Musée d'Orsay & Montmartre - Exclusive Guided Tour (Reserved Entry Included!)

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Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


On this private tour, walk the romantic streets of hilly Montmartre and stop at the same places that inspired 19th-century rebel-artists — like Renoir, Monet, Van Gogh and Cézanne — who developed the Impressionism art movement. Follow in their footsteps as you pass the Moulin Rouge, Le Clos vineyard and Basilique du Sacré Coeur. Then, your private guide whisks you past the long entrance line at the Musée d'Orsay for a personalized tour of the museum’s world-class collection of 19th-century art.
  • Explore the neighborhood of Montmartre, the birthplace of Impressionism
  • See the places that inspired famous artists including Van Gogh, Renoir, Monet and Picasso
  • Enjoy skip-the-line entrance to the Musée d’Orsay for a guided tour
  • Discover the techniques behind masterpieces by Manet, Renoir, Cézanne, Gauguin and others

What's Included

  • TOUR GUIDE EXCLUSIVELY FOR YOU (Does NOT apply if you choose the semi-private option)
  • ALL ENTRANCE FEES (Reserved Entry Included!)
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Temporary exhibitions NOT included

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Musée d'Orsay
    75007 Paris, France

    Meet by the RHINOCEROS statue in front of the entrance of the Orsay Museum. Meet your guide outside of the museum by the statue of the rhinoceros.

Start time

01:30 pm

End point

  • Montmartre
    Montmartre, 75018 Paris, France

What To Expect

On this private walking tour, uncover Montmartre through the lives and works of Monet, Renoir, Cézanne and Van Gogh — several of the art rebels who lived here and developed the Impressionist art movement.

Starting at the base of Montmartre with your private guide, see firsthand the places that inspired painters Renoir, Monet, Van Gogh and Cézanne. Check out the windmill that Renoir featured in his scandalous piece Bal du moulin de la Galette, walk past the Moulin Rouge that inspired Toulouse-Lautrec, and see where Van Gogh and Picasso lived and worked.

Reach Montmartre’s highest point, Basilique du Sacré Coeur, offering stunning views of Paris.

Refuel with lunch (own expense) and then enjoy transport by luxury private vehicle to the Musée d’Orsay. Housed inside a 19th-century Beaux-Arts building, the Musée d’Orsay boasts the world’s finest collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist masterpieces, with more than 4,000 works on display.

Bypass the lines and head straight inside for a 2-hour guided tour. Peruse an array of 19th-century artwork by Manet, Renoir, Cézanne, Gauguin and more, and learn about the techniques used by the Impressionists and post-Impressionists.

At the end of your guided tour, feel free to continue exploring the museum’s hallowed galleries on your own.

Musee d'Orsay

Paris’ other museum, the Musée d’Orsay, is the perfect complement to the Louvre. With your expert guide, begin your tour through this converted Beaux-Arts train station with skip-the-line admission. Inside, explore the artistic movements that led up to Impressionism and its colorful works. See Manet’s scandalous Luncheon on the Grass and Renoir’s Dance at Le Moulin de la Galette. Discuss with your guide the artists who preceded the Impressionists, like Millet and 'the Gleaners,' as well as those who followed, such as Post-Impressionist artist Van Gogh, whose Bedroom in Arles is on display. And, of course, check out works by the father of Impressionism himself, Claude Monet, including his famous poppies. Learn about the art evolution and personalities that went into creating the Impressionist movement, and understand why these seemingly simple works were so revolutionary at the time. By the end of your tour, you'll have learned about techniques used by the artists, seen both the highlights and lesser-known gems of the Orsay, and admired the beautiful architecture of the museum itself.

2 hours 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included


After the Museum we will take a private car and a short break to then discover the history of Montmartre, as we will climb the butte or hills - starting at its base where the Moulin Rouge’s windmill still spins slowly. Wind up the hill and its cobbled streets flooded with charm to discover the houses of artists like Van Gogh and Picasso who called Montmartre home. At the summit, enter the gleaming white basilica of Sacré Coeur, and score a spectacular photo op of Paris from one of the city’s highest points. Lovers of the film Amélie, will feel at home in this district, where much of the movie was filmed. Continue to explore Montmartre's highlights that generally include - Moulin Rouge, Sacré Coeur Cathedral (with time allowed to explore inside as well), Place Dalida, Moulin de la Galette, Vincent Van Gogh’s house, The Artists’ Square, and Amélie Café. Consider an evening tour option and catch a sunset over the city if you’re lucky (depending on the season).

2 hours 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • It is imperative that you provide us with guests MOBILE PHONE NUMBER (including country code)
  • Notes: Orsay museum may be subjected to occasional closures without previous warning from the museum management. When this occurs, we will provide guests with an appropriate alternative if the museum opening time is delayed more than 1h from the tour starting time. In these cases we are unable to provide refunds or discounts. Appropriate dress is required for entry into some sites on this tour. No large bags or suitcases are allowed inside the museum, only handbags or small thin bag packs are allowed through security. Due to increased security measures at many attractions some lines may form on tours with 'Skip the Line' or 'No Wait' access. Some specific rooms inside the museum are subjected to a very quiet or restricted right to speak inside, in this cases your guide will provide the information about this places before entering the specific rooms where this rule applies. Some collections may vary along the year.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
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Tracy_K, Sept 2022
We had Mattieu as our guide for 7 hours and was fantastic! This tour was ALOT of walking (so be prepared) but Matt did a great job. He met us promptly in front of D’orsay and took us for about 2.5 hours inside. Although we could spend all day inside the museum - he did a great job hitting all of the highlights and really getting into the history about how Impressionism started. After getting through the museum - we took a taxi to Montmarte and he continued on with the history of the area and how Moulin Rouge came to be. The tour was awesome - we ended at Sacre Coeur and it could not have been better weather! Great job to Mattieu and all the way around!
Very informative tour with such a knowledgeable guide
Debra_M, Sept 2019
Lucien made our day. He has such passion and knowledge of French art and history. I highly recommend this tour.
Montmarie and Musee D'Orsee
fractiousnrank, July 2019
This was a fabulous tour. Our tour guide, Daniel, was extremely well versed in the art of the Museum. His insights into impressionism kept us learning and enjoying every masterpiece we reviewed with him. He was also fantastic on our walking tour of Montmarte highlighting the wonderful attributes and history of the district. If you love art and especially impressionism, you need to book this.
Belene was AMAZING!! She was so...
Erica_B, July 2018
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 outstanding...
Aylwin L, Oct 2017
Our guide Belen was outstanding. Knowledgeable, passionate, and considerate. Very good experience.
This tour was the highlight of our...
Kristin Y, Oct 2016
This tour was the highlight of our trip. We had an incredible tour guide. Her knowledge was amazing!!
If you can do it, I highly recommend...
Kathleen C, Mar 2016
If you can do it, I highly recommend this tour. My tour guide, Belen was amazing and I spent a wonderful day in Paris on this tour. She gave me a great tour of Montmartre and Basilica Sacre Coeur that was rich with history. After lunch, we toured the Musee d'Orsay and while she explained the different styles of painting associated with the Impressionist genre. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
A wonderful one on one tour with an...
Beverly H, Sept 2015
A wonderful one on one tour with an exceptionally educated and experienced tour guide! I would do it again!
Our guide, Harriet, was fabulous...
Timothy L, July 2015
Our guide, Harriet, was fabulous. What a wonderful and informative tour. I highly recommend this tour as it provides behind the scenes insight into the Montmartre impressionist community and then ties it to the artwork at the d'Orsay.
Excellent tour guide with extensive...
Martha B, July 2015
Excellent tour guide with extensive knowledge of the arts.
What a GREAT tour and GREAT tour...
Scott R, June 2015
What a GREAT tour and GREAT tour guide!!!! We lucked out with tour guide Belen Roncoroni. She was timely, informative and really customized this tour as she got to know us. A wonderful walk in the Montmartre area, shopping for art work with Belen's assistance as she is also an artist and a wonderful picnic lunch on the Seine River taking in all of the sites in the middle of it all. Then we moved on to the Musee where Belen really displayed her knowledge and love for art. We can not say enough about this Guide or tour. Getting to know Paris with this walking tour was the best!!!!
The trip to Montmarte was dull and...
stuart g, Nov 2014
The trip to Montmarte was dull and uninteresting mainly because our guide Adam was detached, uninteresting and constantly looked at his watch and telling us he had another appointment. Dario who took us to the Orsay was excellent. He made us engage with each artist and was extremely interesting and informative.
lovely stroll thru...
Barbara T, Oct 2014
lovely stroll thru Montmartre--thought we would hear more about individual artists but really did not learn anything new. But our guide was knowledgable and the trip thru the Musee d'Orsay was delightful. Montmarte has changed over the years--seemed like all the paintings were of the Eiffel tower and I missed all the wonderful landscapes and window boxes and shutter paintings that used to be there. Found a couple but not nearly the selection found in previous years.
An outstanding time and we had the a...
William David G, Aug 2014
An outstanding time and we had the a ability to learn a lot about the area and the impressionists painters. Highly recommend this your. Our tour guide was excellent.
The guide went the extra mile in...
Jack A, June 2014
The guide went the extra mile in providing a great tour. She even customized to our requests. Highly recommended.
We met our guide, Laura close to the...
Elizabeth J, May 2014
We met our guide, Laura close to the Moulin Rouge in Montmartre at 10am. There were four of us plus Laura. Her knowledge and enthusiasm for Paris, it's history and it's art, particularly the impressionists was excellent. (She is Australian and has lived in Paris 3 years and spoke fluent French) We spent the morning walking around various places of artistic interest away from the usual tourist traps and hoards of people. We chose the private tour to avoid large groups and it paid off enormously so it was well worth the extra cost . Laura chose a local French bistro for lunch which was excellent! We then went by taxi to the Musee d'Orsay which is former magnificent railway station on the river side. You could quite easily spend a day here - the art is displayed beautifully - the Skip the line entrance gave us extra time inside and Laura chose specific areas to show us to enable a clear and informative tour of the great impressionists with lots of interesting facts. Our tour ended there at around 5pm to allow us extra time to view the Van Gough exhibition which is superb. Laura was a excellent guide, friendly,welcoming and very knowledgable - I would highly recommend this tour and particularly Laura !