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Top 8 Montmartre tours in Paris

Montmartre is the most picturesque Parisian neighborhood, full of bohemian artists, cafes and the Basilica of the Sacré Coeur dominating the hill. You will be enchanted as you wander through its winding alleys. Are you ready to fall in love with Montmartre?

Verónica Álvarez

Verónica Álvarez

9 min read

Top 8 Montmartre tours in Paris

Cafe en Paris | ©Marloes Hilckmann

If you have been in Paris and did not visit Montmartre, you were not really in Paris. The neighborhood of Montmartre is so emblematic and so linked to the idiosyncrasy of the Parisians that to be able to say that you know Paris you must know Montmartre.

Of all the activities to do in Paris, visiting the charming neighborhood of Montmartre is one of the main ones. The unmistakable Sacré Coeur Basilica, the artists showing their talent on the old cobblestone streets, the excellent gastronomy, the landscaped spaces and above all the village atmosphere in the middle of the city, are things you have to see and feel to understand the charm of Montmartre. In the following tours you will be able to vibrate to the rhythm of Montmartre.

1. Guided tour of the Montmartre neighborhood visiting the Pink House

Pink house on the corner| ©RawColor
Pink house on the corner| ©RawColor

In this tour you will visit the main places of Montmartre, starting from the famous cabaret, you can know how is a showat the Moulin Rouge to visit it later if you are interested. There you will start your tour, where your guide will tell you the history and little known details of the Moulin Rouge.

During this tour, you will also visit, in addition to the Sacré Coeur, "the pink house", just behind the Basilica, one of the most frequented places by Picasso when he lived in this neighborhood. You will also see the vineyards of Montmartre and if you want you can have your portrait painted by one of the many artists who paint outdoors in the Place du Tertre. This tour is ideal for first time visitors to Montmartre because it gives you the opportunity to see all the highlights and then go deeper on your own if you wish.

Details of interest of this option

  • Price: from 18 euros per person.
  • Duration: about 2 hours.
  • Means of transport: on foot.
  • Advantages of this option: it is in English.
  • Disadvantages: the time may not be enough to see the most important things.

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2. Montmartre walking tour: The best art following in the footsteps of Lautrec.

windmill behind the tree| ©Didier B
windmill behind the tree| ©Didier B

On this tour, you will also walk through the main part of the district and see the only two windmills that still exist in Montmartre.

You will learn the details of the life of the famous painters who lived in this neighborhood. You will follow in Lautrec's footsteps, through the steep streets up to the Basilica, walking through small streets and squares while listening to your guide tell you interesting facts about the area. You will visit some of the places that inspired some of the world's most famous artists.

You will pass by the Café des 2 moulins where part of the movie Amelie was filmed and you will also visit the only vineyard in Paris.

Details of interest of this option

  • Price: from 38 euros per person.
  • Duration: about 2 hours.
  • Means of transport: it is a walking tour.
  • Advantages of this option: you will see the windmills that still exist in Montmartre.
  • Disadvantages of this option: it is in English.

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3. Gastronomic tour of Paris: French gastronomy and history

Restaurant entrance photo| ©HPRG Les Hôtels Paris Riv
Restaurant entrance photo| ©HPRG Les Hôtels Paris Riv

This tour is more gastronomic oriented, you can choose between the Latin Quarter or Montmartre. It is a gourmet tour, through the main culinary highlights of Montmartre.

Your guide will explain the secrets of Parisian gastronomy, its history and philosophy that make it different from the rest. You will also learn about the best seasonal products, where to buy them and how to preserve them. The tour includes tastings.

Details of interest of this option

  • Price: from 114 euros per person.
  • Duration: about 3 hours.
  • Means of transport: on foot.
  • Advantages of this option: includes tastings and is in English.
  • Disadvantages of this option: it only focuses on the gastronomy of Montmartre.

4. Private Vintage Tour: Sidecar Motorcycle Ural Paris

couple on motorcycle| ©pivapao
couple on motorcycle| ©pivapao

This is a private motorcycle tour, where you will ride through the highlights of Paris, including Montmartre. Being a private tour, it is just for you and your group, so the guides will be at your disposal.

You will hear funny anecdotes, while you ride through the streets of Paris in a different way. You have many things to see and do in Montmartre, with this tour you will have a general overview and then go on your own to the places that are best to know in depth, such as the Basilica, for example.

Details of interest of this option

  • Price: from 133 euros per person approximately.
  • Duration: about 3 hours.
  • Means of transport: sidecar.
  • Advantages of this option: it is a different way of touring Montmartre.
  • Disadvantages of this option: not available in English.

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5. Private guided walking tour: Montmartre, including the interior of the Sacré-Coeur

Entrance to Van Gogh's house| ©Tom Flemming
Entrance to Van Gogh's house| ©Tom Flemming

On this private tour, your personal guide will take you to see not only the most famous sights of Montmartre, but also hidden, off the beaten path places such as the houses of artists like Van Gogh and Picasso.

This tour includes a guided visit inside the Sacré Coeur Basilica, unlike other tours where the visit must be done on your own at the end of the tour. The guide will tell you all the important details of the Sacre Coeur Basilica.

Details of interest of this option

  • Price: from 85 euros per person.
  • Duration: 2 hours and a half approximately.
  • Means of transport: it is a walking tour.
  • Advantages of this option: it is a private tour, only for you and your group. It is in Spanish.
  • Disadvantages: time is short for all there is to see.

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6. Private Tour: Personal Travel Photographer Tour in Paris

Photographer watching the camera| ©Chan360
Photographer watching the camera| ©Chan360

This is a private photo tour where a personal photographer will be your guide and will take photos of you and your group which will then be available for free download. As this is a private tour, the guide is only for you and your companions. The usual tour includes Montmartre, among other points of interest such as the Eiffel Tower, you can book your tickets to the Eiffel Tower as they are not included in the tour price.

It is a customizable tour where you can say which places you prefer to visit, so if you want it to be a photo tour exclusively in Montmartre, you can request it to your guide.

Details of interest of this option

  • Price: from 190 euros per person approximately.
  • Duration: from 1 to 3 hours depending on the number of stops you intend to make.
  • Means of transport: it is on foot, but you may need to travel by public transport (tickets are not included).
  • Advantages of this option: it is a private and customizable tour, you will have hundreds of beautiful pictures taken by a professional.
  • Disadvantages of this option: it is not available in English.

7. French bistro style food and wine tasting tour of Montmartre

people eating| ©Anne Corr
people eating| ©Anne Corr

This is a tour that no foodie can miss. You are going to tour different cafes, bistros and typical restaurants of Montmartre, tasting their delicious specialties. The new gastronomic trends are often born in the bistros (the French version of breweries) and then spread. Montmartre is the district where many of these bistros are located, in search of the democratization of French haute cuisine by making it accessible to all.

During your tour, you will stop in some of the most famous bistros and bars of Montmartre and also in some that are still hidden gems. You will taste delicious dishes and excellent wines (tastings are included in the price) while your guide tells you all about the latest trends and anecdotes of the neighborhood.

Interesting details of this option

  • Price: from 122 euros per person approximately.
  • Duration: about 1 hour and a half to 2 hours.
  • Means of transport: it is a walking tour.
  • Advantages of this option: tastings are included in the price.
  • Disadvantages of this option: it is not available in Spanish.

8. Paris: Customizable private tour

Boy standing in restaurant| ©Gilles Letang
Boy standing in restaurant| ©Gilles Letang

This tour is completely customizable, with no pre-established itinerary, it is you and your groups who will decide with the guide which places to visit, so it can become the ideal tour of Montmartre.

Your local and private guide (only for you and your group) will take you to the places that catch your attention, so you can visit Montmartre focusing on your interests, you can make a tour, historical, cultural, gastronomic or all of them combined. What you cannot miss in your itinerary is the Place du Tertre, the heart of bohemian Montmartre.

There you can buy paintings by artists who, although still unknown, may be stars in the future, remember that Picasso, Dali and Van Gogh painted in that same square.

Interesting details of this option

  • Price: from 47 euros per person.
  • Duration: from 2 to six hours, depending on the itinerary.
  • Means of transport: it is a walking tour, if you need public transport you have to pay for the tickets because they are not included in the price of the tour.
  • Advantages of this option: you are the one who organizes the itinerary and it is in Spanish.

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How do I book a tour of Montmartre?

two girls looking at the tablet| © Brooke Cagle
two girls looking at the tablet| © Brooke Cagle

The best way to book your Montmartre tour is to do it online when you are organizing your trip. You should choose the best time to visit Paris according to the type of trip you intend to make and the places you want to visit and when you have decided that and start creating the schedule of the visits, the best thing to do is to check the tours available for those places online.

Companies specialized in selling tour packages, excursions and experiences have a wide portfolio of options. You can hire from a traditional tour to gastronomic experiences, whatever you can imagine! You will have the advantage of paying by credit or debit card. At the hotel counter, you won't have as many options and if you book the tour directly with the guide, he/she will probably only accept cash payment.

One of the most important advantages is the availability of the chosen date, if you book online in advance, you are assured of the date you selected, but if instead you wait to hire the tour when you arrive in Paris, it is likely that you will not have an immediate date and you will have to alter your itinerary.

Is it better to do a Montmartre tour on my own or with a guide?

people gathering in the street| ©Bernie Almanzar
people gathering in the street| ©Bernie Almanzar

If this is your first visit to Paris, you will want to do the Montmartre tour with a local guide who knows the area well. This way you will know which are the most important places in Montmartre and how to get to them. This rule applies to all the best Paris tours, which help you get to know the city and give you the possibility to come back later on your own.

Guided tours also show you some hidden places, real hidden gems that are not easy to find on your own. In the excursions to Montmartre, the guides who will take you around the neighborhood know anecdotes and interesting facts that are not found in books, that only personal experience gives. So take advantage and hire a guided tour of Montmartre to enjoy the experience to the fullest.

Tips for a tour of Montmartre

People walking in front of the Eiffel Tower| © Pascal Bernardon
People walking in front of the Eiffel Tower| © Pascal Bernardon
  • Remember to** bring your** camera.

  • You will be walking a lot, wear comfortable shoes.

  • If you visit Montmartre in summer, bring sunscreen and a hat, there are many things to see outdoors.

  • Book your tour early, they sell out quickly.

  • When making your reservation, choose serious companies and read the comments of previous customers.