A professional guide since 2010, I work with pleasure in all the French territory.
I work in Paris most of the time, and around, such as Normandy, the Loire valley, or Burgundy.
Licensed in Paris, I can offer a specific service, adapted to your wishes.
After 6 years at university and the school of the Louvre in art history, my favourite period is the 19th century.
I worked in Spain, in Santiago de Compostela, the "Scandinavian" part of Spain, as it is called, and now I spend part of the year between France, and other countries in the world.
I can offer tours in English, or Spanish, as you like !
As you will see, my passion is to show my city, and its life, but I see my job as a mutual exchange of cultures, between the persons I meet, and myself.
You can also contact me on facebook, or linkedin (name : Ariane Villette).
Recent reviews of this tour guide:
We were so fortunate to have spent time with Ariane. She was on time, very professional but also very warm and friendly. We created a visit together- not one dictated by the guide. We made some modifications "on the fly" as circumstances dictated. Ariane's ability to communicate is outstanding- not just her English, but the ability to translate visuals into feelings. Outstanding knowledge of art and art history. Can strongly recommend Ariane, without any hesitation, we're grateful for her help.
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Tour guide services/sample itinerary:
PARIS SIGHTSEEING TOURS
Discover Paris in a half day, or one full day, by foot or with a car.
Paris CITY TOURS PERSONALIZED
Visit Montmartre and meet an artist of the hill at the end of the tour. This is a way to discover this place from an artist's point of view!
Visit Paris with a gastronomic tour! Discover our French gastronomy with tasting in every place.
Discover the Musee Nissim de Camondo (my favorite place in the city); a 19th century mansion known for its beauty, but also for its family, the Camondo, art dealers and bankers.
Visit Versailles palace, the parade apartments and the private apartments of Louis the 15th and Louis the 16th - closed to the public.
PARIS GENERAL TOURS
Paris travel tours - of variable lengths - for your needs
Guided transfers from the city to the airport.
Transportation by tour guide:
Most of my tours are by foot and by metro. Private transportation can be easily arranged upon request.
Private sightseeing & group tours offered by this guide:
FULL DAY WITH A FRENCH GUIDE
HALF DAY WITH A FRENCH GUIDE
Tour guide interests:
Why did I decide to become a guide? Simply because I wanted to share my interest in art history and the artist's life!
I would say my passion in this job is to meet people from other cultures and countries. What I love is when after a tour, my guests are able to understand more of my culture and heritage - especially when there are historic links between our countries.
My main interest is the 19th century. Auvers sur Oise (where Vincent van Gogh died), Giverny and Monet's gardens, the Orangerie with his paintings and Musée d'Orsay are my favourite places to guide.
Interests : art : Caravaggio (my love, for ever !), van Eyck, Vigée Lebrun, Georges de la Tour, Camille Claudel
history : French revolution, Napoleon
litterature : Stefan Zweig, Mary Shelley, Daphne du Morier, Kazuo Ishiguro
classical music : Mahler, Beethoven, Rachmaninov, Chopin, Tchaïkovsky
rock climbing, via ferrata.
Below, an interview about Napoleon and Paris
Reviews of this tour – by clients who booked!
Ariane was very responsive to my questions ahead of time and helped arrange a ride from the airport for me. Her tour was outstanding, she asked what I wanted to see but also had great recommendations. She was very personable, very informative, and created a wonderful afternoon for me!
She was one of the best guides I've had, and I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a wonderful tour of Paris!!
Professional, energetic, knowledgeable, adaptive, charming, and a good conversationalist. She casually discovered what kind of people we are and continually tailored the experience to our preferences with little prompting. She went along with our request and effortlessly climbed the Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower. She's so good and well-rounded that we can't help but to suspect that she's a French intelligence agent!
Needless to say, we were totally pleased with her service
5 Stars tour guide!
Highly recommended, on time, very patience and trustable. Very Happy for her service and time !!
Wonderfull guide !
Very knowledgeable, dynamic and moreover smiling !
Thank you for this great time.
Don't hesitate to contact her, you won't be disappointed