Chartres and Its Cathedral: 5-Hour Tour from Paris with Private Transport

5 hours
Pick-up offered
Free cancellation
1 - 7
Mobile ticket


Visit the town of Chartres with a private driver and guide on this 5-hour tour from Paris. The main attraction is Chartres Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site that dates back to the 12th century and is famous for its French Gothic architecture and stained-glass windows. With your private guide, explore the cathedral inside and out, and then have some time to walk around town.


  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Bottled water
  • Private driver
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

What to expect

Your tour starts with pickup at your hotel in Paris for the 1-hour drive in a private vehicle to Chartres. Located about 50 miles (80 km) southwest of Paris, the town is best known for the Cathedral Notre-Dame de Chartres, one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in the world.

Ornamented with more than 4, 000 sculptures, the cathedral has been an important destination for travelers since the 12th century; many pilgrims come to see its relic the Santa Camisa, said to be worn by Mary at the birth of Jesus, and others come to admire the 176 stained-glass windows that create a relatively dark but richly colored interior where light filters through the many narrative and symbolic panes.

The labyrinth, in the center of the nave, and the crypt beneath the cathedral are two other can't-miss features you'll see inside before heading outside to focus on the structure itself: its towers built in different styles, its facade with detailed sculptures and statues, the astronomical clock from the 15th century, the flying buttresses, the bishop's garden where you can enjoy a view over the old town, and the labyrinth garden from the 18th century.

After your visit of the cathedral with your private guide, you can enjoy a stroll around town before heading back to Paris, where your tour ends.

Additional information

  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 7 travelers
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Ticket delivery

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.
December 2021

Excellent guide who brought the history and beauty of Chartres to life! Her passion for French history was amazing and she was quickly able to adapt her presentation to our level of knowledge.

January 2020

We were in Paris over the holidays and scheduled this tour for Christmas Day since most things in Paris are closed that day (though Eiffel Tower was open which we did in the afternoon). Lilith gave a very pleasant and informative tour of Chartres, both the cathedral and town. There were a few sto...

September 2017

Chartres is one of the world's most beautiful cathedrals and this tour was one of the best ways to enjoy the beauty and history of Chartres. Our professional guide Lilet was knowledgeable and gracious. She provided clear and interesting information about the cathedral and its surroundings. ...

March 2023

Excelente tour. Puntual, buena información, la guía sabía mucho. La catedral es maravillosa, la ciudad muy linda. Quedé encantada...

October 2023

Wonderful tour of a fabulous cathedral! The guide was great, providing just enough detail. Wish we had had more time in town, to stop at a café.

June 2023

Prompt pick up. Our guide was wonderful and very knowledgeable. Adapted the visit to our desires and needs. And Chartres Cathedral is beyond description. Wonderful.

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