Ile de la Cite Paris Walking Tour | Semi-Private
LivTours Ile de la Cite Paris Walking Tour is a semi-private experience that takes place on an island right in the center of the River Seine, the birthplace of Paris and home to its beloved Notre Dame of Paris Cathedral. The island, known as Ile de la Cite, is one of two natural islands as the Seine River flows through Paris. This tour takes you through this history-rich district that hosts gorgeous Gothic churches and historic buildings.
On this engaging tour, you will discover the history of Ile de la Cite, which was originally home to Roman settlers, how it hosted a palace, and the many subsequent purposes it has served, including a hideaway from enemy attack. However, from 1869 onwards, this once populated island can only officially be called home by less than 1,000 people. You will be intrigued by your guide’s engaging explanations as you explore the center of Paris.
Come take a walk back in time on Paris’ most historic island!
- Interactive experience and expert guide on this semi-private tour with max 6 people
- Listen to the shocking tales of Marie Antoinette’s final days in prison
- Enjoy the luxurious and romantic Place Dauphine, set just next to the Seine River
- Discover the fascinating history of Celtic tribes who settled in Île de la Cité
- Explore the current restoration of the Notre Dame and its proceeding 1,000 years
Semi-Private tours and experiences are guaranteed six participants max.
Our prices always include tickets and reservations fees (no waiting in lines!)
Our tour guides and staff are selected experts and speak perfect English
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Eco-sustainable tourism, designed to respect and support local culture, art and traditions
Your LivTours Ile de la Cite Paris Walking Tour starts at the statue of Louis XIV located in front of the recognizable IM Pei Glass pyramid entrance to the Louvre. Once you and your semi-private group of no more than six travelers have met your guide, you will begin the tour with a stroll along the Seine River to Pont Neuf. You will find out why the bridge called the New Bridge is actually the oldest stone bridge in Paris! At just a glance you will have an idea of what makes this one of the most charming cities in the world. Crossing one section of the bridge puts you firmly in the Île de la Cité’s peaceful Place Dauphine. Movie buffs will recognize this square from Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris. Though this square may be familiar for its more modern accomplishments, it holds an essential place in history. The second oldest square in Paris, dating back to 1600, its construction was initiated by King Henry IV and named after his crowned prince son Louis XIII, the Dauphin of France.
Your LivTours expert guide will explain the varied history of this natural island in the center of Paris and before you know it, you will soon find yourself at your next stop, the Sainte Chapelle. The French equivalent to Rome’s Sistine Chapel, it was built in the 13th century by Louis XIV and this chapel was originally created to house the famous holy relics including the famed Crown of Thorns. It was venerated in the 4th century, as the actual thorny crown that Jesus wore on the way to his crucifixion.
Your semi-private tour continues to one of the most beloved spots of Paris, the Medieval masterpiece known as the Notre Dame Cathedral. Parisians are still shocked by the devastating 2019 fire, but they are working tirelessly to rebuild this masterpiece for future generations. Notre Dame is temporarily closed to the public, but you can still learn about this architectural wonder and take stunning photos. When touring around this history-rich cathedral, take extra time to appreciate its innovative use of the flying buttresses. These outdoor arches were revolutionary and helped architects accommodate the soaring interior heights associated with High French Gothic. Learn about Notre Dame’s intricate frame and the current efforts in restoring it and find out what future renovations, so you know exactly when to plan your next trip to Paris!
Your tour continues onto Île Saint-Louis, another, yet much smaller, natural island in the center of Paris with picture-perfect homes and balconies looking out onto the Seine River. Your tour ends at the charming Pont Marie in the trendy Marais District where you can enjoy the rest of your day boutique shopping, gallery browsing, or enjoying a French lunch!
- The glass pyramid
- Walk by Seine river
- Place Dauphine
- Notre Dame Cathedral (from outside)
- Île Saint-Louis
- Pont Marie in Le Marais
LivTours’ group size of max 6 participants is and always has been based on sustainable travel, and we are proud to be at the forefront of change and innovation in the industry. LivTours is committed to providing travelers with truly sustainable tours with the lowest possible environmental impact, all while supporting the local industries and people of each unique destination. To learn more about how you can actively support sustainable tourism and how LivTours is contributing, click here.
All LivTours Semi-Private Group Tours are limited to 6 guests per tour guide. Our commitment to maintaining our uniquely tiny group sizes can sometimes be a little tricky, mathematically speaking. For example, we want to ensure that traveling families and friends can tour together so on rare occasions we may add one or two guests in order to not split groups. On that same note, you may also find yourself on tour with less than six people! We thank you for your understanding and flexibility.
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Private 3 hours BIKEk tour LIV tours Paris with Thomas
"We had an outstanding private bike tour with Thomas. He showed all there is to see in Paris. Our family of 5 (kids aged 11, 14, 16) enjoyed the information and the pace in the hot weather - Thomas was very accommodating to our needs, taking road safety measures, spraying us with mist if we felt hot, giving us water and sunscreen. A private bike tour is definitely the best way to see the sights at your own pace and Thomas was just the best guide. We have done several LivTours in Paris and Rome and we would have booked more if they were not sold out. All guides were fabulous, timely, reliable and great at keeping us informed. Thank you for showing us around Paris!"
Samantha - Australia
Excellent tour of Ile de la Cite! Highly recommend!
"Amazing tour of Ile de la Cite! Hugo did an amazing job of giving an overview of Parisian history as well as many details on the restoration of Notre Dame and the history of the island and the Louvre, Place Dauphine, and many more! Hugo was able to answer a wide variety of questions and was knew a lot about Paris history and beyond. We definitely recommend this informational, entertaining, and interesting tour!"
CJ - US
"Harry was is a great tour guide. He showed us such a beautiful part of Paris yesterday morning. I can't say enough about how much we enjoyed our walking tour. Simply wonderful. Harry's professionalism and knowledge of the area are outstanding. Highly recommend."
Karen S. - Australia
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