Montmartre & Pigalle midday free walking tour

Duration: 2h and 15min
Languages: English
Guru: Kristen
Quality Verified Registered on October 06, 2022

Hello! I'm Christian (Kristen). I'm a proactive pensioner, involved in many cultural and social projects here in Paris. I'm a history buff, with a strong interest in European and French history. I've lived for several years in Paris - at a short walking distance from Montmartre. I've lived in six European countries and visited all of them. I speak fluently English, as I'm British educated. I am a Norwegian-born Italian.

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  • No minimum number of attendees
    No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour
  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

The midday tour will start from the Pigalle area, and snake its way through the Montmartre streets and alleyways to highlight its history and its association with the impressionist painters.

While gradually walking up to the summit of the Montmartre hill, I'll be showing the best cafes with views, the locations of the famous artist's ateliers, interesting architectural features of the 'village' part of Montmartre, and other more recent artistic curiosities of 20th century Montmartre.
To save time, we'll not be entering the two Montmartre museums or the churches. But passing in front of them, I'll give a short presentation about each of them.
This tour will give you a good experience and feel of what Montmartre is all about, so you can claim to have visited this famous neighborhood.
The tour will also give you advice on what else to see, especially the interior of various buildings of touristic interest. So join me on this tour!
This activity includes:

  • Follies Pigalle & Bouillon Pigalle restaurant 
  • Chat Noir cabaret & restaurant 
  • Moulin Rouge
  • Van Gogh studio & home
  • Rue Veron and it’s street art
  • French pop culture
  • Renoir  studio & home
  • Picasso studio
  • The two remaining windmills
  • Amélie filming locations
  • St. Pierre church (outside)
  • Tertre square ('village' square)
  • Sacre coeur church (outside) - end of tour

This  is a good introductory tour of Montmartre, with  over 25 stops in two hours.

This is what you would call a ‘whirlwind’ tour of Montmartre, so  any place that inspires curiosity, can be explored more in depth after the tour. Which conveniently ends a short walking distance to Montmartre’s central square.

The maximum size of the touring group will be ten persons, but usually it will be between two to six persons, as large groups can be an unsatisfying experience for the individual walker.

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

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  • Meeting point:
    Pigalle, 75018 Paris, France
    Pigalle, 75018 Paris, France
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    Outside of the middle Pigalle métro station (three métro station exits - I’ll be wearing a dark blue rain jacket & dark grey rucksack).Right opposite the Bouillon restaurant, on the traffic island).

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Nadav 19 Jan 2023

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Travelled alone - Jan 2023
Kristen is such an expert in the area, that it was an absolute delight to be on the tour with him. He knows every alley's history and has told us things no virtual tour would ever be able to tell you. Kristen is very nice and has great english. Highly recommended!
Karina 17 Jan 2023
New York

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Travelled in group - Jan 2023
Kristen is the name to remember if you are booking with guru. A wonderful, kind, knowledgeable and patient man. He exceeded all expectations and made our day. On our tour through Montmartre he pointed out so many points of reference related to art, culture and history that the experience was sublime. Kristen is an educated gentleman and our family highly recommends any tour given by him.
Archie 08 Jan 2023

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Travelled in couple - Jan 2023
An absolutely fascinating tour with an excellent guide. Very knowledgeable and friendly, took the tour at a pace that suited us and covered so much very interesting information. Highly recommended.
Annie 11 Dec 2022
New York

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Travelled alone - Dec 2022
Kristen is very nice, but I would have preferred more historic information, at a faster pace
Marta 09 Dec 2022

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Travelled in couple - Dec 2022
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
There is no minimum number of people required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
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