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Skip-the-line Musée d'Orsay & Montmartre Guided Combo Tour - Private Tour

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icon5 hours to 5 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

On this private tour, walk the romantic streets of hilly Montmartre and stop at the same places that inspired 19th-century rebel-artists — like Renoir, Monet, Van Gogh and Cézanne — who developed the Impressionism art movement. Follow in their footsteps as you pass the Moulin Rouge, Le Clos vineyard and Basilique du Sacré Coeur. Then, your private guide whisks you past the long entrance line at the Musée d'Orsay for a personalized tour of the museum’s world-class collection of 19th-century art.
  • Explore the neighborhood of Montmartre, the birthplace of Impressionism
  • See the places that inspired famous artists including Van Gogh, Renoir, Monet and Picasso
  • Enjoy skip-the-line entrance to the Musée d’Orsay for a guided tour
  • Discover the techniques behind masterpieces by Manet, Renoir, Cézanne, Gauguin and others
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SKIP-THE-LINE GUIDED MUSEUM TOUR
TOUR GUIDE EXCLUSIVELY FOR YOU (Does NOT apply if you choose "SAVE! BOOK SEMI-PRIVATE" option)
DURATION 5 - 5.5 HOURS
PRIVATE TRANSPORT FROM ORSAY TO MONTMARTRE
ALL ENTRANCE FEES
Gratuities
Food and drinks
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Temporary exhibitions NOT included

Departure Point

Musée d'Orsay, 75007 Paris, France

Departure Time

1:30 PM

Return Details

Montmartre, 75018 Paris, France
On this private walking tour, uncover Montmartre through the lives and works of Monet, Renoir, Cézanne and Van Gogh — several of the art rebels who lived here and developed the Impressionist art movement.

Starting at the base of Montmartre with your private guide, see firsthand the places that inspired painters Renoir, Monet, Van Gogh and Cézanne. Check out the windmill that Renoir featured in his scandalous piece Bal du moulin de la Galette, walk past the Moulin Rouge that inspired Toulouse-Lautrec, and see where Van Gogh and Picasso lived and worked.

Reach Montmartre’s highest point, Basilique du Sacré Coeur, offering stunning views of Paris.

Refuel with lunch (own expense) and then enjoy transport by luxury private vehicle to the Musée d’Orsay. Housed inside a 19th-century Beaux-Arts building, the Musée d’Orsay boasts the world’s finest collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist masterpieces, with more than 4,000 works on display.

Bypass the lines and head straight inside for a 2-hour guided tour. Peruse an array of 19th-century artwork by Manet, Renoir, Cézanne, Gauguin and more, and learn about the techniques used by the Impressionists and post-Impressionists.

At the end of your guided tour, feel free to continue exploring the museum’s hallowed galleries on your own.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Musee d'Orsay
Paris’ other museum, the Musée d’Orsay, is the perfect complement to the Louvre. With your expert guide, begin your tour through this converted Beaux-Arts train station with skip-the-line admission. Inside, explore the artistic movements that led up to Impressionism and its colorful works. See Manet’s scandalous Luncheon on the Grass and Renoir’s Dance at Le Moulin de la Galette. Discuss with your guide the artists who preceded the Impressionists, like Millet and 'the Gleaners,' as well as those who followed, such as Post-Impressionist artist Van Gogh, whose Bedroom in Arles is on display. And, of course, check out works by the father of Impressionism himself, Claude Monet, including his famous poppies. Learn about the art evolution and personalities that went into creating the Impressionist movement, and understand why these seemingly simple works were so revolutionary at the time. By the end of your tour, you'll have learned about techniques used by the artists, seen both the highlights and lesser-known gems of the Orsay, and admired the beautiful architecture of the museum itself.
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Montmartre
After the Museum we will take a private car and a short break to then discover the history of Montmartre, as we will climb the butte or hills - starting at its base where the Moulin Rouge’s 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 city’s 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 Gogh’s house, The Artists’ Square, and Amélie Café. Consider an evening tour option and catch a sunset over the city if you’re lucky (depending on the season).
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Moulin Rouge
Montmartre will start by heading towards the infamous Moulin Rouge, a cabaret known for its entertainment for a diverse public, and for being a source of inspiration for international artists like Auguste Renoir.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Van Gogh's House
Next we will see Van Gogh’s house on Rue Lepic, the home of the artist and his brother from 1886.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Dalida Statue
Next we will walk through Place Dalida, a square of Montmartre dedicated to the French music icon Dalida. To this day many fans and tourists visit this secluded square to pay tribute to the French icon.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Jardin Sauvage de St-Vincent
You will then have a stroll past the Jardin Sauvage de St-Vincent, a sloping piece of land which the gardeners of the city decided to leave in its fragile state to observe the ecosystem, biodiversity and wild plants. It is overridden by elderberry trees, ivy and colonies of wild insects. 
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Le Clos Montmartre
From here, we will make our way to Le Clos Montmartre, a hidden vineyard tucked away in the little streets behind the Sacré-Coeur, and one of the last remaining vines in central Paris.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Au Lapin Agile
We will then make our way to what is known as Le Lapin Agile, a cabaret known as the home to the Montmartre Bohemian set until 1914, and whose sign remains a memorable symbol of Montmartre.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre
Following on, we will make our way to the infamous Basilica Sacré-Coeur, a Roman Catholic church completed in 1914 and dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The interior of this beautiful church contains one of the world’s largest mosaics, which depicts Jesus Christ.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Place du Tertre
After this we will pass by the Place du Tertre, a square only streets away from the Sacré-Coeur. With its many artists setting up their easels here each day, the Place du Tertre serves as a reminder of a time when Montmartre was the mecca of modern art.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Dali Paris
Next you will pass by what is known as the Espace Dali, a museum with around 300 original artworks. It is a permanent exhibition devoted to Salvador Dali and his sculptures and engravings.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Bateau Lavoir Saint-Julien
We will then see the Bateau-Lavoir, one of the most famous places for artistic creation in Montmartre. From 1889 it was principally known as an artist’s residence and represented a place to live and discuss for many painters, writers, actors and art sellers.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
La Maison de Dalida
You will also see La Maison de Dalida, the house in which the icon lived between 1962 and 1987. Located on 11 Bis de la Rue Orchampt, it is known as the location where Dalida committed suicide in 1987.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Babylon Tours Paris
You’ve seen it in the movies, but what do you really know about Paris? We’ll share its stories, secrets, and scandals with you while exploring all of the places you won’t find on your own. Wander the streets and museums of the world’s most popular city on a small group or private tour of Paris. Our English speaking guides at Babylon Tours get you priority entrance and help you skip the lines at the Louvre and Musée d’Orsay. Go beyond the Eiffel Tower and experience Paris with Babylon Tours.
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • It is imperative that you provide us with guests MOBILE PHONE NUMBER (including country code)
  • Notes: Orsay museum may be subjected to occasional closures without previous warning from the museum management. When this occurs, we will provide guests with an appropriate alternative if the museum opening time is delayed more than 1h from the tour starting time. In these cases we are unable to provide refunds or discounts. Appropriate dress is required for entry into some sites on this tour. No large bags or suitcases are allowed inside the museum, only handbags or small thin bag packs are allowed through security. Due to increased security measures at many attractions some lines may form on tours with 'Skip the Line' or 'No Wait' access. Some specific rooms inside the museum are subjected to a very quiet or restricted right to speak inside, in this cases your guide will provide the information about this places before entering the specific rooms where this rule applies. Some collections may vary along the year.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Babylon Tours LLC

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Skip-the-line Musée d'Orsay & Montmartre Guided Combo Tour - Private Tour?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Skip-the-line Musée d'Orsay & Montmartre Guided Combo Tour - Private Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Skip-the-line Musée d'Orsay & Montmartre Guided Combo Tour - Private Tour?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Skip-the-line Musée d'Orsay & Montmartre Guided Combo Tour - Private Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Skip-the-line Musée d'Orsay & Montmartre Guided Combo Tour - Private Tour?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Skip-the-line Musée d'Orsay & Montmartre Guided Combo Tour - Private Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Skip-the-line Musée d'Orsay & Montmartre Guided Combo Tour - Private Tour?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Skip-the-line Musée d'Orsay & Montmartre Guided Combo Tour - Private Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Skip-the-line Musée d'Orsay & Montmartre Guided Combo Tour - Private Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers.

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Very informative tour with such a knowledgeable guide
FrequentFlier582803
, Sep 2019
Lucien made our day. He has such passion and knowledge of French art and history. I highly recommend this tour.
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Montmarie and Musee D'Orsee
fractiousnrank
, Jul 2019
This was a fabulous tour. Our tour guide, Daniel, was extremely well versed in the art of the Museum. His insights into impressionism kept us learning and enjoying every masterpiece we reviewed with him. He was also fantastic on our walking tour of Montmarte highlighting the wonderful attributes and history of the district. If you love art and especially impressionism, you need to book this.
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Belene was AMAZING!! She was so...
EABL
, Jul 2018
Belene was AMAZING!! She was so knowledgeable about everything!! She was delightful in her presentation about the art and the artists. She asked questions of us and made the tour interactive and pushed us to understand our views about art and history. When we come back to Paris we will contact her!! The walk up the windy streets of Montmartre allowed us to see, hear and feel the nuances of the neighborhood that the artists had lived in. I can not begin to praise enough how delightful this tour was!!!
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Our guide Belen was outstanding...
Aylwin L
, Oct 2017
Our guide Belen was outstanding. Knowledgeable, passionate, and considerate. Very good experience.
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This tour was the highlight of our...
Kristin Y
, Oct 2016
This tour was the highlight of our trip. We had an incredible tour guide. Her knowledge was amazing!!
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If you can do it, I highly recommend...
Kathleen C
, Mar 2016
If you can do it, I highly recommend this tour. My tour guide, Belen was amazing and I spent a wonderful day in Paris on this tour. She gave me a great tour of Montmartre and Basilica Sacre Coeur that was rich with history. After lunch, we toured the Musee d'Orsay and while she explained the different styles of painting associated with the Impressionist genre. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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A wonderful one on one tour with an...
Beverly H
, Sep 2015
A wonderful one on one tour with an exceptionally educated and experienced tour guide! I would do it again!
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Our guide, Harriet, was fabulous...
Timothy L
, Jul 2015
Our guide, Harriet, was fabulous. What a wonderful and informative tour. I highly recommend this tour as it provides behind the scenes insight into the Montmartre impressionist community and then ties it to the artwork at the d'Orsay.
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Excellent tour guide with extensive...
Martha B
, Jul 2015
Excellent tour guide with extensive knowledge of the arts.
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What a GREAT tour and GREAT tour...
Scott R
, Jun 2015
What a GREAT tour and GREAT tour guide!!!! We lucked out with tour guide Belen Roncoroni. She was timely, informative and really customized this tour as she got to know us. A wonderful walk in the Montmartre area, shopping for art work with Belen's assistance as she is also an artist and a wonderful picnic lunch on the Seine River taking in all of the sites in the middle of it all. Then we moved on to the Musee where Belen really displayed her knowledge and love for art. We can not say enough about this Guide or tour. Getting to know Paris with this walking tour was the best!!!!

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