It was a pretty good tour, but difficult. . I got an email a couple of days before the tour saying they had moved the time to an hour earlier than originally advertised, and I almost missed the email because we were traveling. I found the email just in time to get there but we had to drop everything, skip morning meal to make it there. The tour guide had lots of interesting information and was easy to listen to. Beautiful sights. The first part of the tour was on foot in Montmartre, which is no small thing. Tons of climbing and descending stairs on this significant hillside. Very scary climb/descent for me, especially some of these stairs are ancient and uneven. The tour guide was moving very quickly and we got separated in a busy area and it was hard to find her. Areas of the tour involved walking through an active pickpocketing area. We were warned about this by the guide, but I was tired from my descent and was taking a moment and suddenly my friend grabbed me to deflect an individual who was coming up to me directly from behind with his hands up, ready to grab my purse and lift it over my head. When stopped, he looked me dead in the eye, aggressively. Also, tour involved use of metro for transportation, not a bus.
When we finished Montmartre, we gave.back our headsets and walked away. Missed the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame on this tour. Dealing with the pressure of the tour pace was just too punishing. Hopefully we can make some of this up on our own. Come fed and don’t need the restroom, as there is no chance of stopping. Do not go if you are out of shape at all. I do wish it was made clearer how rugged this experience could be. I would sadly not call it relaxing! So if you know what you’re in for, it’s a pretty good tour, but if I were designing it I’d do a whole lot of things differently, like divide Montmartre and the rest of the tour into two different tours. In Montmartre there were some lovely stores to look at, no time to do so. Glad for the sights I saw, but wow it was a challenging experience!