Art in Paris
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Despite its reputation as a distinctly American art form, much of jazz’s developmental history can be traced back to the underground clubs of Paris, which embraced jazz as its own. The city has displayed a fervent love affair with jazz since the first European tour of an American jazz band in 1919, providing musicians with a vibrant club scene and enthusiastic audiences that continue today. On this 2.5 hour tour through Saint-Germain and the Latin Quarter, led by a renowned jazz musician, we will explore the history of jazz in Paris, creatively incorporating some of its most representative songs into our narrative.
- Paris Jazz tour
- Listen to the Left Bank come alive through jazz music.
- Led by renowned jazz musician Clara Ponty.
- Small groups—maximum six participants.
Jazz and Rebellion
With its hunger for new ideas and lack of racial segregation, post-war Paris was the perfect venue for introducing Europe to the new American sound. As Miles Davis wrote in his autobiography, “Everything changed while I was in Paris. It was like magic, almost like I had been hypnotized…It was April in Paris and, yeah, I was in love.” Musicians flocked to the city and several were so taken by the vibrant and supportive atmosphere that they expatriated permanently.
During WWII and the Nazi Occupation, listening to jazz was grounds for imprisonment (for more, see our Paris WWII Tour). The genre's radical, rebellious air continued, as Paris drew connections between the loose, carefree syncopation of the music and free-thinking existentialism. As a result, Saint-Germain-des-Prés, with its high concentration of students, existentialists and underground caves, became the unofficial neighborhood of bebop in the 1940s and 50s. When Dizzy Gillespie first brought his new sound to these clubs, he was met with audiences more supportive and excited than their American counterparts.
For a more introductory look at the Rive Gauche, see our Left Bank Paris Tour.
Soundtrack to an Era
With personal mp3 players in hand and a playlist that has been carefully chosen to tell the story of jazz in Paris, we will work our way through the Left Bank. We may learn the history of the Hot Club, an organization and publication founded by French students to further the reach of jazz in France. We will pass by several legendary clubs, some of which are still in operation. We may also have a look at the home of Django Reinhardt as we stroll along the same streets taken by Jean-Paul Sartre and Juliette Gréco on their way to see Miles Davis perform at Club St. Germain.
"One of the most memorable tours we have ever taken. Walking through Paris, listening to jazz on an iPod...It was such an unusual experience. "
Finally, we’ll cross the Seine and head towards the rue des Lombards, where we will end our walk near one of Paris’ premier jazz clubs, in case you would like to attend an evening show featuring the top players in the city’s contemporary scene. A small pedestrian street, rue des Lombards is famous for its numerous music venues drawing some of the best names in contemporary jazz.
Indeed, it is this continued appreciation of jazz as a vibrant, relevant genre, rather than nostalgic hymns of our dusty past, that sets Paris apart. As our walk comes to a close, we will come away with a comprehensive understanding of the history of the genre, factors contributing to its success in Paris, as well as a few new favorite songs.
Please note that we will not attend a concert as part of this tour.
In the heart of the Latin Quarter, the Musée de Cluny provides an enduring link to the Medieval period through its focused collection of art and artifacts revealing the daily life in France during the Middle Ages. From original statuary from the Notre Dame Cathedral, to renowned tapestries of the Lady and the Unicorn, the Musée de Cluny gives us an expanded of Paris at this distinct point in time. In the company of a medieval specialist or art historian, This 2.5-hour Cluny Museum tour with a medievalist will explore the Cluny Mansion, a gothic residence that now houses one of France's best museums for medieval art. Using the history of the building to animate the many treasures displayed in the Cluny's galleries, our docent will guide us through the art and culture of this period, taking it from remote to familiar for the modern viewer.
- Small group size—six people max.
- Cluny Museum tour led by a medievalist or art historian.
- Discover the art and culture of the Medieval period.
Cluny Museum Tour
Beginning in the courtyard of the fifteenth-century building, we will introduce the Medieval period using the flamboyant, Gothic surroundings of the mansion. Looking around us, we will observe the intricate carvings which decorate the mansion's exterior, preparing our minds to be transported back in time. We will begin our exploration with the Roman Baths (also the subject of our Ancient Paris Tour), located on the exterior of the Medieval residence. Examining the remains of the structure, our docent will illuminate Roman life, and link this period to the Middle Ages.
With these foundations in mind, we will enter the museum to see the original heads from the facade of Notre Dame (which we also visit on our Notre Dame tour) cathedral and fragments of stained glass from the Sainte Chapelle— a unique up-close experience of these famous monuments of Gothic architecture. Moving through the history of the Middle Ages using its objects large and small, we will have the opportunity to examine major aspects of medieval society such as religion, the class system, education, intellectual pursuits, music, games, and other pastimes.
Discovering Daily Life
As we move through the rooms of the museum, we will note objects of interest, weaving together a clearer picture of daily life in the Middle Ages. Depending on the interests of the group, we can explore the museum's unparalleled collection of precious metalwork, its rich holdings of tapestries, precious objects in ivory, or stone sculptures, deepening our appreciation of these masterpieces through an examination of the techniques used by the craftsmen and artists who created them. In the final rooms of the museum, we will also have a chance to explore objects from the daily life of various social classes, including furniture, illuminated books, tableware, and children's toys.
"Our docent was flexible, very informative, and wonderful in that she pointed out so many interesting details we would have otherwise missed."
Through this immersion in the material remains of this period, we will come away with a better understanding of the world of Europe's Medieval people. Connecting the city's initial identity as a Roman city to its growth in the Medieval period, we will discover the Cluny's exceptional collection of artifacts. Over the course of our 2.5 hours together, our docent will reveal the quotidian details that made up the lifestyle of royalty, peasants, and the clergy during this period, coming away with an understanding of Medieval history found in the City of Light.
The first decades of the 20th-century saw Paris become the epicenter of experimentation in art, architecture, and design. In architecture, in particular, cultural dissonance between the past and new realities emerged in the architectural designs of Le Corbusier and Robert Mallet-Stevens, among others. During this 3-hour Paris architecture tour we'll join a practicing architect or architectural historian, to explore the aesthetics of the Modernist movement. This tour will take place in the city's 16th arrondissement and include aspects of Art Nouveau and Art Décomovements, as well as the Villa La Roche & Maison Jeanneret by Le Corbusier.
- Explore shining examples of Modernist architecture in Paris.
- Visit Villa La Roche & Maison Jeanneret by Le Corbusier
- Explore Art Nouveau and Art Deco
- Led by an architect or art historian
Paris Architecture Tour
Known for its affluent residents and iconic landmarks like Palais Galliera, it's easy to overlook the 16th arrondissement's third draw: its Modernist architecture. This quiet neighborhood is home to the city's unusually rich collection of works designed by the top architects of this period. Our tour will begin at the Palais de Chaillot, taking in the scope of Carlu, Boileau, and Azéma's joint vision. This sleek, late 1930s, modernist reimagining of the original Trocadero Palace, initially built for the 1878 World's Fair, opens our conversation and allows us to define Modernism in contrast to the popular Neoclassicism, Art Nouveau, and Art Déco.
"The concept was novel. We often visit Paris, but we were unaware of its rich collection of modernist architecture! It was thrilling to see Hector Guimard's work and Le Corbusier's 'workshop.' It was as if we were seeing Paris for the first time."
Moving on from this initial large-scale example, we'll continue our exploration by revealing its foundations in Art Nouveau. Here, we will take note of a series of buildings designed by architect Hector Guimard, as well as his famous Paris métro signs, whose lingering presence have contributed to shaping the city's aesthetic. These works will give us a sense of the early triumphs of the period, and reveal the distinct departure from the revival style popular in the 19th-century.
Le Corbusier & Mallet-Stevens
Following our examination of Guimard's contributions, we will work our way to the Villa La Roche & Maison Jeanneret, which were designed by Le Corbusier and now form the home of the Fondation Le Corbusier. Here, we will discuss the architect's profound influence on Parisian architecture, as well as European and American Modernism. We may discuss his proposed contributions to city planning, which he called Ville Contemporaine, or his controversial Plan Voisin, which suggested replacing much of central Paris with modern skyscrapers.
Complementing Le Corbusier's modern vision, we will continue on to view several structures designed by Robert Mallet-Stevens in the mid 1920s on the street to which he gave his name. Striking for their streamlined, boxy design, these buildings stood out from the rest of the city's heavily Haussmannian aesthetic. (To learn more about Baron von Haussmann and the re-making of Paris in the 19th century try our Paris City Planning Tour.
As our walk comes to a close, we'll reflect upon the hidden structures we've uncovered and come away with an understanding of how these designs set the stage for contemporary architecture.
Note, many clients often pair this tour with one of our modern art walks such as our Pompidou Center Tour.
Meet your guide in Montmartre, in front of the Moulin Rouge, and set off on your 1.5-hour walking tour around the neighborhood. As you stroll through the streets, weaving past must-see highlights like Le Clos Montmartre vineyard, hear tales of the legendary artists who have called the area home. Focusing on Paris Impressionist painters, your guide will talk you through the lives and works of Renoir, Monet, Van Gogh and Cézanne.
See the venues that influenced their art, like the building where Van Gogh lived when he moved here from Holland. Van Gogh lovers believe it was here that he really found his personality as an artist. Visit the Montmartre windmill that Renoir featured in his scandalous masterpiece Bal du moulin de la Galette, and walk past the Moulin Rouge cabaret that inspired Toulouse-Lautrecs distinctive style of painting.
After 1.5 hours of strolling around Montmartre, head to the Basilique du Sacré-Coeur to admire the spectacular view over Paris with your guide. This is where your tour finishes and before leaving, your guide will hand over your skip-the-line ticket to Musée dOrsay, Paris famous Impressionist museum that you can visit independently.
Your guide will give you directions if you want to visit Musée dOrsay straight away, or you can use your ticket to visit on another day of your choice. The former train station now holds Paris largest collection of Impressionist art.
After meeting your private guide, begin your walking tour to discover Paris' most important Art Nouveau landmarks and learn about the history of the Belle Epoque.
The most prominent architectural style at the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th, Art Nouveau is known for its elegance and innovation. Embraced by the wealthy of the time, it symbolizes the opulence and refined beauty of Paris in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
Your tour begins at the very roots of the Art Nouveau movement before continuing to the mature period as you learn about its various inspirations and the surprising influences it had on later periods. Visit the Gothic Revivalist Hotel Gaillard, and admire the decorative entrance of a Metro station. Take a peek at the Russian Orthodox Church of St. Alexander, and marvel at the Art Nouveau façade of the Ceramic Hotel near the Arc de Triomphe. You'll also check out a flamboyant house by architect Jules Lavirotte on Avenue Rapp, see the imposing American Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, and catch a glimpse of the iconic Eiffel Tower.
Your Louvre tour begins by meeting your private guide at a designated point near the museum in central Paris.
One of the largest museums in the world with tens of thousands of pieces, the Louvre can be a little intimidating, especially for first-time visitors. But with your guide, you will be shown the best of the Italian collection (along with some French pieces) and won't have to waste your time trying to navigate the maze of rooms and corridors on your own. Your tour focuses on the works of Canova, Michelangelo, Cimabue, Giotto, Veronese, Géricault, Ingres, and others, and you will see masterpieces such as Venus de Milo, Nike of Samothrace, and the Mona Lisa.
In the Belleville district of Paris, the streets have become an open-air museum that you can explore with insight from a private guide on this 2-hour walking tour. See murals, graffiti, and other street art by a variety of artists as you learn about the evolution of art in Paris from Leonardo to the street.
Meet your private guide in Paris' Belleville neighborhood to begin your walking tour.
Learn about the development of street art in Paris, particularly over the last 20 years, as you trace the history of this growing medium. Your discovery of street art introduces you to the stories, techniques, and messages of the leading artists in Paris, such as Seth, Clet, and Jerome Mesnager. Look for their work on walls, between buildings, and in unpredictable locations as you hear about materials used, the definitions of tags and graffiti, and the culture of Belleville.
- Walk in the steps of world class painters like Monet, Picasso or Van Gogh
- Explore the picturesque back-alleys of a village lost in the capital city
- Revive parties at the Moulin Rouge with Toulouse-Lautrec and Cancan dancers.
- Admire Sacre Coeur Basilica ( Sacred Heart) and Paris most stunning city view
- Discover the Bobos way of life, so uniquely Parisian and amazing food stores
- Taste the Best Baguette of Paris!
This 3 hours Montmartre walking tour starts at the Moulin Rouge.
Your private local guide will take you out of the beaten path to local food stores, to the streets with 3 award-winning pastry shops, wine bars and cheese stores and the Best Baguette of Paris ! You can stop and buy anything you want to try on the way, it's a private tour, a unique experience. You want to try a coffee and croissant? Or maybe a glass of wine and cheese? Just feel free to enjoy your time and delicious food : you are in Paris !
You will see where Van Gogh used to live, Picasso's very first art studio and Renoir's iconic windmill. You'll meet artists working on their canvas in the middle of the streets. As we reach the top of the hill, you will enjoy the most amazing view on Paris and visit the beautiful Sacré-Coeur Basilica.
Before parting apart to new Parisian adventures, your guide will give you restaurant recommendations, his best addresses for shopping in the area and all practical information to enhance your stay in Paris.
Meet your guide at Place des Abbesses near the Metro exit. The Moulin Rouge was a Cabaret popular among the Impressionists such as Toulouse Lautrec and others within the Post Impressionist Movement including Van Gogh, Gaugin and Cezanne. Continuing on the Rue Lepic you will see the Moulin de la Galette. Renoir painted this place, once an open air dance hall. Passing by the Bateau Lavoir we climb to the Musee de Montmartre. This evocative Museum recaptures the feeling of those past Bohemian days with its old posters, paintings, photos and recreation of period rooms. The house was rented at various times by Renoir, Dufy, Suzanne Valadon and her alcoholic son Utrillo. Here one can see the tiny Montmartre Vineyard. The renovated atelier of Suzanne Valadon,Manet's pupil tells us more about the Impressionists and their life full of passions who lived all around it. You will be offered an aperitif in a cafe linked to artists like Picasso and Utrillo who lived in the area. Some of these cafes are located in front of the Lapin Agile a famous Cabaret very Frenchy only open at night. We then visit the Sacre Coeur Cathedral whose iconic dome is higher than the Eiffel Tour. From its Esplanade Paris stretches before your eyes, vibrant and still pervaded by the joie de vivre for which it is famous. At the end of this Tour you can either remain in Montmartre and enjoy lunch in one of the Restaurants or descend the 270 steps to take a taxi or the Metro at Anvers Station. Alternatively you can take the Funicular and if you let us know, the guide can purchase the tickets in advance.
Designed for visitors in need of a short break from the heavier, more historical art of the Louvre or the crowds at monuments like the Eiffel Tower, your street art walking tour takes place in the district of Belleville, and it's especially great for those traveling with kids or teenagers. Meet your guide at a designated location, and set off on an exploration of the visual delights of this northeastern Paris neighborhood.
You'll be introduced to colorful street art that gives off a contemporary creative pulse. This is not the Paris of centuries ago; Belleville, with its charming small streets, is where French singer Edith Piaf grew up and where, in the 1980s, many Parisian artists and musicians lived because of the lower rents. Former industrial buildings were converted into artists' studios, and Belleville became the center of Paris' urban art movement.
Crazy about urban art, your guide shares with you works by both French and international street artists, from a giant wall fresco by Jérome Ménager to the mosaic tile creations of the artist known as Space Invader. Some of the paintings are quite beautiful, some are witty, and others political. Walk at a relaxed pace, and enjoy the changing landscape of the areaart that was here last week may have disappeared and been replaced by new forms of expression. It's not unusual to find artists working on a new mural during your tour.
Each walking tour is different from the last according to what is on display on any given day, and you are free to express how you feel about what you see. Ponder whether you consider it art in a beautiful space or a form of destruction.
Begin your day at the Musée dOrsay, a museum beloved by Parisians and travelers alike and home to the world's largest collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist art. Meet your guide and group of up to 25 outside the entrance, then head directly inside the former 19th-century train station with your included skip-the-line ticket.
Walking through the museum's halls you'll see some of the most recognizable paintings in the world: Van Goghs Starry Night over the Rhone, Renoirs Bal du Moulin de la Galette, and Monets Blue Water Lillies. Learn about the innovated techniques these artists used, their daring subject matters, and the society that originally rejected these masterpieces while gaining a new appreciation for their creative genius.
Once this first part of your tour concludes youll have some free time to enjoy lunch (own expense). Ask your guide for some local recommendations tailored to your specific food interests.
When the time comes, meet your guide and group outside Blanche metro station in Montmartre for the second part of your tour. This was the artists playground, a beautifully unchanged village that sits high above Paris. With spectacular city views at its feet, this bohemian community has a distinctly unique charm that has enchanted artists for generations.
Walk in the footsteps of Picasso, Utrillo, and Modigliani as your guide weaves together the stories of their lives with the history of the local cabarets and studios. Hear tales of drinking, dancing, and debauchery as you explore. Pass the Place du Tertre, known for the painters, portraitists, and other artists who set up here to create and sell their wares. See, too, the Sacré Coeur, a gleaming basilica that offers stunning city views, as well as the Moulin Rouge and its famous windmill.
You guide will also reveal the hidden gems that make Montmartre so unique, including the citys vineyard and the local town hall where wine is made from its grapes. Your 7-hour tour concludes in Montmartre.
Spend 7 hours of your day enjoying Frances most famous treasures: art and wine. Start your day in the company of the Mona Lisa and her world famous friends. Skip the long lines and embark on a journey through the worlds largest museum- the Louvre, in the company of an expert and fully accredited local guide. Then experience a tour of a historic 18th century wine cellar, transformed into a spectacular interactive wine experience. Your visit will include a tasting of 3 wines that have been carefully selected for you by the in-house sommelier. Then its time to head across the city to Montmartre, to one of the best-kept secrets in the city. Visit a beautiful working vineyard closed to the public, taste its wine and learn about the fascinating history of the famous artists quarter. Small-group tour capacity is kept at 15 guests or below. Hotel pickup and drop-off is not included: you will meet at a central location, however transport between attractions is included.
Meet your expert local guide and relax as they lead you past the famously long lines and directly into the museum for a 2.5 hour guided visit. You will of course meet the worlds most famous painting, the Mona Lisa, and learn some of her many secrets. Discover also the beautiful Venus de Milo and the spectacular Winged Victory. There are also many other hidden treasures to be found in the Louvre. Your guide will show you crowns studded with precious jewels, ancient Egyptian antiquities, sublime Greek statues and much more.
The Louvre was once a palace, home to the French royal family, and you will visit magnificent rooms whose sumptuous decorations bear witness to this; rooms built for Kings. End your visit in the lavish apartments of Napoleon III, often overlooked by visitors and yet one of the most breathtaking parts of the museum. Make the most of this extraordinary museum, join the tour and let your guides make your visit one of the highlights of your trip to Paris.
After lunch (at your own expense) its a short walk to your next visit - an incredible vaulted wine cellar that once housed King Louis XVs wine collection. Today these cellars have been restored and transformed into an incredible space where you can discover the tradition and craft of winemaking in France. Your expert guide will lead you through the rooms dedicated to learning about the cultivation of the grapes, the winemaking process and the smells, tastes and colors you will recognize as you taste wines. Your visit includes a tasting of 3 wines that have been selected for you by the sommeliers.
Your guide will lead you on to your next stop - a tiny and beautiful working vineyard in the heart of Montmartre. You will travel here by metro, as typical Parisians would. On the way you will stroll through the most Parisian of parks, the Tuileries, before heading for the lively and historical artists quarter of Montmartre.
The presence of vines in Montmartre goes back to Roman times, making this the oldest vineyard in Paris. In the 18th century Montmartre was outside of the city of Paris, and so not subject to its taxes, making the wine and rents cheap, and so attracting the artists, dance halls and cabarets that the area became so famous for. Your guide will lead you on a walking tour around this captivating area, regaling you with stories of the lives of the artists and famous residents who once called Montmartre home. This tour also gives you VIP entry to the Clos Montmartre vineyard, closed to the general public and only opened for a special few. Take a tour of this charming vineyard, and end your tour with a tasting of their hard to come by wine.
At the end of your tour you are free to spend your evening in Montmartre, perhaps on the artists square at Place du Tertre, or in one of the typical bars or restaurants in the area. Your guide will be happy to make recommendations to ensure you spend a perfect Parisian evening.
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Meet your guide outside the Centre Pompidou in the heart of Paris' Le Marais district. Criss-crossed by ancient cobblestone streets and packed full of terraced cafés, stylish boutiques and trendy art galleries, Le Marais is one of the most intriguing, buzzing and fashionable corners of Paris.
Historically Paris' Jewish and gay neighborhood, Le Marais today is a center for the city's art culture. Listen as your guide talks of the many legendary artists who have drawn inspiration from this vibrant area. Pass by several art galleries some established, others up-and-coming and uncover some of the secrets of artists and dealers working here today.
After 1.5 hours exploring the neighborhood, arrive at the famous and recently reopened after a 5-year renovation Musée Picasso (Picasso Museum). Beat the entrance queues with your skip-the-line ticket and head straight inside for a self-guided tour. The guided part of your tour concludes upon arrival, but your guide will explain the museum's layout and share tips on how to make the most of your time inside before leaving you to explore the galleries at your leisure.
Admire celebrated works by Picasso including nearly 300 paintings from his early Blue Period to the notorious nudes, matadors and musicians that defined his later oeuvres. Gaze upon pieces such as Femme Assise aux Bras Croisés (1937) and the Les Baigneurs: la Plongeuse (1956) sculpture. Also on display is Picassos personal collection of works from his friends and contemporaries such as Matisse, Miro and Braque, as well as the masters he admired, including Cézanne and Degas.
Meet your guide near Montmartre in central Paris, then set off on foot to begin your small-group tour. Stroll along Montmartres cobbled streets and discover must-see highlights such as the Clos Montmartre vineyard. Listen as your guide details the districts checkered history, and gain insight into the lives and works of the famous Impressionist artists for whom Montmartre was home.
During your walking tour, discover the venues and views that influenced the painters works. See where van Gogh lived when he moved to Paris from Holland; visit the Montmartre windmill that took pride of place in Renoirs infamous masterpiece Bal du moulin de la Galette; and walk past the Moulin Rouge that appeared in many of Toulouse-Lautrecs distinctive works.
After 1.5 hours of exploring Montmartres Impressionist art history with your guide, head to the Basilique du Sacré-Coeur and take in panoramic views over the French capital to conclude the guided part of your tour. Receive your skip-the-line ticket to the Musée de l'Orangerie, a gallery space built by Monet and nestled in the Tuileries Gardens.
Continue on independently to the Musée de l'Orangerie and, with your skip-the-line entrance ticket in hand, beat the entrance lines and head straight inside to explore independently. The museum houses famous Impressionist and post-Impressionist works including Monets Water Lilies murals and paintings by Matisse, Picasso and Sisley.
Upgrade your tour to receive a skip-the-line ticket for the Musée d'Orsay, too. Home to the largest collection of Impressionist masterpieces in the world, the Musée d'Orsay is a top Paris attraction and queues are often long. Enjoy a self-guided tour of the galleries and admire famous works such as Degas The Parade, Manets The Luncheon on the Grass and Boudins Trouville Beach.
Please note: After your Montmartre walking tour, ask your guide for directions if you want to visit the Musée de l'Orangerie and Musée d'Orsay (f you've upgraded) straight away. Alternatively, you can use your ticket to visit on another day of your choice.
Then you head to Musée du Louvre, Paris must-see museum, for a close encounter with the smile of the Mona Lisa, the arms of the Venus of Milo, and all that the world's largest museum has to offer. You use your skip-the-line ticket straight after your walking tour or you pick another day the choice is yours!
Your guide (a local of Paris) meets you right outside Moulin Rouge - the cabaret that inspired Toulouse-Lautrec and that remains the standard bearer for can can fun.
You then set off on your 1.5-hour walking tour around Paris' bohemian district. As you stroll through Montmartres romantic streets, weaving past must-see highlights like Le Clos Montmartre vineyard, you will hear tales of the great artists who have called the area home. Focusing on Paris Impressionist painters, your guide will talk you through the lives and works of Renoir, Monet, Van Gogh - and later Toulouse-Lautrec and Picasso.
Besides the Moulin Rouge, this tour will take you to the art studio where Picasso's Les Demoiselles d'Avignon launched Cubism, and to the Montmartre windmill Renoir featured in his scandalous masterpiece Bal du moulin de la Galette. You will soak in the atmosphere that transformed young Vincent from Holland into Van Gogh the Great.
The finale of your 1.5 hours of strolling around Montmartre is the Basilique du Sacré-Coeur, where you can admire spectacular view over Paris. Before parting, your guide hands you over your skip-the-line ticket to Musée du Louvre, for you to visit independently.
Your guide will give you directions if you want to visit Musée du Louvre straight away. Or you can use your ticket on another day of your choice. This "Art Temple" is World Heritage art trove that features some of the world's most famous art pieces, including the Venus of Milo and Da Vinci's enigmatic Mona Lisa.
Montmartre Impressionist Art Walking Tour (1.5 hours):
Meet your guide in the Montmartre area to begin your morning walking tour. Your guide will share facts and anecdotes about famous Impressionist painters such as Van Gogh, Monet, Renoir and Cézanne as you explore the bohemian neighborhood that influenced these legendary artists. See the building where Van Gogh lived after moving to Paris from Holland. Walk by the Moulin Rouge cabaret with its iconic windmill and learn how it inspired Toulouse-Lautrec's posters and paintings of the venue.
You'll also see top attractions such as Le Clos Montmartre vineyard and the stunning white Basilique du Sacré-Coeur atop Montmartre, where your 1.5-hour walking tour concludes. Your guide will hand you your skip-the-line ticket to Musée d'Orsay and leave you to marvel at the panoramic views of Paris at your leisure and grab a bite to eat (own expense).
You can use your ticket to Musée d'Orsay during your free time in the afternoon or at a later date. Whenever you choose to visit, bypass the long entry lines and delve right in, admiring the 19th-century art by Impressionist masters in the grand old building, a converted Beaux-Arts train station.
Night Walking Tour (1.5 hours):
On the same day as your morning Montmartre walking tour, enjoy a second walking tour at night. Meet your local guide (who may be different from your earlier guide) at the Louvre Museum. Pose for pictures before the Louvre's distinctive glass pyramid. As you walk around the Louvre's courtyard, listen to your guide talk about the masterpieces such as the Mona Lisa housed inside the massive museum.
See the City of Light in all its illuminated glory as you stroll along a bridge across the Seine River. Admire the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral glowing in the darkness.
Continue your tour by going off the beaten track, learning about local hideaways and hotspots most tourists don't know about. Finish your 1.5-hour walking tour in St-Germain, a vibrant, youthful neighborhood with plenty of bars and clubs. Get recommendations from your native guide on where to finish off your night and what to explore during the rest of your time in Paris.
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Meet your guide in the early afternoon outside Gare St Lazare, Paris' second-busiest train station. Gaze up at the station's impressive, stately facade and learn about its architecture before setting off on foot through the 8th and 9th arrondissements, known for its many Art Nouveau buildings.
Discover the spectacular Art Nouveau architecture inside a traditional Parisian brasserie and soak up the atmosphere while enjoying a drink and listening to your guide. Continue on to the Palais Garnier, Paris' world-famous opera house, also known as the Opera Garnier. Marvel at the buildings spectacular structure and ornate stonework as you walk around the exterior. Built in the late 19th century, the Palais Garnier is widely considered as much a symbol of Paris as the Eiffel Tower or Notre Dame Cathedral, and its beauty continues to captivate visitors to this day.
Next, head to Boulevard Haussmann, a bustling thoroughfare named after 19th-century urban planner Georges-Eugène Haussmann, who transformed Paris from a medieval slum to a stunning metropolis with long, wide, uniform streets to bring air, light and aesthetic beauty to the center of the city. Haussmann redeveloped Paris at the height of the Art Nouveau movement a style of art and architecture that thrived from 1890 to 1910. A reaction to classic academic art that had dominated earlier centuries, Art Nouveau was inspired by natural forms and structures, accentuated by curved lines and fluid figures.
On this busy boulevard you'll find the Galeries Lafayette luxury department store, Paris most famous hub for designer shopping, alongside Printemps. Step inside to be wowed by the towering stained-glass dome ceiling and gilded balconies more reminiscent of an opulent palace than a shopping mall. Listen as your guide describes the architectural styles, techniques and technologies that combined to create this architectural masterpiece.
After two hours admiring the architecture in Paris 8th and 9th arrondissements, your tour concludes on Boulevard Haussmann.
Head to Paris' Gien workshop in the afternoon to meet your instructor and begin your 2-hour faience class, starting with an introduction to Gien's history. Founded in 1821, Gien has been making fine tin-glazed dinnerware for generations. The company originated in the small town of Gien in central France, but has established a major workshop in the heart of Paris. Today, it's widely considered the finest faience manufacturer in Europe.
Learn the techniques that go into painting this beautiful dinnerware — a delicate craft mastered over the centuries. Peruse the workshop’s selection of painted faience patterns, and browse a collection of books for inspiration. Once you’ve settled on your design of choice, take your plate and set to work creating your own design under the guidance of your instructor. If the idea of starting from scratch is a little daunting, you can decorate a plate with a pre-filled pattern.
After two hours of working on your craft, stamp your plate with the prestigious ‘Gien, made in France’ seal and keep it as a souvenir. You'll also take home an additional Gien gift.
Your family Louvre experience explores one of historys most incredible civilizations: Ancient Egypt. This educational program is designed to encourage kids to think like archaeologists by using the Louvres world-renowned Egyptian collection to bring people from the past into the present.
Children will explore key areas of Egypts civilization, such as the Nile River, a scribes workshop, and a pharaohs crypt. In each area, your kids learn to engage meaningfully with key objects using a variety of thinking tools to understand what they say about Ancient Egyptian beliefs.
With your private guide, your young archaeologists will voyage down the Nile, stopping at each area to decode a series of symbols that allow you to proceed to the next stage of the adventure. As a final challenge, learn how to write your name in Egyptian symbols.
When your tour ends, stay at the museum as long as you like to see artworks such as Mona Lisa, if you wish.
Go find the Parisian artists and their most outstanding street art works, which you will be able to immortalize with the Polaroid camera kindly lent during this original walking tour. Your guide will take you to the heart of the Marais, a well known area for its eclecticism and creative energy. A must do in Paris!
A new and unique Parisian culture experience where your guide will take you to the heart of the Marais, to discover the myriad art works that line the streets of this eclectic Parisian area, combining both tradition and modernism. A veritable plunge into the Parisian underground street art world, allowing you to learn about the most famous street artists of the city, their approach, philosophy and techniques. You will discover the works of yosh, space invaders, clet, sobr, gzup, cost, and many other original and innovative artists. An unusual and original tour, fully immersing you in present day Paris. Become an artist yourself: you will be provided Polaroid cameras to help you take souvenir snapshots of the works you enjoyed the most!
Your guide will advise you how to get the most out of your camera and will show you the best locations so that your shots are the most successful. Smaller groups of up to a maximum of 10 people are ideal and manageable for everyone from youngsters to seniors. A delightful, colorful tour, suitable for everyone's eyes.
A new and unique Parisian culture experience where your guide will take you to the heart of the Marais, to discover the myriad art works that line the streets of this eclectic Parisian area, combining both tradition and modernism. A veritable plunge into the Parisian underground street art world, allowing you to learn about the most famous street artists of the city, their approach, philosophy and techniques. You will discover the works of YOSH, SPACE INVADERS, CLET, SOBR, GZUP, COST for example… and many other original and innovative artists. An unusual and original tour, fully immersing you in present day Paris.
Discover the history and symbolism of the Art Nouveau on this 2-hour small group tour in Paris. Follow your guide through the 7th district of Paris and admire some of the most famous buildings, like Lavirotte's houses, and some other buildings built at the same period. Your group size is limited to twelve people to ensure a more personalized experience.
Starting next to the Champs Elyses and near the Seine, your guide will explain you the origins and features of the Art Nouveau. Walking with your guide through 2 districts of Paris : 8th and 7th , you will admire the architecture of buildings and focusing on the decorations : asymmetry, organic forms....
These 2 districts can be considered as having the most beautiful monuments of the city, as beside Eiffel Tower built for the World fair of 1889, there are also 2 palaces built for the World fair of 1900. Listen as your guide describes the inspiration of the decorations of eccentric buldings like Lavirotte's building, Your tour concludes next to the Invalides.
You will enjoy a lot of modern pieces of art directly painted on the walls of the city. Some of them are just signatures, and for some others real paintings or sculptures in the streets.
Your guided tour will begin in St Ouen, where you can find the flea market of Paris. Exploring the backstreets of the flea market of Paris, you'll discover the famous street art artist, like Mesnager, Monsieur Chat and many others.
Exploring the street art through the flea market, you will learn the hidden symbols and the origins of the Street Art, and also how the graffiti, which was at the beginning a form of contestation became today one part of the official Art.
You will then discover a lot of shops and private house, which are decorated with some street art works commissioned by private rich persons, and galleries.
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Useful French for rail travel
|English (anglais)||French (français)||Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun|
|Where is?||Où est?||ou eh|
|...train station||la gare||lah gar|
|ticket||un billet||uhn bee-YAY|
|ticket counter||les guichet||lay ghee-SHAY|
|departures within the hour||départs dans l'heure||day-PAR dohn luhr|
|local departures||départs banlieue||day-PAR bahn-LYOO|
|long-distance departures||départs grandes lignes||day-PAR grahnd leenyh|
|departure time||heure de départ||uhr de day-PAR|
|arrival time||heure d'arrivée||urh dar-ree-YAV|
|first class||première classe||pruh-mee-YAIR klahs|
|second class||seconde classe||say-COHN-duh klahs|
|one way ticket||un billet simple||uhn bee-YAY SAHM-pluh|
|round trip (return) ticket||un billet aller-retour||uhn bee-YAY ah-LAY RAY-tour|
|I would like to reserve a seat||Je voudrais réserver une place||dzuh voo-DRAY RAY-sair-vay ooun plahs|
|I have a Eurailpass||J'ai Eurailpass||dzay ao-rail-PAHS|
|sleeping couchette||une couchette||ooun koo-SHET|
|berth in a sleeping car||une place en voiture-lit||ooune plahs uhn vwa-TOUR-lee|
|car / carriage||voiture||vwa-TOUR|
|punch your ticket||composter de billet||cohm-poh-STAY de bee-YAY|
|departures||le départ||luh day-PAR|
|coming from||en provenance de||un pro-veh-NONS de|
|going to||a destination de||ah des-tee-nah-tzee-YOWN de|
|Is this the right platform for the Paris train?||Est-ce que c’est le quai pour le train de Paris?||es kuh say le kay poo-rh leh traah de pah-REE|
|delayed||en retard||hn ruh-TAR|
Useful French for air travel
|English (anglais)||French (français)||Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun|
|Where is...||Où est?||ou eh|
|to the right||à droite||ah dwa-t|
|to the left||à gauche||ah go-sh|
|straight ahead||tout droit||too dwa|
|departures hall||Hall de départ||ahl de day-PAR|
|arrivals hall||Hall d’arrivée||ahl da-ree-VAY|
|delayed||en retard||hn ruh-TAR|
|on time||à l’heure||ah LOUR|
|early||en avance||hn ah-VAHNS|
|security check||le contrôle de sécurité||luh kon-TROLL de say-cure-ee-TAY|
|shuttle||la navette||lah na-VET|
|boarding pass||une carte d’embarquement||ooun kart dem-bark-eh-MUHn|
|baggage claim||la livraison des bagages||la lee-vray-SOHn day bah-GA-j|
|carry-on luggage||les bagages à main||lay bah-GA-j ah meh|
|checked luggage||les bagages enregistrés||lay bah-GA-j on-ray-jee-STRAY|
Useful French for car travel
|English (anglais)||French (français)||Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun|
|scooter/motorboke||une moto||ouhn mo-TOH|
|gas station||station-service||stah-see-YOHN sair-VEES|
|gas||de l'essence||deh lay-SAWNS|
|Fill it up, please||faire le plein, s'il vous plaît||fair le plahn seel voo play|
|Where is...||Où est?||ou eh|
|...the road||la route||lah root|
|...the street||la rue||lah roo|
|...the road for Paris||
la route de Paris
|lah root de pah-REE|
|to the right||à droite||ah dwa-t|
|to the left||à gauche||ah go-sh|
|keep going straight||tout droit||too dwa|
|toll||un péage||uhn PAY-ahj|
|road map||carte routière||kahrt roo-tee-YAIR|
|roundabout||rond point||rohn pwea|
Typical road signs
|English (anglais)||French (français)|
|Speed limit||Limit de vitesse|
|Give way||Cedez le passage|
|Give way to traffic coming from the left/right||Priorité à gauche / à droit|
|No passing||Interdiction de doubler/dépasser|
|No entry||Sens interdit|
|Road closed||Route barrée|
|Risk of ice||Verglas|
|Speed camera||Radar de vitesse|
|Pedestrian crossing||Passage piéton|
|Parking prohibited||Stationnement interdit|
|Pedestrian zone||Zone piétonnne|
Basic phrases in French
|English (anglais)||French (français)||pro-nun-see-YAY-shun|
|please||s'il vous plaît||seel-vou-PLAY|
|Do you speak English?||Parlez-vous anglais?||par-lay-VOU on-GLAY|
|I don't understand||Je ne comprende pas||zhuh nuh COHM-prohnd pah|
|I'm sorry||Je suis desolée||zhuh swee day-zoh-LAY|
|How much does it cost?||Combien coute?||coam-bee-YEHN koot|
|That's too much||C'est trop||say troh|
|Good evening||Bon soir||bohn SWAH|
|Good night||Bon nuit||bohn NWEE|
|Excuse me (to get attention)||Excusez-moi||eh-skooze-ay-MWA|
|Excuse me (to get past someone)||Pardon||pah-rRDOHN|
|Where is?||Où est?||ou eh|
|...the bathroom||la toilette||lah twah-LET|
|...train station||la gare||lah gahr|
Days, months, and other calendar items in French
|English (anglais)||French (français)||Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun|
|When is it open?||Quand est-il ouvert?||coan eh-TEEL oo-VAIR|
|When does it close?||Quand est l'heure de fermeture?||coan eh lure duh fair-mah-TOUR|
|At what time...||à quelle heure...||ah kell uhre|
|Day after tomorrow||après demain||ah-PRAY duh-MEHN|
|a day||un jour||ooun zhuhr|
|a month||un mois||ooun mwa|
Numbers in French
|English (anglais)||French (français)||Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun|
|21*||vingt et un *||vahnt eh UHN|
|22*||vingt deux *||vahn douh|
|23*||vingt trois *||vahn twa|
|5,000||cinq mille||sank meel|
|10,000||dix mille||dees meel|
* You can form any number between 20 and 99 just like the examples for 21, 22, and 23. For x2–x9, just say the tens-place number (trente for 30, quarante for 40, etc.), then the ones-place number (35 is trente cinq; 66 is soixsante six). The only excpetion is for 21, 31, 41, etc. For x1, say the tens-place number followed by "...et un" (trente et un, quarante et un, etc.).
‡ Yes, the French count very strangely once they get past 69. Rather than some version of "seventy,' they instead say "sixy-ten" (followed by "sixty-eleven," "sixty-twelve,' etc. up to "sixty-nineteen.") And then, just to keep things interesting, they chenge it up again and, for 80, say 'four twenties"—which always make me thinks of blackbirds baked in a pie for some reason. Ninety becomes "four-twenties-ten" and so on up to "four-nineties-ninteen" for 99, which is quite a mouthful: quartre-vingts-dix-neuf.