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- Two prestigious collections in just 4 hours
- Get to really know Monet, Degas, Renoir and Van Gogh
- VIP access gets your group straight inside
- Length: 04h00
- Language: English
- Type of Tour: Private Tour
- Group Size: 4 max
- Departure Time: 1pm
- Cancellation: Refund up to 48 hours
It’s all too easy in Paris to walk by a museum without noticing it, blissfully unaware of the treasures hiding inside. We’re not judging; it happens. But we think it’s time to give one of these underappreciated locales its long-deserved props, its own moment in the spotlight. That’s why we’ve included the Musée de l’Orangerie in a combo tour with the Musée d’Orsay, to create an enhanced experience alongside the giants of art and to get you to the heart of Impressionism.
Your art adventure begins by meeting your certified art expert outside the Musée d’Orsay. After a brief chat about the building’s history you’ll be whisked past the long lines like a true VIP (that’s how you roll, we know). Inside you’ll make your way through the most moving masterpieces of the 19th century as you maneuver the museum like a pro.
Thanks to your guide’s insightful explanations the progression of modern art will start to come into focus: watch the spectacle unfold as the Neoclassical perfection of Ingres is rocked by the Realism of Courbet, then how Manet’s nude picnic-goer in “Le Déjeuner sur l’Herbe” comes along to smack the art world in the face. “Bienvenue to Impressionism,” her nakedness seems to say.
After this the Impressionists really hit their stride: upstairs you’ll bask in the masterful colors of Renoir’s “Dance at the Moulin de la Galette” and the dainty ballet dancers of Degas. You’ll be charmed by the deceptively powerful still lifes of Paul Cézanne, the man who once said “With an apple I will astonish Paris.” Spoiler alert—he did.
All of this gorgeousness is capped off with some quality face time in front of Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” and “Self Portrait” to learn about Post Impressionism and beyond. This is the point where you pinch yourself and say “Hey, I’m actually in Paris!” The view from behind the large clocks out onto the city is definitely worth stopping for as well, which your guide will be sure to include.
Solène was born and raised in Paris, and is ever keen to share her knowledge of her beloved home city. Even as a child, Solène knew that her future career would be not in an office but outside in Paris and beyond - meeting new people and discovering new places around her. Thanks to her passion for travel, Solène aims to provide for her visitors the same feeling of excitement she experiences when discovering new places.
Frédéric is a true Parisian who grew up in la région parisienne. An engineer by trade, Frédéric decided that his true passion lay in the rich history of Paris of its many historical sites. Becoming an official guide had enabled him to meet visitors from across the world and to share his love of Paris. Amongst Frédéric’s favorite experiences are introducing foreign visitors to Paris for the first time and enabling Parisians to discover new things about their city. Above all, he enjoys showing visitors the astonishing connections between the Paris of today and Paris throughout the ages.
Marion was born and raised in the South West of France in majestic Bordeaux, where she read Archaeology and Modern History before moving to Paris 3 years ago. For the past 2 years, Marion has been an official guide at the splendid Palace of Versailles, along with iconic Paris museums such as the Louvre. Marion’s favorite part of her career as a guide is the variety of her work and how her place of work (be it palace or museum) changes from day to day.
Elisabeth is always searching for unusual places place in her home city of Paris - hidden courtyards, serene spaces and secret hideaways little know to its inhabitants. Spanish Andalusian on her mother’s side, Elisabeth adopted her mother’s love for finding the connections between Spanish culture and civilization and French history. Following her Master’s degree in Iberian studies Elisabeth became a teacher but later decided that what she wanted to become, above all, was a guide. Now an official guide she shows visitors her much-adored city with engagement, fun and dose of humor.
Jonathan is a history devotee who grew up in the Parisian suburbs. After studying History of Art at University he became an official guide, a true vocation which allows him to share the secrets of his city, and his passion for art and history. Jonathan is not only an art expert, but a guide who endeavors to present Paris and its treasures in a relevant way, always with a smile and with a good dose of humor!
Marie-Claire was born in the South West of France and raised in Toulouse. Before moving to Paris, she studied Linguistics and Art History in her home city, rich in artistic and cultural heritage. Marie-Claire now works as an official Art History Guide and a Picture Editor. If that wasn’t enough to keep her busy, she also teaches Art History at the prestigious Ecole du Louvre in Paris and loves the variety of her work and people she encounters day to day.
Originally from the South of France, Gwennaëlle has been living in Paris for the past 12 years and working as a guide for over half that time. Since childhood she has been an ardent lover of art and knew from a young age that she wanted to become a guide. After studying English at university, she joined the Ecole du Louvre to learn to become an art history guide. Alongside working as a guide, Gwennaëlle teaches art history to French and foreign students. Paris is to her the most enchanting city in the world, and she loves to share the secrets of the Parisian museums and monuments with her visitors.
Arianna was born and raised in Rome. A the age of 5 she visited her first ever museum with her Italian grandmother; the Uffizi Gallery, where her adventure into the art world begun. Arianna studied at a French school in Rome before moving to Paris in 1999 to study History of Art at the Sorbonne University. Now a teacher of modern and contemporary art in a Parisian Art School, Arianna also guides in all the major (and many of the lesser-known) museums of Paris, her biggest love being sharing her passion for art with visitors of all ages and creating unforgettable experiences.
Oxana grew up in Moscow, and moved to Paris to study History of Art at the Sorbonne University. Since moving to Paris, Oxana considers herself a true Parisian, and feels fortunate to be living in her words, in ‘the most beautiful city in the world’. Oxana is a seasoned traveler, but Paris remains her favorite city due to its unique charm and extraordinary culture. She loves to share her passion for French history and culture with our visitors.
Born and raised in Paris, Cecile now lives in the Paris suburbs. Before becoming a tour guide, she studied History of Art and was particularly fascinated by gothic architecture in Europe, and 19th & 20th Century painting. Cecile began working as a guide in 2010 in a small medieval town called Provins, where her specializations were the Middle-Ages and military architecture. Cecile has also worked in Normandy and in the Champagne region. Her favorite place in France, aside Paris, is the Loire Valley due to its magnificent chateaux.
Marjorie was born in the North of France and developed a love of Paris from visiting as a child with her family. After working as a guide in the South of France, Marjorie returned to her much loved Paris where she adores to this day the way of life, the architecture, the atmosphere and of course the history! By becoming a guide, Marjorie is able to share her passion for history of art and for meeting new people, something for which she feels fortunate every day!
Born in Poland, Joanna moved to France with her parents as a teenager. Following her History of Art and Foreign Language studies (she speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese), it was a natural evolution for Joanna to become a guide and to share with visitors the secrets she’s learnt over her years in Paris. She is keen to share with you the mysteries of the Louvre, the secrets of the Palace of Versailles, and much more of the rich history of Paris.
Vanessa was born in Casablanca, Morocco; a country which for her holds beautiful memories, in particular the affectionate nature of the people and the beautiful smells and colors of the country. She has also lived in Italy, from where her family originates, where she returns often to further explore the country. For the past 10 years, Vanessa has been a resident of Paris’ 20th arrondissement. In her travels to Morocco, Italy, and further afield, Vanessa feeds her curiosity for the richness of other cultures, something which she shares in her role as a guide. Vanessa believes that being a guide enables her to understand the links between our different origins and respective cultures.
Murielle was born on the outskirts of Paris and has been fascinated by Art History and the history of Paris since she was a child. A passion for art runs in the family; her father was a curator - a career which meant he spent much of his time in museums across the globe. Murielle’s passion for art, architecture, foreign languages and travel developed at a young age. She studied English and Spanish at university followed by Art History. Above all, Murielle loves helping people discover the many secrets of Paris; its hidden squares and charming gardens and showing how the city has transformed over the centuries into the majestic capital of France.
Before becoming a guide, Hervé studied acting and has performed in small theaters across Paris. He began studying History of Art and decided to combine his love for History and Art with his acting skills. Hervé has lived abroad including in Atlanta USA and in London where he developed a deep understanding of the Anglo-Saxon culture. He is passionate about many periods of History but remains fascinated by the XVII and XVIII Centuries, hence why he’s so at home at Versailles! Hervé looks forward to sharing his passion for art history with you.
Jessica was born in Saint-Germain en Laye, the birth place of Louis XIV. From when she was child, she was fascinated by art and history and during her high school years realized that she wanted to make a career out of her passion. She settled in Paris at the age of 20 and fell in love with the romance, poetry and magic of the city. Jessica spent a year in New York City which opened her mind to the pleasure of meeting people from across the globe. Once back in Paris, she decided to combine her passion for communication and art history, allowing her to guide people from across the world through her beloved city.
- A celebration of light, color, and 19th century life
- Uncomplicated and accessible breakdowns of what you’re seeing
- A look inside the mind of the Impressionist masters
- A watered down museum visit that only scratches the surface
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One artist in particular will receive extra attention, because this two-museum tour is a great opportunity to follow Mr. Claude Monet—the undisputed champ of Impressionism—throughout the evolution of his career and thought processes. Take a good look at his “Poppy Field” and Rouen Cathedral studies because you’re on your way to the Musée de l’Orangerie for the culmination of his life’s work…
Your second stop is just a short scenic stroll away, across the Seine and through the heart of the Tuileries Gardens. Once in the Orangerie you’ll be treated to one of the true hidden gems in Paris—the water lily murals of Monet. Two oval rooms bear 360 degrees of canvases depicting the ponds of his gardens in Giverny that were painted specifically for this space, making this perhaps the first-ever example of installation art. Monet you hipster, you!
You’ll find yourself completely immersed in the peaceful vibrance of Monet’s world while your guide ties these paintings back to his earlier works, giving you a deeper understanding of his genius and artistic progression. As if that wasn’t enough, downstairs even more awaits—Picasso, Matisse, Cézanne, Renoir—more chances to draw comparisons between the two world class collections you’ve visited. Suddenly these famous pictures become much more than fodder for posters and coffee mugs; they illustrate all that was—and still is—great about Paris. Go ahead and pinch yourself again.
Jonathan was our favorite tour guide and really wanted us to understand the art work and history leading to the impressionists. He was knowledgeable and gave us valuable information to make our visit to the museums a wonderful learning experience. We had two teenagers with us and he included them and kept their interest. We truly enjoyed our afternoon!