Private Guided Tour of l’Ile de la Cité : Paris’ heart history

Have a pleasant walking Private Tour through one of the best and most emblematic highlights in Paris : discover the history of the Ile de la CitéPrivate Guided Tour of Ile de la Cité - Ile de la Cité - History Paris Private Guided Tours - © Michel Hasson

Private Guided Tour of l’Ile de la Cité : history

In 52 BC, at the time of Vercingetorix’s struggle against Julius Caesar, a small Gallic tribe, the Parisii, lived on this island. At that time, the island was a low-lying area subject to flooding… But it also offered a convenient place to cross the Seine river and to protect from invasions.

After the conquest of the Celts, the Roman Labienus created a temporary camp on the island.

Later, Clovis, the first French King, established a Merovingian palace on the island, which became the capital of Merovingian Neustria. The island remained an important military and political center throughout the Middle Age. Odo used the island as a defensive position to fend off Viking attacks at the Siege of Paris (885–886), and Notre-Dame cathedral was built on the island in the 11-12th centuries.

The Ile de la Cité still remains the heart of Paris. And some kind of France too : all road distances in France are calculated from the 0 km point located in the Place du Parvis of Notre-Dame cathedral…
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Private Guided Tour of l’Ile de la Cité : take the Tour

Your Private Guided Tour of Ile de la Cité starts in the center of the island, and drives you to the discovery of the island history, as a center of trade and politics, which housed royal palaces, institutions and municipal courts but also the largest market in Paris

From La Conciergerie and Notre Dame to the City Hall, between the Seine and the Jardin des Halles, you will discover the history of Paris’ heart…
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Private Guided Tour of l’Ile de la Cité : useful information

Your Private Guided Tour of l’Ile de la Cité lasts 2 hours.

Relax! Your Private Guided Tour is entirely custom-tailored : depending on your requests, we adapt to your wishes, we visit at your own pace, you skip the line and have priority access to Parisian monuments.

Save time & money: we complete your Private Guided Tour with recommendations for the best restaurants, hotels and exhibitions in Paris, in order to provide a unique experience.

You are accompanied by an independent local professional guide / or specialist, selected based on his / her interest in History and Parisian habits.

Private Guided Tour of l’Ile de la Cité : book now

Each Private Guided Tour is custom-tailored and different : prices start at 259€ per group (up to 4 persons).

Please contact us for booking your Private Guided Tour of l’Ile de la Cité

…or to offer it to a friend !