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The Medieval Heart of Paris (History Walk) provided by Visit the Hidden Paris

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The Medieval Heart of Paris (History Walk)

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Updated 27/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
The two islands sitting in the center of Paris are amongst the best preserved areas of the city and represent its historic heart.   Medieval palaces, Gothic cathedrals and of course Notre Dame, the city's oldest monument.  Walk with me through the historic heart of the city & discover vestiges of Paris from the Middle Ages, the hidden treasures of these two beautiful neighbourhoods.  A trained historian, I provide commentary & explanations that will provide the historic & architectural context of the buildings we will visit.  More than a stroll through Paris, this is a lesson in the history of the city's foundation !
  • You'll start at
    15 Place du Pont Neuf
    15 Place du Pont Neuf, 75001 Paris, France
    The Meeting point is on the Pont Neuf bridge, in front of the statue of King Henry IV seated on his horse. The statue is just across the street from 15 Place du Pont Neuf.
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  • 1
    Stop: 15 minutes - Admission included
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  • 2
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission excluded
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  • 3
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission excluded
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  • 4
    Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Paris
    Stop: 20 minutes - Admission included
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  • You'll end at
    1 Rue Saint-Louis en l'Île
    1 Rue Saint-Louis en l'Île, 75004 Paris, France
    On the island known as the Ile St Louis
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Important Information
Departure Point
15 Place du Pont Neuf, 75001 Paris, France
120–150 minutes
Return Details
1 Rue Saint-Louis en l'Île, 75004 Paris, France
  • Local guide
  • A tablet is used by the guide to present photo & video documentation of the historical context
  • Entry/Admission - Pont-Neuf
  • Entry/Admission - Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Paris
  • Entrance fees (€17/adult)
  • Food and drinks
  • Transportation to/from attractions & the hotel not included
  • Entry/Admission - Conciergerie
  • Entry/Admission - Sainte-Chapelle
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • The walk lasts roughly 2 hours - but is not strenuous. Comfortable walking shoes, bottled water & an umbrella are recommended.
  • Entry costs to monuments not included
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Allison I wrote a review Jul 2019
1 contribution1 helpful vote
My husband and I spent several days with Ellen on our recent trip to Paris. If you are looking to take a deep dive into the neighborhoods of Paris, Ellen is the guide for you! Ellen is excellent at tailoring a special tour just for you. She provides great context for
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Date of experience: July 2019
scp5421 wrote a review Dec 2018
Denver, Colorado121 contributions38 helpful votes
I joined Ellen for the Medieval Paris tour and had a wonderful time. This is a great tour if you're short on time in Paris, or just want to learn more about medieval history. We visited Pont Neuf, Isle de la Cite, the Conciergerie, Saint Chapelle, Notre Dame, and Isle Saint
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Date of experience: December 2018
Response from esl1067, Owner at The Medieval Heart of Paris (History Walk)
Responded 2 Mar 2019
Many thanks !
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Maninder S wrote a review Sep 2018
Letchworth, United Kingdom71 contributions27 helpful votes
I visited Paris recently with family. I am pleased we chose to do Ellen's private guided tour. All of us enjoyed it a lot. Ellen didn't rushed the tour, she even did more time than she said on tour details. She made sure my son (8 years old) is also involved in the tour and kept
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Date of experience: September 2018
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The loveliest most informed tour guide we have ever encountered. Soo many interesting facts that made the neighborh
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We had the most entertaining time walking around Montmartre with Ellen. It is remarkable how this American born lad
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Great Tour and Wonderful Guide
Ellen was our guide and she was wonderful. This tour is designed with kids in mind and she has her own slide show
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Patty K
Absolutely incredible tour
A group of 4 friends took this tour with Ellen on Thursday Aug 16, 2018 and it was absolutely an incredible journey
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A stress free immersion into Paris
We thoroughly enjoyed 5 days of touring the locales and cultural sites throughout and adjoining Paris with Ellen as
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Todd R
A wonderful private tour!
We spend a wonderful afternoon with Ellen seeing some wonderful neighbourhoods and the gothic sites we had requeste
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Joseph V
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I spent two days in central Paris with Ellen. I wanted a local tour rather than all the "touristy" excursions. It w
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Alli G
Delightful morning
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Having lived in Paris herself for so long, Ellen is well-placed to show visitors the many interesting parts of the
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Insightful knowledge
Ellen knows all the in's and out's of Paris - the grand and the surprising. She also has a lot of ideas for trips o
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Key Details
  • Duration: 120–150 minutes
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Languages Offered: English, French
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