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Paris: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Sightseeing Tour

1. Paris: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Sightseeing Tour

Enjoy fantastic views and experience the charming atmosphere of Paris aboard an open-top double-decker sightseeing bus. Choose from a 24 or 48-hour hop-on hop-off ticket or upgrade to the 48-hour deluxe option, which includes a ticket for a Seine River cruise. Drive-by iconic attractions like Notre Dame, and the Sacre Coeur. Take in the sights at the lavish Champs-Elysées, the historical Grand Palais, Opera Garnier, and Louvre Museum. Discover over 15 locations on a narrated tour with daily departures. You may join the tour from any of the stops on the route.

Paris: Sacré-Coeur and Montmartre Tour with Expert Guide

2. Paris: Sacré-Coeur and Montmartre Tour with Expert Guide

Explore the outside of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris, built between 1874 and 1914 and enjoy the artistic and picturesque village of Paris. Your guided tour begins with a visit outside the Sacred Heart. Learn about both the exterior and interior of the Basilica from your expert guide. See the largest mosaic in the world, Christ in Majesty, depicting the Sacred Heart of Jesus, worshiped by the Virgin Mary, Jeanne d'Arc, and St. Michael the Archangel. After the Basilica your guide will take you to the village of Montmartre. This neighborhood of Montmartre has always stood apart from the rest of Paris, not just as the large hill in the city’s northern 18th Arrondissement, but as the home to artists, revolutionaries and outsiders who have played an important part in the unique history of Paris. These streets hold wild stories and a unique perspective around every corner and the Place du Tertre is one of the most famous squares of Paris. There is no neighborhood more magical than Montmartre.

Paris: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour & Cruise

3. Paris: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour & Cruise

This hop-on hop-off bus tour of Paris helps you to explore the city's top attractions at your own pace. Enjoy this Paris sightseeing tour by day to discover the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe, and much more. This city tour takes you to more than 50 points of interest around Paris. Experience the beautiful avenues, the stunning architecture, and picturesque views at the top of an open-air bus. Hop-on or hop-off at your leisure to create your own customized journey around the city.  The tour will include an informative and entertaining commentary that will guide you through the city. To see the city from a different perspective, your hop-on hop-off city tour will be combined with a sightseeing cruise on the Seine River. The cruise will take you past many stunning monuments and museums, while sailing under several beautiful bridges, showcasing the best landmarks in Paris.  The individual audio commentary will teach you all about the historical and cultural significance of the attractions, helping you decide which to visit once you’re back on land.

Paris: Romantic Montmartre Exploration Game

4. Paris: Romantic Montmartre Exploration Game

Follow the clues in the app and discover Amelie’s cafe, the Wall of Love, the Sacré-Cœur Basilica, and many other favorite Montmartre landmarks. Read fascinating stories about the different destinations you are lead to and discover events that took place there as well as the people who used to live or work there. Along the way, solve clues to unlock the love story of a couple trying to reconnect in the city where they once fell in love, but then became estranged. Leave your map at home — the app offers precise directions through the city. Play at your own pace. Feel free to pause and explore your surroundings whenever you wish.  After you book the game, you’ll get a code via email with instructions on how to play. Head to the Place Blanche metro station and use the access code to unlock the quest in the app. End the tour on the beautiful steps of the Sacré-Cœur Basilica. For larger groups, one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group. All group members will be able to play the city game on their smartphone. Alternatively, each person can purchase their own voucher. You can play as a group and solve the clues together as you walk, or you can split into smaller groups/teams and compete against the others. Each person can also play on their own, separate from the group, and meet the group at the end.

Paris: Musée de Montmartre and Gardens Entry Ticket

5. Paris: Musée de Montmartre and Gardens Entry Ticket

Immerse yourself in the history of Montmartre and its rich culture. Skip the ticket line and go directly to the museum which was once a meeting point and house for many artists. Discover the permanent collection and experience the montmate vibe. With your audio guide, learn about the rich history of Montmartre from the 19th century and when it was annexed to the city of Paris. From this moment on, the city imposed itself on the countryside of Montmartre. Artists started to move to Montmartre in 1870 and the cafes and cabarets multiplied in the 1880’s. Montmartre quickly became a place filled with effervescent bohemian spirit and creative energy. The most celebrated cabaret, the Chat Noir, welcomed several performances of the Théâtre d’Ombres, shadow theatre, created in 1866 by Henri Rivière and Henry Somm. Theatre, music, circus and dance all had a role in Montmartre. All of Paris came to listen to Aristide Bruant or Yvette Guilbert recite their texts or attend a performance by La Goulue, La Môme Fromage ou Grille d’Egouts, 3 dancers at the Moulin Rouge. Toulouse-Lautrec was one of the more assiduous artists in representing these performances. This effervescent bohemian spirit was also present in the artists’ studios: 12 Cortot witnessed the passage of several, most of whom lovingly painted their residence.  The museum also offers temporary exhibitions. The duration of the audio tour is 90 minutes but you are welcome to stay and explore the museum at your own pace.

Montmartre & Sacré Coeur: 2.5-Hour Walking Tour

6. Montmartre & Sacré Coeur: 2.5-Hour Walking Tour

Discover the charming and picturesque quarter of Montmartre, the fascinating Parisian village perched on top of a hill, on this private 2.5-hour guided walking tour. Wander its cobbled streets and walk in the footsteps of famous artists that once called the neighborhood home, including the former home of Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso's art studio, and the former haunts of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Learn from your knowledgeable, English-speaking guide the thrilling history of Montmartre and the captivating tales of the Belle Époque and the area’s notorious cabarets, including the famous Moulin Rouge. Step into the Sacré Coeur, the stunning white basilica perched on the hill in the heart of Montmartre, and enjoy a spectacular panoramic view over Paris as the sun goes down.

Paris: Romantic Sunset Cruise + Montmartre Self-Guided Tour

7. Paris: Romantic Sunset Cruise + 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.

Paris: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour with Self-Guided Walking Tour

8. Paris: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour with Self-Guided Walking Tour

Enjoy fantastic views and experience the charming atmosphere of Paris aboard a double-decker sightseeing bus. Hop off the bus at your favorite landmark to explore it on foot with an included self-guided walking tour from your smartphone, before jumping back on the bus to continue your route. Best of all, opt for a 24-hour hop-on hop-off ticket and choose to add a Seine River cruise or book the 48-hour option, which includes a ticket for the cruise. Drive by iconic attractions like the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame Cathedral, and the Basilica of the Sacred Heard. Take in the sights at the lavish Champs-Elysées and admire the historical Grand Palais, Palais Garnier, and Louvre Museum from the comfort of your seat. Discover over 15 landmarks in depth thanks to the fully narrated audio tour along the route. Join the tour from any of the stops on the route or from the starting point at the Eiffel Tower. Hop off at the stop of your choice to explore the city on foot with a detailed audio- and self-guided tour. Choose one out of the 10 tours on the app, including the charming village of Montmartre, the sumptuous Palais Royal and the covered passages of Paris, the Eiffel Tower district, and more.

Paris: Secret Montmartre Self-Guided Tour

9. Paris: Secret Montmartre Self-Guided Tour

Immerse yourself in the bohemian Montmartre neighborhood on a flexible audio tour. Enjoy insightful commentary triggered by location, right where the action happened. Start at Place des Abbesses and follow the audio description through historic streets and squares. Visit famous movie locations and learn the fascinating stories of artists who called this place home. Explore at your own pace with this flexible experience, pausing the tour whenever you like. End at the stunning Sacre-Coeur Basilica, for magnificent panoramas over Paris.

Montmartre: Private Treasure Hunt for Families and Kids

10. Montmartre: Private Treasure Hunt for Families and Kids

Montmartre is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Paris. Its artistic atmosphere and views of Paris are unbeatable, but visiting it with kids can sometimes be tricky. This fun walking tour will allow the whole family to appreciate this charming part of town and its fascinating history, all while keeping your kids entertained.     Meet your guide outside the Anvers metro station—they'll be ready with activity booklets for your kids full of questions and riddles. Head to the top of the hill in a cable-car, where the views from the esplanade will stun your whole family.   Through riddles and fun games about the many artists who once lived in this area, your children will hear all about the remarkable lives of these famous painters and about their works of art. Your guide will tell you all about the quarter’s notorious windmills, vineyards, and cabarets, as your kids relive some crucial moments in Montmartre’s history.   Finally, make your way to the public gardens, where your kids will solve riddles, shake hands with a former local resident, cure another person’s headache, and receive a lesson in French Romance.

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What people are saying about Sacre-Coeur Basilica

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4.8 / 5

based on 1,295 reviews

An easy way to get acquainted with the city. The audio was informative. Be sure to grab a pair of earphones before heading upstairs or use your own. Wouldn't recommend it as a means of transport if you need to arrive somewhere by a specific time. Relax and try to keep in mind that they aren't responsible for the weather or delays due to traffic.

Jeannette is a top guide, she spoke in English but also in French for my daughter. Very good explanations, we discovered and saw things from a completely different angle. A big thank-you.

Amazing host Thiery!! Made us feel very welcome and shared lots of history about the Eiffel Tower! Highly recommend, I couldn’t imagine doing this without our wonderful host!

Great tour, easy and organised, we met just up the road to get our tickets and to meet our guide. Then a short walk to the Tower avoiding the long queues.

Fred our guide was fabulous. He was informative, funny and accommodating.