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Presentation

Marbre & Pastel

I’m Hélène, a state-qualified tour guide.
I created Marbre & Pastel to help you discover various cultural sites in Paris and the Ile de France region, on the themes of art, heritage and social issues. Whether you want to dream, marvel, learn or question, take advantage of a private or shared guided tour to experience a unique moment of sharing and conviviality !

The next visits

I will be happy to join the guides team at the Basilique St Denis some days in July. Contact me if you wish more information. Come to discover the splendor of the Basilique St Denis, necropolis of the kings of France and cradle of Gothic art.

Tuesday July 2nd

Monday July 8th

Monday July 22nd

Monday July 29th 

Guided tours

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Musée du Louvre

Private tour

Versailles

Private tour

Centre Pompidou

Art & Ecology - Private tour

Musée d'Orsay

Private tour

Basilique Saint-Denis

Shared visit

Musée du Louvre

Private Tour

Musée d'Orsay

Private Tour

Basilique Saint-Denis

Shared visit

Versailles

Private Tour

Centre Pompidou

Art & Ecology - Private tour

Private tours

Whether you’re with friends or family, private tours let you enjoy a special moment with your loved ones, just you (and me !). You choose a visit from the catalog and the time slot that suits you, according to my availability. We talk, and I adapt to your wishes, your parents or children, and your pace to create a unique experience. One price per visit, bookable online, for up to 6 people. If you are a larger group or a company, please contact me directly.

Shared visits

Shared tours are programmed visits for which you can sign up individually. Monument, neighborhood, temporary exhibition, thematic tour or visit to the permanent collections… enjoy a guided tour with a group of curious people like you (and me !), the promise of a shared moment with a great collective energy. One price per person, up to 20 people. Of course, all shared tours can also be private !

Marbre & Pastel

Why take my guided tours?

Official expertise

As a state-qualified tour guide, I’m authorized to guide you in museums and national monuments. I have benefited from solid training in the history of art, monuments and gardens… Children, adults, people with reduced mobility, nursing mothers… I can adapt to any audience, in French, English or Spanish.

Flexibility

Whether you’re a group or an individual, you can choose the experience that suits you best. Private tours are available during the day, at night or at weekends. You’ll find my availability in my diary on the different pages of the website. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if I’m not available or for any other request.

Conviviality

A guided tour is a moment of relaxation, discovery and wonder. Whether you take a private or shared tour, I attach the same importance to your well-being and the warm atmosphere within the group during the visit. My approach can be adapted to all audiences, as we all have a sensitivity to art, whatever our level of knowledge !

FAQ

Frequently asked questions

What is a private tour ?

A private tour is a visit during which you are only with people you know. Before contacting me, you will have formed a group (of less than 6 people, but this can vary depending on the tour). This allows you to experience a special moment with your loved ones, just you (and me!). You choose a visit from the catalog and the time slot that suits you, according to my availability. We talk, and I adapt to your wishes, your parents or children, and your pace, to create a unique experience. One price per visit, bookable online, for up to 6 people. If you are a larger group or a company, please contact me directly. This will also be a private tour, but with more people.

What is a shared visit ?

A shared visit is a visit scheduled by Marbre & Pastel. You can sign up as an individual or as a group. Monument, district, temporary exhibition, thematic tour or visit to the permanent collections... you can enjoy a guided tour with a group of curious people like you (and me!). The price is the same per person, for up to 20 people. Of course, all shared tours can also be private visits !

Why this price for a visit ?

The profession of tour guide requires a wealth of knowledge, which in turn calls for in-depth study and an insatiable curiosity to share the best anecdotes with you. It takes several days, even weeks, to create your tour ! The tour may have to be adapted to suit the visitor's profile, which requires additional work. What's more, it's often necessary to scout the area the day before, as the works of art in museums change a great deal, so this is extra time. Finally, we manage the logistics of the visit, and over and above the taxes we pay as a contractor, we pay a fee to the museum for each visit (between 0 and 300€).

Is online payment secure ?

Yes, online payment at marbreetpastel.com is completely secure. Advanced encryption protocols guarantee the confidentiality and security of your financial information.

I'm breast-feeding my baby. Can I take a guided tour ?

This is entirely possible, as you are allowed to breastfeed at the museum ! For a private visit I'll make sure you're comfortable if you need a break, for a shared visit I'll show you the best places and then you'll have to join the group.

How do I buy museum admission ?

The price of the guided tour does not include the entrance fee (except in exceptional circumstances). You must therefore purchase your tickets at the time of the tour. To do so, go to the museum's website ! If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me by phone or e-mail.

How to book a tour ? (private or shared)

To book a private tour, you can check my availability on the tour presentation site and pay directly online. I'll get back to you within 48 hours to discuss the details of the visit, your wishes, your constraints... Please note that the price of admission to the museum is not included, so you'll need to buy a ticket at the same time. You can also contact me by phone or via the contact form. For shared tours, you can book a visit by purchasing a place on the tour presentation web page. For further information, I can always be reached by telephone or via the contact form.

Why take a tour with an official tour guide ?

The profession of tour guide is a regulated one, requiring a state diploma, and only qualified guides can guide you in museums or national heritage sites. We benefit from solid, comprehensive training and know how to handle groups, different types of public and special situations.

How do I book online ?

Go to the page of the tour you'd like to take! For a private tour, you choose a time slot, then pay for the service. For a shared tour, choose the tour you want and reserve your place by paying directly on the site.

Can I cancel my visit ? How soon can I cancel ?

It is possible to cancel up to 7 days before the visit. Up to 5 days in advance, you will receive a 50% refund, after that there is no refund unless you find someone else to do it for you.

Can I pay by bank transfer ?

Yes, it is possible to pay by bank transfer. Please contact me by email helene@marbreetpastel.com so that I can send you my bank details. Your registration will be processed as soon as payment is received.

Can I book a tour if I've already paid for my tickets ?

It's not easy, but it's not impossible! It depends on the place, date and time, because your guide has to book a speaking slot at the museum in advance in order to have the right to guide you. Please contact me via the contact form.

Offer a visit

Gift card

Would you like to offer your loved ones a Marbre & Pastel tour ? You can choose a private tour from the catalog, or one or more places for a shared tour. The voucher will be emailed to your guest on the date of your choice. It will be valid for 2 years !

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