Travel back to a time of quaint cobblestone streets and country village charm during this 2-hour small group walking tour of Montmartre (maximum 8 participants). Trace the footsteps of artistic heroes like Picasso, Van Gogh, Renoir and Toulouse-Lautrec as we reveal an old-world magic that only Paris can deliver. Venture off the beaten path to explore secret walkways, cafes, and the city’s last remaining vineyard. Start with the famous Moulin Rouge cabaret and finish at the majestic Sacré Coeur basilica for unparalleled views of Paris down below.
Meet your guide in front of the cabaret to beat all cabarets: the Moulin Rouge. Learn about its provocative history and the invention of the can-can, a feisty French dance that put Montmartre on the map. Then make your way into a different kind of Paris as you stroll along quiet country streets that will make you forget you’re in a major European capital!
In a small group no larger than 8 people, you’ll be led by a passionate local guide who knows where all the best stuff is—award winning French baguettes, hidden street art, unique shopping, café terraces, etc. You’ll stop at Picasso’s former studio where he not only single-handedly revolutionized the art world but also fell in love for the first time. How did he get the girl? You’d be surprised.
You’ll stop near former residences of Van Gogh and Renoir to delve into their stories and see how the spell of Montmartre influenced their work. You’ll see the only working vineyard in Paris, a pastoral patch of land across from Picasso’s favorite hangout, Au Lapin Agile. Never heard of the Parisian donkey who painted a masterpiece? Your guide will tell you all about it.
Continue toward Place du Tertre with its large community of outdoor artists who set up easels every day to create original artwork on site. It’s the perfect way to relive the glory days of Montmartre’s artistic heritage. Finish atop the highest natural point in Paris for two stunning views: the magnificent Sacré Coeur basilica on one side, and a panorama of Paris on the other.