This Tour was the perfect tour to get the information you needed and seeing the sights directly without wasting any time waiting in line or figuring out what you're looking at. We met up with the first guide in Paris outside of train station at Musee d'Orsay and she guided us all the way to Versailles where we met our second tour guide. She was very informative and patient. She gave us ample time to view sights and take pictures as well as giving us insightful information about the different areas of the garden and the palace itself. If there was one thing worth visiting while you're in Paris, I recommend taking this tour. The gardens are magnificent and breathtaking and the Hall of Mirrors was absolutely beautiful in all its sunlit grandeur. While there could have been more time spent exploring the gardens, the entire tour lasted about 3 hours and was the perfect amount of time to take in Versailles. Once the tour completed within the palace walls, you were free to explore the palace on your own or checkout the area. There are lots to see and do and it was absolutely great.
Get the pass. The free public transport and easy entry (no long queues) to the Louvre and Musee d'Orsay make it so worthwile. The open top bus tour is a bonus (don't bother with the recorded commentary as it doesn't tell you anything you really want to know) and a good way to get between key sites, but the river Seine cruise was disappointing. We went on a night cruise and between all the other boats with glaring lights and blaring music it was not that pleasant. The recorded commentary is a bit ordinary too.
Doing what: Paris Pass
The tour itself was great. Once we actually arrived at the palace and gardens/fountains, we enjoyed the tour very much, and our guide was quite knowledgeable. However, getting to the starting point was a problem. Apparently the train which was usually used was not able to be used (which Viator knew ahead of time due to the e-mails I was sent stating we needed to catch an earlier train,) and the alternative train stop involved a long walk. From the time we met the group in front of the Museum D'Orsay until we arrived at the palace was more than 2 hours, more than half of which was walking, sometimes over cobblestones, uphill. The other couple in our group of 4 had difficulty walking that far; had they known about the walk in advance they might have declined to go. At least one other party in our tour group was similarly affected and was quite irate about the wasted time and the burden which walking caused one of his party members, who had to use a wheel chair once we arrived. It would have been appropriate for Viator to meet train with vans or a bus and transport the group to the entry of the palace. I am not asking for any compensation, but I will think twice before using your services again.
Great, informative walking tour off the tourist track. It was great to see a a glimpse of the original Montmarte. The Musee d'Orsay entrance ticket is a great addition to the walking tour!
This was good. We used the double decker tour bus the first day and stopped at the Eiffel Tower (not included) and had lunch afterwards at a little sandwich place down below on the Seine. We took the tour bus back to Notre Dame. The second day we used it for Sainte Chapelle, Musee D'Orsay and Musee De L'Orangerie (Monet).
Doing what: Paris Pass
The Seine River Cruise was amazing, we were able to see the gorgeous views of Paris (from the smallest house to the stunning Notre Dame Cathedral) whilst learning from the guide all about the different places we could see. There is so much more to this cruise than just the river views, as you have the luxury of travelling through the canals and hidden sights of the city! There is a long stretch inside a tunnel where you can view the streets above, this is beautiful. There are many locks which are interesting to travel through.
Be prepared to spend a while on the boat through the canals, it is worth the time. We found it was good to relax in a buzy city whilst cruising along the river. Also, It is a lot easier to find the starting point in the morning, by the Musee d'Orsay, as you can see the boat moared up on the river bank and is easy to get to from the Metro Stop. Whereas, the starting point in the centre of the park (Bassin de la Villette) is a little more of a challenge. So if you chose to start from the park, allow plenty of time time get there, else you risk missing it. Toilets were available on the boat and access to a soft drink via a vending machine. Overall, we would fully reccomend this trip.
Doing what: Seine River Cruise and Paris Canals Tour
The tour company was excellent. Our guide was fantastic. He really knew the area and showed us things he had discovered (off the beaten track). This tour company does many walking tours and we were just sad we didn't have more time to do more of them.
Musee d'Orsay was very good as well. But - it is separate from the walking tour and unguided (that was not a problem).
But - again we paid for Musee d'Orsay tickets for our kids, who get in free.
Christine C S
One of the Best guides ever! The d'Orsay was one of the main reasons I wanted to come back to Paris. The guide made it even better!!!!!!
We truly enjoyed our trip to Giverny and could see Monet's draw to the area. The water lily pond was amazing. We had been to l'Orangerie and d'Orsay to see the the art of Monet just two days before this trip and then were able to see the inspiration for Monet's impressionism.
Doing what: Giverny and Monet
We were met promptly at the elephant statue in front of Musee d'Orsay by Adam, an extremely friendly young man who is a Canadian going to school in Paris. He took us to the metro and gave us all tips, suggestions, on how to use the metro and helped us with several other questions. When we arrived at Versailles, he handed us over to Caroline who was going to give us the tour of the Palace, etc. Caroline was an excellent tour guide with a great sense of humour. The Palace and Gardens are spectacular. It was a very hot day and quite crowded but she was able to guide us through the crowds fairly quickly and was able to get us to the front of the line quite adeptly. Caroline was very passionate about the history and it was highly evident. In fact she commented that she "loved" Versailles Palace. She was an excellent tour guide and you would be very fortunate to have her if you went on this tour.
The highlight of our five days in Paris. I would recommend it to everyone. Well paced, with lots of variety in activities and, of course, Monet's garden.Follow up with a visit to Musee D'Orsay and Muses L'Orangerie afterwards to get the full Monet experience
Doing what: Giverny and Monet's Garden Bike Tour
Good to miss the queues, but was held up in queue at Louvre because people were buying passes. We then found another way to get in quicker, but only by following another party. We had an excellent lunch at restaurant of Museum D'Orsay.
Doing what: Paris Pass
Excellent tour. Our guide Marion was extremely interesting, helpful + friendly. We felt we were experiencing the "real" Montmartre away from the tourist parts. Musee D'Orsay tickets well worth it to avoid queueing.
Beautiful building + breath-taking paintings but toilet facilities + downstairs cafe poor.
It was a good and interesting cruise down the Seine and up the canals. However, it should have been explained that the boarding it not opposite the Museum D'Orsay but a few hundred meters down the river (on same side) towards the Effiel.
We also thought that the area around St. Martin canal came alive on the Sunday, apparently it does but not until later in the evening, during the day nothing was happening and we were lucky to find a decent meal.
Doing what: Seine River Cruise and Paris Canals Tour
If you like to take time exploring a chateau, this is NOT the tour for you. I guess it wasn't clear to us how this day trip would actually play out when we booked it or I might have looked for other options. Here's the deal: You arrive at the Musee D'Orsay at 7:40 a.m. to leave Paris by 8 a.m. It is a (rather dull) 2-1/2 hour drive to Chambord. You will spend less than an hour at Chambord before driving another hour to Chateau Vitray for lunch and a short tour of the winery. Then it's a half hour drive to Chenonceau. If you're lucky, you'll have an hour there before getting back on the bus for a 3-1/2 hour drive back to Paris (arriving around 8 p.m.)
Overall, it was a disappointing day that did not even come close to meeting my expectations (especially for the nearly $200 pp price tag.) Our guide was personable and armed with plenty of history and facts about Paris, the chateaux, French history, etc. The chateaux were gorgeous. The countryside was picturesque. The lunch was very satisfying. It was the pace of the day that ruined things for us. At Chambord we literally saw two rooms and the roof before we left. I understand that the chateau is not fully furnished, but in seeing photos afterward, we missed quite a bit. We didn't even have time to peruse the gift shop which was a major ding in my book. Don't worry though, there was plenty of time built in to buy wine at the vineyard. The majority of our off-bus time was spent at the winery. And while I very much enjoyed lunch and the wine, I would have gladly eaten faster and got back on the bus to have more time at Chenonceau. I was really heartbroken to be rushed through that chateau. We barely had time to run through the building before making the 15-minute trek back to the bus. There wasn't even an opportunity to explore the gorgeous gardens. They really need to work on the timing of this tour or make it very, very clear in the description that time at the chateaux is VERY limited.
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