Montmartre/City Free Walking Tour:
Montmartre Free Tour: Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon @ 10:30 AM
I wanted to go on a walking tour while in Paris, and City Free Tour was one of the many walking tours that were highly rated online as well as by my friend. Now, I know the name indicates the tour as being free, but the etiquette is that at the end of the tour, you should tip the guide however much you feel inclined to give. There are no set rates for tipping and they vary from person to person, depending on how much he or she enjoyed the tour, the person’s budget, etc.
There are different types of tours that are offered, from three free walking tours and other paid tours (private and group). The company offers free walking tours of Montmartre, Notre Dame and Latin Quarter, and Le Marais/macaron tasting. The website indicates that each free tour lasts from 1.5 to 2 hours; our tour of Montmartre lasted about 1 hour 40 minutes.
To reserve a spot on the tour, I emailed Chris the tour guide, and inquired about availability for the Montmartre tour for my husband and me while I was in the UK on May 25th, and ended up booking the 27th tour. Chris’ responses were quick, friendly, and helpful.
On the day of the tour, we took the metro from our Airbnb and got off at Blanche (metro line #2). We had arrived about 15-20 minutes earlier than the meeting time, so we hiked up a hill to grab some croissants and returned to our meeting spot (outside the Blanche metro station). There were about 10-12 people in our tour group, all from different parts of the world. The entire tour was in English.
The tour was very informative and interesting, and I learned and saw things that I would not have known or noticed had I explored the area on my own. It was rather hot, and climbing up the hill under the blazing sun and in humidity was the last thing I wanted to do, but I really enjoyed the tour. Our guide Chris was very knowledgeable and easy to listen to, although his mild voice made it a bit difficult to hear him at times if one were to stand in the back.
Tip: 1) Wear comfortable shoes and sunscreen, bring water, and ask questions!
2) Rather than eating at or around the very lively but touristy and crowded Place du Tertre, Chris recommended dining below the square and Sacré-Cœur.
Click through the gallery to see pictures from Montmartre!