Rick Steves Paris Audio Tours provide humorous and insightful commentary on the art and history of many of Paris' most notable museums and historic sites. Each tour includes a PDF companion map, downloadable at http://www.ricksteves.com/audiotours. Subscribe to get them all! Excerpted from the Rick Steves Paris guidebook. All rights reserved. You'll find related travel information for Paris at http://www.ricksteves.com.
Historic Paris Walk Audio Tour
Paris, the City of Light, is a beacon of civilization. See majestic Notre-Dame, the stained glass of Sainte-Chapelle, the bohemian Left Bank, the River Seine, and the bustling city of today. Allow about four hours to do justice for this three-mile walk. Don't forget to download the PDF companion map at http://www.ricksteves.com/audiotours.
Louvre Museum Audio Tour
To see all of this mega-museum would be in-Seine. We'll focus on essential masterpieces — Venus de Milo, Winged Victory, statues by Michelangelo, and — of course — the Mona Lisa. Allow at least two hours for this tour. Don't forget to download the PDF companion map at http://www.ricksteves.com/audiotours.
Orsay Museum Audio Tour
Impressionist art features sun-dappled fields, bright colors, and crowded Parisian cafes. This is the best general collection anywhere of Manet, Monet, Renoir, Degas, van Gogh, Cezanne, and Gauguin. Allow about 90 minutes for this tour. Don't forget to download the PDF companion map at http://www.ricksteves.com/audiotours.
Père Lachaise Cemetery Audio Tour
This one-way tour leads through the car-free streets of this peaceful city of the dead, stopping at elaborate stone monuments to some of the cemetery’s best-known residents, including Oscar Wilde, Frédéric Chopin, Edith Piaf, and Jim Morrison. Don't forget to download the PDF companion map at http://www.ricksteves.com/audiotours.
Rue Cler Walk Audio Tour
ith its traditional shops, casual cafés, and traffic-free charm, Rue Cler is quintessential Paris. This short stroll offers insights into Parisian rituals, from the daily baguette to cheek-kissing to painstaking deliberations over wine and cheese. Don't forget to download the PDF companion map at http://www.ricksteves.com/audiotours.
Versailles Palace Audio Tour
Around 1700, this massive palace of Louis XIV was the cultural heartbeat of Europe. Explore the chandeliered mansion and stroll its immense, landscaped backyard dotted with statues and fountains. Allow two or three hours to do justice to this tour. Don't forget to download the PDF companion map at http://www.ricksteves.com/audiotours.
Great way to do Paris on your own - some museums not accurate
We just used these audioguides on a 3 day visit to Paris in January. They were a great addition to our trip that allowed us to see the important sights without having to pay for audioguides. We had a couple issues with the first part of the Louvre tour because the Greek Statues area was not in the same layout as the audioguide. Once we figured it out we were ok and the rest of the tour was very helpful. However the tour only covers one wing of the Louvre and there was much more to see. We also pretty much could not use the Orsay museum audioguide because much of the museum was under a large renovation and nothing was in the same places as the audioguide. After a lot of frustration trying to find things, we evenutally abandoned the guide and just perused the museum on our own. Otherwise the Versailles tour and the parts of the Historic Paris walk that we used were great and we plan on using the Italy guides on our trip this summer!
Like having your own personal tour guide
We download these episodes at home so we don’t have to rely on WiFi. It’s like having your own personal tour guide. We use them in conjunction with the books.
I had downloaded the Rick Steves' audio podcast on my phone before I left home. I enjoyed the introduction to London and was ready for the tour with Rick. It worked! It was easy and I could not believe he knew where I was and how much his commentary helped me enjoy the museum more. It was very relaxing! I have downloaded the Museum d'Orsay already and cannot wait to go today. Important to download at home or in a good hotel that has good wifi.