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Ile de la Cite: Our most recommended tours and activities

Sainte-Chapelle & Conciergerie Combined Skip-the-Line Ticket

1. Sainte-Chapelle & Conciergerie Combined Skip-the-Line Ticket

Make the most of your visit to the Palais de la Cité by visiting 2 remarkable monuments: Sainte-Chapelle and the Conciergerie. During your visit to the Conciergerie, explore the ancient court of the French Revolution. At this picturesque site, see the cells of criminals and the tombs of the heroes of the French Revolution. Alongside the Conciergerie, enjoy Sainte-Chapelle, one of the most stunning examples of Gothic architecture in the world. Admire the ancient stained glass windows, with an impressive depth of color and beautiful design. With this ticket, spend as much time as you want at each of those iconic Parisian monuments. Choose to discover the Conciergerie's medieval and revolution-era rooms as well as the spaces that have disappeared with the HistoPad. This digital mediation tool allows you to go back in time thanks to its augmented reality, 3D reconstructions, and interactive functionalities.

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Sainte Chapelle: Self-Guided Tour & Skip-the-Line Ticket

2. Sainte Chapelle: Self-Guided Tour & Skip-the-Line Ticket

Take a self-guided tour and admire the Sainte Chapelle, a gem of Gothic style. This self-guided tour makes it possible for you to admire this unique monument and learn it's fascinating history. Get a skip-the-line ticket and a booklet for a self-guided tour. Spend an hour admiring the spectacular stained-glass windows that contribute to make Sainte Chapelle the jewel of the French Gothic. Arranged across 15 windows, each 15-meters high, the stained glass panes depict 1,113 scenes from the Old Testament and New Testament, recounting the history of the world up to the arrival of the relics in Paris. The Holy Chapel story is deeply linked to sacred relics and items such as the Crown of Thorns or the Image of Edessa that were kept there. Having these sacred relics in his possession made the already powerful monarch the head of western Christianity and allowed him to gain power and influence.

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Paris: Conciergerie Skip-the-Line Ticket with Histopad

3. Paris: Conciergerie Skip-the-Line Ticket with Histopad

Get a glimpse into the turbulent history of the French Republic, with priority access to the Conciergerie. Originally built as a royal palace in the 14th century, the building became a prison when the royal family moved residence. During the French Revolution the prison was known as "the antechamber to the guillotine."   Explore the cells of criminals and the tombs of heroes of the French Revolution. Discover the chapel that was once the prison cell where Marie Antoinette was held. See the largest remaining medieval hall in Europe, the Salle des Gens d’Armes. Choose to be accompanied by an histopad, and go back in time using this augmented reality tool. Explore the medieval rooms, as well as the spaces that have now disappeared. Visit before November 14, 20221 and see the temporary exhibition En quête de Liberte by El Anatsui. The exhibit is a poetic set up that favors meditation and the passing of time.

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Paris: Charming Nooks and Crannies Bike Tour

4. Paris: Charming Nooks and Crannies Bike Tour

Start your 3-hour bike in front of the City Hall. On this small-group guided tour, enjoy a leisurely bike ride through Paris historical neighborhoods. Your local guide will show you nooks and crannies of the old Paris as well as explaining you the anecdotes behind the great history. Starting on the city island, head toward St Louis Island, mostly unchanged since the 17th century. Crossing the Seine River, enter the medieval Marais, famous for its Jewish and gay neighborhoods. From middle-aged houses through trendy corners, reach the first-ever Kings Square and its magnificent buildings. Continuing through the Bastille square, demystify its legendary prison and the famous Bastille Day. Escape from city traffic and stroll along the bike-friendly path that lines the Seine River and get ready for a nice drink stop along the water. Next, discover the left bank. From the world's oldest company, which is 1154 years old, head towards the literary Saint Germain des Prés and meet Parisians’ preferred cafés and art galleries. See how the kings, queens, revolutionaries, and Napoléon mixed in a ballet that ended in blood in Odéon and Luxembourg. After resting in the left bankers preferred garden, reach the Sorbonne University and the Latin Quarter with its antic roman empire ruins mixed with the most dangerous middle-aged back streets. Joining this tour at the beginning of your vacation allows you to see a lot of the city and determine where you want to go back to.

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The Paris Pass®: Access to Over 75 Attractions and Tours

5. The Paris Pass®: Access to Over 75 Attractions and Tours

The Paris Pass is an all-inclusive sightseeing package and your key to the city of Paris. The pass offers great value and convenience with admission to more than 75 top attractions, a 1-day hop-on, hop-off bus tour ticket, a Paris Museum Pass giving you access to many of the cities museums and landmarks, and a digital guide to help you plan your stay. You will also get skip-the-ticket-line entrance to many of the sights, saving you time at attractions such as the Centre Pompidou, Arc de Triomphe, Louvre Museum, and more. Head out to the Palace of Versailles, or take a Bateaux River Cruise to see the city from the River Seine. The Paris Pass offers access to over 75 attractions and tours including: Top Attractions and Activities: • Eiffel Tower Elevator Guided Tour (2nd floor) Guided Tours and Experiences: • Ballon de Paris Generali • Parc Asterix Theme Park Ticket Top Attractions and Activities: • Musée du Louvre• Musee d'Orsay• Centre Pompidou, National Museum of Modern Art• Espace Dali • Big Bus – 1-Day Hop-on Hop-off bus tour • Bateaux Parisiens River Cruise• Wine Tasting - Les Caves du Louvre• Tour Montparnasse • Arc du Triomphe• Picasso Museum• Musee Grevin, Wax museum• Châteaux de Versailles • Flyview Package Paris Liberty Walking Tours: • Paris’ Hidden Gems in Le Marais – Walking tour• Walking tour along the Seine• Walking Tour in the Parisian Covered Passages• Scandals & Love Affairs at Pere Lachaise - Walking Tour• Stade de France tour Galleries:• Musée Rodin • Musée National de l'Orangerie • Musée national des Arts asiatiques  Places of Interest: • Petit Train de Montmartre • Rex Studio• Le Musée Gourmand du Chocolat - Choco- Story • Musée des Égouts de Paris • Musée du Parfum Fragonard Tour• Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie - La Villette • BAPBAP Brewery Taproom Experience Beer tasting and gifts Historic Buildings:   • Panthéon• Conciergerie  • Chapelle expiatoire • Château de Rambouillet • Château de Vincennes• Chateaux de Champs-sur-Marne • Château de Pierrefonds • Maison d'Auguste Rodin à Meudon • Musée Condé - Château de Chantilly • Musée et domaine nationaux du Château de Compiègne • Musée national des Châteaux de Malmaison et Bois Préau• Basilique cathedrale de Saint-Denis• Abbaye Royale de Chaalis- Musée Jacquemart André • Sainte Chapelle • Château de Maisons-Laffitte• Villa Savoye• Château de Fontainebleau  Museums: • Musée de l'Armée, Tombeau de Napoléon 1er • La Cinémathèque française - Musée du Cinéma • Cite de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine - Musée des Monuments françois • Musée d'art et d'histoire du Judaïsme • Musée de la Musique - La Villette • Musee de l'Ordre de la Liberation • Musée de l'Air et de l'Espace • Musée d'Archéologie nationale de Saint-Germain-en-Laye • Musée de l'Institut du Monde arabe • Musée des Arts décoratifs • Musée des Arts et Métiers • Musée des Plans-reliefs • Musee du quai Branly • Musée Gustave Moreau • Musée national de Céramique de Sèvres • Musée national de la Renaissance - Château d'Ecouen • Musée national du Moyen Age - Themes de Cluny • Musée national Eugène Delacroix • Musée Nissim de Camondo The Paris Pass is fully digital and is accessible to download to your mobile device straight away, together with the digital guide. The Paris Museum Pass is a physical pass and as such must be collected in a redemption location in Paris. Full instructions are included on the digital guide.

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Paris: Dark City Secrets Walking Tour

6. Paris: Dark City Secrets Walking Tour

Throughout your 2-hour guided tour you will discover the dark side of the center of Paris. Choose between a shared or private experience, which will begin at the former main site of the bloody and popular public executions, which were both adored and appreciated by Parisians. You will see how cruelly they used to punish convicted criminals, as well as the occasional unfortunate innocent person too. Paris is a haunted city with plenty of ghosts and phantoms. One famous French poet became the ghost that today haunts a theater, another one was injured during a fire and has since never left the Opera House. You'll learn about the "evil queen" of France, and how another spirit haunted her all the way up until her final days. Demons and devilish beings are everywhere in Paris, with the Notre-Dame Cathedral containing plenty of them on its exterior. On this facade there are so many creepy and mysterious signs and symbols, which require a thorough investigation to properly appreciate it. You will learn how a gypsy cursed a house in the Latin Quarter, causing its owner to die. This was followed by more people mysteriously dying there. You'll hear the spine-chilling story about this most famous cursed Parisian place, before your chilling tour finishes at the meeting point with the story of a vampire.

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Paris: Family-Friendly River Seine Guided Cruise

7. Paris: Family-Friendly River Seine Guided Cruise

Board your family-friendly cruise at the foot of the Eiffel Tower. During the one-hour sightseeing cruise, learn all the secrets of Paris thanks to your guide on board. Listen to anecdotes about Paris and its inhabitants. Hear all about the architecture, history, monuments and bridges of the city. Secrets will be revealed, so be ready to be surprised.  A bar on board will be serving french crêpes, snacks, and drinks. Sit back and relax as you take in the sights of one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

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Paris Museum Pass: 2, 4, or 6 Days

8. Paris Museum Pass: 2, 4, or 6 Days

Enjoy priority skip-the-line access to over 60 museums and monuments in and around the city of Paris including the Louvre Museum, Orsay Museum, and Centre Pompidou. The Pass is available for 2, 4, or 6 days with the pick-up point conveniently located a mere 10-minute walk from the Louvre. Benefits of the pass include free admission to many attractions, sights, and museums. In Paris: Musée de l’Armée Tombeau de Napoléon 1er Centre Pompidou Musée national d’Art modern Musée national des Arts asiatiques Guimet Les Arts décoratifs Musée des Arts et métiers Musée de l’Assistance Publique, Hôpitaux de Paris Musée du quai Branly Musée Picasso Paris Chapelle expiatoire La Cinémathèque française Musée du Cinéma Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie Conciergerie Musée national Eugène Delacroix Musée des Égouts de Paris Musée du Louvre - Musée national de la Marine Musée de la Monnaie Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine Musée national des Monuments français Musée Gustave Moreau Musée national du Moyen Âge, Thermes et hôtel de Cluny Cité de la Musique, Musée de la Musique Crypte archéologique de Notre-Dame Tours de Notre-Dame Musée national de l’Orangerie Musée de l’Ordre de la Libération Musée d’Orsay Panthéon Musée des Plans-reliefs Musée de la Poste Musée Rodin Sainte-Chapelle Outside Paris: Musée de l’Air et de l’Espace Musée d’Archéologie nationale de Saint-Germain-en-Laye Musée national de la Céramique de Sèvres Abbaye royale de Chaalis Musée et domaine nationaux du Château de Compiègne Musée Condé, Château de Chantilly Musée départemental Maurice Denis Château de Fontainebleau Château de Maisons-Laffitte Musée national des Châteaux de Malmaison et Bois-Préau Château de Pierrefonds Musée national de Port-Royal des Champs Château de Rambouillet Musée national de la Renaissance Château d’Ecouen Maison d’Auguste Rodin à Meudon Basilique cathédrale de Saint-Denis Villa Savoye Musée national des Châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon Château de Vincennes

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Discover Paris by Night in a Vintage Car with a Local

9. Discover Paris by Night in a Vintage Car with a Local

Experience the most beautiful buildings and astonishing sights of Paris at night, on a 1-hour tour by classic Citroen 2CV. An icon of the French motor industry, the idiosyncratic 2CV was built from 1948 until 1990, and sets hearts a-flutter with its instantly recognizable design. Discover why Paris is known as the City of Lights, and hear how it became the first city in Europe to begin lighting its streets with gas lamps in 1828. Your personal driver will collect you from your hotel, or any other central Paris location, and drive down the Champs Elysees, to the beautiful Arc de Triomphe. Gaze at the marvelous Eiffel Tower, even more impressive at night when it is completely lit-up in a rainbow of illuminations. Pass the Louvre, continue to Notre Dame Cathedral, Opera Garnier, Ile de la Cité, Petit et Grand Palais, and more.

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Notre-Dame, Île de la Cité & St. Severin Church Guided Tour

10. Notre-Dame, Île de la Cité & St. Severin Church Guided Tour

The monumental Notre-Dame Cathedral is one of the most remarkable Gothic cathedrals in France and Europe and is one of the capital’s major monuments. As a symbol of a city and even a country, its history is made of stones and men. On April 15, 2019 the main spire and roof of the building collapsed in a huge fire. By joining this tour you will learn more about the rebuilding of Notre-Dame and the next steps for its reconstruction. You will see the revival of Gothic Architecture and enjoy a walking tour in the Île de la Cité, the mythical place where everything began. Next you will enjoy a guided tour at the Saint-Severin Church in the Latin quarter, a great example of flamboyant Gothic Architecture.

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What people are saying about Ile de la Cite

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 10,050 reviews

A must have if you plan on visiting any of the historic places who accept the pass. Definitely saves money and time (skip the line with a separate entrance). During our stay and due to construction/covid we needed to a pick a time to enter the Louvre, but all the rest were skip the line.

A small but delightful church in the heart of Paris. Go preferably on a sunny day, and take the time to learn about the history of the building before you go. It is necessary to climb a winding staircase, so it is not suitable for people who have issues climbing stairs.

Our favorite part of our Paris visit! Our guide shared many unique and curious stories that we had never heard. I look forward to taking another My Precious Paris tour next time!

Fantastic tour and Our guide Julian was so much fun!!!

Good experience. Tickets redeemable at the entrance.