Impressions of Paris Combo Saver: Step back in time to turn of the century Paris and lose yourself in the sweeping colours and bold energy of the Impressionist movement. Journey with your guides on this full-day tour through the lives and passions of some of the world’s most famous artists – Picasso, Degas, and Van Gogh included – and discover the works that transformed the face of art, as well as the inspiration behind them.
Your day begins at the Musée d’Orsay, famous for holding the largest collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist art in the world, as well as for being the favourite museum of Parisians. As you skip the long lines and enter, you’ll quickly see why – these masterpieces are housed in a 19th century train station, in an open, airy space where everything is overseen by a huge, old world clock face that floods the museum with natural light. Using this beautifully old fashioned train station to display artworks that were considered radical at the time sets the scene perfectly for your tour –this museum is a monument to progression and innovation.
Follow your expert guide as they introduce you and your small group of 25 people or fewer to some of the most recognisable paintings in the world – Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night over the Rhone’, Renoir’s ‘Bal du Moulin de la Galette’, and Monet’s ‘Blue Water Lillies’ are all brought to life by your guide’s vivid commentary. Their insight into the innovative techniques used, the daring subject matter, and the society that originally rejected these masterpieces will give you a new appreciation for their genius creativity.
As your journey through these pioneering pieces comes to a close, you will benefit from some free time to enjoy lunch – ask your guide for some recommendations – before embarking on your second trip through the colourful world of the Impressionists.
Your afternoon will be spent in the playground of these artists, Montmartre. A beautifully unchanged village sitting high above Paris, with spectacular views of the city at its feet, this bohemian community has a distinctly unique charm that has enchanted artists for generations. Walk in the footsteps of Picasso, Utrillo, and Modigliani as your guide passionately weaves the stories of their lives with the history of the cabarets and studios that line these cobbled streets.
Hear tales of drinking, dancing, and debauchery as you explore some of Montmartre’s most recognisable sites – the painter’s square Place du Tertre, crammed with artists on every side capturing the scenes around them, the Sacré Coeur, the gleaming basilica that offers stunning views of the city of Paris stretching before it, as well as the iconic windmills, the most famous – or notorious – being the Moulin Rouge. Your guide will also reveal the hidden gems that make Montmartre so unique, including showing you the only vineyard in all of Paris, where the grapes are taken to the local town hall to be made into wine. Join us on this waltz through history and meet the colourful artists who injected the art world with a vitality never before seen.
Meeting/pick-up point: First Part: Meeting Point Musée d'Orsay tour: In the courtyard in front of the main entrance to the Musée d'Orsay. Your guide will be waiting for you at the foot of a large statue of an elephant.
Arriving by metro: The nearest public transport is the RER on line C, stop Musée d'Orsay. Follow the exit signs to the museum. You can also take the metro line 12 and get off at Solferino. Take exit number 2 which is signposted Musee d'Orsay. When you exit, turn left and walk up the rue de Bellechasse to the museum.
Arriving by taxi: Ask the driver to drop you at the entrance to the Musée d'Orsay. In the open courtyard in front of the museum you will see a large statue of an elephant.
Arriving by foot: The Musée d'Orsay overlooks the river Seine on the Quai Anatole France. It is a large building with 2 large clocks on the facade facing the river. The courtyard in front of the main entrance is between the Quai Anatole France and the rue de la Legion d'Honneur.
Second Part: Meeting Point Montmartre tour: Your guide will meet you at the entrance/exit to Blanche metro. This station is serviced by Line 2.
Arriving by metro: Exit the metro into the street. There is only one exit. Your guide will be waiting for you directly outside the exit.
Arriving by taxi: Ask the driver to drop you at Blanche metro station on Boulevard de Clichy. Please note the guide will be waiting directly by the exit.
Arriving by foot: Your guide will be waiting directly outside the exit to the metro station, at street level.
It is the responsibility of all visitors to be at the meeting point 15 minutes before departure. Guests arriving after departure cannot be accommodated and missed tours or tickets cannot be refunded.
Duration: 7 hours in total.
Start/opening time: Musée d'Orsay tour at 9:30am.
Montmartre tour at 3pm.
Medical restrictions: This is a physically challenging tour that involves a considerable amount of walking, hills and stairs. For this reason, we do not recommend this tour for customers with health conditions and recommend comfortable shoes for all guests.
Others: We regret that we are unable to accommodate guests with wheelchairs or any impairments requiring special assistance. We are also unable to accommodate strollers or baby carriages on our group tours.
Photography is not permitted in the Musée d'Orsay.
Some sites visited lack shade and can be hot under direct sunlight. We recommend bringing a hat, sunscreen and a bottle of water in warm weather.
Please note that many sections of the museum are not air-conditioned (as A/C is not standard practice in France).
City Wonders reserves the right to refuse participation on its tours to any guest under the influence of drugs or alcohol or to any guest whose behavior is disorderly, or poses a threat to other guests or City Wonders staff.
Large bags or backpacks are not permitted in the museum.
We will do everything within our power to ensure timings and itineraries are respected; however, due to issues beyond our control, timings and sites are subject to last minute changes on rare occasions.