the Basilica of Saint Denis Private Tour

Private tour with skip the Line & Hotel Pick-up/Drop-off

Your Versailles & Monarchy highly qualified guide with his chauffeur will meet your at your hotel in Paris and will escort you to the Saint Denis Basilica for a VIP half day tour of the very first gothic cathedral in the world : burial place of most Kings and Queens of France since the 7th Century up to and including Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette.

Be inspired by the magnificent gothic structure highly worthwhile in itself, and by the impressive tombs of French monarchs, and be taken to a unique time-travel through more than 1500 years of royal grandeur. During this visit, you’ll be told the history of this very tight link between the Roman Catholic Church and the French throne, an unfailing link which eventually led to the tragic destruction of the monarchy.

You will then picture why funeral rites of Kings had to be so impressive and symbolically powerful, such as the one of Louis XIV, “The Sun King” which lasted 2 months and cost the equivalent of a beautiful chic Mansion.

Saint Denis Basilica

Saint Denis Basilica
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From 145€/pers for 6

Opening Days
6/7 (except Monday)

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Meeting-Point
Your hotel or apartment

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Duration
4Hrs (half day)

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Access
Skip the Line

Transport
Executive car

Type of tour
Private, up to 25 people

Choose a 5 stars tour with a highly qualified guide.

Because we know that driving a car and telling an interesting story during a guided tour requires different specific skills, we propose you to be guided by a very knowledgeable licensed guide and driven by a specific Chauffeur.

That way, your Versailles & French Monarchy expert guide is really dedicated to you. He has more time for you and more interesting anecdotes & stories to share with you & your driver is focused on your safety. This is a real private tour. 

What is included in this tour

  • We escort you (round trip) from your hotel to the Saint Denis Basilica.
  • Relax in our executive car with Chauffeur.
  • Enjoy a private tour with a friendly and expert guide really dedicated to you. (the guide does not drive)
  • Feel like a Queen: skip-the-line tickets to the Saint Denis Basilica.
  • Headsets (if necessary) so you can always hear your guide.

Place to see during this tour

Discover all the main highlights of the Saint Denis Basilica:

  • The gothic facade and structure of the cathedral.
  • The stained glass windows of a magic cathedral steeped in history.
  • The funeral effigies of 43 kings and 32 queens of France (including Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette).
  • The crypt under the cathedral where the kings and queens’ mortal remains rest.
  • The heart of Louis XVII.

The origin of the Saint Denis Basilica

The Saint Denis basilica takes its name from the grave on which it was built, the grave of Denis, a legendary character considered a Patron Saint of Paris. According to the catholic tradition, Denis was sent by the Pope in the year 250 to evangelize the northern roman Gaul, and his preachings were so successful that he became the first bishop of Paris. Tortured and beheaded by the romans, he performed a miracle, delivering a sermon after his execution, and bearing his head in his hands, he marched to Saint-Denis, hence expressing his will to be buried there.

The Basilica Saint Denis: a gothic style

Our expert Versailles / French Monarchy expert guide will tell you the story of this site steeped in history. The basilica is now the only remain of a large, amazingly powerful abbey, one of the most powerful institution of the catholic world indeed. Especially from the 12th Century, when the basilica was rebuilt in a new, revolutionary style, making this church the very first gothic architecture in the world, launching a new fashion throughout north-western Europe: the Gothic style and its stained class windows, since Gothic is about height, light and color. A style devoted to build churches always higher, in an attempt to get closer to God, churches flooded in divine light.

The Basilica Saint Denis: the unique monuments

The numerous funeral monuments are exceptional. You will have the opportunity to admire the statues made of marble or stone, representing the kings and queens of France, some of them bearing the authentic features of their faces, being modeled from death masks.

The Royal funeral at the Saint Denis Cathedral

During this fascinating guided tour of Saint Denis Cathedral you’ll be told the amazing staging of the Royal funerals, most significant of the need to assert the Royal Greatness, so dear to Louis the XIV’s heart, the events which preceded and followed the Sun King’s death, the 10 hours procession from Versailles to Saint-Denis, the ceremony itself, conceived as a magnificent show, the apparent grief of the French people during this imposed 2 months national mourning…

The Basilica Saint Denis: link between the revolution and the Monarchy

Your Versailles / Monarchy expert guide will reveal you the tragic fate of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette during the French Revolution, when the people in fury desecrated the church and how the monument and statues miraculously survived the French revolution… Also how kings’ remains didn’t survive the most zealous revolutionaries’ decision to exhume them and throw them into a mass grave. It’s during the short period of the Restauration of the absolute Monarchy, between 1814 and 1830 that an attempt to restaure the desecrated necropolis was made. But how to reassemble the missing pieces of this immemorial puzzle ? Your guide will reveal this plot to you… He will tell you about the tragic end of the last royal family : Louis XVI, Marie-Antoinette and their 10-year-old son Louis XVIIth, whose memory is honored by a cristal urn allegedly bearing the heart of the young king.

Saint Denis Basilica

Museum of sculpture, birthplace of Gothic art, final resting place of French Kings and Queens, and fascinating stories about them, the Saint Denis Basilica tour is meant to surprise and amaze you. This tour can only be made by an expert of the French Monarchy.

Price list for the Half day tour

Number of people Total Price all included
2 people 320 € / pers
3 people 250 € / pers
4 people 200 € / pers
5 people 168 € / pers
6 people 145 € / pers
More than 6 people On request

** Basically we do not take the responsibility to carry your luggage during the day. If you need to tidy your luggage we can arrange it with an extra but we need to know it before booking.
** Visitors with disabilities can not access everywhere in Saint Denis Basilica. Please contact us before booking and we will customize your tour.
** We usually start our tours at 8.10am, 9am, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm. We can also start our tours from 10am to noon but you need to be aware that we won’t have time for lunch if you choose a half day (or we will shorter your tour).
** Saint Denis Basilica is closed on January 1, May 1, Dec 25th.

Customization & option

  • 2 steps away from our office in Paris, near the Madeleine church, inside the beautiful square Louis XVI, is the “Chapelle Expiatoire”. It’s a monument erected in memory of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette. On this place was originally located a cemetery. During the Revolution, a large number of famous guillotined characters were buried there : The King and the Queen, their cousin Philip of Orléans, the countess du Barry and many others… In 1815, under the Restauration of the french monarchy, the mortal remains of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette were transferred to the Saint-Denis basilica, burial place of kings.
    During the same period, Louis XVIII decided to erect on his expenses a moarning chapel in memory of his brother Louis XVI and his sister-in-law Marie-Antoinette. On demand, this wonderful small garden and chapel in the heart of Paris can be the subject of a fascinating guided and commented stop on the way to your hotel.
  • The guided tour can be extended to a typical Parisian lunch or dinner, which will delight you with its intimate atmosphere and handmade meals, typical examples of fine cuisine and french gastronomy.

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