Islands in the Seine
The ancient cradle of a wonderful city
See where Paris was first settled and the ancient monuments, streets and bridges that tell you there’s nowhere else in the world like the French capital
Ancient Paris, modern Paris, eternal Paris.
Start crossing an exceptional bridge that will take you to the land Where Celts and Romans established a young village called Lutece.
Immerse yourselves in the Middle Ages, by discovering the why’s of Gothic architecture, the reasons and influences for the religious wars and the narrow old streets that still exist on this charming island.
Enjoy the colors and smells at the flower market named for Queen Elizabeth II and the taste of Paris’s best ice cream at Berthillon.
Explore the Ile St. Louis the first Parisian
urbanization project which has become today the most exclusive and expensive neighborhood.
A stroll you cannot miss if you want to understand the beginnings of this great city.
Highlights along your way
Narrow old Streets
Notre Dame Cathedral*
Seine River Banks
Île de Saint Louis
Tasty food stops
Your stroll will start at the oldest bridge of the city: one of the main attractions of Paris until the end of the 19th century!
With your guide you will discover incredible stories of kings and queens, crusades and religious wars, times when the city of light struggled to stay united and at peace.
You will cross a hidden royal square as well as the old royal residence of the city, La Conciergerie. Here you will understand the origins of royal power in France and the curious changes to this historic building.
When passing by the Sainte Chapelle, one of the masterpieces of gothic architecture, you will find out the importance of the Catholic church during the medieval times and how Paris became one of the most famous religious sites so many centuries ago.
A colourful flower market will be on your way to Notre Dame Cathedral, where you will be able to admire the imposing structure that survived the recent fire, and see many details that make it one of the most spectacular religious monuments in the world.
After walking some of the charming old streets that still remain in the island you will get to the Île de Saint Louis, the smaller island, a perfect place to enjoy a café, a crêpe or an ice cream while window shopping and discovering more curious stories.
This stroll will end with a wonderful view towards the east side of the river, at a local square where you might want to relax after your stroll and enjoy the breeze that characterizes the magical Seine river banks.
* This itinerary happens entirely in open spaces, monuments listed in the itinerary will be discovered from the exterior
up to 6 people
Outside the metro station Pont Neuf (see here)
Get ready to walk 2,1 kms / 1,3 miles
The area is flat but we might go up and downstairs a couple of times
Private expert guide, interesting and fun Itinerary to discover the islands of the Seine
Extra expenses (optional)
Coffee break, snacks, entrance to Sainte Chapelle
This tour takes place rain or shine
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