How did this old village around Paris replace Rome as the new artistic center of Europe during the 19th century? The impressionists made the place so famous that every foreign artists interested by the evolution of art came there: Van Gogh, Picasso, Modigliani, Soutine...
Montmartre is still an artistic area nowadays but even more than that: it still looks like a sweet village with a real art of living. A very special place in the City of Lights.
Standard duration: 2 hrs to 3 hrs
Price: 220€ (up to 30 people) The location of hearing system is recommended beyond 15 people
Flat price. Location: 2€/person for a half day
We will see together: Sacré Cœur church, place du Tertre, Moulin de la Galette, the vineyard and many others
Please note you must respect silence inside the Sacré Cœur church so we can visit together or not (see questions below)
© Caroline Weber
From what age is the tour recommended?
This tour is really fun for children. Not only they are outside, but there are thousands things to see. Picturesque houses, strange statues, hidden animals... I recommend this tour from 6 years old.
Please avoid pushchairs. The cobblestones will make you regret it after only 5 minutes anyway.
How long is the tour?
If you need a short version (family tours or just because you prefer), 2 hours is the minimum to appreciate entirely this district of Paris. If you are in no hurry, a 3 hours tour is highly valued to discover all the insolite details and the two sides of the hill.
Is the Sacré Coeur still a church?
It is indeed! Which means it's free, but also means the church expect respectful behaviors inside. No pictures, decent clothing and absolute silence. Sacré Cœur basilica is famous in Paris to be the place of living of nunns and for the perpetual adoration of eucharistic. Special rules then apply in this church. If we visit the inside together, I present the history and architecture outside, and answer your questions once outside again.
Is there a day we cannot make this tour?
No, the tour happens rain or shine. Sacré Cœur basilica is open from 6am to 10.30pm.
Is there a lot of walk?
The tour is between 1 and 1.8 miles long. Breaks are possible on the way.
Is this visit wheelchair accesible ?
Unfortunately, it is not. Montmartre is a hill full of steeps with streets of cobblestones, which makes the tour really hard to follow in a wheelchair. If you have disabilities, I highly recommend the Promotrain of Montmartre instead.
Good to know
There are not many free toilets on the way, it is better to keep small change (50 cts, 80 cts) just in case.
Dress apropriately for the weather.
There are drinking fountains on the way to fill a bottle in case of heat. And don't worry: tap water is the most controlled food product in France.