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Key Details

  • City: Paris
  • Duration: 3hrs 15 mins
  • Start Time: Times vary, 2:30pm or 6:15pm

Tour Highlights

  • See the Mona Lisa after most of the crowds have left. This is the only tour that visits da Vinci’s masterpiece at the end of the day, so you get up close to the tiny Mona Lisa.

  • Spend 3 hours exploring the Louvre, a full hour longer than other Louvre tours, so you’ll cover the best of the collection at a peaceful pace.

  • Enjoy an intimate group of 15 people or fewer plus skip the line access, so your experience is as relaxed as possible, and your guide more accessible.
I.M. Pei's Pyramid in front of the Louvre During the day there can be huge crowds at the Mona Lisa Seeing the 'Mona Lisa' through the crowds can be difficult We time our visit for the quietest time of day See the 'Mona Lisa' up close, at closing time. Exploring Renaissance sculptures on our Louvre tour Michelangelo's 'Slaves' at the Louvre Museum 'Psyche Revived by Cupid's Kiss by Canova 'Liberty Leading the People' by Delacroix 'Liberty Leading the People' by Delacroix Gericault's 'Raft of the Medusa' is based on a true story 'The Coronation of Napoleon by Jacques-Louis David 'The Coronation of Napoleon' is as large as Napoleon's ambitions The scale of the paintings in the Louvre is amazing Exploring the Medieval art wing on our Louvre tour The Louvre houses paintings from all over the world 'The Wedding Feast at Cana' is momumental in size and skill 'The Winged Victory of Samothrace': One of the only surviving Hellenistic sculpture 'The Winged Victory of Samothrace' The 'Venus de Milo': One of the greatest Ancient Greek sculptures Exploring the French painting wing on our Louvre Tour Renaissance masterpieces by Leonardo, included on our Louvre tour

EXTENDED TOUR DESCRIPTION

See the Mona Lisa at her stunning best

The Mona Lisa is one of the must-see sights of Paris. The only problem is, just about everyone who visits Paris thinks so too. Da Vinci’s masterpiece is regularly mobbed by people on Louvre tours for most of the day, every day of the week. This is not the best way to see one of the world’s greatest paintings, but we’ve figured out a hack that lets you avoid the hoards; spending the most peaceful time of the day with the famous lady.

Visiting when we do, you’ll be able to get closer to the Mona Lisa than on other tours. A good thing too, since she’s so much smaller than you would expect, protected by glass and a barrier.

Not Your Average Louvre Tour

After testing and perfecting our timing through countless research trips, we’ve created an itinerary that gives you one hour of exploration more than most Louvre museum tours. That means a full 2.5 hours of art viewing with your expert art-historian guide and a small group of just 15 fellow visitors. Then a gloriously peaceful view of the Mona Lisa just before the museum closes.

During the tour, you’ll enjoy seeing the most treasured works in the museum, including the historic foundations of the Medieval moat; Greek and Roman sculptures like the ‘Venus de Milo’, ‘Cupid & Psyche’, and Michelangelo’s ‘Slaves’; and many of the greatest works ever created by French artists such as ‘Liberty Leading the People’ by Delacroix and ‘The Raft of Medusa’ by Géricault.

You’ll also see France’s old crown jewels, the world famous ‘Winged Victory’ monument, and works from Italian painters like Caravaggio, Raphael, and of course, Leonardo da Vinci.

DON’T JUST ‘DO’ THE LOUVRE, DO IT RIGHT!

The Louvre is the largest art museum in the world and there are countless Louvre tours offering every imaginable itinerary. However, this is the only Louvre museum tour that saves the Mona Lisa for last, ensuring that you enjoy the most tranquil time possible.

Along the way your guide will take care of all the timing and logistics so all you have to do is relax and enjoy the art. You’ll have skip the line access to get you past long lines and straight inside. Your guide will also provide each guest with a headset, so you can have a little space to get up close to the art while still hearing them (even on the busiest/loudest days at the museum).

Traveling with an expert art historian guide means you won’t just see the art, you’ll learn the stories behind it too: Like how the harrowing ‘Raft of Medusa’ was based on a story from newspapers of the time; or why the ‘Venus di Milo’ and ‘Winged Victory of Samothrace’ are such treasured pieces in a museum of masterpieces.

The Louvre is an incredible space that deserves careful planning and your full attention. Give it the time it deserves (at the best time of day) on our complete tour.

Sites visited

  • The Mona Lisa Room
  • Medieval Moat
  • Classic Greek Art Rooms
  • Italian Sculpture Rooms
  • French Painting Rooms
  • Crown Jewel Room
  • Italian Art & Painting Rooms

Included

  • Skip the line tickets to the Louvre
  • Headsets
  • Expert guide

Reviews

5-stars from over 46 Customer Reviews

Violet our tour guide is amazing. She is soooo knowledgeable. The tour time itself, Mona Lisa at her most peaceful, is worth it since you van tour around louvre sans crowd, especially at the Mona Lisa Room. This tour is highlt recommended.
He was fantastic!!!!! We had such good tours with you in Italy that we decided to take a chance in France. So glad we did. Couldn't have been happier.
We enjoyed this tour very much. Our guide Violet was excellent. She was knowledgeable and very enthusiastic that kept not only me but my 11 year old Daughter very engaged and interested in the louvre. My Daughter said this was best tour in Paris for her. Thank you Violet.
Tina has a wealth of knowledge, was extremely personable and was very professional. She made the tour of the Louvre, which is already wonderful, a truly exceptional memory. Thank you. I never hesitate to recommend Walks tours and this tour proved again that my trust is not misplaced.
Adam was absolutely amazing. His vast knowledge and his absolute passion for art made this tour fantastic! Highly recommended!
Our guide was terrific. Very engaging and extremely knowledgeable. An amazing experience
Our guide Lillya was amazing , she made the tour of the Louvre exciting and fun for my 21 yr old daughter and I . I would not hesitate to recommend this tour or your tour company to anyone - it was a fantastic tour.
Our tour guide was awesome, knowledgeable with a great sense of humor. Wonderful tour and guide!
Violet was awesome! She knows so much about the Louvre and she makes the tour very enjoyable!
Josephine was extremely knowledgeable and engaged everyone in the group. We loved the way she tied together the various pieces of art and information that she shared. We learned a lot and it was terrific. Outstanding job.
Tina was excellent. She was passionate and made the tour enjoyable. Thank you...
Violette was our best tour guide. After a trip through Rome and Venice and Paris she is hands down the best guide we have had. Her knowledge was excellent but her little sidebars were priceless.
This tour and guide were fantastic! It was our last night of a month long vacation in Europe and she really ended it on a memorable note Thank you!!
Our guide was awesome.
Our guide was very good and thank you for the tour
Felix was wonderful. So knowledgeable and passionate. We loved spending the evening with him. You should be very proud of your staff. We have never been disappointed in any "Walks" we have taken. Your company is 1st class and easy to recommend to others.
Felix was amazing. The tour was a highlight of our trip. He was knowledgeable and passionate about the art. We very much enjoyed the tour.
Pauline was wonderful! I've waited 30 years to visit the Louvre and Pauline made that wait worthwhile!
We were extremely satisfied with Felix. He was passionate, extremely knowledgeable and made an effort to include everybody in the group, old and young alike. He was one of the best guides we have had. Bravo Felix!
A great tour that highlighted some treasures of the Louvre. Claire was an excellent and passionate guide.
Guide was marvelous. Analysis of the art added so much to my knowledge.
Great tour. Our guide Auroralille was clearly well versed in art history and made a museum I had toured multiple times before come alive.
Tina was an amazing guide. She shared so much good information and was quite charming. This was one of my favorite tours of our entire vacation!
Very satisfying. Helena was very knowledgeable and kept tour very interesting.
Fantastic tour. A great experience to be in the Louvre at closing. We had been there two days before at mid-day and really enjoyed the smaller and quieter crowds
Excellent tour with a great guide. Thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Highly recommend.
Especially enjoyed the historical info on the louve. Guide really well versed in the details she presented. Highly recommended!
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Important information

Before you travel, please read our important notes about possible disruptions & site entrance requirements

As with all museums, particular galleries of the Louvre museum may be closed without prior notice, or pieces may be removed for restoration or loan. In this case, your guide will make an appropriate substitution.

To ensure the safety of visitors, French authorities enforce security measures upon entry to the Louvre. Suitcases, luggage, and larger bags are not allowed inside. Only bags smaller than 21.5 in x 13.5 in x 7.5 in (55 cm x 35 cm x 20) cm are permitted. Please accept our apologies for any delay or inconvenience caused by extra security checks.

Unfortunately, this tour route is not fully wheelchair accessible. However, an alternate route can be arranged to accommodate visitors in wheelchairs. Please contact customer service to arrange a wheelchair-friendly tour.

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Violet our tour guide is amazing. She is soooo knowledgeable. The tour time itself, Mona Lisa at her most peaceful, is worth it since you van tour around louvre sans crowd, especially at the Mona Lisa Room. This tour is highlt recommended.
He was fantastic!!!!! We had such good tours with you in Italy that we decided to take a chance in France. So glad we did. Couldn't have been happier.
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We enjoyed this tour very much. Our guide Violet was excellent. She was knowledgeable and very enthusiastic that kept not only me but my 11 year old Daughter very engaged and interested in the louvre. My Daughter said this was best tour in Paris for her. Thank you Violet.
Tina has a wealth of knowledge, was extremely personable and was very professional. She made the tour of the Louvre, which is already wonderful, a truly exceptional memory. Thank you. I never hesitate to recommend Walks tours and this tour proved again that my trust is not misplaced.
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Adam was absolutely amazing. His vast knowledge and his absolute passion for art made this tour fantastic! Highly recommended!
I wish we would spent less time on Egyptian sculptures and more time on the famous paintings throughout Louvre
Our guide was terrific. Very engaging and extremely knowledgeable. An amazing experience
Our guide Lillya was amazing , she made the tour of the Louvre exciting and fun for my 21 yr old daughter and I . I would not hesitate to recommend this tour or your tour company to anyone - it was a fantastic tour.
Our tour guide was awesome, knowledgeable with a great sense of humor. Wonderful tour and guide!
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Violet was awesome! She knows so much about the Louvre and she makes the tour very enjoyable!
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What an amazing experience. Violette was an amazing tour guide. She very knowledgeable and passionate about the art and History of the Louvre. Her explanation of the works was outstanding and there wasn't anything I asked she didn't know. The tour is a highlight tour and 3 hours is definitely not enough time for the whole museum. But we received a crash course in art history for all the main pieces of art and have really come out of the experience with an amazing and knowledge filled appreciation for the Palace. The room for the Mona Lisa at the end had maybe 20 people in it and it was really a nice finish the tour.
Josephine was extremely knowledgeable and engaged everyone in the group. We loved the way she tied together the various pieces of art and information that she shared. We learned a lot and it was terrific. Outstanding job.
Tina was excellent. She was passionate and made the tour enjoyable. Thank you...
Violette was our best tour guide. After a trip through Rome and Venice and Paris she is hands down the best guide we have had. Her knowledge was excellent but her little sidebars were priceless.
This tour and guide were fantastic! It was our last night of a month long vacation in Europe and she really ended it on a memorable note Thank you!!
Our guide was awesome.
Our guide was very good and thank you for the tour
Overall an excellent tour, and the goal was to cover the famous pieces. I just wish we had a little more time with different sections of the museums.
Felix was wonderful. So knowledgeable and passionate. We loved spending the evening with him. You should be very proud of your staff. We have never been disappointed in any "Walks" we have taken. Your company is 1st class and easy to recommend to others.
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Felix was amazing. The tour was a highlight of our trip. He was knowledgeable and passionate about the art. We very much enjoyed the tour.
Pauline was wonderful! I've waited 30 years to visit the Louvre and Pauline made that wait worthwhile!
Our guide Lilly was engaging . She entertained and educated us by giving modern comparisons and history that really helped our children to put things into context they understood. They learned while not knowing they were being taught it was a wonderful experience. Also well timed to get to the monilia a at the last moment.
We have spent 6 weeks away in Italy and Paris - we have booked over 5 tours with Walks of Italy because you guys are the best. Every guide we have come into contact with in Rome, Venice and Paris has the same passion, knowledge and enthusiasm and once again we have had another amazing tour. We are immersed in history every time we tour with you and will definitely recommend you to anyone heading to Paris or Italy.
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The tour was very good. The downside was the headsets kept cutting out and we would miss some of what was being said. However, the 5 of us in the tour enjoyed it and my 6 & 9 year olds remained engaged the entire time. The eldest did want more time with the Mona Lisa, but it was a fun tour.
We were extremely satisfied with Felix. He was passionate, extremely knowledgeable and made an effort to include everybody in the group, old and young alike. He was one of the best guides we have had. Bravo Felix!
A great tour that highlighted some treasures of the Louvre. Claire was an excellent and passionate guide.
Guide was marvelous. Analysis of the art added so much to my knowledge.
Great tour. Our guide Auroralille was clearly well versed in art history and made a museum I had toured multiple times before come alive.
Guide was very enthusiastic. She did a nice job. Only recommendation would be to spend less time on intricate details on some items and use the time saved to see a few more things. I do want to hear a bit about each highlighted work but don't need that much depth.
I was a little confused about the meeting place and spent 15 minutes looking for the group. Hence a board or placard would have been helpful.
Tina was an amazing guide. She shared so much good information and was quite charming. This was one of my favorite tours of our entire vacation!
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Very satisfying. Helena was very knowledgeable and kept tour very interesting.
Fantastic tour. A great experience to be in the Louvre at closing. We had been there two days before at mid-day and really enjoyed the smaller and quieter crowds
Excellent tour with a great guide. Thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Highly recommend.
Especially enjoyed the historical info on the louve. Guide really well versed in the details she presented. Highly recommended!
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