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Murders and Mysteries of the Louvre Museum

1. Murders and Mysteries of the Louvre Museum

You'll meet your guide underneath the immense glass pyramid of the Louvre, after the security check but before the ticketed entrance (the precise meeting point will be on your voucher).  Your guide will greet you and will take you to discover firsthand some of the most renowned collections and pieces of the Louvre, including the medieval remnants of the old royal castle, the vast Egyptian collection, the curious Venus de Milo, the crown jewelry collection, French masterpieces, and the Mona Lisa.  As home of the largest collection of artwork on the planet, the Louvre is filled with paintings, sculptures and other pieces that contain fascinating — and sometimes horrifying — secrets and backstories. Within the ancient world collections, learn about magic and long-forgotten rituals and travel through the ages as your guide brings to life dark events depicted in some of the Museum’s most iconic works. Even the world-famous Mona Lisa can be seen from a new perspective as you try to understand her enigmatic smile.  Throughout your tour, you'll also learn about the history of the Louvre itself: its medieval origins as a fortress, its importance as a royal residence and the centuries of betrayal, scandal and murder that took place here. By the end of your in-depth tour, you'll have a newfound appreciation and fascination for the Louvre Museum and the stories it contains. After your 2-hour visit, your ticket allows you to stay at the Louvre to explore the rest of the museum on your own.

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Louvre Museum: Private Tour

2. Louvre Museum: Private Tour

Follow your expert guide on a delightfully informative private 2-hour tour through the Louvre Museum, which has been designed to maximize your time and give you a greater insight into the museum’s top highlights. See the crown jewels of the French Monarchy, feel the passion coming from Delacroix's Liberty Leading the People, and gaze back at Da Vinci's enigmatic Mona Lisa. Listen as your guide brings the art to life on a captivating walk through the vast galleries. Explore relics from ancient Egypt and marvel at the impressive collection of Greek and Roman antiquities including the legendary Venus de Milo and the celebrated Winged Victory of Samothrace. Discover timeless sculptures by Michelangelo and Canova, Neoclassical paintings by Jacques-Louis David, and iconic works from the French Romanticism period. End your tour with a greater appreciation of the Louvre’s treasures and, once your guide has left, spend as much time as you like inside to further explore the museum’s 380,000 objects on display.

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Paris: Private Egyptian Art at the Louvre Family Tour

3. Paris: Private Egyptian Art at the Louvre Family Tour

This family Louvre adventure explores one of history’s most fascinating civilizations: ancient Egypt. This educational program is designed to encourage kids to think like archaeologists by using the Louvre’s world-renowned Egyptian collection to bring people from the past back to vivid life. Children will explore key areas of Egypt’s civilization such as the Nile River, a scribe’s workshop and a pharaoh’s crypt.  In each area, children will learn to engage meaningfully with key objects using a variety of thinking tools to understand what they say about ancient Egyptian beliefs. Young archaeologists and their private guide will voyage down the Nile. In each area, decode a series of symbols allowing you to proceed to the next stage of the adventure. As a final challenge, learn how to write your name in Egyptian symbols.

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Paris Private Full Day Tour - Tickets to Louvre & Lunch

4. Paris Private Full Day Tour - Tickets to Louvre & Lunch

Discover everything about Paris in one day with a unique full day private tour. Admire its culture, gastronomy, and history. Let your local host take you to the most authentic places of the city, avoiding the crowds. Feel like a local, as you walk through the most picturesque neighborhoods of Paris. Visit the famous Pantheon, located in the heart of the Latin Quarter, where the remains of famous characters from history rest. Cross the romantic Seine River, colored with its artists and its bohemian atmosphere. Don't forget to have a coffee in the mythical round table bars facing the streets. Enjoy an authentic Parisian lunch, a perfect excuse to take a break from walking and to recharge your energy. Journey through the history of the city and see the most important sights of Paris, including the square where Marie Antoinette was beheaded. Pass through the beautiful Tuileries Gardens and the magnificent Louvre Museum, where you will quickly enter, thanks to your skip-the-line tickets. Get all the insights you need to make the most of your time exploring the City of Light.

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Louvre Masterpieces & Royal Palace Private Extended Tour

5. Louvre Masterpieces & Royal Palace Private Extended Tour

Begin with the medieval foundations of this ancient royal residence, and then gaze at the graceful Venus de Milo. Admire one of the Louvre’s most celebrated sculptures, Winged Victory of Samothrace. Continue on to the Apollo Gallery, which houses the ornate royal crowns of Napoleon and King Louis XV and be riveted by the valiant tales of these inimitable leaders. This tour was specifically conceived and designed to bring together all of the museum’s most famous works. Stand in awe as you enter each new wing and gaze upon some of the world’s most monumental and recognizable masterpieces. Marvel at Canova’s Psyche and Cupid and Delacroix’s famous painting depicting the French struggle for freedom, Liberty Leading the People. Discover firsthand what makes Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa the most enigmatic portrait of all time. End your tour in the Napoleon Apartments, where the opulent interiors will transport you back to the 1800s. This private tour helps you make the most of your time in the Louvre, leading you through the best of the collection and some hidden gems, all the while saving you time with Skip the Line Access.

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Paris: City Walk and Louvre Museum Tour

6. Paris: City Walk and Louvre Museum Tour

Explore Paris on a private tour to ensure a highly personalized experience. Meet your guide outside the Cité Metro Station for the start of a pleasant walking tour of the “City of Lights.” The tour covers the most famous landmarks along the River Seine, such as the Gothic splendor of the Notre-Dame Cathedral. Your guide will describe the origins of Paris at the Île de la Cité, including its art and culture through the centuries. Admire bridges over the Seine, and discover secret spots known only to the locals. Then, skip the ticket lines at the Louvre, the ancient home of French monarchs and emperors. Once inside, your guide will take you to major artworks and hidden treasures. Learn about the museum’s architectural history and pre-museum life as a fortress and palace. By the end, you will have a greater understanding of how the “City of Lights” and its treasures earned their worldwide reputation.

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Paris: Skip-the-Line Private 2-Hour Louvre Tour

7. Paris: Skip-the-Line Private 2-Hour Louvre Tour

Admire the beauty of this iconic museum on a 90-minute tour that hits all the high spots and gives you the lowdown on famous paintings, sculptures and artifacts. Your tour begins at the controversial Pyramid, next to the Tuileries Garden, where a pesky little red ghost has lived for hundreds of years. Once inside, head back in time to the period when the Louvre was a fortress, as you walk through the shadows of the Medieval Foundations. Soon you will come face to face with the Great Sphinx of Tanis whose riddles have puzzled for thousands of years. Throughout your tour you will walk past thousands of paintings, sculptures and artifacts, and hear scandalous tales of murder and cannibalism. Your tour has been carefully planned to stop at over a dozen of the world’s most well-known works of art, all of which hold secrets and gossip, bringing it all to life in a new way you never imagined. The tour concludes at the most famous lady of them all, Mona Lisa. From here, once you tear yourself away from the bewitching Mona Lisa smile, you are free to stay in the museum as long as you wish and your tour guide will provide handy tips for other marvels to behold on your own. 

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Louvre Museum: Guided Tour with Optional Ticket

8. Louvre Museum: Guided Tour with Optional Ticket

Discover one of the world’s great art collections on a guided tour of the Louvre Museum, and marvel at relics from Ancient Egypt to the art of the Italian Renaissance. The entire collection would take months to see in full, but you will follow a carefully planned route to discover the highlights. Gaze at da Vinci’s enigmatic Mona Lisa and see Anthony Canova’s emotional Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss. Hear the true story depicted in Gericault’s Raft of Medusa. Go to Napoleon’s former apartments to admire the most beautiful décor of the palace, as well as a collection of crown jewels. The masterpieces continue with the Venus de Milo, the sculpture that inspired so many artists. Head to the basement of the Louvre Palace to see the foundations of the castle that once stood on the site. Choose between 2 options: get your ticket and guided tour with one of the skip-the-ticket-line guided tours in several languages. Alternatively, if you already have a ticket or museum pass, choose the guided tour for ticket or museum pass holders.

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Paris: Eiffel Tower Direct Access, Louvre, & River Cruise

9. Paris: Eiffel Tower Direct Access, Louvre, & River Cruise

Admire the Sacré-Cœur Basilica and get stunning views of Paris from Montmartre. Visit Place du Tertre and see a reconstructed windmill before taking the subway to the Île de la Cité, where Paris began. The City of Light started on this very island, growing from a Roman outpost into the most populous and prosperous city in Europe. Above it rises, Notre Dame. Severely damaged by a recent fire, she still stands proudly in the heart of the city; testament to the genius of its design and the endurance of France. Your guide will bring you as close as the ongoing restoration will permit to give you the best views possible. You’ll then cross the river into the historic Latin Quarter with its Gothic churches and winding, cobbled, streets ending at Place Saint-Michel, a gathering place for locals and visitors alike. A short walk down the Seine brings you to the Louvre, where you’ll enjoy a 1-hour lunch break (with recommendations from your guide), before diving into the largest art museum in the world, to see some of its most spellbinding works of art (including the famous Mona Lisa). Say goodbye to your guide at the Eiffel Tower and get a ticket for a 1-hour cruise on the River Seine to use at your leisure, as well as a direct access ticket to go to the 2nd floor of the Eiffel Tower. Get breathtaking views of the "City of Lights" and its iconic monuments.

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Paris: Guided Louvre Visit and 2nd Floor Eiffel Tower Visit

10. Paris: Guided Louvre Visit and 2nd Floor Eiffel Tower Visit

Come and visit Paris, the city of lights, and discover its most treasured sights on a full-day excursion along the Seine river. We'll open your eyes to delightful little facts and the history of this beautiful city in a fun day that includes a visit to the Louvre. Visit the Eiffel Tower with your guide and see Paris from the Second Floor of the Eiffel Tower. You'll begin in the heart of the Louvre museum. Believed by many to be one of the best museums in the world, this exquisite collection of art can overwhelm the visitor. Your guide will help to make sense of its hundreds of rooms and exhibits by showing you the most important paintings and sculptures. Your expert guide can answer any questions you may have, and your visit will be well rewarded with looks into the museum's amazing collection. Then, board the river shuttle to head down the Seine towards the Eiffel Tower. Your visit to the Eiffel Tower includes access to the second floor with a guide.

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What people are saying about Palais du Louvre

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4.5 / 5

based on 2,044 reviews

Very informative, a definite must to truly enjoy the museum visit. Louvre is massive and so many wonderful treasures is overwhelming. Our guide help is navigate the museum to the most important works of art plus share the history of the slouch itself. Our twin fourteen year old daughters found the two hour tour just the right amount of time and information

What a perfect introduction to the Louvre for our family of 5. Miriam was a phenomenal guide. The perfect mix of history, art, and fun facts to engage all ages of my family. We would have not had such a beautiful and memorable tour of the Louvre if it were not for our time with Miriam!

Everything were absolutely perfected,well-organised and our guide (think named Hugo..) was well-informed, descriptive and incredible pleasant! The whole experience is highly recommended!

Christophe was a FABULOUS guide! He was incredibly knowledgeable and made the experience fantastic- even our teens enjoyed it!!!

This is an excellent tour to get started on the Louvre