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Louvre Private Tour

Our Louvre private guided tour is not only a master pieces selection but is also designed to give you a comprehensive introduction to the diversity and richness of the famous museum. Done by a licensed guide passionate about history, history of art and architecture, 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 and Friday

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 Skip-the-line tickets included
  5. Flexible schedule (morning, lunchtime, afternoon)
  6. Evening tour possible on Wednesday & Friday
  7. Postgraduate certified French national guide

What’s in the Tour?

800 years of Louvre History

Famous 19th Century French Paintings

Italian Renaissance Master Pieces

Ancien 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 easly transform it in an overwhelming experience. So yes it worth it! Problem being to find a good knowledgable guide at a reasonnable price. For that, here we are!

Why chose us apart from our prices?

For our Main Value: Customer Satisfaction

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

For our Postgraduate Certified Guide

He is an history and history of art enthusiast who also holds a BA, Magna Cum Laude, in Heritage Developpement & 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 definitively won’t get a recitation of a speech learned from a script and repeated  days after days. 

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.
  • Facinating 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!

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 apartmentsAnne 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 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 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 Frenche 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 Godess of the hunt)
  • The Sleeping Hermaphroditos (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 états also houses some main master pieces of Venitian painting with: 

  •  “The Wedding Feast at Cana” an 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), the crown of Louis XV and 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 others 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 : Tips & practicals

Louvre Tips: Access & Opening

Louvre Opening Days 
  • Every day of the week except Tuesdays. 
Louvre Opening Hours
  •  from 9.00a.m. to 6.00p.m.
  • On Wednesday & Friday Louvre 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 accept tour bookings for these Sundays.

Tips: Ease your Stay in the Louvre

Amenities

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

Childreen: 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.

Practical & Orientation Ask our Guide

Your guide will be happy to give you practical information about amenities and collections to ease your visit of the Louvre.

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

Less crowded Intersting galleries, as French or Flemish paintings, Middle- Age and Renaissance sculptures, Ancien Egypte, Charles X Museum, Napoleon III Apartements, etc.

Unexpected 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.  

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.

Prepare your tour: Louvre essential milestones

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.

Other Louvre private guided Tours

Louvre Evening Tour

For a Louvre private evening tour, just book the corresponding schedule in our tour availability calendar! The Louvre is open on Wednesday & Friday till 9.45p.m.

Ancient Egypte Louvre Tour

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

Louvre Paintings Private Tours

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 canevas. 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 Netherlandz. Book our private tour to have a chronological overview of the field with Van Eyck, Memling, Metsys, PatinierBruegel, Pourbus, Hals, Ruisdael, Vermeer, Rubens, Van Dick, Rembrandt, etc.  Our Louvre Flemish and Dutch Painting tour is availlable in three versions: 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.

Louvre special private tours

Extended Louvre Private Tour

Half day tour, full day tour : contact us

Louvre Custom Made Tour

Special subject, artist, era, requests are welcome : contact us

Things to know before Booking

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 options tickets may be included or not 
  • 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

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