Tours & activities in Paris

Montmartre Free Walking Tour

Join a walking tour of the perfectly Parisian Montmartre neighborhood

ABOUT THE Montmartre Free Walking Tour

Walking through Montmartre feels like walking through a film set of Paris. On this 2.5-hour tour, your expert local guide will introduce you to the sights, the sounds and the famous characters who have called Montmartre home. 


Your Montmartre Walking Tour meets at the Starbucks outside Metro Blanche (metro line 2) and finishes by the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris. We never cancel; tours run rain, hail or shine.


All things quintessentially Parisian

Montmartre typifies all things quintessentially Parisian, from terrace cafes to romping bars and clubs, drunken can-can dancers to budding street artists and performers, bourgeois-bohemian apartments to tiny cobblestone streets. Your walking tour guide will take you to sites like the infamous Moulin Rouge, Paris's last surviving windmill and vineyard, and to the stunning Sacre Coeur, with its incredible views over Paris.

Meet some of Montmartre's most famous characters

While you're busy snapping pictures of some of Paris' impressive landmarks, you'll want to keep your ears open, as your tour guide tells you about all the incredible characters who have called Paris home. Walk up to Vincent van Gogh's house, see Picasso's studio (and the cabaret bar where he exchanged paintings for food) and hear why other artists from Dalí to Monet called Montmartre home. Hear the incredible legend of Paris's first bishop, headless Saint Denis, discover Paris's Red Light District, and see major sites from the hit film Amelie.

Join in for a drink at a local bar after the tour! 

It wouldn't be a visit to Montmartre without a glass of wine after the tour. Your Montmartre walking tour guide will point out some of their favorite local bars in the area, and if they don't have another tour to get to, may even join you for a drink!

Free Tour concept

The tips-based model of the Free Tour allows guests to support and reward only the highest quality tours, and to ensure that the tour fits within their expectations, and within their budget.

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Your Montmartre District Walking Tour starts in front of the Starbucks Coffee at Metro Blanche (metro line 2)

  • See the infamous Moulin Rouge
  • Visit Paris' last surviving windmill and vineyard
  • Marvel at the breathtaking views over Paris at the Sacré-Cœur
  • Hear the stories of cabaret bars and can-can dancers
  • Learn about artists such as Picasso, Dalí, Monet and van Gogh and their lives in Montmartre


3:30 PM5:00 PM
4:00 PM
Inclusions & exclusions
What’s included
  • Local English-speaking guide
What’s not included
  • Gratuities for the guide (optional)
Additional Information
  • The independent guides who employ us to market their tours have your best interests in mind; while the tour usually includes the sites & stories mentioned and lasts about 2.5 hours, your tour may vary depending on what your guide thinks is best for your group
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What is a Free Tour?


The Free Tour is the best introduction to Paris! A general overview tour including many of the highlights of the city, the Free Tour usually lasts around 3 hours and is provided by a local freelance guide in partnership with SANDEMANs NEW Europe, so tour content can vary depending on your guide’s particular area of interest and expertise.

The Free Tour is a walking tour with no need for public transport and is designed for independent travellers, not groups. You can book your spot in advance online or simply show up at the start point on the day. There is no payment necessary at the start of the tour but you are welcome to tip your guide at the end!

We believe in supporting local communities and are committed to giving a voice to some of Paris' best local freelance tour guides, who passionately share the city's history and culture with their own unique and always-entertaining style. They'll never pressure you to tip; we believe that, if money is given, it should be voluntary and in direct proportion to the quality of the tour and the budget of the traveller.

Why join the SANDEMANs FREE Tour?

  • The route covers many of Paris' major landmarks
  • The meeting point is centrally located in Place Saint-Michel
  • The Free Tour is guaranteed to fit within your budget
  • The guides performing tips-based Free Tours are incentivized to perform every time


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Participation in tours promoted by SANDEMANs NEW Europe is strictly on a voluntary basis. Neither SANDEMANs NEW Europe, nor the self-employed freelance guides who are the providers of the tours promoted by SANDEMANs NEW Europe, will be held responsible in any way for injuries to body or property incurred during tours. The tour guides reserve the right to deny participation in any tour, to any person, for any reason. Thank you for your understanding.

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