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Skip the line, go directly to the Mona Lisa. Visited by 9.3 million people a year, the Louvre Art Museum is very popular — and very crowded! But there are ways to reduce your time in line, and spend more time looking at the art.
We don't like to stand in line. Who does? That's why do do like to book guided tours for the most crowded museums, and a Louvre tour makes the most of our time inside the many wings and galleries.
On these tours you make a beeline to the three most famous artworks and get a quick Paris art history lesson from your English-speaking guide.
You stop at the Venus di Milo, then over to Nike of Samothrace and of course, Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece, Mona Lisa. Then you have lots of time to visit the many other famous works of art.
With the most of the tours you're able to continue exploring the Louvre Museum on your own once the tour ends, without having wasted time in lines. To us, that's worth the price of the tour. Here are the tours we recommend and that are liked by our readers…
As we mention, this tour is the favourite of our readers. This 3-hour skip-the-line walking tour for 20 people is offered morning, afternoon and evening at the Louvre art museum.
On it you cover more than 2000 years of the history of art, starting with the ancient Greeks.
You visit masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance and view the royal crowns of French emperors and kings. And, of course, you'll also spend time with the Big Three – Venus, Nike and Mona!
"The guide was extremely knowledgeable, friendly and had lots of interesting little facts…. The tour was much more than just the main pieces, and gave a real experience of the museum."
Art + wine — that makes for a perfect evening in Paris. This is the Louvre tour that we would choose.
We love this limited-size tour that kicks off by skipping the lines at the Louvre, where your guide then takes you on fascinating a 2½-hour tour of the über-famous museum. You learn to appreciate the artwork so much more when you have an expert showing it to you. But we fin it makes us develop a…thirst!
So, saturated with art, you then stroll over to the nearby wine bar, Ô Chateau, for a guided wine tasting, complete with charcuterie and cheeses. Is it any wonder we love Paris?
On this prioritized guided tour you are guaranteed to skip the ticket line at the Louvre, get inside quickly and go directly to the three most famous works of art.
While you're on the tour you get a Paris art history lesson from an English-speaking expert guide.
Once the 2½ tour concludes, you're able to continue exploring the Louvre Museum on your own, without having wasted time in line-ups!
You can choose from small group tours (15 people) or large group tours (50 people). We'd just as soon pay the lower price to get in with the larger group, and then wander off on our own!
"This tour was excellent! If only just to skip the lines it was well worth it, but the guide was fantastic. So much knowledge and passion…he really ensured we saw the best highlights of the museum – both the touristy and non-touristy ones. This was definitely the highlight of our trip and we will do the same again!"
• This is a recommended tour — in a half day you combine a private tour of the city with a skip-the-line visit to the Louvre. A great option for first-time visitors or those in a hurry, this is all arranged for you by our Paris Concierge.
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• Full-day Paris tour by foot & by boat — including the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower.
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• Self-guided, skip-the-line audio tour.
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• Sunset guided visit of the Louvre with champagne at Café Richelieu, includes hotel pickup.
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• Full-day tour by minivan — including a guided tour of the Louvre and a lunch cruise down the Seine.
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