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Musée d'Orsay and Notre Dame Cathedral: Skip-the-Line!

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Key Highlights
  • Smartphone voucher accepted – No need to print!
  • Visit the famous Musée d’Orsay, home to the world’s greatest collection of impressionist art
  • Enjoy a tour of Notre Dame, the inspiration between Victor Hugo’s “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.”
  • Explore the Île de la Cité and learn about its turbulent history from an expert guide
  • This combo tour that brings together art, architecture and history, in true Parisian style!
  • A small group throughout the tour ensures a more personalised experience
  • An English-speaking guide will be by your side throughout the tour, providing enlightening commentary
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    01 Apr 18 - 11 Nov 18: Tuesday, Friday,& Saturday

    01 Apr 19 - 10 Nov 19: Friday & Saturday

    Duration

    Musée d'Orsay Tour: 2 hours
    Lunch Break: 2.25 hours
    Notre Dame tour: 2 hours

    Start time

    9:30am

    Meeting Point

    Musée d'Orsay: In the courtyard in front of the main entrance to the Musée d'Orsay. Your guide will be waiting for you at the foot of a large statue of an elephant.
    Arriving by metro: The nearest public transport is the RER on line C, stop Musée d'Orsay. Follow the exit signs to the museum. You can also take the metro line 12 and get off at Solferino. Take exit number 2 which is signposted Musee d'Orsay. When you exit, turn left and walk up the rue de Bellechasse to the museum.
    Arriving by taxi: Ask the driver to drop you at the entrance to the Musée d'Orsay. In the open courtyard in front of the museum you will see a large statue of an elephant.
    Arriving by foot: The Musée d'Orsay overlooks the river Seine on the Quai Anatole France. It is a large building with 2 large clocks on the facade facing the river. The courtyard in front of the main entrance is between the Quai Anatole France and the rue de la Legion d'Honneur.
    GPS Coordinates: 48.860556, 2.325278
    Notre Dame: The statue of Henri IV, in the middle of Pont Neuf- at the western end of Ile de la cite. Pont Neuf is the bridge that links Ile de la Cite to both the left and right banks of Paris. The statue is of a man on a horse sitting in the middle of the bridge.
    Nearest Metro: Pont Neuf (7) or Cite (4)
    GPS Coordinates: 48.857132, 2.340991

    Ending Point

    Musée d’Orsay: Inside the Musée d'Orsay
    Notre Dame: At the entrance to the towers of Notre Dame

  • Overview & Itinerary
    Overview

    Enjoy a carefully crafted combo tour which brings together art, architecture and history at two of the city’s most beautiful sites, the Musée d’Orsay and Notre Dame cathedral! Enjoy a tour of the Musée d’Orsay, home to the biggest collection of impressionist paintings in the world. See works by Degas, Manet, Monet, Renoir and many more.

    Explore the Ile de la Cité, a site steeped in Parisian history, with an expert guide in tow. Enjoy a tour of the iconic Notre Dame, the cathedral which inspired the setting of Victor Hugo’s masterpiece, ‘The hunchback of Notre Dame’. Admire its spectacular 13th-century stained glass windows, its imposing towers, the gargoyles and hear the mighty organs.

    Itinerary

    Meet the tour at the meeting point at the scheduled time.

    First, you will visit the Musée d’Orsay, home to the world’s largest collection of impressionist art. Study and admire the most beloved and revered works from some of the world’s greatest painters like Van Gogh, Monet, Degas, Cezanne and more.

    Uncover fascinating stories about the lives, works and techniques of the artists from your English-speaking guide. Discover more about how these ground-breaking artists transformed the face of art and influenced society greatly.

    After the two-hour tour, there will be a break for lunch. You can reach the meeting point after lunch (which is at your own expense) for the Notre Dame tour.

    Take a short stroll along the banks of the Seine to meet the guide for your next tour. You will be exploring Ile de la Cité, the island in the middle of the River Seine. Here, you’ll see a renowned flower market and the Conciergerie, a former prison that was the final home of infamous Marie Antoinette.

    From there, you will visit the Notre Dame Cathedral, the inspiration behind Victor Hugo’s masterpiece, ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’. An impeccable example of gothic architecture, Notre Dame is one of the most famous cathedrals in the world.

    On the guided tour, you can explore the majestic edifice and marvel at the imposing towers, beautiful stonework, and statues of the cathedral. See the gargoyles and hear the mighty organ.

    Taking more than 200 years, your guide will reveal the details of the cathedral’s construction. Admire the spectacular 13th-century stained glass windows, one of the highlights of the building. The tour ends at the entrance to the towers of Notre Dame, after which you are free to explore on your own.

    Meet the tour at the meeting point at the scheduled time.

    First, you will visit the Musée d’Orsay, home to the world’s largest collection of impressionist art. Study and admire the most beloved and revered works from some of the world’s greatest painters like Van Gogh, Monet, Degas, Cezanne and more.

    Uncover fascinating stories about the lives, works and techniques of the artists from your English-speaking guide. Discover more about how these ground-breaking artists transformed the face of art and influenced society greatly.

    After the two-hour tour, there will be a break for lunch. You can reach the meeting point after lunch (which is at your own expense) for the Notre Dame tour.

    Take a short stroll along the banks of the Seine to meet the guide for your next tour. You will be exploring Ile de la Cité, the island in the middle of the River Seine. Here, you’ll see a renowned flower market and the Conciergerie, a former prison that was the final home of infamous Marie Antoinette.

    From there, you will visit the Notre Dame Cathedral, the inspiration behind Victor Hugo’s masterpiece, ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’. An impeccable example of gothic architecture, Notre Dame is one of the most famous cathedrals in the world.

    On the guided tour, you can explore the majestic edifice and marvel at the imposing towers, beautiful stonework, and statues of the cathedral. See the gargoyles and hear the mighty organ.

    Taking more than 200 years, your guide will reveal the details of the cathedral’s construction. Admire the spectacular 13th-century stained glass windows, one of the highlights of the building. The tour ends at the entrance to the towers of Notre Dame, after which you are free to explore on your own.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions
    Inclusions
    • Skip-the-line access to the Musée d’Orsay
    • Ile de la Cité tour
    • Entrance to Notre Dame
    • Headsets when required
    • English-speaking guide
    Exclusions
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pick-up/drop-off
    • Transfer between tours
    • Food/Beverages
  • Please note & Additional info
    Please note

    Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour to confirm all departure details.

    Musée d'Orsay:

    The morning tour of the Musée d'Orsay ends around 11:30 or 12:30, depending on the service chosen.

    Photography is not permitted in the Musée d'Orsay.

    Please note that many sections of the museum are not air-conditioned (as A/C is not standard in France).

    Large bags or backpacks are not permitted in the museum.

    Notre Dame:

    Entrance into religious sites requires a strict dress code. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. Improper dress could result in refused entry.

    Photography is permitted throughout the tour, except in Notre Dame Cathedral where non-flash photography is allowed.

    Some sites visited lack shade and can be hot under direct sunlight. We recommend bringing a hat, sunscreen and a bottle of water in warm weather.

    On some occasions, Notre Dame may be closed at the last minute for religious services and events. In this case customers will be offered a free rebooking of this tour or a full refund.

    General:

    Extra measures may be implemented at some venues due to heightened global security. As a result, we may experience delays in getting through mandatory security checks when entering these venues. Extra measures may also restrict the size of bags that can be brought inside. To avoid disruptions or possible denied entry, we strongly suggest that you avoid bringing large purses, bags, or backpacks on your tour.

    Gratuities to guides providing excellent service are appreciated.

    It is the responsibility of all visitors to be at the meeting point 15 minutes before departure. Guests arriving after departure cannot be accommodated, & missed tours or tickets cannot be refunded.

    For help with meeting points or other urgent issues, please phone 0033 1 70371426.

    The local tour coordinators will be wearing blue polo shirts or jackets at the meeting point for easy recognition.

    This tour involves a fair amount of walking; comfortable shoes are recommended.

    Unfortunately, this tour is not suitable for people with mobility problems. We are also unable to accommodate strollers or baby carriages on our group tours.

    Skip the Line Access and careful planning limit our crowd exposure, but please be aware that some locations may be unavoidably busy during standard hours.

    The local operator reserves the right to refuse participation on its tours to any guest under the influence of drugs or alcohol or to any guest whose behaviour is disorderly, or poses a threat to other guests or City Wonders staff.

    Due to issues beyond our control, timings and sites are subject to last minute changes on rare occasions.

    Voucher information: No need to print! If you are travelling with a smartphone or a tablet you can present the voucher on your device for this activity.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.

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