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Louvre Private Tour

Our Louvre guided tour is a master-pieces selection also designed to give you a comprehensive introduction to the architecture and the history of the famous museum. Done by a postgraduate licensed guide, it is a genuine private tour for you and your party only. 

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

Louvre pyramid at twilight. Louvre evening tours are possible on Wednesday & Friday (post COVID suspended).

The Louvre private tour in a nutshell

  1. Guided tour in English
  2. Really private 2-hour tour
  3. A group of maximum 6 people exclusively yours (your party only)
  4. With or without tickets included
  5. Flexible schedule
  6. Evening tour on Wednesday & Friday
  7. Postgraduate certified French national guide

Skip-the-line tickets: see clarifications in the booking section

What’s in the Tour?

800 Years of Louvre History

Famous 19th Century French Paintings

Italian Renaissance Master Pieces

Ancient Rome & Greece Collections

French Crown’s Jewels

With an amazing selection of world famous master pieces : Venus de Milo ; Nike of Samothrace ; Psyche Revived by Cupid’s KissMichelangelo’s Slaves Coronation of Napoleon ; Raft of the Medusa ; Liberty Leading the People and for sure Mona Lisa and much more.

Is a Louvre private tour worth it?

Visiting the Louvre is often a once in a lifetime opportunity and the 9 miles of corridors and 38,000 works of art can easily transform it in an overwhelming experience. So yes it ‘s worth it! Problem being to find a good knowledgeable guide at a reasonable price. For that, here we are!

Why chose us apart from our prices?

Customer Satisfaction

  • We want you to be happy with your tour with us.
  • Private also means adaptative for us, we definitely don’t want to deliver rushed nor tedious tours.

Postgraduate Certified Guide

Our guide is a history and history of art enthusiast who also holds a BA, Magna Cum Laude, in Heritage Developement & Preservation from Conservatoire des Arts et Métiers.

Why is our Louvre Private Tour so special?

Original Tour

  • Your guide is the one who have designed the tour, he knows what he is speaking about. You definitely won’t get a recitation of a speech learned from a script and repeated day after day. 

Optimized Tour Route

  • Designed for you to make the most of your tour.
  • Ending at Mona Lisa, so you don’t pay to line with your guide there.

Dual Tour

  • Amazing introduction to the Louvre world-famous collection.
  • Fascinating Louvre’s architectural history from a middle-age fortress to a royal palace and finally museum.

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

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 gives 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. Credit Photo by Chris Karidis on Unsplash.

Tour Glimpse: Palace history

Medieval Louvre

Our tour starts by the beginning: the impressive remnants of the ancient 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

This wing, built by architect Pierre Lescot under the reigns of Francois I and Henri II is a reference of the French Renaissance where you will discover:

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

This 6458 ft² reception room is a master piece of the Renaissance with its four impressive caryatides by sculptor Jean Goujeon.

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

Grande Galerie

The Grande Galerie (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 there when he was a child. Nowadays the Great Gallery houses one of the Louvre prestigious Italian Renaissance painting collection.

Sun King's Louvre

It mainly consists in three architect Louis Le Vau‘s works.

Queen Anne of Austria’s Summer Apartments

The apartments of  the Sun King’s mother are famous for their magnificent painted and stucco work.

Apollo Gallery

The gallery is named after the theme of its decoration from  walls to the ceiling: Apollo glorifying Louis XIV as the Sun King. Designed by the King’s first painter Charles Lebrun the magnificent work was continued by many famous French artists as Delacroix with its “Apollo Slays the Python.

Reopened in 2020 after a spectacular cleaning up. It is a prototype of French Baroque (Classism) used as a reference for the Hall of the mirrors at Versailles. 

Salon Carré (Links Great Gallery & Appolo Gallery)

When  Louis XIV 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. 

Imperial Louvre

Salon Carré

The Salon Carré is also strongly linked to the Imperial period as it was the place of the religious wedding ceremony between Napoleon I and Marie-Louise of Austria.

The Imperial Museum

It was created in 1863 with the huge Daru and Molien rooms decorated by Alexandre Dominique Denuelle. Nowadays the two rooms which are still under the imperial color (red and gold) house world famous 19th century French paintings.

Daru Staircase & the Nike of Samothrace

The impressive huge Daru Staircase is not only an amazing setting for the Winged Victory but it is also the entry gate of five must-see collections of the Louvre:

 

  • Ancient Greece and Rome collections
  • Italian Renaissance paintings (Included Mona Lisa)
  • Sculptures of the Michelangelo Gallery
  • The diamonds of the French crown
  • The 19th-century French paintings Gallery
Photo of a detail of the Lescot wing facade to illustrate the Louvre private tour, Paris, France.

Detail of the facade of the Lescot Wing, built between 1546 and 1551 this is the oldest portion above ground of the Louvre. This Renaissance building influenced by Italien Manierism later on became the reference for French Classicism. Credit DEZALB Pixabay

Tour Glimpse: the collections

Ancient Greece & Rome Collections

We will cross on our route some frescos from Pompei, some fragments of Athens Parthenon frieze as some world-famous master pieces: 

  • Diana of Versailles (or Artemis Goddess of the hunt)
  • The Sleeping Hermaphroditus (formerly in the famous Borghese Collection )
  • The Venus de Milo (in its dedicated room)
  • The Winged Victory of Samothrace

Italian Renaissance Painting

In the Great Gallery and the Salle des Etats is housed one of the world most prestigious Italian Renaissance painting collection from Quattrocento (early Italian Renaissance) to High Renaissance and Mannerism. 

In the Great Gallery: 

  • 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.

In Salle des Etats:

Because of Mona Lisa this room is the most visited of the Louvre. Nevertheless the salle des Etats also houses some main master pieces of Venetian painting with: 

  •  “The Wedding Feast at Cana” a huge painting by Veronese
  • The Pastoral Concert “, initially attributed to Giorgione, and now considered from Titian the works inspired  Manet  for his famous “Lucheon on the Grass.

Michelangelo Gallery

A gallery named after two famous non-finito sculptures by Michelangelo: “The Dying Slave” & “The Rebellious Slave.

Nearby is “Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss by Antonio Canova , a pure master piece  which is probably the world most romantic sculpture.

French Crown Jewels

Located in the Apollo Gallery are the  diadem of the Duchess of Angoulême (daughter of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette) and the crown of Louis XV which was originally ornamented with some of the biggest and most famous diamonds  in the world as the Regent and the Sancy.

19th Century Large French Paintings

Neoclassicism in Room Daru  
  • The Coronation of Napoleon” by David
  • The Grande Odalisque” by Ingres
Romanticism in Room Mollien  
  • The Raft of the Medusa” by Géricault
  • The Liberty Leading the People” by Delacroix

And many other interesting works as  Antoine-Jean Gros realistic Napoleonic paintings which make 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!

Prepare your tour to make the most of it

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 were housed there since the 15th century.
  • 1682 Louis XIV abandoned the Louvre for Versaille 
  • Became a museum during French Revolution.
  • 2260421 ft² built, among them 652293 ft² of galleries.
  • More than 300 000 works of arts from which +/- 35 000 are  exhibited.
  • 7500 paintings, a little more than half of them are shown in the galleries.
  • The Louvre houses a famous fine arts school: l‘École du Louvre.
  •  Also housed  there is the Centre for Research and Restoration of the Museums of France which owns a particle accelerator to study art works.
  • Nowadays 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 80s to manage the flow of tourists, is now undersized.

Related French Rulers Timeline

  • Philip II (Philip Augustus): The first Louvre, a medieval fortress, was build under is reign around 1190.
  • Louis IX (Saint Louis): Great son of Philip II he continued the work on the fortress. The “Sainte-Chapelle” was built (1241 to 1248) under is reign.
  • Charles V (1364 to 1380): transformed the fortress in a gothic palace.
  • François I: Iconic king of the French Renaissance, he starts the royal collection acquiring works from italian masters as Raphael or Michelangelo and briging others, as Leonardo da Vinci, to his court.
  • Henri II: Carried out from 1547 is father François I project, the Renaissance Louvre.
  • Henri IV: The Grand Gallery was built under the reign of the first Boubon King who was assassinated in 1610.
  • Louis XIV: In the first part of is long reign the Sun king involved himself in the Louvre layout but finally leave it for is new built Versaille Palace.
  • Napoleon Bonaparte: The Emperor of the French reopened the Louvre project building the wing on  Rivoli Street.
  • Napoleon III: finalised the project with numerous constructions.
  • François Mitterand:  In the 80’s the French president asked architect I.M.Pei to implemente his pyramid in the Louvre main courtyard. 
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.

More Louvre guided Tours

Louvre Evening Tour

An opportunity to enlarge your stay in the museum as to enjoy late evening less crowded hours. For a Louvre private evening tour, just book the corresponding schedule in our tour availability calendar!

Not possible any more for the moment as no more Louvre evening opening after COVID reorganization (May 2021 update). 

Louvre French Paintings Tours

Very logically the Louvre owns a huge collection of French paintings. The famous museum is obviously the best place to learn about French canvas. We proposed a series of dedicated tours. 

Louvre Dutch and Flemish Paintings Tour

The Louvre owns the biggest collection of Flemish and Dutch paintings outside Belgium and the Netherlands. Book our private tour to have a chronological overview of the field with Van Eyck, Memling, Metsys, Patinier, Bruegel, Pourbus, Hals, Ruisdael, Vermeer, Rubens, Van Dick, Rembrandt, etc. Three versions of the tour are available: Flemish and Dutch, Flemish, Dutch Golden Age

Louvre Italian Paintings Tour

Italian painting from 13th to 18th centuries, from Cimabue to Tiepolo. Includes the famous Louvre Italian Renaissance collection.

Ancient Egypt Louvre Tour

Because of Napoleon Bonaparte expedition in Egypt the French were the pioneers in Egyptology.  This is a French man, Champollion, who discovered the meaning of hieroglyphs, he was also the first curator of Louvre Ancient Egypt Collection one of the most prestigious of the word

Extended Louvre Private Tour

Half-day tour, full-day tour: contact us.

Louvre Custom Made Tour

Special subjects, artist, era, requests are welcome: contact us.

BookING SECTION

Louvre Museum Tickets

Skip-the-line ticket clarification: According to the Louvre website “all visitors, including those entitled to free admission, must book a time slot. Buy your ticket online on www.ticketlouvre.fr. During off-peak times, there may also be a limited number of time slots for same-day visits available for booking at the museum. However, if you wish to guarantee your entry to the museum, we strongly advise booking your time slot in advance online.“. Now you really know about Louvre skip-the-line tickets!

Free admission: Children up to 18 years old, European young adults up to 26-year-old and some other specific situations. Online timed tickets mandatory.

Paris Museum Pass: Available on the Paris Museum Pass website. The pass includes the right to reserve a timed ticket on the Louvre ticket website for free.

The Louvre is closed on Tuesdays. Open hours:  9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Any exit is final.

To Know Before Booking

Tips - Amenities

Amenities

WIFI: Some free hotspots are spread in the museum. No full coverage.

Children: Are welcome in the  Louvre but no dedicated area for them.

Snack and Lunch Break Inside the Louvre:

  • At the Pyramid reception area  (Goguette, Comptoir du Louvre, Starbuck and two take away counters).
  • In the galleries: café Mollien in Denon wing and café Angelina in Richelieu wing  with terraces overlooking the Louvre Pyramid.

What to Wear

Comfortable Walking Shoes are needed  to walk the Louvre huge galleries.

Access to the Louvre / Meeting Point

Easiest Access to the Louvre: Line 1 station Palais Royal

Meeting point: Outside or inside the museum depending on whether you take the tour with or without tickets included. Full details are given during booking flow.

Tour Attention Points & Restrictions
  • Tour is on foot.
  • Prices do not include transportation, food, drinks or any other extra services.
  • Tour duration & content are purely indicative, they may vary due to contingencies.
  • Private tour  means a tour for you & your party only, not that the museum is privatized.

Chose between a tour with or without tickets included

Without tickets included: Meet your guide inside the museum, don’t pay for ticket management and to queue with you guide at security-check. Just be sure we agreed your tour schedule before buying your Louvre tickets (see next how to book).

With tickets included:  Also includes an extra half an hour for a Louvre outdoor presentation and / or security check queuing. Extra cost is independent of the ticket price.

How to Book Your Louvre Private Tour Without Ticket Included

Look for a time slot that fits your party on the Louvre website and then for a compatible one on our website (same day at least half an hour later, see example below).

  1. Once you find a convenient schedule request your private tour.
  2. We ASAP confirm your request and temporarily block your slot.
  3. Then buy your Louvre e-ticket.
  4. Once (3) done, pay your tour on line (link in confirmation email (2)).

You then receive your tour documentation with easy meeting point inside the museum.

Example: You have Louvre 10h30 timed tickets, so the first private tour time slot you can book is 11h same day. Here you have half an hour to pass the security-check and reach the close to the entry meeting point.

How to Book Your Louvre Private Tour With Ticket Included

Check on the Louvre website for open slots that fit your party, do the same on our website.

  • Once you find a convenient schedule request your private tour.
  • We ASAP confirm our request.
  • Then pay your tour and ticket on line (link in request confirmation email).   

You then receive your tour documentation and ticket included exact easy meeting point outside the museum. 

 

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