Paris was created some 2000 years ago and began at the Cité Island (Ile
de la Cité). With emphasis on the history and art of the Capital, this
tour includes a drive through the oldest part :
First, you will admire the geometric design of Vendome Square and the fantasy
of the old Opera House. Then, the Marais district
and its "
hotels ", private townhouses of the nobility of the 17th and 18th centuries.
Your bus will cross the Latin Quarter
with its old university
(the Sorbonne), the Luxembourg Gardens, Saint Germain des Prés
with its romanesque church and its famous cafés, and will drop you near
the Orsay Museum to take the boat for a short transfer to approach the Cité
Island (forbidden to buses). There, you will listen to a guided visit of the interior
of Notre Dame Cathedral*
. By boat again (Batobus), you will come
back to the Cityrama office, near the Louvre Museum and the Tuileries Gardens.
A village is to be found on top of the hill of Montmartre crowned by the white
Sacred Heart Basilica
so familiar to Parisians. Towards the end
of the 19th century, numerous artists (Van Gogh, Renoir, Picasso) settled here
with their families to enjoy the simple and peaceful country life.
The Louvre Museum
is one of the richest in the world. It is impossible
to visit it all in a short time, but a guided visit will show you the highlights.
The excursion includes : Ride up to Montmartre by coach and
funicular, guided walking tour of the village and Place du Tertre, visit on
your own of the Sacred Heart basilica.
At the Louvre, more than one hour guided visit, amongst the many works of art
you will see the Venus of milo, the Winged Victory and Da Vinci’s Mona
Wednesday and Friday: it is possible to stay on at the Louvre
for the late night opening.
Mondays and Saturdays: the Louvre will be visited first before going up to Montmartre.
*In case of mass, the guide will comment for you the cathedral and its three
portals from outside but will not be allowed to speak inside.