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Louvre Museum Tour

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

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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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