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.
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.
Very good i highly recommend this tour. I learnt so much and without the tour would not have appreciated the muse d'orsay and various artists works as much. The tour guide was fantastic.
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.
The guide was very knowledgeable in art and the beautiful d'Orsay. I suggest booking a tour that when it is complete you have ample time to continue to explore the museum before it closes.
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.
A great way to get to know the d'Orsay before going into the museum into greater depth.
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: Best 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!
We thoroughly enjoyed our Musee dOrsay tour. Skip the line feature got us off to a great start. Our guide led us throughout the museum capturing all the highlights and providing excellent historical information for us to experience the impressionists' movement. The outside patio offered great photo opportunities. Afterwards we went to the museum's cafe in the former hotel banquet/ballroom for a delicious lunch!
Very informative and interesting. It was the perfect amount of time for a tour. Not too long or too short. The guide was very knowledgeable. This was my fifth time in Paris, but my first time to the Orsay. Highly recommended.
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Our family of 5 did the small group, skip the line tour of the Louvre and the Musée D'Orsay with Amanda. She did an amazing job of balancing the art, the history and the beauty of the city in a fun and interesting way. Amanda let us pace our day as we liked which helped for our jet lagged group and provided us with a great insight into both museums as well as other cool things to see, do and eat while in Paris. It was a great tour and wonderful day!
Enjoyed this tour, although felt a little rushed but I guess it is a big place and there is plenty to see and you can always go back to things after the tour finishes. Loved the Musee d'Orsay in General. Glad I did the tour rather than on my own.
The tour itself is a fun way to see the city from a unique perspective, and if you love boats, it's a great excuse to get out on the water. It ends or begins at the delightful Parc de Villette, which has a great playground for the kids, a science museum, and an awesome reflecting geodesic dome. The best part is the long tunnel, which is in complete darkness except for the boat lights.
But, for better or for worse, much depends on the tour guide, and ours was -- sadly -- underwhelming. He mumbled in both French and English, his commentary was less than inspiring the parts of it that we could actually hear, references to the landmarks rather vague I still don't know where, exactly, the Bastille is, and we passed right under it I think. Also, as the tour progressed, the English kinda got lost in the translation, that is, by the end, he was only translating maybe a tenth of what he was saying in French.
Going through the locks is charming ... the first 5 times. After that, it does get a bit tedious. Which is where the tour guide comes in -- or not, in this case. A nice running commentary while we're sitting and waiting for the lock to fill uuuuuupppp.... and open and clooooossseee .... would have been rather more entertaining than watching his formidable skill at lassoing the pylons on the dock and then disengaging with one graceful swoop of the rope.
BTW, do bring a sweater or jacket, even if it's 35 in the city. There's a breeze on the water and it does get chilly, especially when you go through the tunnels.
Also: The directions to the boat are misleading. Just walk along the Seine is completely unhelpful! Which way, please!? Also, there IS no spiral staircase anymore not for at least 3 years, according to said guide. The one you want is the big brown staircase wooden, I think right smack in front of the Musée d'Orsay.
Wouldn't have missed it, but coulda been done better.
Doing what: Seine River Cruise and Paris Canals Tour
The local guide was very professional and attentive to the group. The time was to short, and I did not have time to go to Orsay.
Not able to see Monmartre but admitted into Musee d'Orsay
Cruise down the Seine was a nice experience but food was just ok. No 'wow' factor. Sample appetizer was less than appealing for us. We ordered salmon and it quite plain. Dessert sampler was just too tarty. They offer photos of you-2 for 25euros. Board in front of bleacher seats in front of mus orsay
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