Montmartre is probably one of my favourite neighbourhoods in Paris. I just love the little restaurants and cafes and every time I have been to Paris I just loved walking around the area and getting lost in the little streets. One of the best ways to discover Montmartre is to take a walking tour. In this blog post I will guide you through the best walking tours Montmartre has to offer.
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Montmartre and Sacre Coeur Walking Tour in Paris
This tour will last around 2 hrs, and you will be touring the Montmartre district, once the centre of Belle Époque’s most notorious artists and writers gatherings. This tour will take you through the cobbled streets of Paris, passing the Montmartre Vineyards, one of the last remaining vineyards in Paris, and the infamous Moulin Rouge and Lapin Agile nightclubs. You will also pass by Vincent Van Gogh’s house and the Montmartre Cemetery where many artists and writers all rest. The walk will end at the breathtaking Sacré Coeur Basilica, located atop the butte Montmartre, the highest point in the city, offering you views like no other. You can choose between a morning or early afternoon walk, and the guide will expertly explain and take you back in time through a historic walk. (The starting price for this tour is $29)
Montmartre Impressionist Art Walking Tour and Skip the Line Musee d’Orsay Ticket
This tour is for all art lovers, walking you through the same streets that formed some of the most famous Impressionists in the world. You will depart from Moulin Rouge, the most famous cabaret in the world, to begin touring the little hilltop district of Montmartre. You will pass by iconic spots that inspired the likes of Van Gogh, Renoir and Cézanne, a famous painter workshop called Le Bateau-Lavoir, often visited by Pablo Picasso, Max Jacob and Modigliani, and Le Clos Montmartre, a hill covered in vineyards and windmills. This 1.5hr tour will also grant you a straight entry to Orsay museum or save the tickets for a later date. (The starting price for this tour is $53)
Montmartre Walking Tour Paris’ Best Art, Culture and Food
This 2 hr tour takes you through the district of Montmartre, known for its art and culture, the centre of gatherings of artists like Van Gogh, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and Pissarro, historically beaming in a bohemian vibe. You will start at the Moulin Rouge, famous for its Can-Can dancers, where painters lived and thrived, such as Toulouse-Lautrec. You will walk the cobbled streets to arrive at the cafe featured in the famous French comedy, Amelie, the Cafe des 2 Moulins. Walk on the Rue Abbesses, plentiful in history dating all the way to ancient times, and go past the last two remaining windmills in Paris. The tour will end atop the hill of Montmartre, also the location of the famous basilica de Sacre-Coeur, where visitors sit on the steps to take in the stunning views of the city. (The starting price for this tour is $34.20)
Montmartre and Sacre Coeur Interior Guided private Walking Tour
Spend some quality time with just your family and friends, strolling through the district of Montmartre as you learn of its bohemian past and profound cultural importance. This 2.5 hr tour allows you to make this a private outing if you prefer. You will depart from Blanche and climb over the hills of Montmartre, starting at the windmills of Moulin Rouge. You will be exploring an area which marked the Impressionism art movement and where many of its pioneering artists were inspired, worked and entertained. This area is also the filming site of the french comedy Amelie. Some other sights you will explore are the Sacré Coeur Cathedral, Place Dalida, Moulin de la Galette, Vincent Van Gogh’s house and The Artists’ Square. You will also be able to witness one of the last remaining vineyards of Paris, Le Clos Montmartre. (The starting price for this tour is $85)
Paris Hidden Montmartre Small Group Walking Tour
This small group tour will take you through the main sights of Montmartre, from the Moulin Rouge to Vincent Van Gogh’s house, to the less popular, yet very much noteworthy sights of this olden day bohemian district, also award-winning housing croissants to savour on the way. This approximately 2 hr tour from Place Blanche and head to the less crowded streets of Montmartre. This area, given the importance to the Impressionism art movement, is one of the most visited in Paris, so taking the offbeat roads will be a nice change. Apart from the famous sights, you will also see Le Mur des Je t’ aime, see one of the last remaining windmills in Paris and walk along some of the most expensive houses in Paris, to later go down a secret alleyway for the best views of the city. (The starting price for this tour is $43)
Montmartre and Sacre Coeur Private Historical 2 Hour Walking Tour in Paris
Gain insight into the cultural, historical, and architectural aspects of the Montmartre district with this private tour. All the guides are knowledgeable and ready to share their ideas and tips of the area, from non-touristy dining spots to places less known, to bits and pieces of famous Impressionists and Belle Époque artists who lived here. You will discover attractions such as the Eros Museum, the Moulin Rouge, Saint-Denis Martyrium, and the vineyard of Montmartre, one of the last remaining in Paris. You will stop at the Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, with it’s famous steps that offer some of the best views of the city. The tour will last around 2 hrs and give you scenery to be engraved in your mind. (The starting price for this tour is $44)
The Soul of Montmartre Walking Tour
The district of Montmartre was the place where the likes of Van Gogh, Picasso, Renoir and other impressionists spent their time being inspired and struggled through life, taking in and documenting the beauty of Paris by day and enjoying the cabaret shows by night. This area was once brimming in the bohemian aura, which you will be able to relive through this tour. You will, of course, see the famous Moulin Rouge, the most famous cabaret in the world, Le Mur des Je t’ aime, the Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre that offers steps to idle in and some of the most panoramic views of the city and Place du Tertre, home to more modern artists. The tour will last about 1.5 hrs. (The starting price for this tour is $35)
Paris Romance Walking Tour of Montmartre
This walk is catered for the love of Montmartre, to show off its lovers to lovers, with a personal tour limited to 8 people. The cobbled streets of Montmartre have seen the likes of some of the most notorious impressionists of all time, and the Belle Epoque artists. They lived and roamed in these streets, vineyards which are no longer present and secret rendezvous spots which our tour guide will be able to take you through. Discover the former restaurant and dance hall of the 19th century, the historic Moulin de la Galette and Le Mur des Je t’ aime, with the declaration of love in 250 languages and a vintage cinema, Studio 28, screening love affairs since 1928. You will finally end up at the Sacré-Coeur basilica for some of the most enchanting views of the city. (The starting price for this tour is $81.40)
Paris Movie Tour of Montmartre
Everyone knows Montmartre is famed for being the place where many impressionists and Belle Epoque artists lived and thrived, but the lesser-known side of Montmartre maybe its involvement in the cinema. This neighbourhood is adored by filmmakers and movie stars, this 2.5 hr tour limited to 8 people, will guide you through how it made its mark in Hollywood. You can relive scenes from Woody Allen’s ‘Midnight in Paris’, stand where Christian and Satine fell in love in Moulin Rouge, right in front of the famous windmill and explore Café des 2 Moulins which was featured in ‘Amelie’, and understand how one year alone a whopping 900 films had been shot in Paris.
The Secret Face of Montmartre
If you love podcasts and you’re more of the “do it at your own pace” kinda person, this tour is catered to you. You will download the digital mobile audio guide on which the vocals of local historian James and journalist Alice will lead you on this self-guided tour through the district of Montmartre, through more unknown streets, as you come to terms with the great importance it holds in the world of arts and culture. You’ll walk through some of the most important and known sights like the Basilique du Sacre-Coeur, and lesser-known gems like the Paroisse Saint-Pierre de Montmartre and La Maison Rose.
Food Tour in Montmartre
One thing to not miss out in Paris is the food. This tour will walk you through the petit delights in life as you discover the district of Montmartre, famed for being home to renowned impressionists and Belle Epoque artists. If there is one thing that binds all humans, it is food, and this is an excellent opportunity to connect to the local culture by smelling and tasting some unique dishes. From tiny pastries to luscious fruits, you can really get a taste of the French art of life.
Lieze Neven is a globetrotting travel writer and expat currently based in Nepal. With a passion for exploration, she has lived in Dubai, the UK, and Belgium, alongside her international teacher husband. Her parents live in France and she tries to visit Paris at least once a year. Together, they travel the world looking for the best hotels, experiences and food locations have to offer!