Trace these artists’ steps as you walk through the stone-cobbled streets of Montmartre. Artists continue to paint watercolors and portraits along the Place du Tertre, but there are also a host of sidewalk cafés to soak up the ambiance.
The Moulin Rouge, founded in 1889, was Montmartre’s top hotspot of the times. An exhilarating swirl of courtesans and can-can dancers, the chic cabaret was the center of nightlife. The original house burned down in 1915, but a revamped Moulin Rouge now sits on the border of Montmartre and Pigalle, just steps away from Montmartre. You can’t miss it – just look for the one windmill in Paris.
In a sense, the Sacré-Coeur Basilica (aka the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris) is Montmartre’s version of the Eiffel Tower. Its most famous landmark, it sits atop a bluff and can often be seen no matter where you are. A Roman Catholic church with statues of Joan of Arc and King Saint Louis IX, tourists often visit the basilica for one of the best views of Paris.
Experience the home of joie de vivre for yourself and learn more about this artists’ enclave when you add our optional pre- or post-river cruise land packages in Paris as part of your Paris & Normandy, Impressions of the Seine & Paris, Flavors of Burgundy or Colors of Provence sailing.
What's included in the land package
- 2 nights hotel Paris at the Renaissance Paris Le Parc Trocadero Hotel (or similar)
- Daily breakfast at the hotel
- Daily excursions, including to Montmartre and Atelier des Lumières
- Transfer between the hotel and your ship
Call your travel advisor to add this optional land package to your journey today!