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Île de la Cité
Île de la Cité

Île de la Cité

Free admission
Ile de la Cité, Paris, France

The Basics

Île de la Cité has been inhabited since the first century BC. It wasn’t until the early 17th century, that this unusual little island started to take its modern shape, spurred on by the construction of the Pont Neuf that spans the entirety of the Seine. Travelers have myriad options to explore the island on its own or as part of a half-day, full-day, group or private, walking or cycling tour that includes some of the city’s most exciting attractions.

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Paris Medieval Private Tour: Ile de la Cité, Sainte Chapelle & Conciergerie
Paris Medieval Private Tour: Ile de la Cité, Sainte Chapelle & Conciergerie
$218.53 per adult
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If you want to go Medieval, this is the way
We learned SO much on this tour and really enjoyed ourselves. We loved our Greek named guide which I'm ashamed not to remember his name. He knew his stuff and brought St. Chapelle and the Conciergerie to life. He was obviously so knowledgeable and friendly; it made it so great.
Margot_D, Jul 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Paris

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A day worth remembering
Albert_C, Jul 2018
Ste Chapel, 'Ile de la cité', Louvre and Montmartre Private Day Tour
We had an extraordinary time with Cynthia. The details she shared for all of the sites was amazing. We were sad when the tour ended.
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The best Paris tour
Nilanjan_G, Jul 2018
Ste Chapel, 'Ile de la cité', Louvre and Montmartre Private Day Tour
Our tour guide was Cinthia Ramirez who was fantastic. She was very knowledgeable, patient, pleasant and just made this a wonderful memorable experience. She spent the whole day with us and explained the history of each of the places we visited. We had our 8 year old son with us who also had a wonderful time. I would highly recommend this tour.
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Totally Awesome
Gopalan_S, Dec 2018
Ste Chapel, 'Ile de la cité', Louvre and Montmartre Private Day Tour
Cinthia is the best tour guide we have ever had. Extremely knowledgeable, and polite . Highly recommend her.
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Best Tour Guide In Town!
Jean B, May 2019
Ste Chapel, 'Ile de la cité', Louvre and Montmartre Private Day Tour
Cinthia was extremely knowledgeable about her subjects. She explained art in the Louvre in such a way that we understand so much better the history of the exhibits and how they related to their time. Her English was very good, and her enthusiasm for her subjects was contagious. She was a joy to be with. We plan on returning to Paris in the future for a longer stay and we will definitely use her again. We travel a lot and use private guides everywhere we go, but Cinthia is the best we've ever had.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Suitable for solo travelers, couples, and families.
  • Tours may include guide, round trip hotel transport, but not food or drink.
  • Check specific tours for details.
  • During the summer especially, bring your sun protection and water for hydration. *Wear comfortable shoes since Paris is one of the most walkable cities in the world.
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How to Get There

Île de la Cité is at the center of Paris and is easy to reach from all points by taxi or the Métro. From the Left Bank, take line 4 to Saint-Michel, and from the Right Bank, take lines 1, 4, 7, 11 or 14 to Châtelet and walk over Pont Neuf to the island. There’s also the only stop (Cité) on the island itself via line 4.

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When to Get There

Paris is a place of wonder and beauty at any time of the year, as each season brings its own charms. The best weather is from late spring through early fall, May through September. Deals on hotels may be found during the winter and early spring months. Festivals abound year-round; highlights include Bastille Day in July, and the springtime jazz and blues festival, Banlieues Bleues, and the summertime city-wide music festival, Paris, Quartier d’Été.

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Wildcard

Wander the Island The teardrop-shaped Île de la Cité holds many varied treasures:xa0 Notre-Dame Cathedral, famous for its stained-glass rose window, flying buttresses, and twin towers; the Deportation Memorial, dedicated to the French deported to Nazi concentration camps during WWII; and the Palais de Justice where St. Chapelle, arguably Paris’s most beautiful church is tucked away;. Come during the day to see the sun stream through the walls of fiery-colored stained glass.

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