Lilia rocked! She knew the Musee d'Orsay inside and out. She was fantastic! Lilia was knowledgeable, agreeable and truly loves Paris! We learned so much in the 2 1/2 hour tour.
Belen was a joy! My wife and I were part of a tour with Belen that included another couple and a single woman. We were taken through the Louvre by Belen and she was able to cover alot of ground all while providing very interesting information abut the sculptures, the paintings and the building we were in. Belen walked us over to Musee d'Orsay and really came into her element. We had a wonderful time exploring the treasures of the museum. Belen was engaging, knowledgeable and funny. Belen made our day a complete pleasure!
A lovely fall day to wander the streets of Montmarte! Our guide was very knowledgable about the area and the artists who made this their home. It is a difficult place to walk if you don't know where you are going. We saw both windmills, the last vineyard in Paris as well as import ants homes and artist studios. Great views of Paris and it added to our afternoon visit to the Musee d'Orsay-must do!
This was our favorite. Our guide was a lovely French woman, who took us to the bakery that won Best Baguette in 2015, we all shared the baguette while she explained how they select the winner, by smelling the bread, crunching it, and of course tasting it!
Walking through Montmartre, it was amazing see where Picasso, Van Gogh lived and the various places where many artists got inspiration for their paintings. The best part is going into Musee d'Orsay and seeing their masterpieces.
We enjoyed our day with the guide and she was careful to speak clearly so the non-native English speaker could understand her clearly. She also advised us regarding our plans for the rest of the day at the D'Orsay so we could see the rest of the art in the time remaining after the tour ended. We recommend this company highly and agreed that our guides were very knowledgeable and well spoken.
Our visit to Crazy Horse provoked mixed reactions. As has been noted before, the beverage prices are outrageous at 10 euros for water or cola, imagine what the alcohol would cost. We also passed on the photo op. The show, an hour and a half with intermission, was enjoyed by the lady for the costumes and the precision and beauty of the dancers. The gentleman found the numbers overly long and, thus, boring. P-fly, a contortionist/dancer, added a bit of variety to the never-ending gyrations of the women. Our favorite acts were an upside downside routine with mirrors and a well-choreographed strip tease by a frantic business woman trying to cope with stock prices. As we attended this caberet the same day as the prostitution exhibit at the Musee dOrsay, the two experiences merged to our mutual delight. Special notice to the whips at both.
Doing what: Crazy Horse Cabaret in Paris
This audio tour was disappointing for the following reasons
- the initial instructions at the tour company office were pretty vague
- the audio stick activation by pointing at a picture on a map is a novel idea but as we discovered has limitations. Also, the earbud headsets kept falling off and had to be held in place
- the map of the path to get from the tour office to the Musee d'Orsay was not correct I believe it was for another office... Also, the pictures of highlights along the path had very limited audio information.
- when we found the Musee d'Orsay we were able to skip the long line which was the best part of the tour
- once inside we discovered that about 1/2 the works of art illustrated in the tour's Musee d'Orsay floor maps were missing. Also, about 1/3 of the other works were not where the map indicated they would be. Finding the works that were there was further complicated because some of the pictures on the map illustrated only of part of the work of art. Because of all of this, our tour was very frustrating, lengthy and not very informative..
- I would suggest that Viator replace this tour with one that offers priority tickets to skip the line and then have the customer buy an audio tour from the Musee d'Orsay maybe at a reduced rate. These old fashion audio tours key on entering numbers associated with art works and no one seemed to be having any trouble. Also, they had working headsets, not earbuds.
Doing what: Skip the Line: Musée d'Orsay Audio Tour
Great addition to our trip. Easy to find off a subway stop. Cut the line experience into the Louvre, Musee D Orsay and Rodin home worth the price. Didnt take full advantage of all the benefits but will next time in Paris
Doing what: Paris Pass
Excellent Tour. Led by an artist, Belen, my wife and I and another couple were taken on a journey through Time at the Louvre and Musee d'Orsay. We stopped for lunch between the museum visits at a restaurant in the Tuileries Gardens. Was provided with quick access to the museums, great direction to the key exhibits and received a deep understanding of what made each work of art significant and how the times impacted the respective artists. Highly recommend.
The port was very easy to find, it's right across the Musee D'Orsay. The food was good, nowhere near the best I had on our trip. But I will tell you that the experience was amazing. The service, the cruise and sights were definitely worth it.
Even if you're going to Paris for the first time, I recommend this trip! Our tour guide, Tim, was smart, funny, and informative. The tour is a refreshing break from the over-populated tourist lines and must sees that at the end of the day leave you with a very removed perspective of the city. I booked this along side the Louvre, Notre Dame, Musee d'orsay, and the Eiffel Tower, and I think it's a good way to get a more holistic view of the city. The cheese and macaroons were great too.
Doing what: Paris Walking Tour: Secret Sites and Hidden Gems
Fantastic way to see the all the main attractions, convenience of access to metro and bus tour allowed us to see the city in 2 days. Access to shorter lines for Musee D'Orsay and the Louvre is always a plus.
Doing what: Paris Pass
Although we only used the pass for the Louvre and Musee d'Orsay it was worth it to get fast track entry. You don't want to waste 2 hours in a queue, especially if it is raining!
Doing what: Paris Pass
Amazing!! Santiago was a great tour guide showing and sharing with us stories that are not all from the internet or regular reading materials books, etc...kinda interesting account of the Mona Lisa and Leonardo da Vinci...haha..it was just unfortunate that we were'nt able to proceed in the afternoon tour at the Musee d Orsay because of the worker's strike...we understand though that this is an unforseen event and not within the control of the tour operator...thanks to Dario also for finding ways how to compensate however, we were already set to fly back to our country...we are glad though that we will be given a refund..thanks anyway..highly recommended tour!
YES YES, do Musee d'Orsay and Giverny, No, don't attempt to do them on the same day. You'll short change both.
Museum tour was postponed by a worker strike, but tour company handled a reschedule nicely with some confusion. Museum guide was knowledgeable and personable. We were rushed, though. Not enough time to stand back and take in the beauty of paintings we'd traveled thousands of miles to see. think National Lampoon's vacation and Chevy Chase at the Grand Canyon.
Giverny is incredible. Monet's home and gardens are well worth the drive. However, the tour left only enough time to quickly walk through. Also, very crowded, so the time was spent waiting to move through the site. No time left to enjoy the adorable little French village around the farm and gardens.
A little site / Monet information was provided by the guides on the bus prior to getting to Giverny, but the actual location was not guided. They made a big production of providing wireless communicators to all guests, but these were used for only a few moments, just to relay where entrance, exit and bathrooms were located. Then we needed to carry these devices with us for the sole purpose of returning them back on the bus. I think a little paper map would have sufficed and been less of a time sink.
The guides were very nice but had no concern for those at the back of the line. The tour company was very disorganized, crowded and chaotic. Even if you purchase tickets in advance, you only receive VOUCHERS for tickets. So all guests must stand in a very long line to trade those vouchers for the tickets that will let them get on the bus. No communication occurs between the ticketing personnel and the guides or drivers, so mis-information is the norm. It made the start of the tour exhausting, confusing and stressful. Buses were clean, modern and comfy.
I've used this local tour operator's affiliated tour co.s in other cities with great success. I was not impressed with Paris office.
Excellent tour. Having only three people in our tour made for a very personal experience. Amanda, our tour guide, was excellent. Her knowledge and delivery were amazing. She made the whole experience exciting. A very good way to experience the Louvre and d'Orsay, with a wonderful meal with new friends in between. I highly reommend this tour. It's a great way to miss the lines and enjoy a tour of these amazing masterpieces.
Our tour guide was the most amazing young woman. She was so knowledgable and friendly. The Lourvre is so massive, that she had a nice plan to move us through it, hit some highlights, and describe French history through the paintings. Lunch at Dorsay was amazing. Highly recommend the tour.
Our Skip the Line tour of the Louvre and d'Orsay was beyond expectations. Our guide, Lilia, made what could have been an overwhelming experience into a thoughtful and understandable journey through the evolution of Western art. My husband and I had visited 14 years ago and enjoyed the huge collection very much, skipping amongst various historical art treasures. This time, however, we followed a logical progression of art and history. My husband still raves that he has never enjoyed a museum experience this much. Definitely one of the highpoints of our travels!
Informative and fun. Lillia was our guide and was friendly, informative and enthusiastic. First she guided us and one other couple through the Louvre hitting all the highlights while tells us about the artists, historical figures and the history of the Louvre and Paris. Next we walked to a nice park cafe for a delightful lunch and walk to the Musee d'Orsay. We loved everything about this museum, former train station, now home to a wonderful collection of Impressionist and post Impressionist paintings and sculptures. Lillia once again guided us through the collection highlighting points of interests and telling us the history. We stayed to visit on our own, but I must say that this tour is definitely worth your time and money. Thank you Viator and Lillia.
We enjoyed our cruise. We wish that we'd been informed of the Monday closure of Musée d'Orsay and the time of closing for Louvre Museum, but other than that it was great fun.
While it wasn't a guided tour as one would normally expect i.e., a tour guide explaining the sites as you go past them, it was handy for getting around downtown Paris. We used it to get to the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Notre Dame and D'Orsay. Most major sites are close to the Seine so getting to them with the Batobus was easy vs. walking or the Metro.
I very much liked both pieces of this tour, but it did work differently than I thought it would when we signed up. We met up with Chloe in the morning, and she did an amazing job taking us through d'Orsay. I have to admit, I am kind of medium about art, but this was a trip with my husband and my parents, and they really wanted to do this. I was very pleasantly surprised. Chloe did a great job making the museum accessible, and we went around with a smallish group of about 12. At the end of the couple of hours that she took us through the museum, we were 'let go' for about two and half hours. We explored the museum more and then got lunch. Then we met back up with Chloe and there was a bus out to Giverny with about 40 people. The drive was lovely and she took us around for a bit and then we had about an hour and a half free before heading back. It did feel like two separate tours, both of which were enjoyable, but it was unexpected.
The tour gives you flexability to see the Musee d'Orsay at your own pace, the only hitch is that a few of the paintings were not in the place indicated in the guide but a great way to see the museum regardless
Doing what: Skip the Line: Musée d'Orsay Audio Tour
We were very happy that we bought the two-day pass, even though our visit to several museums was interrupted or delayed by a strike. The Big Bus tour was an excellent introduction to the layout of the city, and a welcome respite from hours of walking and museuming. Our 2-day Metro Pass included in the Paris Pass package was very well used throughout our visit. We entered the Louvre late due to the strike, but still well ahead of the crowds queuing to buy tickets. We breezed right into the Musée d'Orsay the next morning without a wait, and then followed that up with a short walk to Musée Rodin, where we walked right in without a queue. Climbed the Arc de Triomphe and enjoyed the city view from there. Lines way too long at St. Chapelle but enjoyed the Conciergerie next door. Did not try Notre Dame or going up the Eiffel. We probably would have saved money buying separate tickets to a few things, but we enjoyed the freedom to get around and things that were open and avoid lines where they were too lengthy or not moving at all due to strikes. There's too much to see and do in a month, much less two days, so just be prepared to learn and enjoy the things you can manage to get to. And, be prepared to walk your feet off! We walked more than 23,500 steps on both days of our two-day pass!
Doing what: Paris Pass
What a wonderful tour. Our guide told us great stories about the district. The visit to Sacre Coeur was impressive. And, the tickets to the Musee D'Orsay led us to a must see experience! That museum was incredible!
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