Ile de la Cité Walking Tour with Lunch and Boat Cruise
For about 1.5 hours, walk around the small island to see sights such as the statue of Henri IV, Dauphine Square, the Palace of Justice, and the Conciergerie, a former royal residence turned into a prison during the French Revolution. As you walk, hear stories from your guide about French history...
For about 1.5 hours, walk around the small island to see sights such as the statue of Henri IV, Dauphine Square, the Palace of Justice, and the Conciergerie, a former royal residence turned into a prison during the French Revolution. As you walk, hear stories from your guide about French history, the mysteries of Templars, and even old grapevines. Pass by the Clock Tower, Sainte-Chapelle, and the flower market where guards once bought modest bouquets to give to imprisoned Marie-Antoinette.
Walk by the oldest hospital in Paris, stroll down streets so picturesque they could be in a movie, and learn where the best ice cream and cupcakes can be found. Eventually, you'll reach the heart of medieval Paris: Notre-Dame Cathedral. You have some time to admire the Gothic masterpiece and hear about its history, and you can enter to soak up the atmosphere from inside.
Next, the second part of your tour (about one hour) begins as you leave the island for the Left Bank, where you'll roam a labyrinth of medieval streets to see some culinary attractions, pass by a historical church, and check out the Shakespeare and Company bookstore. For lunch, enjoy French dishes suggested by a local chef, such as frog legs, meats, and something sweet—it's your choice, but you'll have a set menu of starter, main dish, and dessert, with wine added. While waiting for the food to be served, hear more about French cuisine from your guide, and ask any questions you have.
After lunch, your guide gives you a ticket for a boat cruise along the Seine and provides instructions for where and when to board. You can take the cruise right after lunch or later, according to your preferences. The cruise lasts a little over an hour, with flexible start times, and you can expect to see many sights from the river, such as Pont Alexandre III, Grand Palais, Petit Palais, Place de la Concorde, Musée d'Orsay, and the Louvre. Float all the way around Ile de la Cité, and go back to other way to see the Eiffel Tower.
Return DetailsStation Vélib', 22 Place Saint-André des Arts, 75006 Paris, France
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
- Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
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An amazing guide who gave information that I had not heard before even though I had toured the area before. The lunch was very good and we took the boat cruise later which worked out well.
The guide was charming and very good.The lunch was not good-was at a place that was busy promoting cheeseburgers to tourists.
We were not happy with being left to take the metro to get to the boat cruise start point especially as there were cruises leaving from close by and we ended up skipping the cruise option included in this tour.
So we didn't find this tour value for moneh
Made for a great day in Paris. Our tour guide, Helen, was warm and funny and knowledgeable. Explored Ile de la Cite including inside Notre Dame.
The meal was great. Traditional French cuisine frog legs, escargot, duck, onion soup. A full three courses so we walked out full and happy. Wine is extra but some of the bottle were great value for money so we got a red.
Your get tickets for the boat tour which you can use when it suits. We went in the evening to see the Eiffel Tower light up on the hours. You can sit on the top of the boat or in the heated inside. Facts about the landmarks are broadcasted in multiple languages.