Full-Day Paris Art Tour: Musée d'Orsay and Montmartre

Your comprehensive art exploration of Paris
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Tour Details
7 hours
Product Type
  • Musée d'Orsay
  • Bateau Lavoir
  • Place du Tertre
  • Saint Pierre de Montmartre
  • Sacré-Coeur
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  • A comprehensive view into the artistic side of Paris for first-time or returning visitors
  • Led by a PhD or MA-level historian
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Tour Description
Compelled by the artistic wonders of Paris? We’ve drafted a special itinerary for those looking for a deep-dive into Paris highlighting its art and visual culture. In the company of a local expert, we'll spend our time exploring one of Paris’s top sites, as well as intriguing neighborhoods with a walking orientation. From the Musée d’Orsay to Montmartre, this tour is a wonderful introduction for those looking to explore Paris through an artistic lens.
  • Musée d’Orsay
  • Montmartre Neighborhood
  • Bateau Lavoir
  • Place du Tertre
  • Saint Pierre de Montmartre
  • Sacré-Coeur
  • 8 hours with a PhD or MA-level historian
  • Musée d’Orsay ticket
  • Morning coffee
We’ll kick things off at one of Paris’s most renowned sites, the Musée d’Orsay. In the company of an art historian, we will explore the rich nineteen and early twentieth-century collections of this world-class museum. We'll dive into one of the best collections of Impressionist art in Paris and learn about the major art movements of the period—the Barbizon school, Realism, and Impressionism—as well as their most celebrated players, including Monet, Degas, and Courbet.

After a morning well-spent and fueled on some coffee, we’ll leave the fascinating art collection behind and find a local dining spot for lunch. After lunch, we’ll experience the Parisian metro as we head for a few stops to Montmartre, the epicenter of bohemian life. During this afternoon walking tour we will look at the traditions, lifestyle, and bohemian character of this storied neighborhood over the centuries. Located on a hill above Paris' Right Bank, Montmartre has always stood apart from the rest of the city, known for the artists, writers, and bohemians who changed a sleepy district into one of the most important centers for art and radical thought in the world. Together with our expert, we’ll learn about the history and culture of this illustrious quartier.    

At the end of our full-day itinerary, we will emerge with a better idea of the art on offer in this lively French capital, and the stories behind how Paris has achieved such artistic status. After having ventured together across the city to sites relevant to the artistic identity of Paris, our full-day tour will leave us with a greater appreciation of what there is to offer. 

Interested in a full-day orientation tour? Check out our Paris in a Day tour. 
What happens if it's raining?
Our tours happen rain or shine. Our guides are great at adapting their route during changes of weather. Please bring an umbrella.

There are 7 in my group but your website won't allow me to include more than 6 participants. Can't you make an exception?
No, unfortunately, due to venue reservation restrictions, we cannot accommodate groups larger than 6 people. If your group is larger, we recommend you split into multiple groups.

Is the Musée d’Orsay wheelchair accessible?
The Musée d’Orsay is wheelchair accessible, and offers wheelchair rental. There are elevators throughout the museum and you can print a wheelchair accessibility guide from the site. 
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Loved the tour of the Musée d’Orsay. At our request, we spent most of the time on the first floor. But adding the tour of Montmartre made the day very long.
Thibaud was high energy and passionate about the tour. We enjoyed the day very much!
During our recent trip to Paris, we were fortunate to have Laurent as our guide on 1-1/2 days of private tours, including visits to the Louvre, the Musée D'Orsay and Montmartre. We have arranged numerous tours through Context Travel in the past, and their guides never disappoint. We found Laurent to be a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic art historian. Even though we have been to Paris a number of times, our knowledge of art and history was considerably enriched by Laurent and his perspective. We also found Laurent to be a delightfully friendly, cheerful and engaging gentleman with an interesting and diverse background, and with whom we were able to share many interesting conversations along with our mutual love of art and history. If you are planning a visit to Paris, we strongly recommend Laurent and that you make sure to include, and schedule well in advance, your own special tours with him!