Montmartre - Private Walking Seminar

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view from the Sacre Coeur in Montmartre
view from the Sacre Coeur in Montmartre
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from Context Walks - tourists and guide
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Happy beautiful girl in Montmartre
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from Context Walks -signage
from Context  Walks
from Context Walks
Mont Martre hill in Paris and famous Sacre Coeur.
Mont Martre hill in Paris and famous Sacre Coeur.
white cathedral of Sacre Coeur
white cathedral of Sacre Coeur
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from Context Walks - white cathedral of Sacre Coeur
Beautiful Panorama of Paris and the buildings of Montmartre. Paris, France.
Beautiful Panorama of Paris and the buildings of Montmartre. Paris, France.
closeup of Basilica Sacre Coeur
closeup of Basilica Sacre Coeur
Sacre Coeur in Montmartre
Sacre Coeur in Montmartre
young woman in Abbesses Station in Montmartre
young woman in Abbesses Station in Montmartre
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From January 01, 2016 to December 31, 2016 is at

What To Expect

Enjoy this private tour of Paris' enigmatic Montmartre neighborhood, the village of Paris and home to many impressionist and modern artists.

Specifications

Type:
Tours in Paris
Departs From:
Paris
Meeting Point:
Abbesses Metro Stop
Duration:
3 hours
Availability:
daily at 9:30 AM; 2:00 PM
Product Code:
7261
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Paper voucher printout not required for this activity. You may show e-voucher from your mobile device.
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Description

The neighborhood of Montmartre, situated on a hill above Paris' Right Bank, has always stood apart from the rest of the city. As rents in central Paris rose in the early 1900s, artists and bohemians of all types flocked to its leafy, steep streets, transforming it from a sleepy quarter into one of the most important centers for art and radical thought in the world.

During this three-hour exploration of Montmartre (hill of the martyr) we will look at the traditions, lifestyle, and bohemian character of the neighborhood as it has evolved over the centuries. Beginning near the Abbesses metro, one of Montmartre's most central points, we'll trace the route that the decapitated and martyred Saint Denis supposedly walked (carrying his own head no less) and discuss the importance of quarter in the history of Christianity as the home of the Society of Jesuits, founded here by Saint Ignacio de Loyola and Saint Fran├žois Xavier in 1534.

Climbing the hill to the Moulin de la Gallette, we'll have an opportunity to discuss how Paris' growth in the 19th century pushed the city outward until it pressed into sleepy villages like Montmartre. By the time the 20th century arrived, places like the Moulin de la Gallette, once an open-air dance hall, sprang up in droves, making Paris famous for its nightlife, risque cabarets, gas-lit cafes, and concert halls. Immortalized by artists like Toulouse-Lautrec, van Gogh, and Renoir, the Moulin de la Gallette was a meeting point for the down-and-out bohemians of the neighborhood and a perfect place to contemplate the modern revolution taking place in art and society at the time.

Continuing upwards to the top of the hill, we'll stop at Le Sacre Coeur, the basilica that has since become the symbol of all of Montmartre. With its Romano-Byzantine features, Sacre Coeur stands in sharp contrast to the Gothic architecture of Notre Dame and Saint Eustache, both of which can be seen from its belvedere.

Throughout this walk we'll strive to put Montmartre within an urban and social context, painting a vivid portrait of the key figures who have lived here and been inspired here throughout history. This is a great walk for people intrigued by the art and intellectual movements of the early 20th century.

Highlights

  • Montmartre

  • Sacre Coeur

Includes

  • Services of a docent

Excludes

  • Meals and drinks

  • Personal expenses

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Optional activity costs

Please Note

  • Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather.

  • If you are running late for your meeting with our docent, we ask that you call to alert us so that we can relay the message to the docent.

  • Hotel pick-up can be arranged with an additional fee. Please inquire.

Cancellation Policy

  • 25% Cancellation Fee (75% reimbursement): 45 days prior to date of activity.
  • 50% Cancellation Fee (50% reimbursement): between 16 to 44 days prior to date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 15 days or less prior to date of activity.

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