From EUR 139
Spend a day enjoying France’s most famous treasures - art and wine. Our 2.5 hour guided tour will allow you to stroll into the Louvre past the long lines and enjoy a morning with some of the world’s greatest masterpieces, including of course the Mona Lisa. Then spend your afternoon in a 200-year-old wine cellar near the Louvre, used at one time to store the wine reserves of Louis XV, now transformed into a spectacular interactive wine experience. Your visit will include a sommelier led tasting of 3 wines that have been carefully selected for you. FInally, it’s time to head across the city to Montmartre, to one of the best-kept secrets in the city. Visit a beautiful working vineyard closed to the public, taste its wine and learn about the fascinating history of the famous artists quarter.
Join your expert local guide and relax as they lead you past the famously long lines and directly into the Louvre museum for a 2.5 hour guided visit. You will of course meet the world’s most famous painting, the Mona Lisa, and learn some of her many secrets. Discover also the beautiful Venus de Milo, the spectacular Winged Victory, the great French neo-classical paintings and the works of the Italian Renaissance. But there are also many hidden treasures to be found in the Louvre. Your guide will show you crowns studded with precious jewels, ancient Egyptian antiquities, sublime Greek statues and much more.
The Louvre was once a palace, home to the French royal family, and you will visit magnificent rooms whose sumptuous decorations bear witness to this – rooms built for Kings! The grand scale and rich decoration will astonish you as we end our tour in the State Apartments of Napoléon III, in a wing many visitors don’t manage to discover. Make the most of your visit to this awe-inspiring museum, join our tour and let our guides make your visit one of the highlights of your trip to Paris.
After a break for lunch, we’ll begin our wine experience together in the incredible vaulted wine cellar that once housed King Louis XV’s wine collection. These vaulted galleries may even have been linked to the Louvre Palace by secret passages to make sure wine was always available for the royal table! Today the historic wine cellars have been completely restored and transformed into an incredible space where you can discover the tradition and craft of winemaking in France. Your expert guide will lead you through the rooms dedicated to learning about the cultivation of the grapes, the winemaking process and the smells, tastes and colors you will recognize as you taste wines. Your visit includes a sommelier led tasting of 3 wines that have been specially selected for you, where you can put into practice what you have just learned on your tour!
Then, we’ll climb back to street level, and your guide will lead you on to your next stop; a tiny and beautiful working vineyard nestled in the heart of Montmartre. We will travel here by metro, as a typical Parisian would, heading for the lively and historical artist’s quarter of Montmartre, home to the Clos Montmartre vineyard.
Grapes have been cultivated for wine on the Butte Montmartre for nearly 2000 years, and this specific vineyard was first documented in 944 AD, making it the oldest of its kind in Paris. In the 18th century this hill was all about wine, with three quarters of the surface given over to vineyards. At that time Montmartre was outside of the city of Paris, and so not subject to its taxes, making the wine and rents cheap, and so attracting the artists, dance halls and cabarets that the area became so famous for. Enjoy a stroll around the winding streets, and hear the stories of the lives of the artists and famous residents who once called Montmartre home. This tour also gives you VIP entry to the Clos Montmartre vineyard, closed to the general public and only opened for a special few.
Take a tour of this charming vineyard, and learn how the wine is made in the local town hall; it’s the only administrative building in Paris to have a license to make alcohol! End your tour with a tasting of their hard to come by wine. We open for you one of the mere 1750 bottles produced each year, the proceeds of which support neighborhood charities.
At the end of your tour you are free to spend your evening in Montmartre, perhaps on the artists square at Place du Tertre, or in one of the typical bars or restaurants in the area. You might even end up at a cabaret show! Your guide will be sure to direct and advise you at the end of our tour, to make sure you go on to a memorable Parisian soirée.
7 hours total (including lunch break)