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Musee d'Orsay: Small Group Semi-Private Tour

1. Musee d'Orsay: Small Group Semi-Private Tour

“My dear friend, your train station looks like a Palace of Fine Arts while our Palace of Fine Arts looks like a train station” is what the architect Victor Laloux heard in 1900 when his spectacular station was inaugurated. Nowadays this wonderful light and airy space is home to the Musée d’Orsay. Dedicated to the art of the second half of the 19th century, one of the most exciting and daring periods in artistic history, you will discover how the Impressionist movement burst onto the scene and changed the face of art forever. Follow your guide and step into a world of color and light. Monet, Manet, Van Gogh, Cezanne and Renoir, this museum is home to some of the greatest, and most recognizable works of art in the world. Witness up close the swirling colors of the artistic revolution, as your expert guide explains not only the artworks, but also the incredible changes that were also taking place in French society at the time. Learn about the colorful and often unconventional lives of the mythical artists represented here, many of whom lived and worked in Paris. It’s not surprising that this visit is also one of your guides’ favorites! Benefit from a small group visit with only 7 people or fewer, allowing for a relaxed and intimate visit of this spectacular collection.

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Paris: Musée d’Orsay Semi-Private Guided Tour

2. Paris: Musée d’Orsay Semi-Private Guided Tour

Enter the stunning Beaux Arts building of the Musée d’Orsay in Paris and discover a treasure chest of French art. Housed in a former railway station, the museum contains one of the world’s best collections of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art. Enjoy a semi-private tour with expert commentary from a guide who will introduce you not only to the masterpieces but to the masters that created them. Learn about a unique period of art history, and how it was harshly criticized in its time. See how painters, such as Monet, radically changed the way we view the world. Many of the museum’s most famous works are by Paris-based artists, and depict scenes throughout France, providing a pictorial history of the nation. Marvel at Van Gogh’s “Starry Night over the Rhône,” and Renoir’s masterpiece “Dance at Le Moulin de la Galette,” a depiction of a typical Sunday afternoon in the Paris district of Montmarte. Discover highlights by Cezanne, Degas, Manet, and much more.

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Best of Paris Bike Tour

3. Best of Paris Bike Tour

Cruise through Paris from Notre-Dame to the Eiffel Tower on a bike and see the highlights of this great city in a fun way. Cycle around the glass pyramids in the Louvre’s courtyard, learn about the Impressionists in the Orsay Museum, and get right into the middle of the Place de la Concorde for an amazing view of the Champs Elysées and the Arc de Triomphe! On this half-day small-group bike tour you’ll ride along the banks of the Seine River as you breeze by other visitors and locals. Make stops at the most picturesque spots where your guide will tell you about Paris and share little-known fun and historical facts. You’ll also learn some secrets that will help you later as you explore Paris on your own – such as where to find the shortcut into the Louvre that saves you 2 hours of time waiting in line! You’ll enjoy a snack break at the Rue Cler outdoor market, where you’ll have a half hour to explore the stalls and try local treats.

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What people are saying about Musée d'Orsay

Cécile was honestly passionate about transporting all her knowledge about Paris to our little group. There is no better option getting an idea of the city in such an adventurous, compact bike-tour.

Guide was excellent.

Took this 2 hour guided tour. Guide’s knowledge was stellar. It was nice to have audio enhanced presentation. Made it easy to hear and follow along even if you were not right on top of him.

Seeing the museum with a guide was essential for us.

Damian was a great guide and really helped us see both the well known pieces and those by unfamiliar artists in a much more complete way. So glad we took this tour.

Fantastic !!! Useful for those who stay for a short time. Experience to be redone

Informative, relaxed, fun and a great way to orientate yourself to Paris.