Paris Islands: an Open Air Museum

 

The City Island is the geographic and historical centre of Paris, and Notre Dame the beating heart of the island. Successively built by kings and emperors, the City island has always been the showcase of their power. Through the monuments, discover 2000 years of history!

 

The walk finishes by the charming isle Saint-Louis, where parisians roam around on sunny days to window-shop and enjoy an ice-cream. Perfect place to appreciate the Seine river in a quiet area...

 

 

Standard duration: 2h to 3h

Price: 220€ (up to 30 people)                             The location of hearing system is recommended beyond 20 people

Flat price.                                                            Location: 2€/person

 

We will see together: Notre Dame, Sainte-Chapelle, Conciergerie, Place Dauphine, the flowers market, St. Louis isle

The walking tour can include the visit of Notre Dame (see questions below). Hearing system beyond 12 people.

 

Other tours in the same area: Notre Dame, Conciergerie museum, Sainte-Chapelle, Le Marais


© Caroline Weber


From what age is the tour recommended?

This tour can easily be adapted for children. Thematics are : kings, Antiquity and Middle Ages, medieval life, history of Paris. I recommend this tour from 6 years old.

 

How long is the tour?

If you need a short version (family tours or just because you prefer), 2h is the minimum to appreciate the island and Notre-Dame. If you are in no hurry, a 3 hour tour is highly valued to also see the small and secret streets around the cathedral and discover some funny stories on the way.

 

Is there a day we cannot make this tour?

No, the tour happens rain or shine. Notre Dame is open every day from 7.45am to 6.45pm but it is better to avoid the masses time to respect of the prayers.

 

Is there a lot of walk?

The tour is between 1.2 and 1.5 miles long. Breaks are possible on the way. 

 

Is this visit wheelchair accesible ?

Yes, the tour is wheelchair accessible.

 

Good to know

There are not many free toilets on the way, it is better to keep small change (50 cts, 80 cts) just in case.

Dress apropriately for the weather.

Don't bring 1L of water even if it's the heat: there are drinking fountains on the way to fill a smaller bottle. And don't worry: tap water is the most controlled food product in France.