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Île de la Cité: Where Paris Was Born Walking Audio Tour by VoiceMap

Welcome to the birthplace of Paris! Île de la Cité is where it all started. Join me on this tour as we explore the city's origins from a small settlement along the Seine River to how it grew into one of the most charming places in the world.

We start with the love-lock bridge, move on to King Henri IV and the terrible demise of his murderer, the story of the last Grand Master of the Knights Templar, the Sainte Chapelle, as well as the story of Quasimoto and the beloved Notre Dame Cathedral. This is the perfect tour for Francophiles who want a taste of French history while enjoying a glorious stroll along the heart of Paris.

Places to stop along the way include the Square du Vert Galant, Place Dauphine, Conciergerie, Sainte Chapelle, some stops around Notre Dame and finally the Deportation Memorial.

The tour is ready whenever you are and the audio plays automatically at exactly the right time and place using your smartphone's GPS and the VoiceMap mobile app, which also works offline.

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  • What's included :
    • Lifetime access to Île de la Cité: Where Paris Was Born tour
    • VoiceMap Application
    • Offline access to audio, maps, and geodata
    What's excluded :
    • Smartphone
    • Transportation
    • Food/Drink
    • Tickets or entrance fees to any museums or other attractions en route
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Pass By: Pont des Arts, River Seine Between Institut de France And Palais du Louvre, Paris France

    This bridge used to be laden with “love-locks”. Couples came to the bridge with special locks that were usually inscribed with their names, locked them on the bridge and then threw the keys in the river. This would presumably ensure that their love would last.

    Pass By: Statue equestre d'Henri IV, 15 Place du Pont Neuf, 75001 Paris France

    Under the Equestrian Statue of Henri IV, on one side you'll see a bas-relief panel that shows a humble Henri IV bringing loaves of bread to the people of Paris after a siege. What the picture doesn’t explain is that HE was the one who had put Paris under siege!

    Pass By: Square du Vert-Galant, 1 Square du Vert Galant, 75001 Paris France

    The park on the tip of Île de la Cité is called the Square du Vert-Galant. We use the word “square” in French to mean a small park but the Square du Vert-Galant is actually triangular!

    Pass By: Place Dauphine, Paris France

    Place Dauphine plaza was financed by Henri IV and named “The Dauphin” after his son Louis who would become Louis XIII.

    Pass By: Palais de Justice de Paris, 10 boulevard du Palais, 75001 Paris France

    Palais de Justice means courthouse, but it's no ordinary courthouse. It's the Cour de Cassation, one of the highest jurisdictions in the country.

    Pass By: Conciergerie, 2 boulevard du Palais, 75001 Paris France

    The Conciergerie Museum is where you can learn about the French Revolution and Marie-Antoinette. It's a must-see for people who have an interest in the French Revolution.

    Pass By: Sainte-Chapelle, 8 Boulevard du Palais, 75001 Paris France

    Inside the Sainte Chapelle you'll see the most spectacular Gothic stained-glass windows in the world. On a sunny day it feels like you're walking through a kaleidoscope!

    Pass By: Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Paris, 6 Parvis Notre-Dame Place Jean-Paul II, 75004 Paris France

    As you may know, the Cathedral was severely damaged by a fire in April 2019 and is in the process of being renovated. As a result, access to the Cathedral is now limited and you can only see it from the north and east side.

    Pass By: Memorial des Martyrs de la Deportation, Square de l'Ile de France, 75004 Paris France

    The Deportation Martyrs Memorial is a somber tribute to all the French Jews that were captured in France and sent to Germany to die during WWII.

  • Departure Point :
    Pont des Arts & Quai François Mitterrand, 75001 Paris, France
    Departure Time :
    Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods. 9/2/2019 - 10/31/2021
    Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    Return Detail :
    Deportation Martyrs Memorial, Square de l'Ile-de-France, 7 Quai de l'Archevêché, 75004 Paris, France
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.


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Activity ID: V-110804P146

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