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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. From 130 € for 1 to 2 people, 175 € for 3 etc.
  3. Really private 2.5-hour tour (your party only 6 people max.)
  4. Flexible time schedule – not available on Tuesdays
  5. Postgraduate (MPhil) certified French national guide

Tour with skip-the-line ticket to buy on line (optionaly we can do it for you).
Skip-the-line-ticket clarification: they are just standard online tickets.

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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 Kiss ; Michelangelo’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.

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

An history and history of art enthusiast holding a MPhil and a BA, Magna Cum Laude.

Why is our Louvre Private Tour so special?

Original Tour

  • Designed by your guide.
  • Not 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.
  • Louvre’s architectural history from the middle-age fortress to the world famous 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. “Salle Saint-Louis” the only remaining medieval room of the Louvre is also on our route.

Renaissance Louvre

The Lescot Wing

Built by architect Pierre Lescot under the reigns of Francois I and Henri II it is a reference of the French Renaissance.

There you will discover the magnificent Henri II grand staircase as the “Salle des Caryatides” a 6458 ft² reception room, 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 (Great Gallery)

Situeted in Denon Wing it 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 most of the Louvre 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 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. The two rooms are still under the imperial color (red and gold) and now 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 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 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

Some main master pieces of Venetian painting as:

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

Also housing Mona Lisa this room is the most visited of the Louvre.

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, 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

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 Versailles 
  • 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.
  • The Louvre is the world biggest, most famous and most visited museum.
  • 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 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.
  • Louis XIV: The Sun king initially involved himself in the Louvre layout but finally leave it for is new built Versaille Palace.
  • Napoleon Bonaparte restarted the Louvre building the Rivoli Street wing.
  • 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

Enlarge your stay in the museum enjoying late evening less crowded hours. For a Louvre private evening tour, just book the corresponding schedule in our tour availability calendar!

Temporary interrupted. No more Louvre evening opening for now after COVID reorganization (November 2021 update). 

Louvre French Paintings Tours

The Louvre 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. Our tour gives 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

Thanks to 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.

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

Things to know before Booking

Louvre Tickets, Museum Pass & Skip-the-line Clarifications

A Skip-the-line ticket is just a standard online one. You line for health and security and skip the purchasing line on site ... like nearly everyone else. Louvre website says "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 ... to guarantee your entry ... we strongly advise booking your time slot in advance online."

"Licenced guides easier access": Since COVID this entry is now reserved for groups of more than 6 people. Officialy, no more priviledge there for tiny private tours.   

Free admission (with online ticket mandatory): Children up to 18 y/o, European ... up to 26 y/o and some other specific situations. Paris Museum Pass: Available on the Pass website, includes the right to reserve a timed ticket on the Louvre website for free.

Attention Points

  • Tour on foot in Louvre's hudge galeries so good health & comfortable shoes are mandatory.
  • Louvre rooms closing without notice may (rarely) happend, so you will be asked during booking to choose a substitution thematique tour in case. 

Restrictions

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

Meeting Point

Easy one Inside the museum (detail during booking)

Access: Metro line 1 station Palais-Royal

Book your Louvre Private Tour

Just request the date, time, number of people you want for your Louvre tour in our calendar  and follow the below 4 steps online easy process.   

(1) Receive our OK email (free reservation valid 48 hours)

(2) Buy your Louvre tickets on line (compatible schedule)

(3) Once you have your ticket pay your tour on line

(4) Receive our
confirmation (email)

Nota bene : Step (1) free reservation is lost if no step (3) payment received after 48h. Buy your ticket on Louvre official web site. Louvre is closed on Tuesdays. Open hours:  9 am - 6 pm. Any exit is final.
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