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

Duration: 5 hours
Destination: France, Ile-de-France, Paris

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  • 5 hours
  • Paris
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable


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.

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.

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

  • Food and drinks
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • 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
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5 hours

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User's Reviews


20 Jan, 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 stores open in Chartres that day so we were able to get lunch at one of them. She has a driver for the van, so is able to focus her time and attention on the tour and provide information along the way. Overall, would highly recommend.


21 Oct, 2019

Our trip was good, although traffic and driving time limits the time we actually spent in Chartres. Would have liked to have spend more time wandering the village. Guide was excellent and knowledgeable.


08 Sep, 2019

My spouse and I couldn’t have asked for a more informative and relaxing day than with guide Lilith and driver Alex. Comfortable, immaculate car for the journey, articulate, knowledgeable guide. A totally enjoyable experience assuring we will engage with La Vacanza Travel when we travel again.


02 Apr, 2018

It was very luxurious to have a private tour, complete with driver and experienced guide. Our guide was very knowledgeable and patient with us and the Cathedral is a gem. It was the one thing we did on our week trip to Paris that didn't involve fighting a massive crowd, so we really enjoyed the leisure to explore the Cathedral and then have lunch in the wonderful town. Even the rain couldn't dampen the experience.

Aylwin L

23 Oct, 2017

Lilith was very good. Excellent experience. The cathedral is a must see.

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