What a day for a walk in the « ile de la Cité » ! Explore the cradle of Paris on a 2-hour walking tour with a friendly and expert host. Discover the historic birthplace of the Parisians as well as the worldwide renowned cathedral, Notre Dame de Paris.
Start at the Pont Neuf (litteraly, the New Bridge), paradoxally the oldest bridge in Paris ! Meet your guide there and be ready for 2 hours into the heart of Paris. As you walk along the streets of the two main islands of Paris, learn where the first settlement in Paris took place and how the Ile de la Cité became the hub of royal and ecclesiastical power.
Walk by the place where Marie Antoinette, among others, were celled before being juged at the Palais de Justice, the Conciergerie. This building was at first a Royal Palace in the 14th Century before becoming a prison.
Next stop by the Sainte Chapelle and its 15 gigantic floor to ceiling stained glasses, built under Louis IX to welcome his personal holy relics, including his holy crown. Now, welcome to the most visited site in Europe : the legendary Notre Dame, its gargoyles and its architecture with asymmetrical elements to avoid monotony !
Learn the history of the ancient testament on the detailed facade and the three main portals. After visiting the outside of the cathedral, go inside and discover the beautiful rose windows reflecting on the floor with the sun. Did you know ? The cathedral can welcome more than 6000 worshippers ! Then, cross the St Louis Bridge and stroll down the streets of the Ile Saint Louis, with its restaurants and boutiques.
Your guide will give you advices about the best places to eat delicious traditional French food.
Meet in front of the statue of Henri IV on Place du Pont Neuf. Your host will be wearing a blue jacket/red shirt with the « Paris Tour Guide » logo.