerns that your tour guide will need to be aware of, please let our team know at the time of booking.

Is this tour wheelchair-friendly?
Yes, this tour is wheelchair friendly and we would recommend booking a private tour and adding a car service. 

Is the Eiffel Tower wheelchair-accessible?
The Eiffel Tower is accessible via elevator to the first and second floors. Additional helpful information is available here.
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Georgia was wonderful! She engaged our teens and the tour was a great intro to Paris. She went out of her way to help with some others recommendations.
Great experience tailored to our interests
Beautiful sites and rich history made this a splendid tour of Paris!