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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.


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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.
Notre Dame des Victoires
A Marian church, Our Lady of Victories, was first built during the reign of the Bourbon kings, and reign of Louis XIII laid the foundational stone.
Jardin du Palais Royal
Once the home of Philippe duc d’Olreans, King Louis XIV’s brother, the architectural masterpiece found itself at the center of lavish spending and ample scandals.
Paris Musee D'Orsay
One of the largest art museums in Europe, placed in the centre of Paris on the banks of the Seine, opposite the Tuileries Gardens, installed in the former Orsay railway station, built for the Universal Exhibition of 1900. The museum holds mainly French art dating from 1848 to 1914, including paintings, sculptures, furniture, and photography. It houses the largest collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist masterpieces in the world.

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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. 

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The artistry and architecture of Paris is phenomenal, and there is no place better to gain a sense of this than the Louvre. Throughout this private tour, your guide will talk to you about the history and culture of individual artists and their artwork. 

  • Meet your guide at a location of your convenience.
  • Visit the  most impressive and influential art museum in the world.
  • See the key attractions: from the Mona Lisa to the Venus de Milo.
  • Learn about art history from your expert guide.
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Three Grand Ladies

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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  • Free consultation service with your expert guide.
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The second part of your tour takes you to the bohemian Montmartre neighbourhood. By metro, you will quickly arrive at the steps of the Sacré Coeur. Ascend by tram or foot to the highest point in the city and take in the most spectacular, panoramic views. Explore Montmartre's vibrant streets, where artists and craftsmen sell their work. See where Vincent Van Gogh resided as a young man, and visit the last remaining vineyard in Paris. Finish the tour seeing the famous Moulin Rouge and its iconic neon windmill.
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The artistry and architecture of Paris is phenomenal, and there is no place better to gain a sense of this than the Louvre. Throughout this private tour, your guide will talk to you about the history and culture of individual artists and their artwork.  Even the kids will be kept engaged!

  • Child-friendly expert guide for you and your family.
  • Meet your guide at a location of your convenience.
  • Visit the  most impressive and influential art museum in the world.
  • See the key attractions: from the Mona Lisa to the Venus de Milo.
  • Plenty of fun facts and engaging stories to interest the kids.
  • Wander through a labyrinth of 300 rooms and uncover some hidden gems.
  • Adapt your itinerary on the day to suit your needs with your relaxed, no-stress tour guide.

From Palace to Museum

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. During this tour around the Louvre, you will journey through one of the most expansive and beautiful art collections in the world. Here you will see some of the museum’s greatest works that span from 450 BCE to the 19th century.
  
Three Grand Ladies

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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