Arts in Montparnasse tour with guide on your smartphone
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Arts in Montparnasse tour with guide on your smartphone

Free cancellation
Language: English , French
Availability: Daily
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: from 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes
Safety measures applied
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  • Discover Montparnasse district following your guide on your smartphone
  • Visit at your own pace and customize your itinerary as you wish
  • Resume the visit when you want, right where you paused!
What to expect

Enjoy an audio-guided tour of Montparnasse, the heart of Parisian artistic and intellectual life in the first half of the 20th century. As you stroll along the designated itinerary, listen to the commentaries and fun facts that trigger automatically, right where they happened! Follow the route and don't bother reading the maps!

The tour begins at the Montparnasse Tower, in front of the railway station and its numerous cinemas. During the interwar period, the district was the heart of Parisian artistic and intellectual life. It was frequented by many major artists of the 20th century: Picasso, Foujita, Modigliani, Man Ray... From this rich past, Montparnasse has preserved artists' studios, famous cafés, and brasseries. Discover the “bohemian” Montparnasse and the hotel where the surrealist movement was born. Learn about some of the artists' crazy rituals like the "exquisite corpse" game and how the gallery owners gradually moved the artistic milieu from Montmartre to Montparnasse.

The abundant artistic and intellectual life is still present today with the mythical Parisian cinema of art films, mythical cafés: the Select, the Coupole and the Dôme who welcomed authors and writers from all over the world; literary cafés where you can still come across celebrities in the footsteps of Verlaine, Rimbaud, and Apollinaire. Learn about Simone de Beauvoir, the great philosopher and writer who attracted her friend philosophers in the neighborhood, and who would make Montparnasse their headquarter. Discover the birthplace of cubism, dadaism and existentialism and how these artistic movements transformed the life of the district. Discover the golden age of the Dingo American Bar in the 1920s, during the Prohibition era with clients like Hemingway and Scott Fitzgerald.

The tours are designed by local and passionate guides. Visit at your own pace and customize your itinerary according to your desires! A short stop at a terrace, a visit to a store or even a craving? You can resume the visit when you want, right where you stopped. Impossible to get lost. The guide indicates clear audio directions to follow and a map can also be viewed if you prefer visual guidance. And if you take a wrong turn, the integrated geo-localization system will bet you back on the right track!

The visit ends near the Luxembourg Gardens.

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COVID-19 information
The following health and safety measures are in place, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.
  • Visitor numbers are limited to reduce crowds
  • The experience complies with government regulations
  • Social distancing is enforced
  • Areas frequented by visitors are regularly disinfected
  • Hand sanitizers are provided for staff and visitors
  • All gear/equipment is sanitized between use
  • Visitors are required to bring and wear masks
  • Guides and all other staff are required to wear masks
  • What's included
    • Audioguided tour of Montparnasse neighborhood
    What's not included
    • Transportation
    • Personal expenses

    Parvis de la Gare Montparnasse, 75014 Paris

    Meeting point:

    The tour starts in front of Montparnasse station. Metro stop: Montparnasse – Bienvenüe (lines 4, 6, 12 and 13). The tour launches at the starting point - and won’t start from anywhere else.

    What to remember
    • To take the tour, you need a smartphone (fully charged), the application installed on your phone, an internet connection for the duration of the tour, headphones. Activation code and instructions on how to download the application will be provided after booking.
    • You can take the tour any day and any time after purchase
    • No one will assist you at the starting point or during the visit. A phone number is provided in case assistance is required.
    • This tour is available in English and French
    • Depending on your pace, the visit can take between 1 and 1,5 hour
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    • You can take the tour any day, any time
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    Booking fee
    Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
    Cancellation policy
    Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 24 hours before the activity begins.

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