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  1. France
  2. Ile-de-France
  3. Paris
  4. Louvre Museum

Paris: 2-Hour Small Group Louvre Highlights Tour

Product ID: 103367
See the best of the Louvre in just 2 hours with skip-the-ticket-line entrance.
About this activity
Duration: 2 hours
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • See the best of the Louvre with an expert local guide
  • Skip the ticket line for faster entry
  • Experience a carefully crafted itinerary to see the best in 2-hours
Full description
The Louvre is a must-see in Paris, not just for its incredible art but for the history held within its walls. This was once a palace where princes rode their horses up and down the hallways; a sprawling complex fortified to protect the first family of France. Go beyond the obvious on the Louvre Highlights Tour, peering behind the artworks to unlock their secrets.

See famous French works like Géricault’s ‘Raft of Medusa,' which depicts the true story of shipwrecked sailors driven to cannibalism. Of course da Vinci’s ‘Mona Lisa’ will play a major role on your tour. You won’t believe how tiny the Louvre’s most famous artwork is, nor how many guests have tried to destroy her. At the sculpture gallery, encounter another Italian in Michelangelo’s ‘Slaves’; plus Anthony Canova’s incredibly romantic ‘Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss.’

You’ll also get a sense for that other use of the Louvre, as a royal palace. With your guide on hand to point out the details, you’ll notice the beautiful ceiling panels and explore a special room filled with crown jewels. As you explore, have headsets to help you hear your guide and to ensure that you don’t get lost. Traveling in a small group of just 20 people or fewer (including you), means you’ll also find them easier to interact with and question. All the better since they have all the answers. The best, most qualified licensed guides to lead this Louvre tour. Skip the ticket line and enjoy this short (but sweet) adventure into the heart of French art and history.
Includes
  • Skip-the-ticket-line Louvre Museum tickets
  • Headsets
  • Expert local tour guides
  • Small groups of maximum 20
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up/ drop-off

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Your meeting point is at the Arc du Carousel. The Arc du Carousel (a triumphal arch) is located inside the Place du Carousel, standing between the Louvre Pyramid and the Tuileries Gardens. When facing the Arc du Carousel, with the Louvre pyramid behind you, there are two winged female statues in front of the arch. The meeting point is located at the left statue (southern end of square). Your guide will be holding a sign. Arriving by taxi: Ask your driver to drop you off at Arc du Carousel of the Louvre, 75001 Paris. When facing the Arc du Carousel, with the Louvre pyramid behind you, there are two winged female statues in front of the Arch. Meet at the left statue (southern end of square). Your guide will be holding a sign. French directions for taxi driver: “Je dois aller à l’Arc du Carousel du Louvre, merci.” Arriving by Metro: Metro station Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre, Line 1 and 7. Follow the sign "sortie" (exit). Take the exit “sortie #1” named "Passage Richelieu."

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Important information
Know before you go
• Unfortunately, guests with mobility impairments, wheelchairs or strollers cannot be accommodated
• 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
• Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
• 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 55 cm x 35 cm x 20 cm are permitted
• Even with skip-the-ticket-line access, there may be a wait at security. During high season this wait can be up to 20 minutes
• This tour operates in English
• All members of your party must bring valid ID with them on the day of the tour. This is particularly important for guests who have qualified for child reduction
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 133 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.8 / 5
  • Organization
    4.7 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.6 / 5
  • Safety
    4.9 / 5
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Great guide, but tour should be renamed Mona Lisa exhibit tour.

Violet was an excellent guide - pleasant and knowledgable, but there was far too much concentration on Mona Lisa. At least an hour and a half of the tour was spent talking about this work and we felt that was too much. Venus de Milo and The Winged Victory of Samothrace and other numerous religious pieces were the other exhibits we spent the rest of the time exploring. We stayed for another two hours to see the things not covered like Caravaggio, Delacroix, van Dyck etc. We realise that not everything can be covered in such a short time, but there was far too much focus on one painting. I think the information should be made clearer that this is a Mona Lisa tour rather than a highlights one.

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September 22, 2019

Outstanding

Outstanding two hour guided tour of the Louvre. Out tour guide was American and had top-notch knowledge of the history of the museum and its collection. Very family-friendly as well. She used a radio microphone system so we could hear her even from 50 feet away or more, across rooms! This allowed for free movement and picture-taking. The tour also had a skip-the-line feature which on a busier day would have been absolutely essential, but saved time even on a less-busy morning. After the two hours guided walk, you can stay back and continue exploring, which we did for another hour. Having been on other less-well organized guided tours in other museums, I would say that this was likely the best one yet, and I highly recommend it.

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September 1, 2019

Great tour, easy to book. Great guide —- pleasant and knowledgeable.

December 1, 2019

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Product ID: 103367