Join this small-group tour and enjoy a 3-hour experience discovering Montmartre off the beaten trail. Along the district's backstreets, step back in time and walk in the shoes of the famous figures of Montmartre's past ... More info ›
Join this small-group tour and enjoy a 3-hour experience discovering Montmartre off the beaten trail. Along the district's backstreets, step back in time and walk in the shoes of the famous figures of Montmartre's past. Witness everything from the foundation of the Modern Art movement to the intricacies of Père Frédé's pink inn. No need to put any costume on! You will have to pick up one of our "Character Cards" and discover... who you are! You could be a surprising saint, a French cancan dancer or a famous cabaret owner! Follow your guide and unlock the secrets of Montmartre's soul!
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.