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On this private tour, walk the romantic streets of hilly Montmartre and stop at the same places that inspired 19th-century rebel-artists — like Renoir, Monet, Van Gogh and Cézanne — who developed the Impressionism art movement. Follow in their footsteps as you pass the Moulin Rouge, Le Clos vineyard and Basilique du Sacré Coeur. Then, your private guide whisks you past the long entrance line at the Musée d'Orsay for a personalized tour of the museum’s world-class collection of 19th-century art.

Highlights

  • Art-themed walking tour of Paris with a private guide
  • Explore the neighborhood of Montmartre, the birthplace of Impressionism
  • See the places that inspired famous artists including Van Gogh, Renoir, Monet and Picasso
  • Enjoy skip-the-line entrance to the Musée d’Orsay for a guided tour
  • Discover the techniques behind masterpieces by Manet, Renoir, Cézanne, Gauguin and others

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What You Can Expect

Private Tour: Skip-the-Line Musée d'Orsay & Montmartre Impressionist Walking Tour

Discover the Impressionist history of Montmartre on your private tour

On this private walking tour, uncover Montmartre through the lives and works of Monet, Renoir, Cézanne and Van Gogh — several of the art rebels who lived here and developed the Impressionist art movement.

Starting at the base of Montmartre with your private guide, see firsthand the places that inspired painters Renoir, Monet, Van Gogh and Cézanne. Check out the windmill that Renoir featured in his scandalous piece Bal du moulin de la Galette, walk past the Moulin Rouge that inspired Toulouse-Lautrec, and see where Van Gogh and Picasso lived and worked.

Reach Montmartre’s highest point, Basilique du Sacré Coeur, offering stunning views of Paris.

Refuel with lunch (own expense) and then enjoy transport by luxury private vehicle to the Musée d’Orsay. Housed inside a 19th-century Beaux-Arts building, the Musée d’Orsay boasts the world’s finest collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist masterpieces, with more than 4,000 works on display.

Bypass the lines and head straight inside for a 2-hour guided tour. Peruse an array of 19th-century artwork by Manet, Renoir, Cézanne, Gauguin and more, and learn about the techniques used by the Impressionists and post-Impressionists.

At the end of your guided tour, feel free to continue exploring the museum’s hallowed galleries on your own.

Customer Reviews

Kristin Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This tour was the highlight of our trip. We had an incredible tour guide. Her knowledge was amazing!!

Kathleen C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

If you can do it, I highly recommend this tour. My tour guide, Belen was amazing and I spent a wonderful day in Paris on this tour. She gave me a great tour of Montmartre and Basilica Sacre Coeur that was rich with history. After lunch, we toured the Musee d'Orsay and while she explained the different styles of painting associated with the Impressionist genre. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Beverly H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

A wonderful one on one tour with an exceptionally educated and experienced tour guide! I would do it again!

Timothy L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Our guide, Harriet, was fabulous. What a wonderful and informative tour. I highly recommend this tour as it provides behind the scenes insight into the Montmartre impressionist community and then ties it to the artwork at the d'Orsay.

Martha B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Excellent tour guide with extensive knowledge of the arts.

Scott R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

What a GREAT tour and GREAT tour guide!!!! We lucked out with tour guide Belen Roncoroni. She was timely, informative and really customized this tour as she got to know us. A wonderful walk in the Montmartre area, shopping for art work with Belen's assistance as she is also an artist and a wonderful picnic lunch on the Seine River taking in all of the sites in the middle of it all. Then we moved on to the Musee where Belen really displayed her knowledge and love for art. We can not say enough about this Guide or tour. Getting to know Paris with this walking tour was the best!!!!

William David G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

An outstanding time and we had the a ability to learn a lot about the area and the impressionists painters. Highly recommend this your. Our tour guide was excellent.

Jack A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

The guide went the extra mile in providing a great tour. She even customized to our requests. Highly recommended.

Elizabeth J United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

We met our guide, Laura close to the Moulin Rouge in Montmartre at 10am.
There were four of us plus Laura.
Her knowledge and enthusiasm for Paris, it's history and it's art, particularly the impressionists was excellent.
(She is Australian and has lived in Paris 3 years and spoke fluent French)
We spent the morning walking around various places of artistic interest away from the usual tourist traps and hoards of people. We chose the private tour to avoid large groups and it paid off enormously so it was well worth the extra cost .
Laura chose a local French bistro for lunch which was excellent!
We then went by taxi to the Musee d'Orsay which is former magnificent railway station on the river side.
You could quite easily spend a day here - the art is displayed beautifully - the Skip the line entrance gave us extra time inside and Laura chose specific areas to show us to enable a clear and informative tour of the great impressionists with lots of interesting facts.
Our tour ended there at around 5pm to allow us extra time to view the Van Gough exhibition which is superb.
Laura was a excellent guide, friendly,welcoming and very knowledgable - I would highly recommend this tour and particularly Laura !

Barbara T

4 star rating: Recommended October 2014

lovely stroll thru Montmartre--thought we would hear more about individual artists but really did not learn anything new. But our guide was knowledgable and the trip thru the Musee d'Orsay was delightful. Montmarte has changed over the years--seemed like all the paintings were of the Eiffel tower and I missed all the wonderful landscapes and window boxes and shutter paintings that used to be there. Found a couple but not nearly the selection found in previous years.

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