Private Belle Epoque tour in Paris
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Paris Belle Epoque Tour

Walking tour in the 19th century libertine capital

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Bénédicte | about the guide

During this unique tour, you will enjoy a trip back in time until the 19th century when libertinism was set in Paris. Capital of the love and vice, the city of Lights was back then a debauchery center populated with courtesans, dancers, prostitutes and many other women living of their charms. At that time, the most famous artists regularly met these women because they were the only agreeing to pose nude. During this walking tour led by a professional guide, you will discover who were these artists and where were the different places of pleasure between cafes, restaurants, dances, concerts, theaters and operas. Your day will start in the Orsay Museum where you will enjoy a skip-the-line access allowing you to discover a selection of the 19th century best artworks creating scandal: Manet, Toulouse-Lautrec, Degas and other French painters will reveal their secrets as well as courtesans they have immortalized. You will admire among others Manet's Olympia, the Origin of the World by Courbet, Dance at the Moulin de la Galette by Renoir, and Jane Avril by Toulouse-Lautrec... You will then head to the Montmartre neighborhood to discover the former Bohemian Paris, once nicknamed the New Athens because of its sumptuous hotels of neoclassical style. Following your guide in the side roads, you will dive into a decadent and romantic atmosphere where distraction and pleasure were the watchwords in cabarets, cafes and lounges. You will also learn the stories of artists and intellectuals giving appointment to the courtesans, and all the anecdotes related to prostitution at the time. Your afternoon will end in the Pigalle district where you will go to the absinthe bar Lulu White, a mythical place dating from the Belle Epoque. On site, you will enjoy an assortment of 3 different absinthes, leaving your guide telling you some historical anecdotes.

(1 reviews)
  • Paris
    France
  • 4 hrs
    DURATION
  • 4
    MAX. No. ON TOUR

TOUR DETAILS

keywords :
Paris, Montmartre, artists, Musée d'Orsay, Pigalle, Toulouse-Lautrec, Renoir, Degas, prostitution, debauchery, Belle Epoque, pleasures, absinthe, cabarets
transport :
By walk and by taxi
ACTIVITY LEVEL :
ACCESSIBLE TO THE DISABLED :
no
Kid friendly :
Tour not recommended before the age of 14 years old
LANGUAGES:
Français/French (native), Allemand/German (Middle), Anglais/English (fluent)
MAX. No. OF PEOPLE :
4

INCLUDED IN THE TOUR

- Skip-the-line entrance ticket to the Orsay museum (booking required for groups of more than 4 people) - Drinks at the Lulu White bar

NOT INCLUDED

- Taxi

ITINERARY

You will join your guide in front of the Orsay Museum for a 2-hour guided tour through the emblematic artworks witnessing the Paris libertine time, mainly composed of courtesans portraits painted by the 19th century most famous French artists. Then, by taxi, you will head to the Montmartre district for a 2-hour walk to explore the artists' life of debauchery and their favorite places. Your journey will end in the Pigalle district where you will enjoy a tasting of absinthe in the Lulu White bar, famous landmark witnessing the Belle Epoque.

WHERE AND WHEN?

MEET-UP LOCATION:
In front of Orsay Museum
END OF TOUR LOCATION:
Bar Lulu White, Pigalle

about
your guide

Bénédicte

paris

languages :
Français/French, Allemand/German, Anglais/English

Native of the Parisian region and Parisian by adoption, I am a guide lecturer specialized in the preservation of heritage. Having co-founded my own agency, I organize tours in atypical places of Paris, offering an authentic experience off the beaten paths and still charged with a strong historical dimension. History is indeed my passion ever since childhood when I was spending my time recreating the kings of France's family tree. Each district of Paris is full of history between art, literature, music, gastronomy and anecdotes. I especially love to connect places with characters in order to immerse my visitors in a different atmosphere. Using both my experiences of teacher and tour guide, I create some evolutionary walking tours, always with great humor and adapting myself to my audience, to create positive emotions. Sharing my knowledge and seeing happiness in people's eyes is what I like the most about my job. Follow me in the Paris of the Belle Epoque and the Middle-Ages, as well as on the footsteps of Rodin, Renoir, Manet, Toulouse-Lautrec and all these other painters whose paintings have caused a scandal in the 19th century!

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1 reviews

average rate :
Constance
United States - 18.01.2017

"Hi! I wanted to let you know how wonderful my tour with Beate (colleague of Benedicte) was on Sunday! I know she was filling in for Benedicte at the last minute, so I wanted to let you know how smoothly it went. I am writing a book on the Belle Epoque period, so I was looking for something pretty specific. Also, I had planned my visit to Paris specifically for this tour. Beate stepped in for Benedicte and was so prepared and did a lot of pre-planning just for me. On Sunday, weather conditions were less than ideal (rain and snow), but Beate kept going, taking us through Montmartre in the rain. She was amazing! Thank you so much for the wonderful tour! »

Paris Belle Epoque Tour Private Belle Epoque tour in Paris
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Product description: During this unique tour, you will enjoy a trip back in time until the 19th century when libertinism was set in Paris. Capital of the love and vice, the city of Lights was back then a debauchery center populated with courtesans, dancers, prostitutes and many other women living of their charms. At that time, the most famous artists regularly met these women because they were the only agreeing to pose nude. During this walking tour led by a professional guide, you will discover who were these artists and where were the different places of pleasure between cafes, restaurants, dances, concerts, theaters and operas. Your day will start in the Orsay Museum where you will enjoy a skip-the-line access allowing you to discover a selection of the 19th century best artworks creating scandal: Manet, Toulouse-Lautrec, Degas and other French painters will reveal their secrets as well as courtesans they have immortalized. You will admire among others Manet's Olympia, the Origin of the World by Courbet, Dance at the Moulin de la Galette by Renoir, and Jane Avril by Toulouse-Lautrec... You will then head to the Montmartre neighborhood to discover the former Bohemian Paris, once nicknamed the New Athens because of its sumptuous hotels of neoclassical style. Following your guide in the side roads, you will dive into a decadent and romantic atmosphere where distraction and pleasure were the watchwords in cabarets, cafes and lounges. You will also learn the stories of artists and intellectuals giving appointment to the courtesans, and all the anecdotes related to prostitution at the time. Your afternoon will end in the Pigalle district where you will go to the absinthe bar Lulu White, a mythical place dating from the Belle Epoque. On site, you will enjoy an assortment of 3 different absinthes, leaving your guide telling you some historical anecdotes. Customer reviews:
Paris Belle Epoque Tour ,
5/ 5stars
"Hi! I wanted to let you know how wonderful my tour with Beate (colleague of Benedicte) was on Sunday! I know she was filling in for Benedicte at the last minute, so I wanted to let you know how smoothly it went. I am writing a book on the Belle Epoque period, so I was looking for something pretty specific. Also, I had planned my visit to Paris specifically for this tour. Beate stepped in for Benedicte and was so prepared and did a lot of pre-planning just for me. On Sunday, weather conditions were less than ideal (rain and snow), but Beate kept going, taking us through Montmartre in the rain. She was amazing! Thank you so much for the wonderful tour! »