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Montmartre Off-the-Beaten-Track Historical Walking Tour in Paris

  • Montmartre walking tour
  • Stroll along cobbled streets, through squares, and up to Basilica du Sacré-Coeur for a panoramic view of Paris
  • Learn about the bohemian neighborhood's vibrant history
Montmartre Off-the-Beaten-Track Historical Walking Tour in Paris
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Montmartre Off-the-Beaten-Track Historical Walking Tour in Paris
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Discover the backstreets of Montmartre on a small-group walking tour that introduces you to the history and secrets of the artists' neighborhood. Follow in the footsteps of painters and other figures as you learn about the art movements that Montmartre has been part of and hear about things like Père Frédé's pink inn. Participation in this Paris tour includes a unique twist—taking on a cultural character such as a French cancan dancer, a saint, or a cabaret owner.
What to Expect
Colorful characters from the Past will come out around every corner along your stroll. Follow your guide away from the crowds to hear details and anecdotes about their intimate lives and public deeds.
You’ll start your tour not far from Le Moulin Rouge, a cabaret where the heyday of the French cancan thrived. The first character you will encounter, La Goulue, an eccentric dancer, who perfectly embodied the notorious “Bohemian way of life", which was a blend of moral freedom, alcohol and creativity. Is it yours? No? Be patient, there are plenty of discoveries along the way.
Walking up, you'll see the remaining windmills of Montmartre. Under the shelter of their sails, a ballroom was built, attracting young workers on Sundays. See exactly what the painter Renoir, a neighbor of the mill, portrayed in his most famous canvas.
At Place des Abbesses, have a look at iconic Parisian features such as a typical 1900's subway entrance and a Wallace fountain. And don’t miss the story of the tumultuous love affair between a local Abbess with no less than a King of France. Moral freedom, they say. Here, when saints tried to be...saintly, they eventually faced a cruel fate. You will surely be enthralled by what tragically happened to Denis, first bishop of Paris, in a street close by.
Further uphill, you will feel sorry for an artist despised when young, but today exhibited in the world's most famous museums. Yes, we're talking about Picasso. All the details of how he gave birth to Modern Art will be explained!
At a charming crossroads, you'll stop at Père Frédé's pink inn. Here a whole store of anecdotes concerning the keeper, his pets, and his drunk clients! The same location offers a good viewpoint on a local vineyard presently in operation.
A stop at Place du Tertre follows, a rite of passage to feeling the artistic atmosphere that has never ended in Montmartre. The view above Paris is unforgettable. Be amazed by the adventure undertaken by a young deputy from this open esplanade.
At the end of your Historical Adventure Tour, Montmartre's highlights will hold no more secrets for you. Moreover, you will have experienced an intense immersion in the 1900's artistic aesthetic and way of life.
Reviews (8)
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Reviewed 3 October 2018
Best Tour Guide we have ever had!

We used Meet the Locals for all of our "off the beaten track" tours of Paris. I came with my 3 sisters and Dad and most of us have been to Paris so we were looking for something a bit different. We had THE BEST...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Darcy D
Thomas K, Responsable relations clients at Meet the Locals in France, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2018

Bonjour Darcy, Thank you so much for this awesomely comprehensive feedback! We're absolutely thrilled to see that you enjoyed each of the many activities you booked with us, It's was a real pleasure for Dominique to craft your program and for all the Meet the...More

Reviewed 4 May 2018
Marvelous Montmarte!

Camille was a great guide...cheerful, informed and enthusiastic. She held the interest of our granddaughters (aged 20 and 16) and made them feel a vital part of the tour. Though my wife and I have been to Paris numerous times, she opened up new and...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Pappabear43
Thomas K, Guest Relations Manager at Meet the Locals in France, responded to this reviewResponded 23 May 2018

Bonjour and thank you so much for sharing your thoughts with us. We're thrilled to see how much you enjoyed your Montmartre tour with Camille and hope to see you soon back to Paris for more awesome activities! Your Meet the Locals team :=)

Reviewed 13 February 2018
Montmartre Backstreets

Spent a great morning walking the backstreets of Montmartre and learning the incredible history of those who lived and worked in the storied neighborhood. Our guide Natalie was a wealth of knowledge and knew exactly when to stop and explain something and when to let...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank wasabiwabi2015
Thomas K, Guest Relations Manager at Meet the Locals in France, responded to this reviewResponded 23 February 2018

Bonjour Lisa, Thanks a lot for reviewing your Montmartre Artists and "La Vie Bohème" tour, we're thrilled to see that you enjoyed our concept and spent a great time with Nathalie! It was a pleasure to have you with us and we look forward to...More

Reviewed 7 February 2018

Fantastic personalised tour of Montmartre!!! I have been living in Paris for 5 years and been to Montmartre several times but on this 4 hours walking tour with Emmanuel I saw places I had never seen before, including a great picture spot of Sacre Coeur....More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Olga J
Thomas K, Responsable relations clients at Meet the Locals in France, responded to this reviewResponded 12 February 2018

Bonjour Olga and thank you for posting such lovely review of this Montmartre tour you did with Manu! We're glad to read that even if you have been living in Paris for 5 years, you learned and saw plently of interesting things about that district....More

Reviewed 3 February 2018
Behind the scenes in Montmartre

Had a great personalized visit with Emmanuel..nice balance between historical & modern details, tidbits and info....like buildings, tags, musicians, painters, cabarets, basilica..he spoke several languages had excellent cultural knowledge, shared and paced things to the group...highly recommend!!More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank IsaBDA
Thomas K, Responsable relations clients at Meet the Locals in France, responded to this reviewResponded 12 February 2018

Hello there and thank you for sharing your thoughts with us about your Montmartre tour! We're glad to read how much you enjoyed the time you spent with Manu and will let him know! We look forward to having you back with us, Your Team...More

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