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Louvre Private Tour

Our Louvre private guided tour is not only a master piece selection but is also designed to give you a comprehensive introduction to the most famous museum in the world. Done with a licensed guide passionate by history, history of art and architecture, it is a really private tour for you and your party only. Our tour will give you a good base to make the most of your visit at Le Louvre. Two options are available with or without skip the line tickets. 

Photo of the louvre great pyramid to illustrate the Louvre private tour, Paris, France.

Le Louvre Museum facade and pyramid by night – photo by Raphael Miranda on Unplash.com

The Louvre private tour Essentials  

  1. Guided tour in English for a first discovery of the Louvre
  2. Really private 2-hour tour
  3. A group of maximum 6 people exclusively yours (your party only)
  4. with or without Skip-the-line tickets included
  5. Morning, lunchtime, afternoon & evening tours
  6. Postgraduate (MPhil) local licensed guide lecturer

Why a Louvre Private Tour?

First of all, because the Louvre is big, very big, this is the biggest museum in the world.  So, having your own local guide will be a great advantage to go directly to the main master pieces and learn how to move efficiently in the huge museum.

Secondly, because your Broaden-Horizons guide is a  licensed guide meaning that he holds the Guide-Conférencier Card which is the highest guiding certification in France.

Last but not least, your guide is a history and history of art passionate and also does our Orsay tour and our Louvre thematic tours. You definitely won’t have somebody repeating (or worst reading) things about the only few works of arts he knows, but a real professional guide doing is best to convey is passion of arts.     

Spirit of the Louvre Private Tour

(1) A selection of the Louvre most famous master pieces: ancient Greece and Rome sculptures with the “Venus de Milo” and the “Winged Victory” ; The diamonds of French Crown ; 19th century French paintings with  the “Coronation of Napoleon” and the “Raft of the Medusa” ; the Italian Renaissance paintings with Mona Lisa

(2) Discovery of the Louvre for what it was initially built: the main royal palace in  Paris and consequently a major witness of French history and architecture history.

(3) Optimized time with your guide: a route designed with an high density of master pieces ; a tour ending at Mona Lisa, so you don’t pay to line with your guide there.

Our Private tour is definitely
a must
for a first visit of the Louvre!

Louvre Private Tour Content

Medieval Louvre

Our “Louvre private tour” starts by the beginning: the impressive remnants of the walls of the ancient Louvre fortress build by the king of France Philippe Auguste (the rival of English king Richard the Lionheart) and transformed in a medieval palace by King Charles V. We will also discover the “Salle Saint-Louis“, the only remaining medieval room of the Louvre.  

Renaissance Louvre: the Lescot Wing

We will then enter the Renaissance Louvre built by architect Pierre Lescot under the reigns of Francois I and Henri II and discover:

  • The magnificent Henri II Stairecase 
  • One of the most famous the Louvre’s room: the “Salle des Caryatides

This 600 SQM  bal room is a master piece of the French Renaissance with at it south-end four impressive caryatides by sculptor Jean Goujeon and at the opposite side columns marking  the place where the king was dispensing justice.

Many historical events happened in the room as for example the first time Molière performed a play in front of Louis XIV.  

Etching by Jacques Callot depicting the Seine River and the Louvre on the right bank during the reign of Louis XIII to illustrate the Louvre Private Tour in Paris, France;

 Etching representing Paris around 1630. On the left part the picture depicts the right bank of the Seine River with the Louvre castle. The remaining parts of the medieval castle are clearly visible as the Lescot Renaissance wing and the newly built Great Gallery alongside the river. View of the Louvre, Jacques Callot, Arts Institute of Chicago.

Ancient Greece and Rome Sculptures

The Caryatides Room is nowadays the place where starts the Ancien Rome and Greek collection with  the Diana of Versailles (or Artemis Godess of the hunt) and the Sleeping Hermaphroditos (formerly in the famous Borghese Collection ), after which we will reach two other world-famous master pieces:

  • The Venus de Milo (in its dedicated room)
  • The Winged Victory of Samothrace (in the Daru staircase)

Daru Staircase & the Winged Victory

The impressive huge marble staircase is not only an amazing setting for the Winged Victory of Samothrace but it is also a vary strategic place in the museum:  this works of the Second Empire is the entry gate of five must-see parts of the Louvre:

  • The sculptures of the Michelangelo Gallery
  •  Great Gallery and the Italian Renaissance Painting Collection

  • Anne of Austria Summer Apartements
  • Apollo Gallery and the Diamonds of the French Crown
  • And very logically former Imperial Museum with its 19th-century paintings 

Anne of Austria Summer Apartements

The apartments of Louis XIV’s mother who was Queen Regent of France till 1651, are six rooms built by the architect Louis Le Vau.  Its magnificent ceilings were painted by Romanelli and Errard,  meanwhile the stuccowork was designed by Anguier, Marsy and Poissant.

Since the French Revolution the zone is a gallery for antiques from Italy including some frescos from PompeiBefore Queen’s apartements is “Salle de Diane“, a room in which is presented a fragment of  Athens Parthenon frieze.

Apollo Gallery and the French Crown Jewels 

Also built by Le Vau the Apollo Gallery reopen in 2020 after a spectacular in deep cleaning, It is considered as a prototype of French Classism  as It was used as a model for the Galerie des Glaces at Versailles. 

The gallery is named after the theme of its decoration from  walls to ceiling: Apollo glorifing Louis XIV as the Sun King. Designed by the King’s first painter Charles Lebrun the magnificent work was not finished when he died and was continued by many famous French artists as Delacroix with its “Apollo Slays the Python.

In the center of the Apollo Gallery are the jewels of the French crown, with the  diadem of the Duchess of Angoulême (daugther of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette), the crown of Louis XV and some of the biggest and most famous diamonds  in the world as the Regent and the Sancy.

Salon Carré

One’s more built by Le Vau by request of Louis XIV, the Salon Carré  (Square Salon) links the Appolo Gallery with the Great Gallery

When  Louis IV left the Louvre for Versailles he attributed the room to the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture which organized there its yearly art exhibitions. They were called the “Salons” in reference to the room name. The magnificent ceiling of the room gives tribute to the arts of the Academy and major painters by nation: Rubens, Raphael, Poussin and Murillo.

The religious wedding ceremony between Napoleon I and Marie-Louise of Austria was held there.

Grande Gallerie & Italian Renaissance Painting

The Grande Gallerie (Great Gallery) in Denon Wing is the most famous room of the Louvre. Built under Henri IV it was initially 460 meters long (now a third less), future King  Louis XIII was playing and initiated to fox hunting there when he was a child.

The Great Gallery now houses one of the world most prestigious Italian Renaissance painting collection from Quattrocento (early Italian Renaissance) to High Renaissance and Mannerism with master pieces of the most famous artist as: 

  • St. Francis of Assisi Receiving the Stigmata by Giotto
  • Venus and the Three Graces Presenting Gifts to a Young Woman by Botticelli
  •  St. Sebastian by Mantegna
  • Saint Anne, Leonardo da Vinci’s ultimate masterpiece
  • St. Michael Slaying the Devil & Portrait of Baldassare Castiglione by Rafael
  • Death of the Virgin by Caravaggio etc.

 Salle des Etats & Mona Lisa

Housing  “La Gioconda” (“La Joconde” in French) the “Salle des Etats” is the most visited room of the louvre. But Mona Lisa is not the only traesure of the room in which can bee seen the huge  “Wedding Feast at Cana”by Veronese or “The Pastoral Concert “, a painting initially attributed to Giorgione and now considered from Titian which inspired  Manet  for his famous “Lucheon on the Grass”.

Michelangelo Gallery

A must-see Italian sculpture gallery with two famous non finito by Michelangelo: The Dying Slave& The Rebellious Slave.

Nearby is Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss by Antonio Canova probably the world most romantic sculpture which  was initially purchased by Joachim Murat, Napoleon’s brother-in-law, Marshal of the Empire and King of Naples.

Most Famous 19th Century Large French Paintings 

This collection of world famous master pieces are housed in rooms decorated by Alexandre Dominique Denuelle for the Imperial Museum (Napoleon III period).

Neoclassicism in Salle Daru (Room Daru) 
  • DavidThe Coronation of Napoleon
  • Ingres: Grande Odalisque
Romanticism in Salle Mollien (Room Molien) 
  • GéricaultThe Raft of the Medusa
  • Delacroix: The Liberty Leading the People

More great painters can be presented as for example Antoine-Jean Gros successor of David with its realistic Napoleonic paintings which made a transition between Neoclassical  and Romantic styles. 

Photo of 1810 Painting by Boilly representing a public view of Jacques-Louis David master piece "The Coronation of Napoleon" to illustrate the Louvre Private Tour in paris, France;

1810 Painting by Boilly representing a public view of Jacques-Louis David “Coronation of Napoleon” The David huge painting (+/- 10 x 6 meters) completed in 1807 was exhibited in three occasions between 1808 and 1810 in the Napoleon Museum (nowadays Le Louvre Museum). You won’t be the first one to admire this David master piece!

More About the Louvre Private Tour

Practical & Orientation

Your guide will be happy to give you practical information to ease your  stay in the Louvre after the tour:

Most easily reachable collections after the tour:  Italian paintings till 1800, Spanish paintings,  UK and US paintings, Islamic Art  etc.      

Less crowded Intersting galleries, as French or Flemish paintings, Middle- Age and Renaissance sculptures, Egyptology, Napoleon III Apartements, etc.

Unexepected gems of the Louvre: as partially reconstructed Coptic church of the Bawit monastery (Egypt from the fourth century) etc. 

Other medieval remains in the Louvre area: the Charles V city wall.  

Practical information : toilettes,  etc.

Photo of Cour Napoléon with the famous Pyramid in its center to illustrate how big is the Louvre.

The huge Cour Napoleon with the famous Pyramid in its center only give a partial view of how big is the Louvre. Our private Louvre guided tour will help you to understand how is organized the museum and find your bearings there.

Good to know beforE a louvre Guided Tour

Louvre Facts & Data

  • More than 800 years of history (initially a medieval castle)
  • Since then most of the French rulers participated in its construction
  • Artists worked and where housed there since 15th century
  • Became a museum during French Revolution
  • 210 000 sqm built, among them 60 600 sqm of galleries.
  • More than 300 000 works of arts from which +/- 35 000 are  exhibited
  • The collections include around 7500 paintings, a little more than half of them are shown in the galleries.
  • The Louvre house a famous fine arts school: lÉcole du Louvre.
  • The Louvre also house the Centre for Research and Restoration of the Museums of France which owns an particle accelerator to study art works. 
  • Nowaday the Louvre is  the biggest, most famous and most visited museum in the world.
  • Louvre pyramid complex designed by architect I.M.Pei in the 80’s to manage the flow of tourist, is now undersized.

Louvre Tips

Louvre Opening Hours

The Louvre is open every day of the week except Tuesdays. The museum is open from Open 9.00a.m. to 6.00p.m. On Wednesday & Friday Louvre  is open till 9.45p.m. Evening Openings are  an opportunity to enlarge your stay in the museum as to enjoy late evening less crowed hours.

Free Entrance the First Sunday of Each Month

A good idea if you don’t want to pay, but a very bad one if you want to avoid the crowd. We don’t accepte booking for these Sundays.

Snack and Lunch Break

Pricy options are possible inside the Louvre at the Pyramid reception area  (Goguette, Comptoir du Louvre, Starbuck as two take away counters) and in some galleries : café Angelina in the Richelieu wing and café Mollien in the Denon wing.

Comfortable Walking Shoes

It is what you need to ware to walk the Louvre huge galleries.  

Take a Louvre Private Guided Tour (And Do It With Us)

The Louvre is so big that visiting the Louvre can be overwhelming, so take a tour is definitely a good option, particularly on a first visit.

Other Louvre guided Tours

Louvre French Paintings Private Tours:

Other Louvre Paintings Private Tours:

  • Dutch and Flemish painting (coming soon)
  • Italian Renaissance (coming soon)

Things to know before Booking

Your Private Licensed Guide in Paris

  • State-graduate licensed guide lecturer
  • Bachelor with honors in Heritage Developpement & Preservation by Conservatoire des Arts et Métiers
  • Postgraduate from Paris-Dauphine University
  • Member of Paris Historique Association

Louvre Private Tour Highlights

  • Really private 2-hour tour for you and your party only
  • A comprehensive introduction to the Louvre Museum
  • Louvre history as a castle and palace
  • A selection of master pieces
  • The opportunity to ask your dedicated guide any related questions

Meeting Point

Two options outside or inside the museum 

Access: Line 1 station Palais Royal

 

Louvre Private Tour Attention Points

  • Tour is on foot
  • Prices do not include transportation, food, drinks or any other extra services
  • Museum tickets: two option tickets may be included or not 
  • Tour duration & content are purely indicative, they may vary due to contingencies

BoOk your Louvre Private Tour

Choose below your tour: You will then be  asked : -> choose the number of people, date & hours of visit -> after our validation-> pay on line.

Choose below your tour

You will then be  asked : 

  • choose number of people, date & hour of visit
  • after our validation
  • pay on line
Sculpture photo of the facade of the Louvre Museum to illustrate the Louvre Private Tour in Paris, France.

View of people entering in the Louvre by Richelieu Gallery coming from rue de Rivoli and Palais Royal. Photo by Serge Kutuzov on Unsplash

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