Private Tour: Sainte Chapelle, Conciergerie & Cluny, through the Latin Quarter
Discover striking Gothic architecture, mediaeval artifacts and centuries of history on this private morning or afternoon Paris walking tour. Visit the Sainte Chapelle and the Conciergerie on the Ile de la Cité before crossing the Seine in front of the now partly burnt facade of Notre Dame Cathedral, which will soon start its 10 year restoration; admire at length the joyful Latin Quarter, centre of student life around the Sorbonne a university started in the 13th Century, and sited in the medieval quarter of Paris among medieval houses, churches and institutions and where you will visit CLUNY, the Museum of the Moyen Age (Middle ages) which among the Medieval treasures has the 6 Tapestries of La Dame a la Licorne (The Lady of the UNICORN).
- Private tour of Notre Dame Cathedral, the Sainte Chapelle and the Musée National du Moyen Age
- Gain insight into Paris' medieval history, artistic heritage and religious relics and monuments from an expert art historian guide
- Start with a traditional French snack of coffee and croissants on the banks of the Seine River
- Admire the Gothic grandeur of Notre Dame Cathedral, the symbol of medieval Paris
- View the spectacular stained-glass windows inside the Sainte Chapelle, a 13th-century royal chapel
- Find treasures from the Middle Ages inside the Musée National du Moyen Age
- Meet your guide at Pont Saint-Louis (pedestrian bridge) close to Notre-Dame.
- Choose between a morning or afternoon tour
What You Can Expect
Meet your guide on the Île Saint-Louis in central Paris in the morning or afternoon (depending on option selected). Then, start your tour in typical French style with coffee and croissants in a local café.
Afterward, head on to Notre Dame Cathedral with your guide and admire its striking Gothic façade before stepping inside to explore further. Widely considered among the most famous churches in the world, Notre Dame Cathedral was built during the reign of King Louis VII in the 12th century and it stands today as one of Paris’ most iconic medieval buildings. Admire the stained-glass windows and religious artifacts on display and learn the significance behind several of the surviving statues.
Continue on to the Sainte Chapelle, a 13th-century church constructed by King Louis IX. During your visit, marvel at the spectacular stained-glass windows in the nave and listen as your guide details the stories they tell.
Your visit after the Sainte Chapelle will proceed to the Conciergerie. This medieval building (which now houses the Paris law courts) is the oldest royal palace in Paris. It was the residence and seat of power of the French kings for centuries during the Middle Ages, then it was converted into a prison in the 15th century. You will see the impressive 14th century Hall of Men-at-arms where the banquets took place in the Middle Ages and the Guardroom with its gothic style vaults. Then you will tour the prison itself, with the Grooming room where the condemned prisoners were stripped from their personal belongings and you will see the different cells, including that of Marie-Antoinette, where she spent the last weeks of her life before being beheaded by guillotine.Print This Page