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Paris: Romantic Night Cruise and Montmartre Self-Guided Tour

1. Paris: Romantic Night Cruise and Montmartre Self-Guided Tour

Explore Paris, one of the most magical cities in the world. Take a moonlit night cruise along the River Seine, see Paris in all its glory, and then enjoy a self audio-guided walking tour of Montmartre, the most charming district of the City of Lights. Choose the order of the activities, and take as much time as is needed to complete them. Marvel at the monuments and docks that serve as scenery for this fantastic evening on a Musical Night Cruise. Admire the most emblematic monuments of Paris while listening to electro-lounge music and pass by the Louvre Museum, the Orsay Museum, the Cathedral of Notre Dame, the Grand Palais, the Eiffel Tower, and many others. Immerse with your loved one in the bohemian Montmartre neighborhood on a unique audio walking tour available for smartphones. Enjoy insightful commentary triggered by location, right where the action happened. Begin the tour at Place des Abbesses and follow the audio description through historic streets and squares. Visit famous movies locations and learn the fascinating stories of artists who called this place their home. Explore at any pace with this flexible experience, pausing the tour whenever necessary. End up at the stunning Sacre-Coeur Basilica, for magnificent panoramas over Paris.

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Musée d’Orsay: Tour

2. Musée d’Orsay: Tour

Like any first rate museum, the Musée D’Orsay can be overwhelming to visit alone. Take the stress out of journeying through the magnificent building and avoid missing out on the must-sees with this guided tour. Follow your guide and step into a world of color and light. The museum is home to some of the greatest, most recognizable works of art from the likes of Monet, Manet, Van Gogh, Cezanne and Renoir. Witness up close the swirling colors of the artistic revolution, as your expert guide explains not only the artworks, but the artists behind the frame, and the incredible changes that were also taking place in French society at the time.

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Musée d’Orsay: Private Tour

3. Musée d’Orsay: Private Tour

Get an expert introduction to one of the most celebrated museums in Paris with a live tour guide. The museum, housed in a former train station, is steeped in history and contains a wealth of artworks from the 19th century. Learn about the featured artists of the museum’s collection of French art on this walking tour around the iconic museum. Explore the backgrounds and individual styles of artists such as Manet, Renoir, Cézanne, and Gauguin. As well as viewing some selected highlights, learn the secrets surrounding the techniques used by the Impressionists and post-Impressionists. Along the way, your guide will also explain the social background and turmoil of the 19th century, providing an in-depth insight into the layered artworks. With such insight, discover how a handful of art rebels paved the way for the Impressionist art movement.

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Paris: Guided City Tour by Electric Bike

4. Paris: Guided City Tour by Electric Bike

Discover the highlights of Paris like a local on an electric bike tour. Peddle through the charming streets easily with the help of a motor. Have the use of a raincoat, so you can enjoy the city in any weather. Take a family-friendly route that is mostly on bike paths and sidewalks. Meet your guide and get fitted with your helmet and bike. Test drive your bike to ensure that you are comfortable handling an electric bike. Set off on an adventure as you ride to the iconic Louvre Palace. Wave to the Mona Lisa as you pass the Louvre Muséum and the Carrousel shopping center. Enjoy the greenery in the Tuileries Gardens and watch the ships pass by the docks. Admire the oldest bridge in the city at Pont Neuf. Travel to Cité Island to view the stunning Cité Palace. View the Gothic architecture of Saint Chapelle and the rose window of the Notre dame Cathédral. Venture to the Institute of France and see the love locks on the Arts Bridge. Go by the Orsay Muséum which was once a train station before passing the Orsay Docks. Get up close to the Eiffel Tower and marvel at the view of it from across the Trocadero Gardens. Feel the immensity of the Chaillot Palace as you see both wings. Get a taste of modern art as you pass by Tokyo Palace. Be tickled by the contrast between the Great and small palace. Experience the connection between the US and France at the Liberty Flame in Lady Diana square. Ride by the arched Alexandre III bridge and appreciate the use of space in the Vendôme and Concorde square. Finish your tour where you began.

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The Orsay Museum: Guided Visit for Families with Children

5. The Orsay Museum: Guided Visit for Families with Children

Specifically adapted to accommodate for children's shorter attention spans this tour is perfect for families with children. Your guide will adapt their language to hold the attention of the children while simultaneously answering any questions you may have. You will feel welcomed as a family while discovering the richness of the museum’s collections in a beautiful setting. In terms of collections, the museum is a prime spot to discover the Impressionist movement. It features painted and sculpted masterpieces by famous artists, including Monet’s Poppies, Manet’s The Luncheon on the Grass and Olympia, Renoir’s Dance at Le moulin de la Galette; Degas’ dancers and Cezanne’s The Card Players. Each work of art in the museum has a story and significance, but your guide will avoid overwhelming you and focus on selected major works. If you or your children are art enthusiasts, your guide will adapt the tour to any requests you may have. What better way to experience the Orsay than to visit as a family? 

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Paris: Louvre and Musée d'Orsay Private Tour

6. Paris: Louvre and Musée d'Orsay Private Tour

Discover masterpieces of French art on a private tour of 2 of the most famous museums in Paris. The Louvre and Musée d'Orsay are the essential duo for art lovers, and this full-day tour includes priority entry to both. Your guide will pick you up at your hotel and take you to the Carrousel du Louvre, where you can admire the majestic architecture of the museum before skipping the long lines to enjoy a 2 hour tour tailored to your interests. See magnificent art by Rembrandt and Delacroix, as well as Leonardo da Vinci’s legendary Mona Lisa, and the famous Greek statue of the Venus de Milos. After some free time for lunch, reconnect with your guide at 13:30 in front of the Orsay Museum. The former train station is now home to one of the most beautiful collections of Impressionist art in the world. Discover more than 4,000 works from the second half of the 19th century, including paintings by Renoir, Monet, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Rodin, and Maillol. Hear fascinating stories about the artists and their most famous works on a tour that can always be tailored to your interests.

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Orsay Private Tour

7. Orsay Private Tour

Monet, Manet, Renoir, Cézanne, Rodin, Degas, Ingres, Gaugin, Van Gogh...their names fall gently upon the ears, their art gentle upon the eyes. Paris was and still remains a hub of innovative art; learn how this movement impacted the bustling heart of the capital city. Here you have the opportunity to experience the 19th-century Impressionistic revolution in its entire splendor, representing an impressive collection of Impressionism dating from 1848-1914. You'll also see the later post-impressionist art that was influenced by the former school. Knowledgeable guides will assist you in discovering the lives of the painters and the revolutionary movements of Impressionism and post Impressionism they founded, too. For an unforgettable educational and cultural experience, be sure to profit from your limited time from one of the finest private tours available. The Orsay private guided tour offers you more exclusive VIP access and personalized attention for a hassle-free experience, without the inconvenience normally associated with crowds. This tour is geared towards private individuals and small limited groups, is personally crafted to your wishes and is located within walking distance of this very centralized location in the heart of Paris.

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Paris: 2-Hour Segway Night Tour

8. Paris: 2-Hour Segway Night Tour

Explore the beautiful parks of Paris and ride safely along the city’s sidewalks on a 2-hour evening Segway tour. Learn about the city’s iconic sites, and get a great orientation to the city and up-to-date information for your visit to Paris. After a 30-minute orientation session, you’ll head out to cruise the streets on a unique, self-balancing mode of transportation. The tours are limited in the number of participants, so you can count on a personalized experience. Discover what it's like to be a Paris celebrity as everyone turns to watch you glide by! You’ll pass by the Eiffel Tower, built by Gustave Eiffel as the entrance to the World Exposition of 1889, and the tallest building in the world until New York City's Chrysler building was erected in 1930. Glide by Napoléon's Tomb, built by King Louis XIV as an exclusive place of worship for the French royal family. See the Musée D'Orsay, designed for the 1900 Universal Exhibition, and built as a train station. Admire the Louvre Museum, one of the grandest museums in the world, and pass numerous other highlights as well.

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Paris: Orsay Museum + Montmartre Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

9. Paris: Orsay Museum + Montmartre Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

This 5 hour tour explores origins of the Impressionist movement. Start at the Orsay Museum where you will skip the line and enter directly into its main collection of artwork by the likes of Monet and Cezanne. Then head to the Montmartre neighborhood and experience the surroundings that are the background of the impressionist's lives. The tour can welcome up to 8 guests and includes transportation between the two locations. This small group tour will connect the artwork at Musée d’Orsay with the neighborhood that was home to most of its artists, Montmartre. Step back into time to the 19th century, when Paris was living the Belle Epoque, when cancan dancers kicked high and when artists enjoyed absinthe in cafés. Explore the cobbled streets stretching between the Moulin Rouge and the Sacré Coeur basilica, considered to be the home of the art movement known as Impressionism.  Highlights Generally Include: (if artwork is not on loan or being restored etc.) Moulin Rouge, Sacré Coeur Cathedral (with time allowed to explore inside as well), Moulin de la Galette, Vincent Van Gogh’s house, Manet’s Luncheon on the Grass, Renoir’s Dance at Le Moulin de la Galette, Monet’s Poppy Field and Waterlilies, Van Gogh’s Bedroom in Arles

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Musée d’Orsay: Guided Impressionist Tour & Gourmet Lunch

10. Musée d’Orsay: Guided Impressionist Tour & Gourmet Lunch

Start your Impressionist adventure by meeting your fully accredited, expert guide right in front of the museum. Forget the hassle of waiting in line, you and/or your group can bypass the ticket queues and enter the building to start your tour. Take a guided tour through each and every one of the publicly available rooms in the Orsay Museum. Whilst inside, marvel at the wonders of the Impressionistic era and get a chance to see world renowned paintings by Van Gogh, Monet and many others. Your expert guide will use his/her knowledge to enhance your appreciation of this particular artistic movement.  Take a stop in the gallery restaurant and enjoy a delicious lunch with wine in the Orsay station’s original Belle Epoque restaurant, opened in 1900. Savoring the traditional French cuisine under the sparkling chandeliers will be a most fitting finale to your memorable tour. After lunch, your entrance ticket allows you to return to the galleries on your own if you wish, to further explore the collection or perhaps take in a special exhibition.

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What people are saying about Musée d'Orsay

Overall rating

3.5 / 5

based on 2 reviews

I am so happy I chose to do a tour instead of roaming the museum myself. Liliya Goldenberg Was my tour guide and the way she lead us through the museum was perfect. She taught me so much about the rise of Impressionism and what the world was like when these artists came on the scene. She had so many great stories about the different artists that you don’t see on the plaques by the paintings. One was a theory that Van Gogh did not cut of his own ear. Want to hear the full story? You will have to take her tour. A+ I left knowing a lot more about Art History along with seeing these masters work in person.

Christophe was a very good guide, who shows his passion for art. He explained very nice facts that were unknown for us and he was very kind with our kids while adjusting his explanations to their level. We would love to book him again.

I live in Paris but hardly ever get a chance to explore the city- the tour with Sam was so fantastic, he was flexible to adjust it according to interest, was lovely and full of knowledge, clearly passionate about art, I learnt so much!

Our guide was so informative about paintings & move from neoclassical art to impressionist art.

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