Musée d'Orsay Reviews
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It's a good walking tour. However too long time spent in louvre museum hence not sufficient time for other places' visits. If we visit orsay, arc de triomphe, champs de elysses, les halles, centre pompidou, st georges, though only a glimpse to take quick pictures, it would be more perfect and meaningful.
Not worth the time. just goes through canals in an unknown city. doesnt even go through the whole seine river (stops at musee d'orsay). spends most of the time waiting for the canals to open.
An unusual and excellent experience. After seeing Paris from the Seine from Musee d'Orsay to beyond Notre Dame, the route turned into the St Martin Canal for an entirely different kind of paris experience. The long tunnel after the first lock was fascinating! Thereafter there was plenty of local and historical interest, highlighted by an informative commentary. Well worth the money.
Excellent value - I would absolutely recommend this. It's almost a requirement if you're visiting all the major attractions. We bought the travel card which includes buses and the metro in Paris - but we didn't use it once. We stayed near the opera house and we're in our late 20's so we walked to all the major attractions we wanted to see: Notre Dame, the Louvre and Orsay, Latin quarter, the arch, Eiffel tower, etc. It's all walkable and you experience more of the city if you do this. Especially if you like to shop or want to catch a cafe - then walking lets you stop when you want. Note that if you have this pass - you can skip the ticket-buying line to the Louvre and there's a side-entrance that didn't have a single person in it. Still have to go through security but that was quick. The ticket line was real long. I would highly recommend the pass - the travel card maybe only if you want to take the metro.
Please note that my star rating is a reflection of my personal experience and that able bodied folks would I am sure rate this more highly. To expand, I do not walk too well or fast and this is a fast tour. First you must walk from the viator office as a group with the guide. Ok but if you don't walk fast you fall behind. Victor should explain this on the tour info because if you are elderly or a little unfit or unable to walk distances over 100 mts quickly DON'T TAKE THIS TOUR. In order to see the 3 main pieces you need to walk briskly and up at least 4 groups off stairs. Ok for those more able than I am. I was hot and sweating just trying to keep up and was unable to pay complete attention to the guide. In fact I was too tired to be bothered to push through the crowds to view the Mona Lisa and as an artist this was a big disappointment to me. I must say that the guide was aware of my difficulty and she did try to make it a little easier by suggesting I sit and listen to her explanations of the various pieces, but there really is no point when you cannot see the art to which she is referring. Better to take a slow walk yourself with some headphones. Wheelchairs are available and there are lifts so make it easier on yourself. I do not think it's difficult to find your way around as the provided map is easy to read and tells you whats where. After lunch we did the Musee D'Orsay, got a wheelchair and had a great time.
This was a nice and relaxing tour. However, the directIons on the voucher said to meet up at the Musee D'Orsay, which was incorrect. They could have been more clear.
The tour was wonderful!!! We loved it.
It came with headphones that we could listen to an English commentary with, and there were about 5 or 6 other languages available. I enjoyed hearing about not just the stops we made but every monument and everything else we passed by on the way.
We enjoyed sitting in the top of the double-decker bus. It was a great view for taking pictures.
It was amazing how quickly the buses came and went from a stop. We never had to wait! Of course, maybe this was because we were there at a pretty
busy time- late July.
The only downfall I was that the site's information about the tour was confusing, so we didn't realize the tour could be used for 2 days. The information was confusing. So, the day we got our ticket for and got on the bus was our last day in Paris. If we would have known, we could have used it the day before. However, we still made the full tour in that one day.
One tip I have is to get the opening and closing times of all the stops before you come. We didn't realize the Musee d'Orsay closed at 6, so we only had 45 min. And, the Opera was already closed when we got there.
I can't imagine seeing Paris without this wonderful transportation that was so delightful and gave us such easy access to everything. It was AWESOME!
Short Version: Worth every penny. Second city pass I have bought and they are great purchases!
The details: The Paris Pass is a very good purchase. Does not have as many perks or deals as the London pass, but the metro is included (as opposed to an additional charge on London) and skipping the lines was a HUGE advantage. We probably saved a total of 2-3 hours between the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre and the Orsay lines. Also you MUST take advantage of the free Siene River cruise as part of your card. Make sure to go in the evening because Paris is even more beautiful by night. Just like with all these passes, the key is to take the time to read the book that comes with it to see which deals are worth it to you.
Very Handy to have the pass. Probably in sheer dollar terms did not get the full value but I took it that you pay some dollars for the convenience. Still had to line up for over an hour for the Musee d'Orsay on the day The Louvre was closed (Tuesday). The Open bus tour is well worth it.
I thoroughly enjoyed this 2 1/2 hour cruise, it was a relaxing and leisurely way to see Paris. The guide gave an interesting commentary in French and English on the history of the canal and the places of interest along the way. The scenery along the canal was picturesque and I found going through the locks very interesting. I began my tour from Parc de la Villette, which is easy to find, and ended at the Musee d'Orsay. The last short section of the canal is underground and I did not experience any smells at all, but found it fascinating and a wonderful sight welcomed me as the boat enters the Seine. I have been to Paris a number of times, and while this cruise was not the first thing on my list to do in Paris, it is now one of the best things I have done.
This tour was a great introduction to the city. Billy is a wonderful tour guide - positive, outgoing, and with a depth of knowledge behind the standard "tour guide descriptions". Note, however, that the tour does not visit the Champs-Elysees, Arc de Triumph, or Rodin Museum, and barely passes the Orsay, despite the advertisement. I still found the tour quite enjoyable and worth the money, good to do early in your trip so you know what you might like to come back to. Would love to have a similar tour for "off the beaten path" type places to visit.
This may be a good idea for one's first trip to Paris, when one wants to fit in all the most notable sights, but this was the second trip for which I purchased the pass, and this time, it wasn't worth the money. At a few sights, it allows you to bypass the lines, but otherwise, you can't possibly see enough places in the time allowed to save on the cost of admissions. Also, after you've taken in the top sights (Louvre, Orsay, etc), the rest of the museums where you can use the pass are far less compelling.
We picked up our passes at the Hard Rock Cafe and used them a couple days later. The museum pass was included and we used it to visit the top of the Arc de Triomphe, as well as the Louvre and Musee d'Orsay.
A very good bargain. We planned our itinerary prior to using the passes, so we were able to visit many places.
Very crowded and hard to see the works of art. Preferred Musee D"Orsay.
This was a fascinating ride, down the Seine from in front of the Musee D'Orsay, then up the Canal St Martin, with all its locks. I don't know who was more fascinated by the locks - my kids or my husband! You sail right underneath the Bastille monument, through the tunnels. The end of the ride is very near a Metro and there are some great restaurants to have lunch at. Very fun and definitely a "different" river cruise!