Guided tour of Montmartre and Musée d'Orsay
- Skip the line access to the Musée d'Orsay
- See the world’s largest collection of Impressionist art
- Discover masterpieces by Van Gogh and Monet
- See Montmartre, the Sacré Coeur and the Moulin Rouge
Step back in time to turn of the century Paris and lose yourself in the sweeping colours and bold energy of the Impressionist movement. Journey with your guides on this full-day tour through the lives and passions of some of the world’s most famous artists – Picasso, Degas, and Van Gogh included – and discover the works that transformed the face of art, as well as the inspiration behind them.
Your day begins at the Musée d’Orsay, famous for holding the largest collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist art in the world, as well as for being the favourite museum of Parisians. As you skip the long lines and enter, you’ll quickly see why – these masterpieces are housed in a 19th century train station, in an open, airy space where everything is overseen by a huge, old world clock face that floods the museum with natural light. Using this beautifully old fashioned train station to display artworks that were considered radical at the time sets the scene perfectly for your tour –this museum is a monument to progression and innovation.
Follow your expert guide as they introduce you and your small group of 25 people or fewer to some of the most recognisable paintings in the world – Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night over the Rhone’, Renoir’s ‘Bal du Moulin de la Galette’, and Monet’s ‘Blue Water Lillies’ are all brought to life by your guide’s vivid commentary. Their insight into the innovative techniques used, the daring subject matter, and the society that originally rejected these masterpieces will give you a new appreciation for their genius creativity.
As your journey through these pioneering pieces comes to a close, you will benefit from some free time to enjoy lunch – ask your guide for some recommendations – before embarking on your second trip through the colourful world of the Impressionists.
Your afternoon will be spent in the playground of these artists, Montmartre. A beautifully unchanged village sitting high above Paris, with spectacular views of the city 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 passionately weaves the stories of their lives with the history of the cabarets and studios that line these cobbled streets. Hear tales of drinking, dancing, and debauchery as you explore some of Montmartre’s most recognisable sites – the painter’s square Place du Tertre, crammed with artists on every side capturing the scenes around them, the Sacré Coeur, the gleaming basilica that offers stunning views of the city of Paris stretching before it, as well as the iconic windmills, the most famous – or notorious – being the Moulin Rouge. You guide will also reveal the hidden gems that make Montmartre so unique, including showing you the only vineyard in all of Paris, where the grapes are taken to the local town hall to be made into wine.
Join us on this waltz through history and meet the colourful artists who injected the art world with a vitality never before seen.
- Guided visits of the Musée d'Orsay and Montmartre
- Entrance tickets and reservation fees to Musée d'Orsay
- Skip the line access to Musée d'Orsay
- Expert, English-speaking tour guides
- Small groups of 25 people or fewer
- Hotel pick-up/drop-off
- Transfers between tours
- Children (0-3): free
- Children (4-14): reduced
Musée d'Orsay 1 Rue de la Légion d'Honneur, 75007 Paris
Morning at Musée d'Orsay: Meet your guide 15 minutes before tour departure by the large elephant statue. Metro stop: Assemblée Nationale or Solferino (line 12). REC C stop: Musée d'Orsay.
Afternoon in Montmartre: Meet your guide 15 minutes before tour departure at the exit of metro station Blanche (line 2).
- This tour involves a considerable amount of walking, hills and stairs. We do not recommend this tour for customers with health conditions.
- We are unable to accommodate guests with wheelchairs or any impairments requiring special assistance
- We are unable to accommodate strollers or baby carriages on our group tours
- Large bags or backpacks are not permitted in the museum
- 3-hours free time between the tours
- Tuesday and Saturday
Morning tour of Musée d’Orsay
Meeting Time: 09.15am
Departure Time: 09.30am
Afternoon tour of Montmartre
Meeting Time: 2.45pm
Departure Time: 3.00pm
Free time between tours: 3 hours
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