Planning to visit the Louvre in Paris and want to know if a guided tour is worth it and right for you? This article will go over the benefits of a guided Louvre tour so you can decide if it is right for you!
Is a Louvre Museum Tour Worth It?
Short Answer: Yes, if you have a great guide and a small group, your visit will be that much better.
The Louvre is the largest museum on Earth featuring 100s of thousands of artworks including some of the world’s most famous artwork. Everything from sculptures by Michelangelo, Bernini, and Canova to paintings by da Vinci and Delacroix.
The complex is simply massive and split up into several wings which each have multiple floors. There is even a “basement” area where you can see the medieval structure that pre-dated the current building.
The building itself is also a treasure trove of history and interesting facts. It was the personal office and palace of Emperor Napoleon as well as temporarily occupied by the Nazis. Here are a few reasons why a going with the right tour will elevate your experience and make it more memorable.
Skip the Lines
We have a special collaboration with the Louvre so all of our tours skip the lines for tickets. We also have expedited security lines to since we are a tour operator which vastly decreases wait times to enter.
The Complex is Massive
The louvre is so large it can be difficult to locate everything on your list, if you even have a list. Yes, there are signs everywhere pointing to the Mona Lisa, but there are much great works of art at the Louvre including a handful of other da Vinci paintings.
Going with a guide ensures you see the lion share of what you should see which is important.
Great Tour Guides
The key to a great tour is a great tour guide. The best guides can make anything that is old interesting. When you couple a great guide with an incredible monument like the Louvre in Paris you can get one of the most memorable experiences of your life.
You are talking about an attraction that was literally built and decorated by the world’s greatest artists. You’ll find sculptures that were built by the ancient Romans, sculpters by Michelangelo himself, paintings by Raphael, and 25% of all remaining Da Vinci paintings!
A great guide who is passionate about art, history, and anecdotes will enhance your visit and make it more memorable. We work to build an enviroment that attracts great guides so you get the best tour possible!
One of the world’s greatest marble sculptures is Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss by Antonio Canova. The statue is beautiful beyond description, but the story will give any romantic the chills.
Pysche traveled to the underworld to get the secret of divine beauty for her mother, but was told not to peak in for her own safety. What woman can carry a jar containing this type of secret and not take a peak?
Turns out the jar was filled with “sleep of innermost darkness” and Pysche passed into darkness. When it seemed to late, her true love Cupid swooped in for one last kiss. That kiss would revive her and Canova’s sculpture captures that very moment!
While there is a ton of history packed into the Louvre, there are also so many stories and anecdotes that you would never hear otherwise. Guides understand that in order for you to stay engaged to a tour, you have to weave in scandals and anecdotes to keep things exciting!
I have given hundreds of tours to a variety of group sizes, from a single person to groups of 50, and the experience is vastly different.
The smaller the group, the better it is. Why? Imagine giving a presentation to 50 people vs 15 people and how different the experience would be. With 50 people, you speak to everyone and interact with very few individuals.
On the contrary, a group of 15 ensures more individual interaction with each person, guides make more eye contact, and ideally become familiar with many people in the group. Although both experiences could be positive, the smaller group would be more intimate with more personal connections.