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The Louvre

The Louvre is the biggest museum in the world. Inside you’ll find the jewels of every civilisation since prehistory.

TravelCurious Tip

Avoid seeing Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo, or the Winged Victory during peak times as they can get very busy. Try during lunch hours or later in the evening!

Modern meets Royal

You enter through a transparent pyramid of glass and descend into a catalogue of riches from the past three thousand years.

The palace, originally a fortress under Philip II, became a museum in 1793 in the aftermath of the French revolution; an egalitarian statement to the French people. The building has been of importance under every ruler since its founding in the late twelfth century - Napoleon even renamed it the Musée Napoleon and hung the Mona Lisa in his bedroom.


It’s a big place

The Louvre comprises three wings — the Richelieu, the Sully, and the Denon — arranged in a horseshoe, with the Pyramid, designed by the venerable Chinese-American architect I. M. Pei, situated in the middle.

To see everything, you’d have to spend one hundred days in the museum, moving from exhibit to exhibit every thirty seconds... so we hope you’ll agree a tour guide might be useful to see only the best artworks and artefacts.

The Louvre’s raison d’être is largely to present French and Italian art from the Middle Ages up to about 1850, as well as artefacts from other civilisations that contextualise the beginnings of Western art. Islamic art, Egyptian antiquities, Etruscan and Greek artefacts - it’s all here.


Nearby Attractions

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The Mona Lisa
There’s little that can be said about the world's most famous painting that hasn’t been said before. But don’t miss it...
The Venus de Milo
This Ancient Greek statue depicting Aphrodite of Milos is possibly the world's most acclaimed marble masterpiece.
The Victory of Samothrace
The Winged Victory of Samothrace is a must-see in the Louvre: a paradigm of Greek beauty, the archetype of Hellenistic sculpture.
'The Coronation of Napoleon'
A painting completed in 1807 by Jacques-Louis David, the official painter of Napoleon, depicting the coronation of Napoleon I at Notre-Dame de Paris.
'Liberty leading the people'
Is a painting by Eugène Delacroix commemorating the July Revolution of 1830, which toppled King Charles X of France.
Egypitan Wing at the Louvre
Counted as one of the world’s largest such collections, it includes more than 50,000 pieces that give a detailed overview of Egyptian life and customs from the earliest days of Ancient Egypt.

Related Tours

Paris Je T'aime: A Half Day Highlights Tour
During this fabulous four-hour walking tour of Paris, you will explore the most interesting and diverse central neighbourhoods the French capital has to offer. See the sights at your own pace and adapt your tour with your guide who will be happy to offer suggestions based on your preferences. 

  • Visit the historical heart of Paris,  Île de la Cité.
  • See the Sainte-Chappelle chapel and the former Paris prison, the Conciergerie.
  • Pay a visit to the symbolic Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral.
  • Explore the wonderful haunts of the Latin Quarter, just a short walk away.
  • Learn about Paris' home of intellectual thought and see where the May '68 revolution unfolded.
  • Visit the Tuileries Gardens,  the Place de la Concorde and the Champs-Elysées.
  • End your walking tour at the stunning Pont Alexander III bridge.

Medieval Paris

One of the two remaining natural islands in the Seine, the Île de la Cité, is considered the historic heart of Paris. The medieval city of Paris was refounded here with magnificent Sainte-Chapelle and the former prison, the Conciergerie. While on Île de la Cité, you will have time to walk around the hauntingly beautiful Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral.

The Latin Quarter along the Left Bank was so named because, until the French Revolution, university students in the area spoke only Latin to their professors. You will visit this famed neighbourhood to immerse yourself in the Parisian atmosphere of yesteryear, whilst exploring the medieval streets and meandering through fantastic shops like Shakespeare and Company bookstore, Place Saint-Michel, and its gorgeous fountain.

City of Revolution 

As the tour continues, you will learn little known facts about the French Revolution. You will be exploring the beautiful Tuileries Gardens and the Place de la Concorde, the site at which Louis XVI was beheaded during the French Revolution. Whilst here do not forget to look out for the magnificent Champs-Elysées, the most famous shopping avenue in the world. Lastly, you will stop off at the Pont Alexander III, the most beautiful bridge in Paris, where you can enjoy a splendid view of the Eiffel Tower and beyond to the majestic Seine. J’aime Paris.
Explore Paris in Half a Day by Private Car Tour
Experience Paris’ key sights and neighbourhoods on this relaxing private car tour. With your own guide and car, you will have the flexibility to focus on the things that you find most interesting. Stop off at your leisure and enjoy your tour in comfort without worrying about the weather or the queues. 

  • See the best that Paris has to offer with your own private car and expert guide.
  • Cruise past Champs ElyséesPlace de la Concorde and Notre Dame.
  • See the Arc de TriompheOpera GarnierPlace Venôme and the Musée d’Orsay.
  • Stop off at Dôme des Invalides and see Napoleon’s tomb.
  • Stop by the Louvre (outside) and get the best views of the Eiffel Tower.
  • End your tour with a wander through bohemian, picturesque Montmartre.
  • Car pick-up and drop-off from a place of your choice.
Start at the iconic Arc de Triomphe, a monument to those who fought and died during the Revolution and Napoleonic Wars and visit the Champs Elysées (end-point of Tour de France) and Opera Garnier (‘Phantom of the Opera’.) Next, see Place Vendôme (featuring a monument to commemorate the victory at Austerlitz in 1805), Place de la Concorde (the largest square in the city), the famous Louvre museum and the beautiful Musée d’Orsay, before visiting Napoleon’s tomb

Explore the wonders of the Latin Quarter and stand in awe of the gothic masterpiece that is Notre Dame Cathedral. Take in the outside beauty of Sainte Chapelle (featuring the most impressive stain glass windows in the world). Then, visit the quintessentially French Trocadero where you will have the opportunity to snap some beautiful photos and catch some great views of the world-famous Eiffel Tower.

To conclude this epic tour of the great city of Paris you will take a short walk to Montmartre: one of the most colourful and bohemian neighbourhoods, where you will learn more about the fascinating life and works of Renoir, Picasso, Gauguin, and Van Gogh, all of whom lived and worked here. The perfect way to experience the city if you have limited time, and also a great way to find out what to focus on for the rest of your trip. 

Tours can be adapted to suit your needs and interests, just get in contact with us!
Private Guided Louvre Tour with skip-the-line Tickets
The artistry and architecture of Paris is phenomenal, and there is no place better to gain a sense of the sheer magnitude of it than the Louvre. Throughout this private tour, your guide will talk to you about the history and culture of individual artists and their artwork. On your private tour of the Louvre, you will:

  • Meet your private guide outside the Louvre to begin your experience.
  • Enjoy free entrance for all children under the age of 12. 
  • See the unmissable attractions, including the Mona Lisa, The Coronation of Napoleon, and Venus de Milo.
  • Learn about art history from your expert guide, along with the museum’s role for art historians.
  • Wander through a labyrinth of 300 rooms and uncover masterpieces missed by many, including: Liberty Leading the People and Canova’s Apollo and Daphne.
  • This tour ends inside the Louvre Museum, that you are welcome to continue exploring at your own pace.
Originally one of France’s most lavish royal palaces, and home to some of the most ostentatious Kings of France, the Louvre has fast become the world's most impressive and influential museum of art in the world, and is an absolute must for anyone with an interest in art. Your private licensed guide you will take you through one of the most expansive and beautiful art collections in the world, where you will see some of the museum’s greatest works that span from 450 BCE to the 19th century, along with several of its lesser known treasures. 

Whilst visiting this fabulous museum you will have the pleasure of viewing the most celebrated of all the Louvre’s treasures: 'Three Grand Ladies'- the Venus de Milo, Nike of Samothrace, and Leonardo’s Mona Lisa. Your guide will discuss the fascinating stories that surround these influential and important works of art. After your guided tour, feel free to further explore the vast museum and its beautiful work at your own pace. 
Create Your Own Half Day Tour of Paris
What better way to explore the historic city of Paris than with your very own personal tour guide?  Plan your day with an expert to visit the places that excite you most and spot the hidden gems you might have otherwise missed along your way.

  • Tailor-made tour to suit your needs and interests.
  • Free consultation service with your expert guide.
  • See the key sights or get off the beaten path and experience a different side of Paris.
  • Explore the city at your own pace.
  • Adapt your itinerary on the day to get the most out of your time in Paris.
Our professional, hand-picked guides are experts at designing tours for you.   The choice is up to you.  Do you want to take in the ultimate highlights of this world-famous city? Just say the word and you’ll be swept off to the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and Notre Dame.  Or maybe you’re looking to get a little further off the beaten track?  That’s fine too, you could go exploring in the picturesque neighbourhood of Montmartre, or if you're really adventurous our guides could whisk you away to an undiscovered arrondissement that samples the best of Parisian life.  No matter your preferences, we tailor the tour directly to your interests to make sure you get the most out of your time in the city.

Ultimately, you’ll discover the Paris you want to see, at the pace you want to see it, with the knowledge and expertise of a local friendly guide.
All Inclusive Full Day Paris Walking tour including The Louvre, Eiffel Tower, and River Cruise
Uncover the history and art of the quintessentially Parisian neighbourhoods on this tour, on your all inclusive tour including tickets to the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, and a river cruise. On your full day private tour, you will: 

  • Meet your private guide outside the Louvre and enjoy skip-the-line entrance to the museum. Please note: we offer free entrance for all children under the age of 12
  • See the unmissable attractions of the Louvre, including the Mona Lisa, The Coronation of Napoleon, and Venus de Milo
  • Make your way through a labyrinth of 300 rooms and uncover masterpieces missed by many, including: Liberty Leading the People and Canova’s Apollo and Daphne
  • Wander through Le Marais – the quintessentially Pre-Revolutionary Parisian neighbourhood – where you will enjoy lunch at your leisure (paid locally by guest)
  • See the highlights of the city centre, including  Île de la Cité, the Palais de Justice, and of course, Notre Dame Cathedral. 
  • Hop aboard a relaxing river cruise to enjoy the city from the ease of the Seine
  • Learn about the Eiffel Tower with your guide, then take the lift to the 2nd floor and visit the tower at your own pace (tickets included)

Originally one of France’s most lavish royal palaces, and home to some of the most ostentatious Kings of France, the Louvre has fast become the world's most impressive and influential museum of art in the world, and is an absolute must for anyone with an interest in art. Your private licensed guide you will take you through one of the most expansive and beautiful art collections in the world, where you will see some of the museum’s greatest works that span from 450 BCE to the 19th century, along with several of its lesser known treasures. 

From the museum, your guide will take you to a neighbourhood which truly evokes the ‘je ne sais quoi’ of Parisian nostalgia, where you will see the magnificent Hotel De Ville – the city’s seat of government for over 600 years. Enjoy lunch at your own pace in Le Marais, with recommendations from your guide on the best place to indulge in a local cuisine of your choosing. 

Step onto a riverboat to enjoy the magic of the city from the Seine – the geography around which the entire city has been built for thousands of years. Learn more about the city’s modernization efforts in the 19th century, which brought gas lanterns, parks, sewage systems, schools, and hospitals to the city. Your tour concludes at the city’s most iconic site: the Eiffel Tower, where you will enjoy lift tickets to the second story. Your guide will be sure to give you dinner recommendations before leaving you to marvel at the spectacular panoramic views of the city.
Private Louvre tour for Families & Children (tickets included)
You’re in Paris with young travellers – you want to spend the trip together, you want to see the highlights, but you’re not sure if the young ones are ready yet for the hours of touring. Sound familiar? This tour was designed for you and your family – a tour of one of the world’s most famous museums, made accessible for young people.  

Your private tour of the Louvre is thoughtfully designed from start-to-finish so that you see all the unmissable highlights, while your kids are also drawn into the stories behind the paintings, the statues, and even the architecture too. 

On your private kid-friendly tour of the Louvre, you will:

  • Enjoy free entrance for all children under the age of 12.  
  • Be met by your private guide, outside the Louvre where your kids will be immediately entranced with the glass pyramid. 
  • See the unmissable attractions, including the Mona Lisa, The Coronation of Napoleon, and Venus de Milo.
  • Learn about art history from your expert guide, with stories especially chosen to keep your young travelers engaged.  
  • Wander through a labyrinth of 300 rooms and uncover masterpieces missed by many, including: Liberty Leading the People and Canova’s Apollo and Daphne.
  • This tour ends inside the Louvre Museum that you are welcome to continue exploring at your own pace.

Enjoy taking your kids inside a palace converted to a museum filled with ancient statues, some uncovered in archaeological digs, some found in remote areas of the world. Your family will learn about the larger-than-life Coronation of Napoleon painting, your little ones will learn about the trick behind why Mona Lisa’s eyes seem to follow you everywhere, and all of you will walk away having had an amazing experience.  

Private Louvre Tour: the Masterpieces & the Egyptian Collection (tickets included)
Not only is the Louvre the home to classics like The Mona Lisa, but also houses one of the most impressive and extensive Egyptian Antiquities Collection. This private tour is your chance to explore the museum’s classic highlights, along with the fascinating Egyptian Collection. On your private tour of the Louvre, you will:

  • Meet your private guide outside the Louvre to begin your experience.
  • Enjoy free entrance for all children under the age of 12. 
  • Explore the Egyptian wing, including the  Egyptian mummy, the Sarcophagus of Rameses III, and several other impressive antiquities. 
  • Jump into the unmissable attractions, including the Mona LisaThe Wedding Feast at Cana, The Coronation of Napoleon, and Venus de Milo.
  • Learn about art history from your expert guide, along with the museum’s role for art historians.
  • Wander through a labyrinth of 300 rooms and uncover masterpieces missed by many, including: Liberty Leading the People and Canova’s Apollo and Daphne.
  • This tour ends inside the Louvre Museum, in which you are welcome to continue exploring at your own pace.
This tour was designed to be an all-inclusive, immersive experience at the Louvre, with the chance to explore the nearly 10,000 pieces of the Egyptian collection curated by the museum over the course of two centuries. While exploring the collection, you’ll dive into French history, told through the lens of art and archaeology. From there, your private licensed guide you will take you through the unmissable highlights, where you will see some of the museum’s greatest works that span from 450 BCE to the 19th century, along with several of its lesser known treasures. 

Whilst visiting this fabulous museum you will have the pleasure of viewing the most celebrated of all the Louvre’s treasures: 'Three Grand Ladies'- the Venus de Milo, Nike of Samothrace, and Leonardo’s Mona Lisa. Your guide will discuss the fascinating stories that surround these influential and important works of art. After your guided tour, feel free to further explore the vast museum and its beautiful work at your own pace. 
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