Notre Dame Cathedral, the Sainte Chapelle and Musée National du Moyen Age
Discover striking Gothic architecture, medieval artifacts and centuries of history and artistic heritage on this private morning or afternoon Paris walking tour. After a light French breakfast or snack of coffee and croissants by the Seine River, venture to Ile de la Cité to visit Notre Dame Cathedral and the Sainte Chapelle and admire the breathtaking architecture, stained-glass windows and religious relics inside. Then behold magnificent treasures from the Middle Ages at the Musée National du Moyen Age (Musée de Cluny).
- 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
Marvel at the beautiful stained-glass windows of the Sainte Chapelle Meet your guide on Ile St-Louis and start your tour off with coffee and croissants — a breakfast or snack in typical French fashion. Cross over to Ile de la Cité and enjoy wrap-around views of Notre Dame Cathedral before stepping inside to explore one of the most famous churches in the world.
Perched on an island in the middle of the Seine River, Notre Dame was built in the 12th century during the reign of King Louis VII. It remains the finest example of French Gothic architecture in the world, and is the symbol of medieval Paris. As you enter beneath the imposing towers of the cathedral’s western façade, take a close look at the ornate stone carvings adorning the exterior. Inside, learn the significance behind several of the surviving statues of Notre Dame, stained-glass windows and religious artifacts on display.
Also on Ile de la Cité is the Sainte Chapelle, the second stop on your tour. This grand 13th-century church was built by King Louis IX for use as his royal chapel. Marvel at its beautiful interior, dominated by the dazzling display of stained-glass windows filling the nave. Listen as your guide explains their significance, craftsmanship beauty in detail.
Next, make your way to the Latin Quarter for the final stop on your walking tour, the Musée National du Moyen Age — known by many by its former name, Musée de Cluny. Once the residence of the Abbots of Cluny at the end of the 15th century, this monastery-turned-museum now houses a spectacular collection of medieval treasures.
Wander the galleries with your art historian guide to view relics from the Middle Ages, including the remarkable tapestry collection of 'La Dame à la Licorne' ('The Lady and the Unicorn'), many of the original statues of Notre Dame Cathedral’s façade and some of the original 11th-century stained windows and statues from the Sainte Chapelle.
Your tour concludes here, and you're free to continue exploring the museum at your leisure.Print This Page