Basilique Sacre Coeur de Montmartre ★☆☆
The Sacred Heart Basilica atop Montmartre
This meringue confection atop Montmartre hill shimmers in the sunlight like a church built of clouds. Actually, it's built of gypsum, and therein lies both its unearthly white glow and the ticket to its own rapid demise.
You see, when they designed this neo-Byzantine shrine in an effort to convince God to hold back the Prussian army back in 1875–1914 (didn't work; the Germans invaded and they couldn't even consecrate the thing until 1919), they decided to coat its exterior in this frangible gleaming white stone so that regular rainfall would slowly dissolve microlayers of the surface, leaving it always beaming white like someone who just got back from a good teeth-cleaning at the dentist.
Problem is, they never banked on (a) the pollution levels of the latter-20th century, and (b) acid rain. The church is literally being eaten away at an amazing clip, and though it will be decades before it's gone (assuming they don't intervene—which you know they will), unlike most major churches in Europe, this one was decidedly not built to last.
For an aural treat, tour Sacre Coeur from 9:45 to 10:45am on a Sunday morning while the choir is rehearsing for the 11am mass; if you want to blow out your eardrums, be around when they toll the bell tower's 18.5-ton "Savoyard," one of the largest bells in the world (sounds it, too).
You can climb 300 steps to the top of the dome, the second highest point in Paris after the Eiffel, for views that, on a fine day, stretch 50km—though you pay for the privilege.
The steps in front of the church are one of the best (and most popular) places to watch the sunset over Paris (see sidebar).
The Ephrem guesthouse
The church also runs a cheap guesthouse called Ephrem of 53 room, nine with private bathrooms for the handicapped (Tel. +33-(0)1-53-41-89-09).
It's wonderfully cheap (around €15)—and the rates include breakfast, lunch, and dinner—but it really is desgined for pilgrims who want to pray and reflect, not tourists (among other things, curfew is an unreasonably early 9pm).
Situated on a hill above Paris' Right Bank, the neighborhood of Montmartre has always stood apart from the rest of the city. As rents in central Paris skyrocketed in the early 1900s, artists, writers, and bohemians of all types flocked to the now-iconic winding cobblestone streets and steep staircases, transforming Montmartre from a sleepy quartierinto one of the most important centers for art and radical thought in the world. During this 3-hour Montmartre walking tour we will look at the traditions, lifestyle, and bohemian character of this storied neighborhood over the centuries.
- Explore the urban and social context of Montmartre.
- Montmartre walking tour led by a historian.
- Includes Sacre Coeur
Montmartre Walking Tour
Beginning near the Abbesses metro, one of Montmartre's most central points, we'll begin by acquiring an understanding of the area's religious background. In 250 AD, Roman prefects sentenced the Bishop of Paris—later known as Saint Denis (namesake of the cathedral explored on our Saint Denis Tour)—to death. We'll trace the route he supposedly walked (carrying his own head, no less) and discuss Montmartre's importance in the history of Christianity as the home of the Society of Jesuits, founded here by Saint Ignacio de Loyola and Saint François Xavier in 1534.
Climbing the butte to the Moulin de la Galette, we'll reflect on how Paris' rapid urban growth in the 19th century pushed the city's boundaries until it pressed into the sleepy villages on its outskirts. By the time the 20th century arrived, convivial venues like the Moulin de la Galette—once an open-air dance hall—sprang up in droves, making Paris famous for its nightlife: outdoor bals populaires, risqué cabarets, gas-lit cafes, and boisterous concert halls. Immortalized by artists like Toulouse-Lautrec, Van Gogh, and Renoir, the Moulin de la Galette was once home to the down-and-out bohemians that populated the neighborhood, gaving it its radical reputation and making Montmartre the perfect place to contemplate the modern revolution taking place in art and society at the turn of the century. (For a deeper look at Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artists in Paris check out our Musee d'Orsay Tour.)
Continuing upwards to the top of the hill, we'll stop at Sacré Cœur, the basilica that has since become the symbol of the entirety of Montmartre. With its Romano-Byzantine features, Sacré Cœur stands in sharp contrast to the Gothic architecture experienced on our Notre Dame tour or at Saint Eustache, both visible from its belvedere. Now a gathering point for street musicians, the steps of Sacré Cœur are an excellent place to see the contrast between Montmartre's bohemian atmosphere and its religious history.
"This was the best tour I have ever been on. Our docent was very knowledgeable. Her love of the area was evident, and with her art history background and interest she added another dimension to the sights."
Throughout our walk, we'll strive to put Montmartre within an urban and social context, painting a vivid portrait of the key figures who have made the dynamic neighborhood their home, causing a shift from provincial town, to religious epicenter, to bohemian paradise, and have in turn been inspired by its unique atmosphere.
After visiting Sacre Coeur and the artist's square, Place du Tertre, you'll take a walk to Montmartre's picturesque North Slope, where Van Gogh lived and painted. The winding route continues through the streets and lanes where studios and lofts are home to the many artists and musicians who live and work in Montmartre today.
Sights of the Montmartre Walking Tour include:
- Sacre Coeur Basilica, the white basilica that dominates the Parisian skyline
- Moulin Rouge - the famed cabaret immortalized by works by Toulouse-Lautrec among others
- Vincent Van Gogh's House - the artist lived here with his brother Theo from 1886 to 1888
- Place du Tertre, the charming artists square where works are painted and sold on the spot
- Dali Museum, home to over 300 of the Surrealist artist's original works
- The Montmartre Vineyards, an authentic Parisian vineyard and source of the famed Le Clos Montmartre wine
- Montmartre Cemetery - final resting place of Edgar Degas, Emile Zola and Jacques Offenbach, among others
- Le Lapin Agile - the famous haunt of the resident artists of Montmartre in the early 1900s
- Famous windmills of Montmartre - three original windmills remain today
- Bateaux Lavoir - the resident listing at this artists' studio reads like a "who's who" of famous painters who have passed through Paris
When in Paris with your kids dont miss our engaging 2 hour Montmartre and Sacre Coeur Church Private Tour for Kids and Families! Montmartre is one of the oldest, most picturesque and characteristic quarter in Paris.
It is rich of cafes and places where artists as Picasso, Van Gogh, Renoir use to live and meet. With your local kids friendly guide you will not miss Amelie Poulin grocery store, windmills, the passer through walls, Saint Denis Square, the I love you wall and the Sacre Coeur Church and much more.
Enjoy this exclusive private kids-friendly tour of Montmartre with your family! Hundred years ago this neighborhood was just covered with windmills and vineyards, it was the hill where local artists could easily get a cheap place to live. Here artistic movements as Cubism and Impressionism developed giving birth to modern art.
You will meet your top-rated kids friendly guide just outside the Blanche Metro Station and your 2 hour walking tour will start! You will not miss Amelie Poulin grocery store, the I love you wall, place Emile Goudeau and the workshop where Picasso invented Cubism.
While engaging your family with nice interesting and educational stories and activities, your guide will bring you to place du Tertre, the artists square, Saint Denis Square and show you the passer through walls. You will be able to see old remaining windmills and even a little vineyard. The tour will end visiting the Sacre Coeur Church. Both parents and kids will love this extraordinary Montmartre Tour!
Explore the charming, historical hill top. And discover the Sacré Coeur basilica, artists' square, Moulin Rouge, and the cabaret of the assassins.
After your small group tour, enjoy skip-the-line access to the Musée d'Orsay, the world's largest collection of impressionist art. Or save your ticket for the day of your choice. As you explore the museum, you recognize the streets and shops of Montmartre in every gallery.
To fully appreciate the Musée d'Orsay, you need to know the hill of Montmartre. You will see Montmartre in the paintings of the Orsay. This 90 minute walking tour is a must for any art lover.
Your guide meets you in front of the world-famous Moulin Rouge (metro 2, station Blanche). She explains how this cabaret helped make Montmartre a hotspot for both debauchery and art. Together, you embark up the hill. Weave through the magical streets which enchanted generations of artists. As you discover famous artist's houses and favorite hangouts, your guide shares their stories. She shows you their impressions of Montmartre. She has pictures so you can recognize the paintings up-close on your visit to the Musée d'Orsay.
As you make your way up the hill, your guide points out its ever-evolving street art. You stumble upon secluded secrets such as the only vineyard in Paris. And you feel the presence of the impressionists every step of the way.
The 90-minute tour concludes alongside the gleaming Basilica du Sacré Coeur de Montmartre. Your guide shares the violent history of its creation (hint: there was a revolt). She lingers for a while to answer your questions about where to eat, how to get to the Musée d'Orsay, or anything else! Part ways overlooking the entire city of Paris from a top Montmartre.
You are now well prepared to visit the Musée d'Orsay. Your skip the line access is valid any time after your tour. Having seen Montmartre through the eyes of its artists, you are enchanted by the characters and places you recognize from your visit. Van Gogh and Renoir and Toulouse-Lautrec are now familiar friends. Admire the symbolism of displaying impressionist masterpieces in a beautiful train station.
Meet your guide at the base of Paris' hilly Montmartre district and set off to begin your 5-hour Impressionist walking tour. Historically an artsy, off-the-grid and rebellious area near Paris' outskirts, Montmartre was the haunt of the most famous artists and writers of the late 19th and earlier 20th centuries, including Renoir, Monet, van Gogh, Degas and Cézanne, and the streets echo tales of their provocative antics both on and off the canvas.
Strolling along picturesque cobbled backstreets dotted with artist studios, bohemian hangouts and old cabarets, gain insight into the sights and sounds that inspired these talented artists. See the houses where artists such as Picasso and van Gogh lived and worked, and visit the windmill featured in Renoirs provocative Bal du moulin de la Galette. Pause in front of the world's most famous cabaret, Moulin Rouge, and put yourself in the shoes of the talented Toulouse-Lautrec, who regularly sat before the debaucherous after-hour scene here, paintbrush in hand.
Conclude your Montmartre stroll under the iconic dome of Basilique du Sacré-Coeur. Enjoy breathtaking views over Paris from Montmartre's highest point. You'll then have free time for lunch (own expense).
Hop in a private vehicle and drive down the hill to your next stop, the Musée dOrsay, on the left bank of the Seine River. A former train station built at the turn of the 20th century, the Musée dOrsay is now a museum that houses one of the finest and extensive collections of Impressionist art in the world. As one of Paris' most popular tourist attractions, the entrance lines can get quite long, but with your skip-the-line ticket, you'll bypass the queues and head straight inside for a 2-hour guided tour.
Follow your guide from one Impressionist or postImpressionist masterpiece to the next, created by luminaries such as Monet, Manet, Renoir, Cézanne and Gauguin. Learn about the skillful techniques employed by these awe-inspiring masters, and gain insight into the significance behind selected works. Your tour finishes inside the museum.
Take a stroll through the picturesque district of Montmartre, home to cabarets, windmills, and sweeping views of Paris. This 2.5 hour private walking tour will explore the people and places that marked the Belle Epoque period, when the City of Light sparkled more than ever. Your tour will pair you with one of our guides who share their favorite stories and personalities that define the Montmartre neighborhood.
Discover the history of Montmartre, as we will climb the butte or hills - starting at its base where the Moulin Rouges windmill still spins slowly. Wind up the hill and its cobbled streets flooded with charm to discover the houses of artists like Van Gogh and Picasso who called Montmartre home. At the summit, enter the gleaming white basilica of Sacré Coeur, and score a spectacular photo op of Paris from one of the citys highest points. Lovers of the film Amélie, will feel at home in this district, where much of the movie was filmed. Continue to explore Montmartre's highlights that generally include - Moulin Rouge, Sacré Coeur Cathedral (with time allowed to explore inside as well), Place Dalida, Moulin de la Galette, Vincent Van Goghs house, The Artists Square, and Amélie Café. Consider an evening tour option and catch a sunset over the city if youre lucky (depending on the season).
Take a stroll through the picturesque district of Montmartre, home to cabarets, windmills, and sweeping views of Paris, on a 2.5-hour walking tour. Explore the people and places that marked the Belle Epoque period, when the City of Light sparkled more than ever, and visit Sacré-Coeur Basilica at the top of the hill. This small-group tour is limited to 10 people to provide personal attention from a guide, who shares with you the stories and personalities that define the Montmartre neighborhood.
Your walking tour begins as you meet your guide to climb the butte, or hill, of Montmartre, starting at its base where the Moulin Rouges windmill still spins slowly.
Wind up the hill and its cobbled streets flooded with charm to discover the former residences of artists like Van Gogh and Picasso, who once called Montmartre home. At the summit, enter the gleaming white Basilica of Sacré-Coeur, which boasts a spectacular photo op of Paris from one of the citys highest points. Lovers of the film Amélie will feel at home in this district, where much of the movie was filmed.
Sights on this tour generally include: the Moulin Rouge, Sacré-Coeur (with time to explore inside, as well), Place Dalida, Moulin de la Galette, Vincent van Goghs house, the Artists Square, and Amélie Café.
Depending on the season, consider an evening tour option to catch the sunset over the city, if youre lucky.
Meet at the base of Montmartre for your private walking tour of this beloved Paris neighborhood. Your guide will reveal Montmartre through the lives and works of Renoir, Monet, Van Gogh and Cézanne a handful of the art rebels who lived on the edge of Paris on the charming hill of Montmartre, and who all paved the way for the Impressionist art movement in Europe in the 19th century.
Strolling through Montmartres romantic streets, youll get a first-hand look at the places that inspired the Impressionist painters. See where Van Gogh and Picasso lived and worked, visit the windmill that Renoir featured in his scandalous piece Bal du moulin de la Galette and walk past the Moulin Rouge cabaret that inspired Toulouse-Lautrecs distinctive artistic style.
Your leisurely walk ends at the hill's highest point, iconic Basilique du Sacré Coeur, boasting spectacular views over Paris.
After lunch (own expense), you'll be driven by luxury private vehicle to the Musée dOrsay on the left bank of the River Seine. This mesmerizing museum is home to Paris largest collection of Impressionist art.
Use your skip-the-line ticket to bypass the entrance lines and head straight inside for a 2-hour guided tour. Browse a rich collection of 19th-century French art by Manet, Renoir, Cézanne, Gauguin and more, and learn about the techniques used by the Impressionists and post-Impressionists from your guide as you admire the array of artworks.
You are free to stay and continue exploring the museum at the end of your guided tour.
With an expert guide you will visit the inside of this wonderful monument, as iconic as the Eiffel Tower and marvel at the worlds largest mosaic. And you will also enjoy an amazing walk of the village of Montmartre.
Explore the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris, built between 1874 and 1914 and enjoy the artistic and picturesque village of Paris.
Your guided tour begins with a visit of the outside and inside of the Sacred Heart.
Learn about both the exterior and interior of the Basilica from your expert guide. See the largest mosaic in the world, Christ in Majesty, depicting the Sacred Heart of Jesus, worshiped by the Virgin Mary, Jeanne d'Arc, and St. Michael the Archangel.
After the Basilica your guide will take you to the village of Montmartre. This neighborhood of Montmartre has always stood apart from the rest of Paris, not just as the large hill in the citys northern 18th Arrondissement, but as the home to artists, revolutionaries and outsiders who have played an important part in the unique history of Paris. These streets hold wild stories and a unique perspective around every corner and the Place du Tertre, is one of the most famous squares of Paris, there is no neighborhood more magical than Montmartre.
Meet your guide in front of the cabaret to beat all cabarets: the Moulin Rouge. Learn about its provocative history and the invention of the can-can, a feisty French dance that put Montmartre on the map. Then make your way into a different kind of Paris as you stroll along quiet country streets that will make you forget youre in a major European capital!
In a small group no larger than 8 people, youll be led by a passionate local guide who knows where all the best stuff isaward winning French baguettes, hidden street art, unique shopping, café terraces, etc. Youll stop at Picassos former studio where he not only single-handedly revolutionized the art world but also fell in love for the first time. How did he get the girl? Youd be surprised.
Youll stop near former residences of Van Gogh and Renoir to delve into their stories and see how the spell of Montmartre influenced their work. Youll see the only working vineyard in Paris, a pastoral patch of land across from Picassos favorite hangout, Au Lapin Agile. Never heard of the Parisian donkey who painted a masterpiece? Your guide will tell you all about it.
Continue toward Place du Tertre with its large community of outdoor artists who set up easels every day to create original artwork on site. Its the perfect way to relive the glory days of Montmartres artistic heritage. Finish atop the highest natural point in Paris for two stunning views: the magnificent Sacré Coeur basilica on one side, and a panorama of Paris on the other.
Tours of Montmartre that might also include Sacre Coeur
The winding, cobbled streets and crooked buildings of Montmartre have inspired artists for over two hundred years. Formerly a village on the outskirts of Paris, Montmartre's unique atmosphere remains a tranquil contrast to the hustle and bustle of the greater city. And from the last quarter of the 19th-century to the outbreak of WWI, it was the heart of bohemian and artistic life, with such illustrious inhabitants as Renoir, Van Gogh, and Picasso. So why did these artists want to live at the top of a hill? Were they all friends? Who did they paint? Our 2.5-hour Montmatre For Kids tour, led by a scholar trained in guiding in Paris with kids, follows in the footsteps of these artists and their cohorts, discovering the history behind the storied neighborhood through the colorful and unusual experiences of the legendary creatives who lived there.
- Discover Montmartre through the eyes of the famous artists who lived there.
- Montmartre for kids tour led by a scholar trained to work with children.
- Incorporates interactive activities to foster learning in a fun and engaging way.
Looking for this walk for grown ups? See our Montmartre Walking Tour.
Montmartre For Kids Tour
Why does Montmartre feel different from the rest of Paris? From its beginnings as a Roman city, Paris has always grown at a swift pace. Pushing out from the center, the city was soon butting heads with the neighboring villages that were formally on its outskirts. As the city approached, Montmartre's windmills and small-town atmosphere receded. Creatives—namely artists—flocked towards the cheaper rents on the steep slopes of the butte Montmartre. Lively cafés and cabarets sprung up to accommodate them, namely the Moulin de Galette, creating Montmartre's legendary festive atmosphere. Here, artists like Renoir captured the vivacious spirit of the quartier, or neighborhood. Incorporating interactive games or close observational activities, we will engage with this captivating history.
Tracing a path through the twisting streets, we may see where Picasso or Toulouse Lautrec once spent hours creating paintings and drawings inside their art studios. Perhaps we will see where Van Gogh or Suzanne Valadon lived. Connecting the sites of their former haunts with visuals of their work, we will build a picture of both their art and the daily lives as 19th-century Parisians. We might sit down for a hot chocolate at one of Modigliani’s favorite cafes or pass by a popular cabaret where the artists would spend their evenings together. With our sketchpads in hand, we will stop to artistically interpret these sights for ourselves. As we create our quick freehand sketches, we will build a connection to our artist friends, visiting some exact sites where the artists painted or wrote about in their letters and journals.
"We absolutely adored the tour—this is our third Family Walk with Context and it's the best one yet! Our docent was wonderful with all of us, especially the kids, and we all learned so much about Montmartre's history. I would recommend the tour without exception."
As we stroll through these magical cobblestone streets, we will gain insight into the artists’ lives and the era, but also about their styles and how art developed. Coming away with an understanding of Montmartre's development from small village to bohemian hub, we will hopefully leave our “young artists” with a desire to explore their own creativity and curiosity to discover more about the intriguing characters who have made Montmartre historic.
In addition to our family program tours, we may be able to adapt certain other tours to the needs of families, though please note such adaptations would not incorporate special activities. Please contact us for more details.
During your minivan tour of central Paris you'll gain insights into the history of Paris and its famous monuments and sites as you listen to the accompanying commentary. Your air-conditioned minivan tour of Paris takes in major landmarks, including La Madeleine, Opera, Vendome Square, Concorde, Champs-Elysees, Arc de Triomphe, Invalides, the world-famous Louvre Museum and Notre Dame Cathedral, to name just a few.
Your personalized tour of Paris concludes with a some free time in Montmartre, you are free to visit the Sacre-Coeur basilica, the picturesque Moulin de la Galette windmill or the central Place du Tertre square. It's a great way to end your introduction to Paris, the City of Light!
Book your Latin Quarter or Montmartre private tour and, armed with your digital or SLR camera, or smartphone, meet your guide in your chosen district.
Start walking and learn from your guide how to spot and capture some of the wonderful scenes around you. Make frequent stops to shoot world-famous monuments, dip into hidden lanes and streets, and discover new ways of seeing your surroundings.
As you stroll, learn how your enthusiasm and creativity are more important than your type of camera, and get hands-on instructions using its different settings, as well as mastering light and the art of composition.
Both tours end at a bistro for drinks or snacks (own expense) and, if you have a digital camera, to allow you to get your guides friendly critique on your photos.
Photography Walking Tour Latin Quarter (3 hours)Meet your guide in the Latin Quarter, a district on the Left Bank of the Seine near Paris' Sorbonne University that's known for its student life, bohemian vibe and buzzing bistros.
Explore the back streets to record the sights on camera, and stroll along the Seine to absorb the views of Notre Dame Cathedral. Then, take a closer look at this spectacular Gothic church and take shots of its exterior, with helpful ideas from your guide.
Lastly, head into a bistro for refreshments (own expense) and chat with your guide, gleaning their views on your shots if you've taken them digitally. Your tour then ends after your visit.
Photography Walking Tour Montmartre (3 hours)Meet your guide in Montmartre, the hill in northern Paris known for its art galleries, nightlife and Sacré Coeur Basilica. As you stroll, learn how to see the buildings and streets from a photographers viewpoint and stop to take pictures helped by hints from your guide.
Delve into the cobbled alleyways, leafy squares and stepped hills, and gradually make your way to the Place du Tertre near the Sacré Coeur. See the outdoor art stalls of watercolorists and portrait painters in the square and finish by snapping views of the white, domed church.
End your tour at a bistro over refreshments (own expense). Chat with your guide about what you've learnt, and if youve used a digital camera, get their views on your photos, before saying your goodbyes.
This small-group tour is limited to just eight people, ensuring youll receive personalized attention from your guide.
Perched high on a hill overlooking bustling downtown Paris, the village-like area of Montmartre is easily one of Paris most-loved neighborhoods. Topped by the beautiful Sacré-Coeur, the area boasts a myriad of cobbled streets thronged by street artists, musicians and traditional crêpe stalls round every twist and turn.
Unsurprisingly, Montmartre is a mecca for creative types, and numerous artists over the years made the area their home. After meeting your guide, learn about some of these legendary French artists while you walk around this vibrant district, seeing the places where they lived, worked and painted.
Hear of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, one of the greatest Post-Impressionist painters of his time, who moved here to study, and Dutch-born Vincent Van Gogh, who found the area to be a treasure trove of subjects to paint. Henri Matisse was another of the areas legendary residents, who lived here in his early days as a struggling artist.
As your guide talks about the highs and lows of the artists lives in Montmartre, weave your way through the streets to reach the Sacré-Coeur. Walk through this 19th-century basilica, admiring its golden mosaics and intricately designed bronze doors, before stopping outside to enjoy the best panoramic views over Paris.
While Montmartre is widely considered to be Paris most bohemian neighborhood, it isnt as well known for its wine! Astonishingly, the area is home to the citys last surviving vineyard. Learn all about this little-known place while following your guide off the tourist trail and through the doors of two of Pariss oldest bistros. As you sit down to enjoy a tasting of various fine wines, youll be served a plate of charcuterie (cured meats) and learn from your guide about the grape varieties, local soil and wine production of this fascinating enclave of Paris.
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.
Explore the legendary Montmartre district of Paris on a private 2-hour walking tour, and learn how the former suburb outside the citys jurisdiction went from being a den of iniquity to the fashionable, bohemian center it is today.
Along the way, your personal guide will tell you stories of illegal alcohol and allegedly obscene Can-Can dancers, show you lavish houses next to run-down slums, and describe the birth of Impressionism in the 19th century.
Uncover its layered history along some of the beautiful and not so beautiful streets, stopping at landmark monuments, such as the Metro Blanche (formerly Maison Blanche), Moulin Rouge, and Moulin de la Galette.
After meeting your private guide at a designated location, set off on your Montmartre walking tour.
Your guide focuses on the art and history of the neighborhood, as Montmartre was the center of bohemian life during the Belle Epoque and was home to artists like Toulouse-Lautrec, Modigliani, Van Gogh, Utrillo, Picasso, and Claude Monet. As you walk, see sights such as the Eros Museum, Moulin Rouge, Les Deux Moulins, the Van Gogh house, St. Denis Martyrium, the vineyard of Montmartre, and Café de Amélie. You'll end up at the Sacré-Cœur Basilica (Basilica of the Sacred Heart), you can take in a fabulous view of Paris.
Meet your guide in Montmartre, in front of the famous Moulin Rouge, and set off on a leisurely walking tour around the neighborhood. Take in the typical atmosphere of Montmartre, from charming little streets to must-see highlights. Along the way, hear tales from the festive Paris of the 19th-century that inspired the the Impressionists with its cafés, theaters, operas, balls, and cabarets, and learn more about the lives and works of different artists of the time, including Monet, Renoir, Cézanne, and Toulouse-Lautrec. See the magnificent monuments and streets that inspired well-known paintings such as Renoir's scandalous masterpiece Bal du Moulin de la Galette and Toulouse-Lautrecs paintings of the Moulin Rouge cabaret.
The 2-hour walking tour concludes at one of the most emblematic monuments in Paris the Basilique du Sacré Coeur, boasting wonderful views over Paris. Before parting ways, your guide will hand over your skip-the-line ticket to Musée Marmottan Monet, which brings together the world's largest collection of masterpieces by Claude Monet plus works by Morisot, Degas, Renoir, Manet, and other Impressionists. Your guide will give you directions to visit Musée Marmottan Monet straight away, or you can use your ticket to visit independently on another day of your choice.
Your Montmartre walking tour begins by meeting your guide at a location near the Abbesses metro station.
Perched on a hill in northern Paris, Montmartre is known for its bohemian charm, street painters, and legendary nightlife venues like the Moulin Rouge. As you stroll through the neighborhood with your guide, learn about its history, and visit both top landmarks and off-the-beaten-path sites. Plus, check out Sacré-Coeur Basilica, which boasts a wonderful view of Paris.
Your tour ends in Montmarte, from where you can continue your day on your own.
Visit the Montmarte district with your professional photographer guide on this 2-hour tour. Stroll by landmarks such as the Basilica of Sacre-Coeur, the Wall of Love, Moulin Rouge, the Dalida statue and more. Choose from multiple departure times that best suit your desired affect. Select a casual or formal shoot depending on your attire. Receive 300-400 pictures of you and your party including retouching done on twenty-five of the best photos.
- 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.
On the afternoon of your tour, meet your guide in central Paris, and then hop aboard your luxury vehicle and travel to Montmartre. Home to the imposing Basilique du Sacré-Coeur and some of the finest city views in all of Paris, Montmartre is widely considered among the most charming corners of the French capital.
Follow your guide on a walk around Montmartre and gain insight into its ancient history and heritage. The area dates back to the Gallo-Roman era and was, more recently, home to famous artists such as Salvador Dalí, van Gogh, Monet and Picasso.
Board Montmartres funicular and take the short ride up the hillside to the top. Enjoy panoramic views out over Paris from your vantage point on the hilltop, then head inside the Basilique du Sacré-Coeur to explore at your leisure. Famous for its spectacular Romanesque and Byzantine architecture, the Sacré-Coeur is considered by many to be Paris most impressive landmark.
Continue on by coach to the Louvre Museum and enjoy skip-the-line access to beat the queues and head straight inside. Follow your guide through the hallways and galleries and discover treasures such as da Vinci's Mona Lisa and the famous Venus de Milo. Marvel at masterpieces such as Delacroix's Liberty Leading the People and Géricault's The Raft of the Medusa, and gain insight into their place in art history.
At the conclusion of your guided Louvre Museum tour, choose to stay longer and explore further at your leisure. Or, hop back into your luxury vehicle for the journey back to the Pyramides métro stop, where your tour will come to an end.
Please note: On Wednesdays and Fridays, there are extended opening hours at the Louvre Museum. On these days, it is possible to stay until 9:45pm at no extra charge.
Memorable evening with a drive from our central located agency to the foot of Montmartre in a luxury motorcoach. You will then use the famous funicular to reach the top of the hill and discover the Sacre Coeur Basilica, highest point of the city. With your guide, you will discover the lively district of the authentic Village and head off to the Place du Tertre, notorious artists' square in the very heart of Montmartre. The dinner will take place in a local restaurant (menu at choice with drinks included). Let be entertained by some well-known songs and music performed by a pianist during your evening.
Choice of starter:
Hot Goat Cheese Salad
French Onion Soup
Preserved Duck with Cheesy Potatoes
Salmon Filet, white butter sauce with Cheesy Potatoes
Traditionnal Beef Burgundy
½ Bottle of Red Or White Wine
* Menu, subject to modification
From the restaurant,the guide will take you to the famous Venue located at Pigalle! You will be attending the enchanting and colorful Feerie Show while drinking Champagne ( one glass per person). At the end of the evening ( around 1/1.30am) the guide will take you back nearby your hotel inside Paris!
Enjoy a day out to visit Paris and its must-see places such as the Latin Quarter, Notre Dame Cathedral, Montmartre and the Louvre Museum.
The morning will start at 9.15am by a guided tour by coach of the oldest and Must see destinations of the French Capital: La Bastille, the Latin Quarter, St Germain des Près, Le Jardin du Luxembourg, The Opera Garnier, Place Vendome and some many more . You will then head off to the Ile de la Cite with a Guided visit of the Impressive Cathedral: Notre Dame: a Gothic Architecture Monument .The guide will then take you to the banks of the Seine to board the River Shuttle for a return back to the centrally located agency.
Lunch at your leisure nearby our central located agency then meet up at 1.30pm for the afternoon portion to the village of Montmartre followed by the largest Museum: Le Louvre.
The Guide will take you up to Montmartre relating all about the neighbourhood, painters You will have free time on your own pace to wander the narrow cobblestone streets and discover the authentic area. Famous Painters such as Van Gogh and Renoir used to live at the Main Square of the Village. Place Tertre is now the place to explore with lots of portrait artists , buskers, cartoonists surroundings by Cafés, Brasseries And the Sacré-Coeur Basilica nearby.
The whipped-cream look of the Basilica is mainly due to its stone which came from the Château-Landon quarries. In wet weather, the calcite contained in the stone acts like a bleacher to give the church a definite chalky white appearance.
You will return back to the city centre to experience a Guided Visit at once, Symbol of French Monarchy, and now the largest National Museum! You will learn about the 3 main artworks : The Venus of Milo: Aphrodite Goddess, The Winged Victory of Samothrace and Mona Lisa: Da Vinci Notorious Artwork!! End of the excursion a round 6.15pm.
Departing from Metro Anvers in North of Paris, embark on a 2-hour journey with your guide in Montmartre. Originally a small village in the North of Paris, Montmartre is a very picturesque district with amazing views of Paris. The neighborhood is well known for its Bohemia and creativity, which draws many artists who are attracted to the authentic atmosphere. Meet your guide at Metro Stop Anvers, near the kiosque. Your guide will discuss the neighborhood life while strolling cobblestones streets up to the hill of Montmartre. You will be using the funicular to help you go up to the village. Witness attractions where artists used to live. such as Van Gogh, Dali and Monet. Place du Tertre is a reminder of the old Montmartre, which is full of painters and vibrant. Enjoy the Sacre Coeur Basilica, known as one of Paris most visited Monuments. Explore the hidden pleasures, a small, neat vineyard and much more.
Is there anywhere in Paris a more emblematic and picturesque quarter than Montmartre ? How is it possible to concentrate so many French symbols and food in such a small area ? Follow your passionate local guide and unveil the mysteries of Montmartre during an unforgettable 3 hours food tour on top of the French capital !
- Between le Moulin Rouge and le Sacré Coeur, taste only the best of Montmartre!
- Youll have 8 to 10 stops, both sweet and savory
- Small groups tours ensure you the best experience you can get!
- Chocolate, pastries, cheese, cured meats and wine on the menu
- During the tour, you will have the opportunity to meet some of the most passionate and talented food artisans of the capital.
Look around you! Dozens of cobblestone streets, lots of somptuous hidden mansions, hundreds of warm and lively Parisian cafés, charming terraces everywhere, some typical little squares and adorable stores of all types
No mistake you are in Montmartre ! If the City of Lights had a heart, no wonder it would be beating here, in Montmartre and nowhere else.
You have probably heard of Montmartre as the residency of some famous painters of the 19th and 20th century, such as Pablo Picasso and Van Gogh, or even as the setting of some myhtical movies such as Amelie! Yet, Montmartre has also a great gastronomical heritage. You can tell by the several mouthwatering window shops along the way, full of elegant and delicious cakes, appetizing chocolate candies, and of course, shelves full of generous cheeses, cured meats and French wine!
Not only Montmartre contains some of the most popular cultural symbols of Paris, such as Le Moulin Rouge and Le Sacré Cœur, but it also has an undescribable soul provided by every single actor of this area. All the talented food artisans play a major part by contributing to the warm and unique atmosphere of the district.
On the way, your guide will take you to the breathtaking Clos des Vignes, which happens to be the only vineyard in Paris. This incredible spot will make you forget about where your are, thanks to its timeless setting that literaly throws you back a century ago, when the wine served in every cafes and bistros was coming from the Montmartre's vineyards!
Your local and foodie guide will be delighted to walk down these streets in order to introduce you to the best food artisans of the area, and also to share with you some unforgettable tastings at every stop. You'll feel like a little child while eating the sweet treats we've selected for you, while a glass of good wine paired with some fresh cheeses and cured meat will make you fill in the shoes of a real Parisian enjoying his apéritif along with friends!
Get ready for Montmartres magic and delicacies, they are only waiting for you!
Since the 12th century, Montmartre has been the cradle of wine making and drinking in Paris. In this hilltop Bohemian village, drinking wine in lively cafés, cabarets and picturesque bistrots is absolutely inevitable! At a walking distance from the vineyards of Montmartre, youll follow your wine expert guide, for a unique wine and food tasting experience in some of the best bistrots of the area.
How to choose your wine? What should you eat with it ? What are the best bistros of the capital for an unforgettable apéritif?
The art of the real Parisian « APERO » wont be a mistery for you anymore !
- Your guide is a real wine expert, seize this unique opportunity to learn what you've always wanted to know about it!
- Youll stop in a selection of picturesque bistros for wine and food tastings
- Small groups tours ensure you the best experience you can get!
- Cheeses, cured meats and excellent wine are on the menu
Did you know that in France the apéritif is much more than a simple introduction to dinner ? Sharing some delicious wine and a generous platter of fresh cheeses with family, a bunch of friends or your lover, is absolutely unevitable ! Parisian people know it and never miss an opportunity for a festive apéro at least once a week.
Paris abounds with bistros and brasseries, and all of them are real temples for good food and good wines where Parisians gather after work to enjoy a great moment together. Be one of them for one night and follow your passionate and cheerful guide across Montmartre, the most emblematic area of Paris for nightlife and romance.
During this 2.5 3 hours tour, you will not only enjoy exquisite wines paired with delicious food, but youll also be immersed in the most popular and charming area of Paris, where artists, restaurants, hidden little art shops, cafés and bistros create an inimitable and unforgettable atmosphere.
Youll be stunned by this hilltop village, charcterized by its cobblestone streets and its unique Parisian vineyards ! Not so surprising that the best bistros and cafés opened their doors in an area where wine and gastronomy have always been related to art and nightlife.
At the crossroads between le Moulin Rouge, le Sacré Coeur and la Place du Tertre, your guide will be more than happy to take you to the hidden gems of this area, off the beaten paths, in order to share with you some funny and unexpected anecdotes about French people, Montmartre and of course, about wine!
Let the song, dance and paint of Montmartre lull you into an artists reverie. Discover Picasso and Van Goghs old haunts, the infamous Moulin Rouge dance hall, Amelies café, and much more in this 2.5-hour walking tour. Your tour is led by English, Spanish and German-speaking tour guides who know and love this gorgeous hilltop artists paradise in the heart of Paris. The route has been carefully crafted and balanced to have fun and learn about the most exciting things Montmartre has to offer.
Please note: guided tour does not include visits inside these attractions.
Meet your private guide in Paris and begin your Montmartre walking tour by rambling up to the top of Basilica du Sacre-Coeur to take in its panoramic view of Paris.
With an eye toward contributions from the art world, your tour provides the chance to meet local artists who gather in this neighborhood to sell their pieces in the Place du Tertre. Wander along charming streets where Van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Picasso once painted, and see La Maison Rose, the Cabaret Lapin Agile, and the only working vineyard in Paris.
Before or after your tour, perhaps relax over lunch and a glass of wine at a local brasserie (own expense).
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.
This small-group tour is limited to eight people, ensuring a more personalized experience.
Meet at the Blanche metro station in northern Paris for your morning or evening tour of the district of Montmartre. Following your expert guide on a walk up the hill, youll be greeted by an impressive view of towering Sacré Coeur Basilica at the summit.
This quaint, historic neighborhood is a haven for artists, making it the perfect setting for films. Learn about the history of cinema and discover why so many directors have chosen this pocket of Paris as their backdrop. In fact, one year, Paris was the setting for more than 900 shoots across film, TV, documentaries and ad campaigns, making it one of the most popular choices for film locations!
As you stroll down cobblestone streets past centuries-old churches, charming shops and creperies, and compact apartment buildings adorned with flower pots and rod-iron balconies, you may recognize this setting from scenes of a popular modern-day film, Midnight in Paris, staring Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams. Director Woody Allen used these streets as a backdrop for this 1920s period piece, and featured iconic Sacré Coeur Basilica in some of the scenes.
Discover Café des 2 Moulins, the bar and restaurant where many scenes from the movie Amelie, starring French actress Audrey Tautou, were shot. Youll feel as though youre a part of the movie as you see this place in real life!
Remember Nicole Kidman in Moulin Rouge? The real Moulin Rouge cabaret is tucked away in Montmartre! Youll recognize this must-see attraction by the red windmill on the roof. Listen as your guide describes scenes from the movie and explains how Moulin Rouge became the spiritual birthplace of the modern form of the can-can dance.
Sometime during your tour, pop into a local café for a soft drink, cup of coffee or cup of hot chocolate to enjoy as part of your Montmartre film experience. Your Paris movie sites tour ends back at the Blanche metro station.
Starter (choose one)
Vegetable terrine with a tomato coulis
Onion soup with a grilled cheese crouton
Escargots in a garlic and parsley sauce
Main course (choose one)
Fish of the day
Leg of duck in an orange sauce
Dessert (choose one)
Wine, soft drinks and coffee
Numbers are limited to eight people on this small-group tour, ensuring a more personalized, intimate experience.
One stroll around central Paris and youll understand why this is a city for lovers. On park benches, in doorways, along cobblestone streets, on board the metro, in the shadows of the trees in grand public gardens lovers don't hold back from demonstrating their affection for each other.
Your romance-themed walking tour takes place in Paris Montmartre district in the afternoon. During this unique tour, youll dive into Paris history and culture of love and romance.
Following your guide a connoisseur of Parisian romance wander through the heart of Montmartre in search for the spirit of romance. Youll visit the most charming and secret addresses where romance has blossomed over the centuries, letting you discover why Montmartre is the perfect spot for tender words of affection and declarations of love.
Stop outside the Moulin de la Galette (Galette Windmill), a former open-air restaurant with a dance floor where risqué liaisons of the 19th century blossomed. Stand in front of the I Love You Wall to see where lovers across the world come each day to celebrate their union. Then, listen to your guide outside Studio 28, which relives the days of historys most tear-jerking romance films.
Along the way, your guide will explain the French language of love and share with you some advice and some tips on how to excel in the art of seduction, French style! Your tour ends at the Basilique du Sacré-Coeur, where youll soak up sweeping views of the City of Love below.
You'll experience a photo walking tour in the popular Montmartre area where the famous french movie Amelie Poulain was filmed almost 20 years ago. The photo class starts at les Abbesses in Montmartre in a traditional French coffee shop where you'll learn about the basics of photography and master how to capture creative shoots using the manual mode of your camera. After the theory, we'll hit the streets and head towards a customized itinerary following Amelie Poulain footsteps in this idyllic quarter, a little village within Paris visited every year by thousands of travellers from around the world. We'll mainly walk through little cobblestone streets and climb up the hill the French call "La Butte" in order to reach the Sacré-Coeur church and admire the breathtaking view of the city from there. On the way, we'll stop at the different locations featured in the movie and I'll tell you little stories about the area and its people.
The photography tour starts at 2PM in a French traditional coffee shop in Montmartre area, a nice little popular village within the city. After a brief introduction of each participant around a coffee/tea/drink (included in the tour), we'll go through the table and learn about each participant's camera, background and motivation about photography. In this workshop, we'll get out of our comfort zone and mainly learn and practice how to use the manual mode of the camera to become a better photographer (a DSLR is necessary, a smartphone is not appropriate in this situation). We'll also discuss about material and equipment such as lenses and how to use them for appropriate occasion. A little surprised gift will be offered to each participant during the workshop. After we've learnt the setting and the different modes of the camera, the second part of the experience will take place in the streets to practice what has been learnt in theory during the workshop. After we've hit the streets, we'll bring you to the little corners of the neighborhood and we'll photograph many famous landmarks following a customized itinerary including some of the most historical ones such as the Love Wall (les Abbesses), Studio 28 (the cinema featured in Amelie Poulain's movie), Le Moulin de la Galette (a famous restaurant and former windmill), Dalida's house (a famous French actress and singer adored by the Montmartrois), Le Clos Montmartre (the only Vineyard left), Place Dalida where her statue is located, Le Passe-Muraille (a sculpture inspired by French author Marcel Aymé), Place du Tertre (where painters draw pictures of travellers), Sacré-Coeur (at the top of the hill and second most visited church after Notre-Dame) and many others. Along the way, we'll see how artists such as Van Gogh, Dali, Picasso, Toulouse-Lautrec and others lived in the past and gathered in the neighborhood to talk about their art. While walking and taking photos along the way, we'll see street performances such as instrument players, painters, dancers and singers that all contribute to the creative and artistic atmosphere of Montmartre. We'll also walk through little cobblestones streets as well as secret and hidden places this beautiful quarter has to offer while we'll tell you about the little stories of the area. At the end of the tour, you'll be dropped-off at Anvers metro station (line 2) where the group will split and go in different directions. A few days after the experience, backstage photos of the tour and portraits photos taken during the photo workshop will be sent to each participant as a memory of their time in this beautiful district of Paris. This walking tour does not include any transportation nor admission tickets for any visit. Extra meal, additional drink or extra purchase will be at the cost of each participant during the tour.
Explore the hidden side of Montmartre, one of the oldest, most authentic areas of Paris on this informative guided 2-hour walking tour. Your local expert guide will take you through the areas little-known nooks and crannies while entertaining you with stories of the past and art history. You will be in groups of 25 or fewer as you soak up the beautiful atmosphere.
Montmartre is mainly known for its main attraction: the Sacré Coeur, sitting high atop the hill. However, there are many hidden parts of Montmartre that remain untouched for decades. Your local guide, truly passionate about Paris and art history, is just the person to take you on tour away from the crowds. Follow your guide through quaint alleyways to the Montmartre of Picasso, Modigliani and Utrillo, where these famous artists lived and were inspired, whether through drink, dance, decadence or debauchery.
Witness the most famous remaining windmills of the Moulin de la Galette and the Moulin Rouge. Then pass by the famous tiny cabarets and iconic restaurants that are truly unique to this area.
See the renowned artists square, and the Sacré Coeur dominating the hilltop. Stand in awe here, while enjoying the spectacular birds eye view of Paris. Montmartre was also home to Amelie Poulain, your guide will then show you various filming locations of the hit 2001 movie Amélie.
Did you know that the most stunning vineyard in Paris is located in Montmartre? Wine has been made at the Clos Montmartre for centuries (and continues to be - in the local town hall). This side of Montmartre is one of the most fascinating and historic quarters in Paris. Your guide will be sure to show you this picturesque corner of the Montmartre.
When your tour is complete, you will end up at Blanche metro station.
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.
Meet your private driver at Place des Abbesses, and then hop in your 2CV car to begin your sightseeing tour. No need to deal with navigating the busy streets; your guide will take care of the driving, leaving you to sit back and enjoy the ride. Revel in the attention from onlookers as you stop for photos, and ask your guide any questions along the way.
As you ride, learn about the history of this much-loved little vehicle. Created in 1948 to replace farmers carts, the sturdy 2CV went on to transform the French motoring industry. Cheap, cheerful and economical to run, the cars went on to become the motor of choice to the French masses. While their look has evolved over the years, few models hold as much appeal as the early versions; luckily for you, on this tour, youll ride in a true original a vintage convertible 2CV.
Please note: 2CVs are small compared to modern vehicles, so with comfort in mind, bookings are only accepted for three people per car, with one driver assigned per trio. Should your group be larger, no worries up to nine people can book this private tour, and each group of three ride in a separate car while traveling together in an eye-catching convoy.
Your day starts at the base of Montmartre, a Parisian neighborhood perched on a hill, where youll meet your guide and small group of no more than 15 people. Paris is a city with a lot of history and even more attractions, so in order to see the best of it in one day, it helps to do so with an expert guide who takes care of logistics and tells you the story of the city as you go, including its characters, facts, myths, and lore, creating a memorable experience.
First up, take the funicular to Sacré-Coeur Basilica. After admiring stunning views of the city, your guide leads you through the winding streets of Montmartre, stopping off at the neighborhood vineyard, the artist hangout Place du Tertre, and a reconstructed windmill, much like those made famous by the cabaret club (and movie) Moulin Rouge.
Next, catch the Metro Paris best mode of transport for a short trip to Ile de la Cité, Paris oldest district. As you explore the narrow streets of the island and step inside world-famous Notre Dame Cathedral, youll learn how Paris grew from a Roman outpost into the crown jewel of Europe.
From Ile de la Cité, its a short walk to the Louvre, where you have a 1-hour lunch break (own expense; recommendations will be provided by your guide) before diving into the largest art museum in the world to see some of its most spellbinding works of art. The highlight is, of course, Leonardo da Vincis Mona Lisa. Your guide helps you understand why the painting is so significant and how, after all these years, it has managed to maintain its reputation as one of the worlds greatest works of art.
After another short subway ride, find yourself staring up at the Eiffel Tower from the best vantage point at Place du Trocadéro, learning the incredible story of how the tower was built. When you get to the base, youll skip the line and climb directly to the second level for more great views of Paris.
Your guide leaves you at the tower, but as a parting a gift, gives you a ticket for a 1-hour Seine River cruise that you can use immediately (recommended as it will almost be sunset) or save for the next day. Cruising from west to east and back again, the boat tour passes such monuments as the Musée d'Orsay, the Louvre, and Notre Dame, allowing you to enjoy a different perspective on sites you saw earlier, plus many beautiful bridges including Pont Neuf (audio included if you wish).
And thats it! In just one day, youll have seen Paris by foot and water, skipping its longest lines to see its most popular attractions, plus a few local favorites along the way.
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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Montmartre is the epitome of all things quintessentially Parisian, from terraced cafés to romping bars and clubs, drunken can-can dancers to budding street artists and performers, bourgeois-bohemian apartments to tiny cobblestone streets. Join the local guide for this 2 hour tour to walk through this distinctive district. Youll discover what made Vincent Van Gogh, Toulouse Lautrec, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, and Salvador Dalí want to call this eclectic home.
You begin your tour at the border of Montmartre by the infamous Moulin Rouge. From there, you move up the hill to artist studios, statues of pop stars, and the church at the highest point of Paris; Basilica Sacré Coeur. On your tour of Montmartre, you discover what it is that made Vincent Van Gogh, Toulouse Lautrec, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali want to call this eclectic district home.
On this 2-hour walking tour you will cover:
- The Artists' Square
- Paris' last surviving windmill
- Montmartre Vineyard: Paris' last authentic vineyard
- Picasso's studio
- Van Gogh's House
- The incredible legend of Paris' first bishop, headless Saint Denis
- Café des Deux Moulins (from the movie Amélie)
- The Pink House of Maurice Utrillo
- Renoir's world-famous painting, Bal au Moulin de la Galette
- Basilica Sacré Coeur (a beautiful church with the highest view of Paris)
- Toulouse Lautrec and French can-can dancers
- The Moulin Rouge
- Lapin Agile - the cabaret bar where Picasso often exchanged paintings for food
- Paris' Red Light District
- La Place Dalida, dedicated to one of Paris' most famous gay icons
...and so much more.
Montmartre is one of the most known districts of Paris. Its so pleasant to wander along its winding streets and to find intact the sets where great painters created, Renoir, Picasso, Toulouse-Lautrec, just to name a few. If this argument sounds weak to your children, why not offering them a kid tailor-made tour in Montmartre village-like atmosphere.
Equipped with a personal activity booklet, that keeps them engaged during this 2-hour treasure hunt, your children will be guided by an Art historian and experiment a funny and historical adventure in Paris.
- Offer your kids a 2-hour thrilling treasure hunt in Montmartre
- Learn about famous international artists such as Picasso, Dali...
- Get the best view above the City, at the Sacré-Coeur hill
- Enjoy a complimentary drink in typical Parisian café
Meet your guide at the closest metro from Montmartre. From there, youll already spot the Sacré-Coeur basilica, which towers above Paris. To climb up there, we offer your family a much funnier and much less tiring mean than walking. Which one? To be discovered once on the location!
From the church esplanade, youll enjoy the most wonderful of view above Paris. But no time to mess around. Your kids treasure hunt is now on! Theyll have to get their eyes wide open to solve the funny riddles we concocted for them. Their task? Spotting animal sculptures hidden throughout the neighborhood and finding out clues about Montmartre artistic life during the 19th.
Next to Place du Tertre, theyll need to explore less frequented side streets to discover which artists of the past benefit from current museums. Wandering along cobblestoned lanes, theyll hear about Van Gogh or Cézanne favorite cabaret. On Place Marcel Aymé, a strange local character has, for sure, so clues to unveil.
Your family will pass on locations that inspired some of the most famous Modern painting canvasses. At Le Moulin de la Galette restaurant or on the Bateau-Lavoir Square, theyll understand the kind of aesthetic revolution which occurred here, while having fun. A last enigma solved on Place des Abbesses, the whole family will deserve a break in a typical café. Savoring ad drink, your kids will assess their treasure hunt, relate their discoveries and clarify the final mystery.
At the end of the entertaining kids friendly tour, your young detectives will undoubtedly never forget their Montmartre experience.
Join this small-group tour and enjoy a 3-hour experience discovering Montmartre off the beaten trail. Along the district's backstreets, step back in time and walk in the shoes of the famous figures of Montmartre's past. Witness everything from the foundation of the Modern Art movement to the intricacies of Père Frédé's pink inn. No need to put any costume on! You will have to pick up one of our "Character Cards" and discover... who you are! You could be a surprising saint, a French cancan dancer or a famous cabaret owner! Follow your guide and unlock the secrets of Montmartre's soul!
Colorful characters from the Past will come out around every corner along your stroll. Follow your guide away from the crowds to hear details and anecdotes about their intimate lives and public deeds.
Youll start your tour not far from Le Moulin Rouge, a cabaret where the heyday of the French cancan thrived. The first character you will encounter, La Goulue, an eccentric dancer, who perfectly embodied the notorious Bohemian way of life", which was a blend of moral freedom, alcohol and creativity. Is it yours? No? Be patient, there are plenty of discoveries along the way.
Walking up, you'll see the remaining windmills of Montmartre. Under the shelter of their sails, a ballroom was built, attracting young workers on Sundays. See exactly what the painter Renoir, a neighbor of the mill, portrayed in his most famous canvas.
At Place des Abbesses, have a look at iconic Parisian features such as a typical 1900's subway entrance and a Wallace fountain. And dont miss the story of the tumultuous love affair between a local Abbess with no less than a King of France. Moral freedom, they say. Here, when saints tried to be...saintly, they eventually faced a cruel fate. You will surely be enthralled by what tragically happened to Denis, first bishop of Paris, in a street close by.
Further uphill, you will feel sorry for an artist despised when young, but today exhibited in the world's most famous museums. Yes, we're talking about Picasso. All the details of how he gave birth to Modern Art will be explained!
At a charming crossroads, you'll stop at Père Frédé's pink inn. Here a whole store of anecdotes concerning the keeper, his pets, and his drunk clients! The same location offers a good viewpoint on a local vineyard presently in operation.
A stop at Place du Tertre follows, a rite of passage to feeling the artistic atmosphere that has never ended in Montmartre. The view above Paris is unforgettable. Be amazed by the adventure undertaken by a young deputy from this open esplanade.
At the end of your Historical Adventure Tour, Montmartre's highlights will hold no more secrets for you. Moreover, you will have experienced an intense immersion in the 1900's artistic aesthetic and way of life.
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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Welcome to Montmartre, the Paris of your dreams! Our tour begins opposite a quintessential Parisian landmark: the Moulin Rouge windmill. Well start the climb up the hill, spotting the café where the film Amélie was shot and Van Goghs home as we go.
Our first stop will be at one of Paris best bakers, winner of many prestigious prizes for its bread and pastries. Here we will taste one of Frances most famous patisserie: a deliciously buttery croissant. Is there any better way to start your morning in Paris?
After learning how to say je taime in 250 different languages and listening to the crazy legend about the first Parisian bishop, well climb a few more stairs to discover one of Montmartres loveliest squares and the one-time home of Pablo Picasso. Hear the stories of struggle endured by many local artists here before they found fame and fortune.
From here well pass by the house of Dalida, one of Frances most famous singers and an iconic figure in Montmartre. Find out more about her dramatic life and why she became an icon for the gay community in Paris and beyond.
Well pass by one of the last remaining windmills in Paris, now totally privatised, then well promenade down the Champs-Élysées of Montmartre, where well see some of the most expensive houses in the capital. Your guide will then lead you through a totally secret passage that reveals not only one of the best views over Paris but also one of the cutest cobbled streets in the city!
Next up are the famous vineyards of Montmartre. Almost on the top of the hill they overlook the suburbs of Paris and produce a surprisingly good red wine. Opposite the vineyard is the entrance to the famous Cabaret, Le Lapin Agile, where your guide will tell you the legend of Lolo, the painting donkey.
Finally well walk to the iconic Basilica Sacré-Coeur, where well stop to admire a view of the church from a perspective that very few tourists know about, leading onto our grand finale of another stunning Paris panorama.
Before you go, dont forget to pick your guides brains for the latest on what to see and do during your stay in Paris.
Saturdays and Sundays at 4:00pm
The meeting point for this tour is at the exit of the Metro Blanche stop
Group minimum: 4 people
- The history of Montmartre
- Moulin Rouge
- Van Goghs apartment
- Moulin de la Galette
- Dalida Square
- La Maison Rose
- Cabaret Au Lapin Agile
- The vineyards of Montmartre
- Sacre Coeur Basilica
- An incredible panoramic view of Paris
and much, much more
This beautiful and atmospheric neighborhood is the birthplace of 19th century Impressionism and the Bohemian center of Paris. Yet we avoid the obivious and cliché, electing instead to examine the essence of Montmartre through its most famous residents: Monet, Toulouse-Lautrec, Van Gogh, Dalí and Picasso. Onward, we visit the many country mills the daring converted into cabarets and iconic fame. But did you know Montmartre was also a battlefield during the Franco-Prussian War? Well take you there. This exhilirating cocktail mix of culture, entertainment and history make this tour an unforgettable experience in just 2.5 hours that you will never forget.
Your local Parisian guide will take you to a patisserie to enjoy some traditional French delicacies before a visit to a "fromage" shop to sample some favorite cheeses. Your personal guide will then lead your party to a classic chocolaterie where you will have the chance to eat mouthwatering chocolates. Your tour will include a stop at a boulangerie where you can sample classic French breads and baguettes and learn why you should never eat a baguette the wrong way around.
You will also drop into a creperie for a delicious crepe or galette. Your tour even includes a visit to a butcher shop, complete with a tasting of succulent French hams and cured sausages. Finally, your guide will pick out the perfect wine chosen to match your food and taste to enhance the entire experience. You will also enjoy a delicious secret dish along the way.
Montmartre is the perfect district for Paris food tours because of the area's flourishing restaurant scene, historical culture and charming ambiance. In the past, windmills, farming areas and art studios were prominent features of the Montmartre landscape. Now the area boasts an abundance of first-class wine bars, fine dining restaurants and rare shops, all adding to its appeal as one of the best and most unique food destinations in the world.
Montmartre ... bohemian quarter, artists' quarter, the highest point in the French capital. As well as enjoying the magnificent view of Paris offered from the hill of Montmartre, you can use your Polaroid to immortalise the most charming places in this district as you enjoy a stroll. Enjoy a visit at your own pace in a small group of 10 people maximum.
Welcome to the most artistic place on earth: Montmartre. Become an artist yourself thanks to the Polaroid made available to you by Mon Beau Paris, and leave with 10 photos - special souvenirs of Montmartre's bohemian district. Leave the modern world behind and accompany your guide on a walk which, aside from the sublime view of Paris from the esplanade of Sacré Coeur, offers many other surprises. See the Place du Tertre and its famous caricaturists, L'espace Dali, the Bateau Lavoir first laboratory of the worldwide famous Pablo Picasso. See Montmartre's vineyard, the Lapin Agile cabaret and a strange man passing through a wall. Discover many other legendary places for which those such as Van Gogh and Amélie Poulain made the hill famous.
With your small group and accredited guide, climb the hill past the secluded gardens, the narrow alleys beside houses hidden behind the foliage and finish the walk overlooking Paris.
After hotel pickup, begin your night tour of Paris with a drive along the Avenue des Champs-Elysées to the Arc de Triomphe.
Pass by illuminated monuments such as the Eiffel Tower, Les Invalides, the Louvre, and Notre-Dame Cathedral, and then continue your enchanting excursion up to Montmartre, sipping your glass of bubbly as you take in some of Paris most iconic nightlife destinations, including the Moulin Rouge and Pigalle district.
Your tour ends on a high note at Sacré-Coeur Basilica, where you can gaze across the City of Light from this panoramic viewpoint. Then enjoy hotel drop-off.
In seven hours, you will know most of the history of Paris from its origins to present day. Your tour starts at 9am in front of the Notre Dame Cathedral, the medieval symbol of Paris, built over the course of 200 years and considered an emblem of economical prosperity and religious power. Then you will step in to see its magnificent stained glass windows and learn about its architecture, its treasures, its medieval life and some historical events, all in just one hour.
After your visit of Notre-Dame de Paris, embark for a 90-minute city walking tour, which will unveil the secrets and past of the main monuments and buildings bringing them back to life, including Ile de la Cité, Saint Chapel, oldest bridge 'Pont Neuf', the Lovelocks Bridge 'Pont des Arts'. The old entrance of the Louvre will mark the end of the city tour and the beginning of our visit to the most visited museum in the world. You will admire its most famous masterpieces, such as the Venus de Milo, the Victory of Samothrace, the Mona Lisa, and other Renaissance and French paintings as well as a few other jewels.
For your lunck break you have three recommended options: you might choose a "creperie and cider" next to the louvre, a self service restaurant on Rivoli street or just a coffee break either at Saint paul bakery inside the louvre or restaurant of your own choice. They have all reasonable prices. Another option is to go straight to Montmartre after the louvre tour, and have lunch on the hill.
Montmartre will be your last stop. This Bohemian neighborhood that hosted artists, such as Vincent Van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec, Picasso, Maurice Utrillo, Manet, Modigliani, and revolutionized art history.
A unique small-group experience that will end at 4pm at the foot of the Sacred Heart Basilica, a National Vow dedicated to expiate an immoral nineteenth century.
Remember to bring comfortable shoes and light backpacks considering that it is a walking tour.
After the Louvre, Orsay is the most visited museum in Paris. Millet, Courbet, Manet, Renoir, Monet, Van Gogh, Cezanne among others lived in a changed world. Politically speaking the 19th century was chaotic and in the arts, a revolution. Explosion of colors, daily life subjects, innovative techniques were extravagant and considered as pure ugliness. Follow your guide and discover why major works of art were rejected by the official academy and how stubborn artits were to do as they pleased since they knew they helped history of art to develop.
Montmarte is our next stop. On our way to the top of the hill, explore its streets while listening to your guide's stories that will take you back in time. Windmills and plaster quarries turned into a slum and a paradise lost for many artists including Van Gogh and Picasso. Before reaching the spectacular panoramic view of Paris and admiring the beauty of the Sacre Coeur, we will take a few minutes to taste two different champagnes with excellent cheeses at a very special place.
Takes just a minute to see the church. Tool around inside in about 20 minutes. Climb the dome in another 20 minutes.
- Sunday services: 7am, 11am, 6pm, 10pm.
- Saturday services: 7am, 11:15am, 10pm
- Weekday services: 7am, 11:15am, 3pm (Fridays only) 6:30pm, 10pm
Useful French for sightseeing
|English (anglais)||French (français)||Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun|
|Where is?...||Où est?||ou eh|
|...the museum||le musee||luh moo-ZAY|
|...the cathedral||le cathédrale||luh ka-teh-DRAHL|
|When is it open?||Quand est-il ouvert?||coan eh-TEEL oo-VAIR
|When does it close?||A quelle heure est-ce que cela ferme?||ah kell eur es kuh suhla fair-MAY|
|ticket||billet d'entrée||bee-YAY dahn-TRAY|
|two adults||deux adultes||dooz ah-DOOLT|
|one child||un enfant||ehn ahn-FAHN|
|one student||un étudiant||uh-NETOO-dee-YON|
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.