Musée d'Orsay Reviews
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Review by Eric S, August 2012
Doing what: Skip the Line: Louvre Museum Walking Tour including Venus de Milo and Mona Lisa
My reference of 5 stars is a great guided tour of the Vatican, in which the guide was highly knowledgeable and brought alive the history surrounding the artworks, and it cost about half as much.
This tour started with standing in the rain outside until all the people showed up, then about 30 minutes of toilet break waiting for everyone. I didn't need 20 minutes looking at the ancient foundations of the Paris walls. The guide was reasonably knowledgeable, but needed more history and art history background to illuminate the historical relevance of the works. She could also have emphasized the colorful historical characters involved.
We didn't try the museum audio guide at the Louvre, but we did at the d'Orsay and that was generally as educational, allowed us to go at our own pace, and cost much less.
I would not recommend your tour. I guess we tried it because we had such a good experience at the Vatican and it came up so prominently on Google. Live and learn...
We still had to wait in line to get our entrance despite having the pass - over an hour at Versailles, 30 mins at Musee Dorsay and so on. Can't recommend this as time savings as you could book tickets independently and queue too.
Disappointing. I expected to see many famous artworks and also have a detailed explanation as to why they were famous. I am an art teacher and couldn't wait to view and hear about the mona lisa, raft of the medusa, liberty, the last supper (WHICH DID NOT GET A MENTION), amongst others, and all we got was a repetitive comment on which rooms were air conditioned and which room was famous for the 'da vinci code'. Will not recommend this. Go to Muse D'Orsay instead. Also, she claimed that the winged victory and the venus de milo (also known as aphrodite), was 'discovered'. Hahaha, they were uncovered on 'greek soil' and belong to the greek people.
Review by simon giannakos, Greece, July 2012
Doing what: Skip the Line: Musée d'Orsay Small-Group Walking Tour
an exceptionnel guide tour to musée d Orsay.
our tour guide mis Anne and her asistant were excellent. mis Anne our tour guid had complete confidence and know all about the museum and the art exhibited.she gave as all the information that we needed and even more.
this tour guid is a definitely mast do. the museum by it self is a juel and the exhibited thing in it are as well. i definitely recomend this tour and i is a definitely 5 star one.
As I reviwed with the London pass - great choice, especially with the Metro pass included, as we went ALL over the city!! The "skip the line" perk was fabulous-saved tons of time at the Musee d'Orsay (on a rainy day, too!) and the Louvre and enjoyed a lovely wine tastine at O Chateau, along with many other attracions included. Great deal!!
We had an amazing time. Moulin Rouge was definitely our entertainment favourite and musee' d'Orsay was my favourite culture. We took in all that we could and will go back and do the whole thing again. This was my second trip to Paris in a year and can't wait to go back. I will also go back to Moulin Rouge a 3rd. time. The seating wasn't so good the second time nor was the food as good but the show was worth every euro and more.
The plural of canals is misleading; the tour is one canal and a series of locks. But it's a fascinating trip. You get to see a side of Paris you normally wouldn't. A couple of things to look out for though: You are not dropped off where you start. Read the brochure carefully and leave time to Metro back (either from Porte de la Villette or Musee d’Orsay). Also be aware that you will (likely) be on the upper deck most of the time, so dress accordingly. This is a great tour for someone who’s familiar with Paris. Bring a map and track where you are in the city!
We did not get to use the Paris Pass. We only used the travel tickets and the museum pass. Thanks for the tip on where to find the shorter queue to get into the Louvre, but we then stood in the queue to get our ticket only to find out this wasn't required, we could just show our pass and skip the queue, but not at the Orsay Museum! It would be good if it was consistent in all places. A notice in the Louvre perhaps would save a lot of people a lot of time as we were not the only ones who wasted 30 mins in the queue. The tourist bus was very informative and I wish we'd done the full loop on that first. The train/bus tickets were excellent value and meant we didn't have to work out the cheapest way to get somewhere, we just jumped on and off trains and buses etc.
Review by Ken S, USA, May 2012
Doing what: Skip the Line: Chateaux du Chambord, Chenonceau and Loire Valley Wine-Tasting Day Trip from Paris
The tour to see the Loire Valley Chateaus combined with a noontime wine tasting was very enjoyable and our guide was knowledgeable, congenial and helped to foster a friendly climate. The tour began on a rainy morning at the elephant in front of the Musee d’Orsay. The small group had assembled and introduced ourselves, about 12 of us, when our guide came walking down the museum steps right on time. Our bus showed up and we boarded. It was a small but comfortable tour bus with a toilet. Our guide introduced himself and gave of a thumbnail of the days events and then left us all nap during the hour plus drive to Chateau Chambord, the largest and least used chateau in the valley. We did our part well. Not an open eye on the bus. While impressive and in a beautiful setting, Chambord is fairly devoid of furniture and has always been so. We didn’t spend much time, trying to conserve for other events. After driving about 45 minutes further down the valley, we arrived at the Chateau Nitray winery between Amboise and Tours. We were met by another guide. He was totally charming explaining the history of the chateau/winery and offering generous samples of his wine. I was especially taken with his inexpensive (4.75 Euro) Touraine Sauvignon and brought some home. He and his family also made and served our lunch, roasted chicken and tomatoes with a sampling of local cheeses. Dessert was an apple tart that I paired with some of the cheese. YUM. The last stop was the post card worthy Chateau Chenonceau. It is like a fairy palace. Built across the river, boasting gardens and a maize. The kitchen was amazing with a device to turn spit chicken in front of the fire place powered by a weight system reminiscent of early clocks in the cathedrals of England. We all did our sleeping part on the way back to Paris. It was a great day and I recommend it to anyone.
We had a 2-day Paris Pass and used it to visit the Arc de Triomphe, Louvre, Musee d'Orsay, Napoleon's Tomb and Museum, and go for a boat trip on the Seine, as well as using the Hop-on Hop-off Red Bus several times and the metro. Really good to skip the lines at the Louvre etc! Pity the Eiffel Tour wasn't included but otherwise excellent - would use it again. Useful little book too.
mediocre. 80% of guide's info in french. 2nd day on job for guide. itinerary crazy with 9 locks and several tunnels. drop off 10 miles away from d'orsay starting point with long walk to metro.
Incredibly helpful in skipping the long lines at Louvre and Museum D'Orsay.
The trip was great but to be honest I dont think we got our moneys worth with the Paris pass. If you get up early and try to do and see a lot all day, then it can be worth it. We saw the Louve but the Orsay museum was closed the next day. The river cruise was nice as well as the unlimited double decker bus. The best feature was the unlimited use of the metro subway. If you want to see all the museums than go for it but if your more of the casual tourist and want to take it all in slowly than I would pass on the pass.
I didn't even use the bus much. When I took it to go from Museé D'orsay to the Notre Dame It took 2 hours to go from one place to the other. I think there is no point in using this kind of buses to visit the city.
Review by Russell E, November 2011
Doing what: Skip the Line: Musée d'Orsay Small-Group Walking Tour
Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and very interesting to listen to. The group was very small and made for an intimate view of the beautiful paintings. Everyone couldn't have been friendlier and it made our first trip to the d'Orsay much more enjoyable and educational than if we had simply walked though the museum on our own. I would recommend this tour and would go again!