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During our 5.5 hour Musée d’Orsay and Montmartre combo tour, you’ll get a hands-on look into the world of the Impressionists! Enjoy a personalized journey through this fascinating period in Parisian and art history.
At the Musée d’Orsay, your private guide will take you through this repurposed train station—built for the 1900 World Fair—that now showcases the best of Impressionist art. Here, you’ll learn about the artistic upheavals and innovative techniques that gave rise to Impressionism, from Millet’s “The Gleaners” and Manet’s scandalous “Luncheon on the Grass” to Renoir’s joyful “Dance at Le Moulin de la Galette” and Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”.
Afterwards, you’ll take a step back into Paris during the 19th century Belle Époque period, when the cancan was electrifying cabarets and artists were sipping absinthe in all-night cafes. You’ll start at the Moulin Rouge, and discuss why and how this neighborhood became the home of Impressionism, and end at the gleaming-white Sacré Coeur, with its exceptional view of the city.
Highlights Generally Include: (if artwork is not on loan or being restored etc.)
Manet’s “Luncheon on the Grass”
Renoir’s “Dance at Le Moulin de la Galette”
The largest collection of Monet paintings, including the Water Lilies series
Moulin Rouge, where you can still catch shows
Sacré Coeur cathedral, with time to explore the interior
Van Gogh’s Bedroom in Arles
Belene was AMAZING!! She was so knowledgeable about everything!! She was delightful in her presentation about the art and the artists. She asked questions of us and made the tour interactive and pushed us to understand our views about art and history. When we come back to Paris we will contact her!! The walk up the windy streets of Montmartre allowed us to see, hear and feel the nuances of the neighborhood that the artists had lived in. I can not begin to praise enough how delightful this tour was!!!
Our guide, Belen, was fantastic!!
Our guide Belen was outstanding. Knowledgeable, passionate, and considerate. Very good experience.
I highly recommend this tour for anyone who wants a personal tour privately, complete with history along the way. I highly recommend Kristina. She was extremely knowledgeable about the impressionists and other eras of art, as well as history of Paris. I would take a tour with her anytime.
We did a full-day tour of the Montmartre and the Orsay Museum with Babylon Tours. We met our guide at the metro stop in front of the Moulon Rouge and then ambled through back alleys to the top of the hill stopping at sites of importance to the history of artists in the area. At the top of the hill, we toured Sacre Cour and then walked back down. After lunch, we took a taxi to the Orsay for 2 1/2 additional hours of in depth art history and interpretation. It was easily the best museum experience I've ever had.