Montmartre Private Walking Tour – 3 hours walking tour around the most famous hill in Paris: from famous places to hidden gems
Before being annexed to Paris, Montmartre was just a little countryside village full of vineyards, kitchen gardens and wind mills. Many artists moved over there at the end of the XIX century: life was cheap, fun was at their fingertips… So the little village became Paris artists’ district. Renoir, Van Gogh, Henry Toulouse-Lautrec, Picasso, Modigliani just to mention few of them lived in its narrow and quaint streets and the places they loved (or hated) are still there, hidden in the winding “rues” paved in cobblestones.
If nowadays the Sacre Coeur Basilica and Place du Tertre are the heart of Montmartre’s tourist area with the beautiful view over Paris, the many cafes and “bistrot”, the souvenir shops and the painters’ little stalls, the real Montamartre is waiting to be discovered.
Join me in this tour in the secret heart of Montmartre. Let’s walk in artists’ steps and leave the Sacre Coeur Basilica and Place du Tertre behind us to discover what is left of this ancient countryside village. Let’s see where the artists used to live and work, let’s talk about the life in Montmartre, let’s visit together a XIX century atelier and Renoir’s Garden, let’s take a glimpse of the last windmills and a nice photo of the wall of “je t’aime”. You will discover the real Montmartre and fell in love with it.
The tour is a walking tour and can be quite demanding for young kids and guests with walking issues. Even if the tour is designed to save steps and avoid to climb up too much, Montmartre is a hill so to visit it we will be obliged to go up and down a couple of times. Cobblestones streets are not really wheelchairs/strollers friendly. If you prefer to follow an express tour, just to visit the main landmarks and avoid to walk to much or if you want to organize a tour with a private transportation, please feel free to contact me for a personalized offer!
- Meeting point at Anvers metro stop (pick up at your hotel on request)
- Walk (or funicular) up to the Sacre Coeur Basilica
- quick visit to the Basilica (please note that guided tour inside the Basilica are not allowed so I will give you the information from outside)
- Place du Tertre
- short visit to the Musee de Montmartre
- Moulin de la Galette
- Picasso Studio
- Van Gogh house (outside)
- Place des Abbesses
- Tour ends in place des Abbesses where you can enjoy some souvenir shopping, lunch, drinks… If you are looking for something special like lunch or dinner in an historical venue or in an exclusive garden or like a drink in a former “maison close” now a very elegant hotel… just let me know!
PLEASE NOTE: in high season there may be a very long line to enter in the Basilica due to security control. That line cannot be skipped. The Sacre Coeur Basilica is a working church and a pilgrimage destination so a proper attire is required to enter (no tank top, no shorts, no very short skirt – ladies, you are warned!).
PRICE: 200 euro per tour (1 to 6 people) plus admission tickets to Montmartre Museum (12 euros per adults to be paid directly onsite).