Insightful Louvre Tour with Mona Lisa & Venus de Milo

Get the full Louvre experience this classic guided tour

5 / 5 See All 58 Reviews · 3.0h 15 max · Paris, France

With skip the line Louvre tickets and an expert art historian guide, explore the largest museum in the world. Uncover the mysteries behind Leonardo's Mona Lisa and marvel at over 38,000 pieces of artwork.

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What you get with this tour

English Speaking Guide
Louvre Tickets Included
Skip the Line
Itinerary

What you will see on this tour

  • I.M. Pei's Modern Louvre Pyramid in Cour Napoléon!
  • Skip the Line Entrance
  • History Beneath the Louvre
  • Passionate Local Guides
  • Sleeping Hermaphoditus
  • Venus de Milo
  • The Coronation of Napoleon
  • Liberty Leading the People
  • The Main Event: The Mona Lisa
  • Relax in the Gardens

We understand how intimidating it can be to plan a trip to Paris, let alone a visit to the Louvre, which is why we offer one of the best Louvre tours in Paris. With exclusive skip the line tickets and a passionate art-loving guide to lead your small group through the numerous galleries, you are sure to make the most out of your Louvre visit! Our professional guides are true experts who will bring the museum to life with detailed stories about the artwork inside. From the building’s construction to the artists behind the best artwork in Paris, you’ll gain an in-depth understanding of the world’s most impressive museum.

Skip the Line Louvre Tickets

This special ‘skip the line’ experience lets you skip past the thousands of people waiting in line to see the museum daily. Once inside, you’ll begin your tour of the Louvre, stopping at all the best masterpieces and seeing them first hand for yourself. You’ll have no need to consult your guidebook or map - our guides know the Louvre like the backs of their hands.

The Mystery of Mona Lisa’s Smile

Why is the Mona Lisa so famous? Leonardo da Vinci’s famous portrait of Lisa Gherardini, titled Mona Lisa, is one of the best-known works of art in existence. Despite the painting’s fame, the facial expression of the subject has been endlessly debated - is Mona Lisa happy or sad? The painting holds the Guinness World Record for the highest insurance policy - approximately $800,000,000, to be exact. Yet, very few people really know anything about the acclaimed painting, its story and the mystery surrounding the woman depicted. Your professional guide can’t wait to share the stories behind it.

Raphael & Leonardo Da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci was a true genius and one of the most influential artists who ever lived. Leaving a prominent legacy in the realms of both art and science, Leonardo was a master at each discipline. The Mona Lisa is not Leonardo’s only work of art inside the Louvre, and your tour guide will show you more of Da Vinci’s works, part of the Louvre’s Italian Renaissance collection. Besides Leonardo da Vinci, the Louvre also contains works by Renaissance artist Botticelli, master of the 16th Century Venetian school Titian and the grand-scale artist Veronese. Raphael also has work featured throughout the Louvre, one being the famous Saint George painting depicting Saint George on a beautiful horse. 

Jacques-Louis David - Napoleon’s Personal Painter

Although the Louvre is filled with many Italian Renaissance pieces, you'll also see French masterpieces. After all, you are in France! The Louvre offers opportunities to visit works by Jacques-Louis David, Napoleon's personal painter, and Eugène Delacroix. Some of the paintings in the Louvre measure 20 feet tall! The words ‘impressive’ and ‘exquisite’ don’t even do these works of art justice.

Sculptures of the Louvre

The Louvre is not only filled with paintings, it also features many iconic sculptures. Of all the works in the Louvre, the Winged Victory of Samothrace and the Venus de Milo are some of the most admired. The life-size sculpture of the mythological Sleeping Hermaphroditus carved by Bernini is an amazing piece of work worth admiration. These incredible ancient sculptures only represent a fraction of the Louvre's Greek and Roman antiquities

The Crown Jewels of France

Did you know that the Louvre is a former royal palace? With such a strong association to royalty, a visit to the Louvre is incomplete without seeing the Crown Jewels of France. The surviving French Crown Jewels are on display in the Louvre’s Galerie d'Apollon. Get up close and personal to the precious jewels worn by the kings and queens of France. It was a tradition to have a new crown created for each coronation in France. It is easy to imagine the extravagance of the crowns created throughout history for each new King and Queen. Your guide will knowledgeably walk you through the history of the royal family in France and their most prized possessions. 

Paris Tips and Tricks

We’ve put an incredible amount of thought into all of our tours, including our small group tour of the Louvre Museum. We strive to create the most captivating way to experience the Louvre on your trip to Paris. And when you finish your tour, don’t forget to ask your guide where the best restaurants in Paris near the Louvre are. We want you to enjoy a fulfilling and relaxing vacation in Paris, filled with amazing French culture, art, food and wine.
 

Frequently Asked Questions

Where to meet?

At the equestrian statue of Louis the XIV in front of the Louvre Pyramid. A representative will be there holding a sign with our company name on it.

What to bring?

Bring a bottle of water and a snack if you think you will need one. Comfortable shoes are encouraged since the tour involves three hours of walking.

Q: Can I use my Paris Museum Pass to get a discount on our Louvre tour?
 
A: We pre-book all of our reservations and admission tickets for the Louvre Museum in advance. While the Paris Museum Pass can bring you inside the Louvre, our tours include pre-booked reservations. Because of this, you are not able to use your passes on our tours.
 

Q: I have some doubts about my mobility. Is this tour right for me?                  

A: If you have any doubts about your mobility, we strongly suggest you take a Private Louvre Museum tour.

 
Q: Can we stay longer in the museum after the tour ends? 
 
A: After your guide says goodbye, you are allowed to stay inside the museum until closing time. Be aware, though, that once you exit the area where the artwork is, you will not be allowed to re-enter. 
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7/15/2019
Deb
Step Away from the Tourist Crowd

We joined Avi and 9 others on this excellent tour. Although there were the usual crowds, Avi could lead us, knowing the ins and outs around the Louvre. His incredible knowledge and excellent sense of humor, added to our experience. Truly made this iconistic place, even more interesting than simply wondering about. Highest recommendations go to Avi!

7/12/2019
angie M
Louvre skip the line tour

The only way to see the Louvre! We had Avi. He was amazing and made the tour so enjoyable, despite 96 degree weather and crowds. Without him, I would frankly not have known what I was looking at much of the time. With other skip the line tickets, we would have had to purchase the ticket, enter at 9:00 am then wait until 11:00 am for an English speaking tour. The crowds here are no joke, and they are now limiting admission so you risk not even being able to get in. This tour was well worth the price—why travel that far without getting the most out of it? Would definitely recommend!!!!

6/21/2019
kerBrooklyn
great tour

We had an amazing tour guide, John from the UK who has lived and studied in Paris for over 7 years. John was so full of knowledge and stories about the Louvre itself, the history and the artwork we saw, that for a 2.5 hour tour, we felt like we had seen everything! John also maneuvered us around so seamlessly that we skipped all lines gracefully and made our way through the immense maize of the museum like butterflies. You definitely want to make sure that you visit the Louvre with John!

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