Montmartre Tour

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Basic Information
Short Description
A tour of the Montmartre district, the artistic heart of Paris. Discover the district sung about in books and films and see its symbol, the Moulin Rouge.
Total time
2 h 15 min
Language
English, Spanish (check the booking calendar for availability)
Price
„Pay what you wish” tours do not have a fixed price. It is up to you to evaluate your guide’s work and reward it. Some people give 10€, others 50€ depending on their satisfaction and abilities.
Meeting point
In front of the Metro Blanche, the only exit, look for the yellow umbrella.Go to map
Ending point
Basilica Sacre Coeur
Additional info
♿️❗️Please note that Montmartre is known for its uphill climbs, it's stairs, and it iconic cobblestone roads! Therefore, it is unfortunately not wheelchair friendly. It is doable with a stroller/pram, but getting up the stairs and navigating the cobblestones will prove to be a challenge for you.
About

The name of the neighbourhood comes from Latin Mons Martyrum and means “Hill of Martyrs.” It is associated with the quite creepy story of the first bishop of Paris, Saint Denis. He was beheaded by the Romans for not renouncing his faith. Afterwards, he collected his severed head and walked with it down the hill, where he finally dropped dead. So much the legend, but before it got world-famous, Montmartre was a simple, sleepy village set on the hill surrounded by vineyards, gardens, and orchards. As many as 13 mills were built on its slopes to grind wheat, barley, and rye. Of those only two survived and now people around the world recognize the mill as a symbol of this fascinating neighbourhood. 


But finally the time has come when this sleepy village changed forever. Because of its many drinking establishments, cheap wine, low rents and specific, relaxed and friendly atmosphere, 19th century Montmartre became the hotbed where many artists from all corners of the world were flocking in. Who can tell what was first? The dancing halls, cafés, and cabarets like Le Chat Noir or Moulin Rouge where girls dancing the cancan were throwing their legs up indecently high or the artists settling down there and allowing for all that to happen. One is certain, Montmartre became the most interesting neighbourhood in Paris (and perhaps in the entire world) at the turn of the 19th and 20th century. Who has not lived, worked (drank, took drugs, had sex…) there? Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh, Picasso, Modigliani, Matisse, Degas, Toulouse-Lautrec to name just a few.


Today Montmartre lures everyone with its colourful history, anecdotes, and scandals associated with the artistic community once living here, but it does not only dwell on the past! It is still one of the most intriguing Parisian quarters. A place looking as if it were taken straight from a fairy tale, with its steep, winding streets and crooked buildings overgrown with ivy. At almost every corner there is a café, restaurant, or drinking parlour you want to stop at. No wonder that until the present day it is loved both by artists, photographers, film directors as well as Parisians and tourists who are combing the streets in search of places famous from hit movies filmed here.


Join our tour to discover our favourite district of Paris and let yourself be enchanted by one and only Montmartre!  


During this tour, you will see and discover:



  • Moulin Rouge

  • Cafe deux moulins (Cafe known from the film “Amelie”)

  • Van Gogh’s house

  • Moulin d’ la Galette

  • Place des Abbesses

  • ︎Studios Picasso/Modigliani

  • Vineyard/Oldest Cabaret in Paris

  • Sacré Coeur Basilica


Meeting Point
In front of the Metro Blanche, the only exit, look for the yellow umbrella.

BOOKING RULES
Booking is obligatory. Walkative! free tours are designed for individual travelers and small groups. In the best interest of our visitors we aim to keep our free tours relatively small. Hence, we cannot accept parties of more than 7 people on our regular free tours and guides have the right to deny participation to such groups. If you travel in a party of 8 or more please choose a paid option or book a Private Tour. For more information please contact us.



Wonderful Montmartre tour with Raj

Rated 5.0 out of 5
2 days ago

We loved our walking tour of Montmartre with Raj! He was highly engaging and a great communicator, with detailed knowledge of the history of the places we visited. I appreciated that he brought his own artistic sensibilities to his discussions of the artists, and I loved the pictures he shared to provide depth and visual context to the sites we stopped at. My 18-year-old son greatly enjoyed the tour as well. The two hours flew by. And we got an excellent dinner recommendation to finish our evening!

Ann

Montmartre Guided Tour

Rated 5.0 out of 5
1 week ago

This tour really made my stay very in Paris very enjoyable. Harry was an excellent guide that really has everything a great guide should have and it was apparent that he loves his job. The tour was informative and well structured and Harry really made all the facts come together in the end. If you are in Paris, search for Harry!

Martina

Montmarte Walking Tour

Rated 5.0 out of 5
1 week ago

I joined this free walking tour of Montmartre with the most enthusiastic guide Rueben Sébastien (or Sébastien Rueben) also known as “Vampire”. It was supposed to be 2 hours however he was so passionate and knowledgeable that we ended up with a 3 hour tour. He entertained with stories of artists, suggested places to eat and visit and took us to the best places for photos. There was some up hill so a reasonable fitness level required. Would highly recommend.

Donna

one of the best guided ever seen.

Rated 5.0 out of 5
1 week ago

We made the Montmartre tour . Tank , Our guide is probably one of the best guides I’ve ever had. He is fun thoroughly knowledgeable, respectful, intelligent and with huge volumes of positive energy.. I wish every guide was like him.

Irene

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Rated 5.0 out of 5
1 week ago

Tank was extremely informative, enthusiastic and had very funny commentary! Definitely recommend!!

Margrett


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