Sacre-Coeur Basilica

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Paris: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Sightseeing Tour

1. Paris: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Sightseeing Tour

Enjoy fantastic views and experience the charming atmosphere of Paris aboard an open-top double-decker sightseeing bus. Choose from a 24 or 48-hour hop-on hop-off ticket or upgrade to the 48-hour deluxe option, which includes a ticket for a Seine River cruise. Drive-by iconic attractions like Notre Dame, and the Sacre Coeur. Take in the sights at the lavish Champs-Elysées, the historical Grand Palais, Opera Garnier, and Louvre Museum. Discover over 15 locations on a narrated tour with daily departures. You may join the tour from any of the stops on the route.

Paris: 3–Hour Montmartre Cheese, Wine and Pastry Tour

2. Paris: 3–Hour Montmartre Cheese, Wine and Pastry Tour

Discover the majestic windmills and unique vineyard which make Montmartre much more than a Parisian cliché. Wander through the dreamlike atmosphere, home to artists from all around the world! See why Toulouse-Lautrec, Pablo Picasso, Edith Piaf and many others have dedicated years to it in songs and paintings. Join this delicious food tour and unveil the mysteries of Montmartre, expertly guided by a local foodie tour guide to disver the hidden gems of this amazing village. Explore the cobblestoned streets, the café terraces and the private mansions, feel amazed by the passion of the local food artisans and by the quality of their products. From Le Moulin Rouge up to Le Sacré Coeur, visit only the best spots and food institutions contributing to the exceptional reputation of Montmartre worldwide. Spread the word and share this visual and sensory experience with your family, friends or partners in a small size group to make the most of it!

Paris: Sacré-Coeur and Montmartre Tour with Expert Guide

3. Paris: Sacré-Coeur and Montmartre Tour with Expert Guide

Explore the outside of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris, built between 1874 and 1914 and enjoy the artistic and picturesque village of Paris. Your guided tour begins with a visit outside the Sacred Heart. Learn about both the exterior and interior of the Basilica from your expert guide. See the largest mosaic in the world, Christ in Majesty, depicting the Sacred Heart of Jesus, worshiped by the Virgin Mary, Jeanne d'Arc, and St. Michael the Archangel. After the Basilica your guide will take you to the village of Montmartre. This neighborhood of Montmartre has always stood apart from the rest of Paris, not just as the large hill in the city’s northern 18th Arrondissement, but as the home to artists, revolutionaries and outsiders who have played an important part in the unique history of Paris. These streets hold wild stories and a unique perspective around every corner and the Place du Tertre is one of the most famous squares of Paris. There is no neighborhood more magical than Montmartre.

Paris: Romantic Montmartre Exploration Game

4. Paris: Romantic Montmartre Exploration Game

Follow the clues in the app and discover Amelie’s cafe, the Wall of Love, the Sacré-Cœur Basilica, and many other favorite Montmartre landmarks. Read fascinating stories about the different destinations you are lead to and discover events that took place there as well as the people who used to live or work there. Along the way, solve clues to unlock the love story of a couple trying to reconnect in the city where they once fell in love, but then became estranged. Leave your map at home — the app offers precise directions through the city. Play at your own pace. Feel free to pause and explore your surroundings whenever you wish.  After you book the game, you’ll get a code via email with instructions on how to play. Head to the Place Blanche metro station and use the access code to unlock the quest in the app. End the tour on the beautiful steps of the Sacré-Cœur Basilica. For larger groups, one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group. All group members will be able to play the city game on their smartphone. Alternatively, each person can purchase their own voucher. You can play as a group and solve the clues together as you walk, or you can split into smaller groups/teams and compete against the others. Each person can also play on their own, separate from the group, and meet the group at the end.

Paris: Photo Shoot with a Private Travel Photographer

5. Paris: Photo Shoot with a Private Travel Photographer

Get a unique souvenir of your time in Paris and take part in a photo shoot of your trip at locations tailored to your personal requirements.  Work with a professional photographer to create magical moments, and capture your travels in a contemporary and candid style. The photographers are hand-picked, highly experienced local experts who will share their knowledge of their city like an old friend. Receive a link to your own, password-protected, online gallery within 5 working days to download your professionally edited images for free.

Paris: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour & Cruise

6. Paris: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour & Cruise

This hop-on hop-off bus tour of Paris helps you to explore the city's top attractions at your own pace. Enjoy this Paris sightseeing tour by day to discover the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe, and much more. This city tour takes you to more than 50 points of interest around Paris. Experience the beautiful avenues, the stunning architecture, and picturesque views at the top of an open-air bus. Hop-on or hop-off at your leisure to create your own customized journey around the city.  The tour will include an informative and entertaining commentary that will guide you through the city. To see the city from a different perspective, your hop-on hop-off city tour will be combined with a sightseeing cruise on the Seine River. The cruise will take you past many stunning monuments and museums, while sailing under several beautiful bridges, showcasing the best landmarks in Paris.  The individual audio commentary will teach you all about the historical and cultural significance of the attractions, helping you decide which to visit once you’re back on land.

Paris: 1-Day Tour from London with Coach Tour & Cruise

7. Paris: 1-Day Tour from London with Coach Tour & Cruise

Meet your representative at St Pancras Station before boarding the Eurostar. Then, just sit back and relax, as you arrive into Paris in just a couple of hours for a day of sightseeing. On arrival at Paris Gare du Nord, you and your guide will board your luxury private coach and start your Parisian journey pointing out sites as you travel through the heart of Paris on your way to the Eiffel Tower. Get your cameras at the ready as your first stop is the Eiffel Tower, where you’ll have time to get up close to this spectacular monument, take photographs and create amazing memories. In the afternoon, embark on a spectacular, circular sightseeing cruise on the romantic River Seine. Meander through the heart of Paris whilst taking in the stunning panoramic views from your all-glass boat, including an open air observation deck and fascinating audio commentary. Disembark your cruise when you will then have free time to explore the area, and have some lunch (ask your host for recommendations). Re-board your private coach for a panoramic sightseeing tour of Paris where you will take in the major landmarks including the Champs-Elysees, the Arc de Triomphe and the Place de la Concorde. Stop at the Louvre for a photo opportunity at the famous glass pyramids. Round off the day in the area of Montmartre where you will have time to visit Sacré-Cœur. Enjoy exploring this charming neighborhood after the end of the tour and have a drink in cafe or do a little souvenir shopping.

Paris: Musée de Montmartre and Gardens Entry Ticket

8. Paris: Musée de Montmartre and Gardens Entry Ticket

Immerse yourself in the history of Montmartre and its rich culture. Skip the ticket line and go directly to the museum which was once a meeting point and house for many artists. Discover the permanent collection and experience the montmate vibe. With your audio guide, learn about the rich history of Montmartre from the 19th century and when it was annexed to the city of Paris. From this moment on, the city imposed itself on the countryside of Montmartre. Artists started to move to Montmartre in 1870 and the cafes and cabarets multiplied in the 1880’s. Montmartre quickly became a place filled with effervescent bohemian spirit and creative energy. The most celebrated cabaret, the Chat Noir, welcomed several performances of the Théâtre d’Ombres, shadow theatre, created in 1866 by Henri Rivière and Henry Somm. Theatre, music, circus and dance all had a role in Montmartre. All of Paris came to listen to Aristide Bruant or Yvette Guilbert recite their texts or attend a performance by La Goulue, La Môme Fromage ou Grille d’Egouts, 3 dancers at the Moulin Rouge. Toulouse-Lautrec was one of the more assiduous artists in representing these performances. This effervescent bohemian spirit was also present in the artists’ studios: 12 Cortot witnessed the passage of several, most of whom lovingly painted their residence.  The museum also offers temporary exhibitions. The duration of the audio tour is 90 minutes but you are welcome to stay and explore the museum at your own pace.

Paris: Romantic Sunset Cruise + Montmartre Self-Guided Tour

9. Paris: Romantic Sunset Cruise + Montmartre Self-Guided Tour

Explore Paris, one of the most magical cities in the world. Take a moonlit night cruise along the River Seine, see Paris in all its glory, and then enjoy a self audio-guided walking tour of Montmartre, the most charming district of the City of Lights. Choose the order of the activities, and take as much time as is needed to complete them. Marvel at the monuments and docks that serve as scenery for this fantastic evening on a Musical Night Cruise. Admire the most emblematic monuments of Paris while listening to electro-lounge music and pass by the Louvre Museum, the Orsay Museum, the Cathedral of Notre Dame, the Grand Palais, the Eiffel Tower, and many others. Immerse with your loved one in the bohemian Montmartre neighborhood on a unique audio walking tour available for smartphones. Enjoy insightful commentary triggered by location, right where the action happened. Begin the tour at Place des Abbesses and follow the audio description through historic streets and squares. Visit famous movies locations and learn the fascinating stories of artists who called this place their home. Explore at any pace with this flexible experience, pausing the tour whenever necessary. End up at the stunning Sacre-Coeur Basilica, for magnificent panoramas over Paris.

Montmartre & Sacré Coeur: 2.5-Hour Walking Tour

10. Montmartre & Sacré Coeur: 2.5-Hour Walking Tour

Discover the charming and picturesque quarter of Montmartre, the fascinating Parisian village perched on top of a hill, on this private 2.5-hour guided walking tour. Wander its cobbled streets and walk in the footsteps of famous artists that once called the neighborhood home, including the former home of Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso's art studio, and the former haunts of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Learn from your knowledgeable, English-speaking guide the thrilling history of Montmartre and the captivating tales of the Belle Époque and the area’s notorious cabarets, including the famous Moulin Rouge. Step into the Sacré Coeur, the stunning white basilica perched on the hill in the heart of Montmartre, and enjoy a spectacular panoramic view over Paris as the sun goes down.

Planning Your Visit

  • Booking tickets

    Access to the Sacré-Cœur is free! A tour can help you make the most of your visit, but note that, as a sanctuary for religious worship, guided tour groups aren't allowed inside the chapels.

  • What are the opening times?

    The Sacré-Cœur is open to visitors between the hours of 8:00AM and 8:00PM from May to September, and 9:00AM and 5:00PM from October to April.
    Mass is held from Monday to Friday at 7:00AM, 11:15AM, 3:00PM (Friday only), 6:30PM, and 10:00PM. Weekend times are 7:00AM, 11:00AM, 6:00PM (Sunday only), and 10:00PM.

  • How to get there?

    The easiest way to reach the Sacré-Cœur is by taking the Metro line 2 to Anvers. From there it is just a short walk to the funicular car, should the scenic walk through the hill's steep gardens appear too daunting! The hill can also be reached by bus routes 30, 31, 80, and 85.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Open daily 8:00AM to 8:00PM in the summer, 9:00AM to 5:00PM in the winter.
  • Is it expensive?
    The Sacré-Cœur is free to visit!
  • Will I need a guide?
    Definitely, although the tours cannot go inside the chapels. Might be worth it to check out our best-selling tours.
  • How to get there
    Take the Metro line 2 to Anvers and walk or take the funicular car up, or take buses 30, 31, 80 or 85.
  • Additional information
    Be aware of your surroundings and your belongings in crowded areas. | If you can, save your visit for a clear day, when views over the city are incredible!

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What people are saying about Sacre-Coeur Basilica

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 2,401 reviews

The wine, cheese, and pastry tour was great for the items of food we got to taste, and for the experience with our group, and walking around Montmarte. The guide did a good job talking about the food, but he didn't have a very enthusiastic personality and we didn't receive a lot of information about Montmarte - it was very food-centric. We enjoyed the experience, but hoped to get a little more historic information out of the tour along with sampling the foods from the various locations.

The guide started the tour with a brief explanation of the area ... things I would not know before. Throughout the route the guide explained to us all sorts of anecdotes about the place. And of course with every explanation we had something delicious to eat Just to remind us it's a Culinary tour. Undoubtedly a large part of the tour was the guide's knowledge on every corner we stopped at to eat something delicious.

An excellent tour of Montmartre- Francois, the tour guide certainly knows his stuff and delivered with humour and passion. The tour included a mix of the history of the area as well information of the famous artists who made their name whilst living in the locality. Listed as two hours the tour was closer to three by the time we finished - excellent - well worth the time and money.

This was probably our favorite activity in Paris! Alain was an absolute pleasure to work with and took better photos than our wedding photographer. We would highly recommend anyone that wants great photos of Paris.

Fun way to experience Montmart - dont buy multiple tickets. A single ticket for a group is fine.