Chartres en lumières returns from April 10, 2021
until the end of the year!

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Tours of Chartres in Lights

Guided tour of Chartres en lumières

During this visit, light will be shed on the technique and the scenographies which are proposed to you. Chartres en lumières will have no more secrets for you!

> Dates (duration 1h30):

  • Saturday, July 31 at 10:15 pm.
  • Saturday, August 28th at 9:30 pm.

> Meeting place: in front of the Chartres Métropole Tourist Office, 8, rue de la Poissonnerie in Chartres.

> Pricing:

  • 15 €.
  • Free for under 6 years old.

> Information and reservations:


Visit “Legends and illuminations on the banks of the Eure”

Dive into the imaginary legends of Chartres of yesteryear by the light of the illuminations of the banks of the Eure river of Chartres en lumières.

Night has fallen on Chartres. At the wake, the women tell old stories. Sometimes the devil invites himself to the ball. Along the Eure, the vouivre roams to punish the seducers and here, thwarted lovers will get lost in the wave. Further on, while the cathedral is being built, miracles happen on the construction site and on the paths. The children also dream of treasures hidden in the bowels of the city while in his stable, an old horse starts to fart gold coins. And then... the river is covered with a luxuriant vegetation and a strange fauna appears.

> Dates (duration 1h30):

  • Friday, July 2 at 10:45 pm.
  • Saturday, August 14th at 10 pm.
  • Sunday, October 31 at 6:45 pm.

> Meeting place: in front of the Saint-Pierre church, 6, rue Pétion in Chartres

> Pricing: 15 €.

> Information and reservations:


Chartres en lumières by canoe

Aboard a canoe, admire the illuminated bridges and monuments and let yourself be transported by the enchantment of the place. This activity, which has the power to suspend time for a few moments, will allow you to discover the lower town and the Chartres en lumières event in a different way.

The descent is supervised by a qualified person.

> Dates (duration 1h45 to 2h):

  • Saturday, July 17 at 10 pm.
  • Friday, August 6th at 9:45 pm.

> Meeting place: Claude-Panier rugby stadium, 8, rue Georges-Brassens in Chartres.

> Pricing:

  • 35 €.
  • 25 € for children under 12 years old.

> Important instructions:

  • Provide a comfortable outfit.
  • Know how to swim 25 meters and immerse yourself.
  • Children must be at least 8 years old.
  • Minors must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Closed shoes are mandatory.
  • Have signed and given to the organizer the parental authorization for minors and the rental contract for adults (downloadable on

> Information and reservations:


On board the tourist train

For all ages, commented tours in French (tour in English according to the majority of visitors in the train).

> Duration: 45 mn.

> Meeting place: in front of the cathedral, cloître Notre-Dame à Chartres.

> Pricing :

> More informations:

The Lights of Chartres “Privilege”

Visit both the Chartres Light Show and the cathedral crypt by candlelight. This guided tour is only available in French. The visit lasts 2 hours.

Dates :

  • July 31 st at 10 pm.
  • August 7th at 10 pm.

Meeting place:

  • Meeting at the North Portal of the Cathedral, Notre-Dame cloister.

Pricing :

  • 20 €
  • Free for under 6 years old
Information and reservations:


Visits by canoe-kayak in 2020 [Canceled]

“Chartres Métropole Canoë-Kayak” offers supervised descents from the lower town (“Basse Ville”). The tours are 4.5 km long and last about 2 hours. It is an original way to discover the scenographies of Chartres in Lights throughout the Eure.

From 8 years old. Must be able to swim.

Individual or group visits.

Dates to come.

Dates in July:

  • Fridays, July 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th
  • Saturdays, July 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th

Dates in August:

  • Fridays, August 2th, 9th, 16th, 23th and 30th
  • Saturdays, August 3th, 10th, 17th and 31th

More informations :

  • + 33 (0) 6 21 01 00 99
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Visits by paddle in 2020 [Canceled]

SUP-POLO Addict invites you to discover Chartres in Lights during descents on the Eure.

Departure: launch near the canoe-kayak club, 1, rue Georges-Brassens.

Arrival: near the rue du Massacre.

End of the event: about midnight after a snack and musical entertainment planned at the end of rue du Massacre.

Dates to come.

Dates :

  • Saturday, June 22th at 10:15 pm
  • Saturday, July 20th at 10 pm
  • Saturday, August 17th at 10 pm
  • Saturday, September 28th at 8:30 pm

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Contact Us

Information : City of Chartres
Place des Halles
28000 Chartres
02 37 18 47 84 Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
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