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Gothic Paris for Families (2 Hours)

Context Travel

Paris, France

Valid for Travel Now Through: 01 Feb 2021

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

Context Travel offers cultural and historical tours and activities led by deep subject-matter experts in over 50 cities around the world. With coverage of lesser known locales as well as main city sites, our experts take clients through in-depth, thematic topics to help them get to know a city more deeply. The tours are designed to be the ideal environment for learning – they are conversation-driven private experiences that are structured, but never scripted.

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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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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!
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Context Travel: One very good tour, one medium good tour

By: Rob

Reviewed on: 27 Feb 2019

We had two tours, one entitled "Intro to HK: Colony to Financial Powerhouse" and the other "Kowloon Street Food Tour". The first had an architectural as well as historical framework, which was worthwhile, and our guide was very earnest and enthusiastic. We liked her very much. Our second tour, ostensibly a "Kowloon Street Food" got a little off track onto some political topics (reference is made in the description to discussing "local issues") but we made clear to our guide that we much preferred to spend our limited time checking out the street food and markets, and leaving politics and history aside. (Every guide prior to this had given us a similar capsule history of HK.) In fairness to our review of the guide, my wife and I were extremely tired by the time of our evening tour, and had to conclude the tour early, and we do not fault our guide in any way for our "running out of steam". Our guide was nice, though he made a couple of comments that might have been better left unsaid.
Travel Advisor:  Rachel Dicker

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By: DHunt

Reviewed on: 05 Mar 2019

We were highly impressed with context tours. Each guide was very knowledgeable and the private group setting allowed us to really spend time and enjoy each site without feeling like we were part of a herd. Further, the guide is interactive, not just dictating into a radio with information.
Travel Advisor:  Nathan Cripps