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Paris: Night Aperitif Cruise on the Seine

1. Paris: Night Aperitif Cruise on the Seine

Bask in the night glow of Paris on a Seine River sightseeing cruise. Tour the "City of Lights" and soak in the relaxing atmosphere on board as French music plays. Take in a panoramic view of the Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, Notre-Dame de Paris, the Orsay Museum, the Alexandre III Bridge, the Concorde Square, the Petit, and Grand Palace, the Marie Bridge, and many more as you sail.

Paris: The Louvre Museum and Seine River Cruise

2. Paris: The Louvre Museum and Seine River Cruise

Visit the masterpieces of the Louvre Museum, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Then, go on a cruise along the magnificent Seine River and admire the famous monuments in the city. Being the world's largest museum, the Louvre packs 35,000 artworks into a 73,000 square meter exhibition space in three wings. Each wing possesses more than 70 rooms and displays extensive paintings and objects of art. See the iconic Mona Lisa, marvel at thousands of amazing paintings, and walk among perfect sculptures. Book the option with an audio guide included and enhance your experience and understanding of the works on display. After the visit of the Louvre Museum, take a 1-hour Seine River cruise tour. See more of Paris' iconic monuments such as the Institut de France, Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Conciergerie, Musee de Orsay, Hotel de Ville and more. Onboard you have access to an audio guide of your chosen language for free on the spot which will help you learn more about the vast history attached to each monument.

Paris: Tootbus Hop-on Hop-off Discovery Bus Tour

3. Paris: Tootbus Hop-on Hop-off Discovery Bus Tour

Explore the best of Paris on a discovery bus tour with an audio guide. From the comfort of an eco-friendly bus, see sights like the Opera, Louvre Museum, Notre-Dame, Sainte-Chapelle, Orsay Museum, Concorde, Champs-Elysées, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, Les Invalides, Grand Palais, and more. Jump on board a hop-on hop-off bus to get an overview of Paris. Learn about the city through the audio guide commentary specially designed for the route. Pick the sights you want to explore in more detail, and hop off at the closest location to visit the attractions (at your own expense). See the top art masterpieces and paintings at the Louvre Museum, stop at Notre Dame and take a moment to admire its architecture from the left bank of the Seine, shop in the Champs-Elysées, or climb the top of the Arc de Triomphe or the Eiffel Tower for the best views of the city. Don't miss the opportunity to walk around the most charming neighborhoods in Paris such as the bohemian Montmartre, the buzzing Latin Quarter, the trendy Marais, or the peaceful Ile de Saint Louis. If you are traveling with children, the child-friendly channel available in French and English will keep them entertained. The kids' audio guide is designed to capture their attention all throughout the journey.  Upon first validation, your ticket is valid 24 or 48 hours, according to the option booked. You can hop on or hop off an unlimited number of times within the validity period. The route stops are as follows: 1. HAUSSMANN – GRANDS MAGASINS – 11, Rue Auber 75009 Paris 2. OPERA GARNIER – 49, Avenue de l’Opéra 75002 Paris 3. MUSEE DU LOUVRE – Place du Carrousel 75002 Paris 4. NOTRE-DAME – 4, Rue du Petit Pont 75005 Paris 5. MUSEE D’ORSAY – 8, Quai Anatole-France 75007 Paris 6. CONCORDE – 12, Place de la Concorde 75008 Paris 7. CHAMPS-ELYSEES – GEORVE V -116, Avenue des Champs-Elysées 75008 Paris 8. TROCADERO – 50, Avenue du Président Wilson 75016 Paris 9. TOUR EIFFEL – 69, Quai Branly 75007 Paris 10. PONT ALEXANDRE III – INVALIDES – 41, Quai d’Orsay 75007 Paris

Paris: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Sightseeing Tour

4. Paris: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Sightseeing Tour

Enjoy fantastic views and experience the charming atmosphere of Paris aboard an open-top double-decker sightseeing bus. Choose from a 24 or 48-hour hop-on hop-off ticket or upgrade to the 48-hour deluxe option, which includes a ticket for a Seine River cruise. Drive-by iconic attractions like Notre Dame, and the Sacre Coeur. Take in the sights at the lavish Champs-Elysées, the historical Grand Palais, Opera Garnier, and Louvre Museum. Discover over 15 locations on a narrated tour with daily departures. You may join the tour from any of the stops on the route.

Paris: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour & Seine Cruise

5. Paris: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour & Seine Cruise

Explore the city and discover the magical atmosphere of the River Seine with a bus pass and a 1-hour cruise combo. The combo is available for 1 or 2 consecutive days. This open-top bus tour offers the largest network of interconnected hop-on hop-off routes in Paris, covering every attraction in the city. Hop on and off at your convenience at any of the stops to explore the city at your own pace. Enjoy an unforgettable bird’s eye view of the city of Paris and its monuments such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe, and much more. Then, hop onboard the boat and relax with the sound of the water while sailing across the Seine. Bus stops: 1. HAUSSMANN – GRANDS MAGASINS – 13, rue Auber 75009 Paris 2. OPERA GARNIER – 49, avenue de l’Opéra 75002 Paris 3. MUSEE DU LOUVRE – Place du Carrousel 75002 Paris 4. NOTRE-DAME – 4, rue du Petit Pont 75005 Paris 5. MUSEE D’ORSAY – 8, quai Anatole-France 75007 Paris 6. CONCORDE – 12, place de la Concorde 75008 Paris 7. CHAMPS-ELYSEES – GEORVE V -116, avenue des Champs-Elysées 75008 Paris 8. TROCADERO – 15, avenue du Président Wilson 75016 Paris 9. TOUR EIFFEL – 69, quai Branly 75007 Paris 10. PONT ALEXANDRE III – INVALIDES – 41, quai d’Orsay 75007 Paris

Paris: Sunset Aperitif Cruise on the Seine River

6. Paris: Sunset Aperitif Cruise on the Seine River

Embark on an adventure and go on a sunset cruise in Paris. Enjoy a ride on the Seine River while listening to French music on a cruise which departs and returns near the Eiffel Tower. Marvel at the monuments and docks that serve as scenery for this fantastic evening. Admire the most emblematic monuments of Paris as you cruise by them, such as the Louvre Museum, the Orsay Museum, the Cathedral of Notre Dame, the Grand Palais, the Eiffel Tower, and many more.

Paris: Seine Cruise & Crepe Tasting near the Eiffel Tower

7. Paris: Seine Cruise & Crepe Tasting near the Eiffel Tower

See the sights of Paris from the water on a cruise along the Seine, and learn about them with an audioguide. Savor a traditional French crepe before or after your cruise. For the cruise, meet at “Bateaux Parisiens” / Port de la Bourdonnais just next to the Eiffel Tower to board the boat. As you cruise along the Seine River, unwind while contemplating the history of Paris and admire its many monuments such as the Louvre Museum, the Orsay Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the many bridges with their unique architecture.  Enjoy audioguide commentary onboard available in 14 languages, which you can also listen to from an application on your smartphone.  Then, after getting off the cruise at the same place it started, show your voucher to the staff at the buffet "Le Carrousel de la Tour Eiffel" at the foot of the Eiffel Tower. Taste a French crepe with Nutella, sugar, lemon, jam, or whipped cream. If you prefer, enjoy your crepe before the cruise. Admire the picturesque views of the Eiffel Tower and the riverside of Paris while you savor this delicious French delicacy. Take advantage of reduced prices to buy a drink at the pancake house.

Paris: 2-Hour River Seine Lunch Cruise

8. Paris: 2-Hour River Seine Lunch Cruise

Embark on a day at sea on the River Seine in central Paris aboard this cruise. Enjoy a delicious 3-course lunch à-la-carte meal paired with delicious wines. See iconic sites such as the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre Museum, and many more. Meet your host at the Port de la Bourdonnais in Paris to board the cruise. Take a seat, sit back, relax, enjoy the ride and listen to the commentary from the crew members as you drift along the river in style. Smell the sweet aroma from the kitchen as the chefs prepare your lunch. Depending on your book option, you will receive the premier, privilege, or etoile service package. Taste a delicious 3-course lunch that will have your taste buds wanting more. Paired with champagne, wines, and cheese, depending on what package you book.  Feeling full up? No worries, enjoy some tea or coffee, chill and admire the views. See Paris from a different perspective and marvel at the former Beaux-Arts railway station of the Musée d’Orsay. Enjoy the panoramic views from the glass boat. Make sure you take photos of the French National Library, the golden dome of Les Invalides, and the bombastic buildings of the French Parliament. 

Paris: Sightseeing Bastille Day Cruise

9. Paris: Sightseeing Bastille Day Cruise

Climb aboard a comfortable boat and enjoy exceptional views of Paris and the Bastille Day fireworks. Share a boxed meal and enjoy a picnic as you take in Paris’ many landmarks. Your boat has a glass-enclosed observation deck allowing you to eat and enjoy the scenery at the same time, as well as protecting you from the weather. Use your smartphone to listen to an audio guide which is available in 14 languages. See the dreamy nighttime skyline of the City of Lights. Admire famous sights such as the Eiffel Tower, Les Invalides, the Parliament building, Musée d’Orsay, Institut de France, Notre Dame Cathedral, the City Hall, The Conciergerie, the Louvre, the Obelisk, and the Grand Palais. Just before the festivities begin your boat will return to the Eiffel Tower so that you can enjoy the best view of the fireworks. Celebrate  Bastille Day with the whole city as you take in a jaw-dropping fireworks display. A river cruise is a perfect way to relax after a long day of sightseeing.

Paris: Notre Dame Outdoor Walking Tour with Crypt Entry

10. Paris: Notre Dame Outdoor Walking Tour with Crypt Entry

See what remains of the famous Notre Dame Cathedral after the 2019 fire, and marvel at one of Paris' most iconic and historical buildings. Tour the archaeological crypt of Paris and see the old city's foundations on this daytime outdoor walking tour. See Notre Dame, an unmissable stop when visiting Paris, and see what remains of the history, tragedy and bright future of this beloved cathedral after the devastating fire in with this Notre Dame walking tour. Learn how construction began in 1163 and took over a century to finish and relive the night when people all over the world watched in horror as the cathedral filled the sky with ash, hearing what was lost but also what was saved. Share in the story of survival thanks to the valiant rescue and recovery efforts of first responders. Walk with a guide around the scene of the fire, as they share first-person perspectives about this historic event. Admire the iconic features of the well-known facade, including the towers and legendary gargoyles, reliving the moments when their survival was uncertain. Get as close as possible to Point Zero, the geographic center of Paris that’s sometimes considered a place of good luck, just steps from the famous cathedral. Finish the walking tour at the entrance to the archaeological crypt below Notre Dame. Learn about this unique site before going underground for a self-guided visit to the very foundations of Île de la Cité, the original Paris.

Frequently asked questions about Notre Dame Cathedral

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Entrance to Notre Dame Cathedral is free, and you do not need a ticket or pre-booking to visit.

Planning Your Visit

  • How much does it cost?

    Admission to Notre Dame is free, but visitors will need tickets to enter the tower (€8.50) and the crypt (€6). Access to both is included in the price of the Paris Pass.

  • How to get there?

    The closest Metro stop is Cité on the Metro 4 line.

  • How many steps is it to the top of the tower?

    There are 387 steps to reach the panaromas over Paris and see the gargoyles up close, so it's best to know your physical limits.

  • Mass times

    "On Sundays, all masses are held at the main altar. Arrive at least 10 minutes before the start time to get a seat.
    8:30AM - Mass
    9:30AM - Lauds service
    10:00AM - Gregorian mass of the cathedral chapter
    11:30AM - International mass
    12:45PM - Mass
    5:45PM - Vespers service
    6:30PM - Mass
    All services are held in French. Masses are also held throughout the week. More details are available at the Notre Dame de Paris official website."

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    8:00AM to 6:45PM on weekdays - open until 7:15PM at weekends.
  • Is it expensive?
    Access itself is free of charge, although it's a good idea to invest in a tour to get the most out of your visit.
  • Will I need a guide?
    It's worth checking out these best-selling tours.
  • How to get there
    There are several metro stations in the vicinity of Notre Dame - on lines 1, 4, 7, 10, 11, and 14. The most immediate is Cité on the 4 line.
  • Additional information
    *Be prepared to wait in a line outside, especially on weekends.
    *Dress modestly - you are in a church, after all.

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What people are saying about Notre Dame Cathedral

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 16,544 reviews

Definitely highly recommended. Especially with children you can see most of the sights of Paris. The audio guide was great for our kids too. All in all a great tour that is unfortunately very crowded on Saturdays...like everything in Paris.

It was a marvellous experience. Absolutely worth it! The aperitif wasn't great though, it is just a soft drink, I think that it's a bit of false advertising, otherwise it was a great experience.

Indispensable to see the city, continuous service without long waits. Equipped with headphones to learn the history and curiosities of what you see along the way.

Being able to get off at all the stops covers almost everything there is to see, except Montmartre. very well

Great experience to avoid the queues at the entrances.