Paris audio tour: Montmartre: More than Meets the Eye

Montmartre: More than Meets the Eye

Walking Tour

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60 mins
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2mi

About the Tour

On this tour I will take you along the most picturesque parts of Montmartre. We will talk about the lives of artists such Picasso and Modigliani who started their careers in Montmartre. Did you know that there are some crazy stories that took place in Montmartre? Have you ever heard of Saint Denis and the Man Who Could Walk Through Walls? You will today and they will leave you scratching your head! Did you know that the Paris Communue started in Montmartre? That's the Revolution you've heard about in Les Misérables. We do love a good Revolution in France! And a touch of French culture too: we will talk about the Sacré Coeur and the Chevalier de la Barre and what that means about the separation of Church and State in France. Get ready for an entertaining visit that will make you think!

Tour Producer

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Annie Sargent

Bonjour, I'm Annie Sargent, tour guide and producer of the Join Us in France Travel Podcast. I love introducing new people to my favorite destinations in France. Because I've lived away from France for many years, I came back eager to re-discover my own country and the places where French history happened. And because I am French born and raised I can't help but introduce a little bit of French culture into your visit. So, let's get walking and enjoy this tour together!

Major Landmarks

  • Sacré Coeur Basilica

  • Mur des je t'aime

  • Maison rose

  • Vignes du Clos Montmartre

  • Lapin Agile

Directions to Starting Point

The tour starts right outside of the Abbesses Metro Station on line 12. Note that there is an elevator in the metro station, you don't need to walk up 174 steps! I've designed the tour so you won't have to take more than 12 steps at a time. I will point out some bathrooms along the way. Many people like to enjoy a drink on the steps of the Sacré Coeur when the tour is over, bring whatever strikes your fancy!

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Places to stop along the way

Sacré Coeur Basilica, Saint Jean de Montmartre Church, Dali Museum, Montmartre Museum, Saint Pierre de Montmartre Church. After the tour is over, you might want to walk down the hill to Rue des Martyrs, one of the most charming streets in Paris 1/2 mile away from where we end our tour.

Best time of day

Best time to start the tour is between 9 AM and 4 PM so everything will be open no matter what time of year you go. Parks and churches stay open until 7 PM in the summer.

Precautions

Watch your belongings, there are pickpockets in Montmartre! Wear comfortable shoes, most of the pavement in Montmartre is cobblestone and you will be walking up-hill for several sections along the tour.

Comments

I went to Montmartre last week and missed most of it after taking a wrong turn - today I went back with Annie who told me where to go (in the nicest possible way). Informative, fun, and a really great way to explore a vibrant area of Paris. Do it!

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 11 months ago

I had so much fun doing this audio tour. I actually did this tour in the evening and it was awesome. Although there were a lot of places that were closed (the parks, churches and museums) the sites were quite dramatic at night. There were also not a lot of cars and people in the streets that made my night photos turn out super cool.

I enjoyed Annie Sargent’s style of narrating. She has a certain way of making you feel as if you’re living through her stories. I couldn’t stop raving to my boyfriend about how much fun I had. We ended up doing another one of Anne’s audio tour the next day and he was hooked. Please make more!!

Thank you!! This was so much better than signing up for a group tour. This way, you can start and stop when you want. Take your own bathroom and lunch breaks, sit for a while and enjoy the scenery and take as long as you want with taking photos. Super awesome!

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Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 12 months ago

Loved this walking tour! So much information presented in a highly engaging and fun manner. Thank you for a lovely stroll through the beautiful Montmartre, Annie!

Posted by Tammy , over 1 year ago

I have taken several guided walking tours of Montmartre while in Paris, but Annie’s VoiceMap audio tour is truly superior. She takes you to all the famous sites and more in an easy to follow route that you can take at your own pace. You can go inside museums and churches, or stop to shop and get a bite to eat along the way without being held up by a big tour group. Her detailed information about the landmarks and legends of Montmartre goes beyond what you get on a usual walking tour. I would highly recommend this audio tour to anyone visiting Montmartre. Well done Annie!

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , over 1 year ago
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Montmartre: More than Meets the Eye