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Paris: 1.5-Hour Guided Walking Tour of Montparnasse

1. Paris: 1.5-Hour Guided Walking Tour of Montparnasse

Discover Montparnasse, a lesser-known Parisian neighborhood brimming with history and culture. Explore the area with a professional guide on this 1.5-hour guided walking tour. Start your walking adventure at Boulevard du Montparnasse, where the cream of the Cafe Society wined and dined at legendary eateries. Next, walk down the romantic Rue Delambre. Learn about the life of Josephine Baker, the beloved entertainer who helped the French Resistance. Visit historical sites like The Sphinx: a brothel requisitioned by the Nazis during the Second World War, and the Monocle: a famous women-only cabaret. Continue to Montparnasse Cemetery and pay tribute to famous figures like Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre. Finally, enter Rue de la Gaite, the "Little Theater District," of Paris and finish your tour at the impressive Montparnasse Tower.

Best of Artists in Paris: 3 Audio-Guided Walking Tours

2. Best of Artists in Paris: 3 Audio-Guided Walking Tours

Explore Paris in an authentic and fun way by discovering the city’s historical sites, rich artistic history, and vibrant street art with 3 distinct tours. Follow your professional guide’s commentaries as you stroll through the streets and squares. The audio commentaries trigger automatically based on your location. Montmartre, Secret Side (1.5 hours) A bohemian spirit still floats over this old Parisian village. From small hidden passages to century-old vineyards, legendary mills to the world famous Sacré-Coeur Basilica, immerse yourself in the enchanting history of Montmartre and discover its many secrets. Montparnasse, Capital of the Arts (1.5 hours) Go back in time to the heart of the Parisian artistic and intellectual scene after the first world war and learn stories about famous artists like Pablo Picasso, Tsuguharu Foujita, Amedeo Modigliani, and Man Ray. Paris Street Art (1.5 hours) In the 13th district, admire works of art by some of the world’s great street artists. Walk through an open-air museum and discover magnificent murals by world-famous artists including D*Face, C215, Obey, and Invader. Want to make a short stop in a shop or grab a quick snack? Pause the tour and resume when you want, right where you left off. The guide provides clear audio directions and a map indicates directions to follow in real time, so don’t worry about getting lost. And if you take a wrong turn, the integrated geo-localization feature will get you back on track in no time! Customize your itinerary as you wish and enjoy the fun and entertaining tours at your own pace.

Paris: Montparnasse Smartphone Audio-Guided Tour

3. Paris: Montparnasse Smartphone Audio-Guided Tour

Begin the audio-guided tour at Montparnasse Tower. Explore the Montparnasse district which was the heart of Parisian artistic and intellectual life during the interwar years of the 20th century. Learn about Montparnasse's famous residents such as Simone de Beauvoir, Ernest Hemingway, and Pablo Picasso. Discover the origins of avant-garde art styles including Cubism, Dadaism, and existentialism. Learn about the abundant artistic and intellectual culture that is still present today within the area. See legendary cafés including the Select, the Coupole, and the Dôme which have welcomed authors and writers from all over the world. The audio guide provides clear audio directions and a map indicates directions to follow in real-time. If you wish to stop at one of the trendy cafes for a drink or a bite to eat, simply pause the app and resume the tour when you are ready. The audio tour finishes at Luxembourg Gardens, in the heart of Montparnasse.

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Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 8 reviews

The Montparnasse Tour is a wonderful way to learn about the cafe scene of the creatives, especially of the 1920s and 1930s, as well as the history of the area. Not a tourist area - as I learned, the majority are locals - so it was a fascinating way of "knowing what the locals know." Our guide, Sheldon, was magnificent - really pleasant and friendly with a mountain of knowledge and information and fun facts - not in a rote manner but in a genuine understanding of the area. It was a walk-and-talk tour, stopping to look at plaques and signposts and restaurants and statues and getting directions to other places to walk later. I thoroughly enjoyed this tour - without a tour, I have been walking past places of interest without knowing. No, there are no obvious monuments that are in the tourist books, but there are places of interest mentioned in novels. And there is historical and political places of interest too. I think Sheldon was a real star.

Great walk, slightly away from the most touristy areas. Our guide, Sheldon, was very knowledgeable and engaging, keeping not only adults entertained but also my daughters (teen and preteen), which is no small feat. Lots of interesting places and stories behind them on this walk. Highly recommended!

A real pleasure to discover this artistic district by strolling through the streets at will and without constraint ... I recommend because you learn a lot of things with the voice of a guide who follows you throughout the visit. Concept at the top!

Thank you! Good road with small hidden artistic grains.