Day Tour

Gothic Paris for Families (2 Hours)

Context Travel

Paris, France

Valid for Travel Now Through: 02 Mar 2019

Gothic Paris for Families (2 Hours )

Paris, France

Tour Features


  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Family Vacations
  • Sightseeing



Recommended Ages

All Ages

Activity Level



Gargoyles, stained glass, flying buttresses - nothing symbolizes the Gothic mystery of Paris like Notre Dame, which is brought to life by one of our scholars. Paris' mother church symbolizes the dark, mysterious medieval era like no other, evoking Arthurian legends, castles, and a seemingly mythical past. That past, however, is very real. And there are few better places to learn about the Gothic than on Paris' Ile de la Cité - the small island in the city's center that is home not only to Notre Dame, but also to several other Gothic masterpieces. The goal of this walk is to bring gothic to life vividly for young people.

Our walk is designed with kids (and their enthusiastic parents) in mind. Our docents are especially gifted with children and will cater the walk to suit the age of the participants, getting a little more sophisticated with children above 12. We will talk about the birth of Gothic and the many changes the cathedral has undergone through different historical events, including the French Revolution and the restoration that made it what we see today. At Sainte-Chapelle, a masterpiece of gothic art, we'll discuss how stained glass was made and the relationship between religion, politics, and the common person during the middle ages. (Don't worry, we make it fun and interesting.) In order to maintain the sacredness of the chapel, strict rules prohibit group lecturing in the upper part of the chapel, so we will do most of our structured discussion of Sainte-Chapelle from the exterior before immersing ourselves in the interior spaces.

This kids-focused itinerary is always designed around your children's needs. The itinerary may also include a visit to the Conciergerie, the residence of France's early royal family that later became an infamous prison during the Revolution (Marie-Antoinette was detained here prior to her execution), or perhaps the excavated Roman ruins beneath Notre Dame. Regardless of how it unfolds, our focus remains on the learning experience of the children in the group.

Please note: There is some overlap with Kings Quest, Roman Paris for Kids, and Gothic Paris for Families. It is not recommended to take all three walks and we advise against taking two.

About Us

The Context vision is to create an atmosphere—a context, if you will—for curious travelers to engage with local experts; to give them access to places and cultures that might otherwise remain out of sight to the casual visitor; to invite them off the tourist track and into the real life of the people, history, and heritage that make these cultural capitals amazing. With no more than six people, you'll participate in an intimate, hands-on, conversational experience. No Tour Guides - Our docents are first and foremost scholars or specialists, with MAs, Ph.D.s, or other terminal degrees in their fields of study.

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Terms & Conditions

Context walks can be cancelled up to 48 hours prior to the walk with an 85% refund. Within 48 hours all reservations are final and cannot be refunded. Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather. If you are running late for your meeting with our docent, we ask that you call to alert us so that we can relay the message to the docent. No shows are treated as last-minute cancellations and are non-refundable. Cancellations within three business days need to be made by phone to the emergency number provided in your confirmation email. Cancellations within three business days made via email or by calling our U.S. 800 number may not be honored. Other terms and conditions may apply.

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Without question they did a superb job.
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By: MJ

Reviewed on: 14 Aug 2018

The trip was our first experience with Context and it was amazing!
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By: Shari

Reviewed on: 17 Nov 2018

The 6 person maximum of Context tours really made for an intimate learning experience. The docents they get to lead the groups were top notch!
Travel Advisor:  Kelly Millington