Art and wine in Paris- Louvre Special Guided Tour
with a Montmartre vineyard tour
About this experience
Spend a day discovering two of France's treasures - art and wine. Combine a tour of the world famous Louvre museum with a visit and tasting at spectacular historic wine cellars, and end your day in Montmartre with a VIP visit to a private vineyard.
Most people agree that a trip to Paris must include a stop at the Louvre Museum, and a taste of some of the world famous French wines. Join us on a full day tour and experience the best of both! Our 1.5 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 start 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 upgraded into a multi-faceted wine discovery locale. After a tasting of 3 wines served by an expert sommelier, we head across the city to the Montmartre district, for a VIP visit to a beautiful vineyard that operates within Paris. Here you’ll have a tasting of this tiny production, and learn about the personalities that made this fascinating neighborhood their home.
The world-famous artwork contained in the sprawling Louvre draws many millions of visitors each year. But some tourists leave feeling overwhelmed or even disappointed, with more memories of the long lines and the confusing corridors than of the paintings and sculptures they came to admire. By joining our morning Louvre tour, you gain a licensed local guide, eager to communicate and exchange with you about the museum’s history and collections. You’ll skip the lines and bypass crowds, to focus instead on the beauty and universal themes on display.
You’ll undoubtedly pause to absorb the Mona Lisa, the most famous painting in the world, and hear about what makes her so compelling. Your visit will also include the sensual Venus de Milo, the transcendent Winged Victory, the masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance and the large-format 19th century French paintings. Furthermore you’ll pause at many lesser-known but nonetheless fascinating treasures in the collection, ranging from crown jewels to Egyptian artifacts, from medieval walls to 20th century ceilings.
Before becoming the largest museum in the world, the Louvre was a royal palace, so your visit will have you walking in the footsteps of kings, queens and emperors. 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 tourists don’t manage to discover. Thanks to your guide, you’ll gain a full sense of the Louvre’s multi-faceted grandeur, and you’ll remember it as one of the most interesting experiences of your travels.
After a break for lunch, we’ll begin our wine experience together in the underground wine cellars where King Louis XV stored the royal wine collection in the 18th century. 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! This historic cellar has now been transformed into a state-of-the-art wine extravaganza, featuring exhibits and explanations about French wine traditions and culture, from the vineyard to the table. Your guide will lead you among the displays, giving you an education in the techniques of grape growing, the essentials of the winemaking process, and the sensations to be aware of when tasting quality wines. Then we’ll be served 3 quality wines selected by the in-house sommelier, so you can exercise your new skills and discuss wine with professionals in a relaxing atmosphere.
Then, we’ll climb back to street level and begin traveling to our second venue. We’ll dive into the Métro to access the bohemian artists’ neighborhood known as Montmartre, featuring the hidden Clos Montmartre vineyard where further delectation awaits us.
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. Since Montmartre was outside of Paris proper, rents, taxes, and the wine itself was very affordable, thus encouraging the implantation of dance halls and cabarets in the area, and drawing young artists who imbued a free, creative spirit to the neighborhood. Enjoy a stroll through the winding streets while your guide regales you with tales of the famous residents of the hill. Then you’ll be given VIP access to the Clos Montmartre vineyard, which is not open to the general public due to the exclusive nature of the venue and the limited availability of its wine production! You’ll tour the miniature vineyard, which in spite of its tiny size features a wide range of grape varieties, and hear how the wine is bottled in the nearby town hall, the only administrative building in Paris with an alcohol license! Finally, taste this unique wine that is grown, fermented and bottled in the City of Light. We open for you one of the mere 1750 bottles produced each year, the proceeds of which support neighborhood charities.
Following your immersion into French winemaking as experienced in the capital, you’ll be poised to enjoy your evening in the Montmartre district. You could meander around the Place du Tertre central square, or ensconce yourself in a typical restaurant or terrace bar in the neighborhood. 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.
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How to use the voucher
Mobile Voucher Accepted
Cancel up to 1 day in advance for a full refund
Minimum drinking age is 18 years. Guests under 18 will not be served alcohol on the tour
A moderate amount of walking is involved
Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair
1.5 hour fully guided tour of the Louvre Museum including the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo and Winged Victory
Skip the line access to the museum
Guided tour of an 18th century wine cellar
Sommelier led tasting of 3 French wines
Guided walking tour of Montmartre
VIP entry and guided tour of the Clos Montmartre vineyard including wine tasting
Escorted transportation between sites on the Paris metro
Expert, English-speaking guides
15 guests maximum on the wine tour, 25 maximum on the Louvre tour
What's not included
Lunch (please note there is a break of approx. 1 hour for lunch between tours)
Hotel pick up/drop off
Meeting point: Arc du Carrousel outside the Louvre Museum, 75001 Paris. Nearest metro station : Palais Royal Musee du Louvre (Lines 1 and 7) Meet your guide at the Arc du Carrousel, a large arch with a horse-drawn chariot on top. it is located across the road from the Louvre's courtyard. Turn your back on the glass Pyramid and you will see it across the road, just past the roundabout. Drop-off/End Point: Your tour will end in Montmartre, close to the Place du Tertre