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Louvre Highlights Tour: Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo & Winged Victory

2 hours

Max 20

5 reviews

See the 'crème de la crème' of the Louvre's enormous art collection in just two hours. This Skip the Line Louvre Museum Tour includes the French Romantics, Italian masterpieces (including some from Michelangelo), the crown jewels and of course, Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa. It's the best way to experience the Louvre without having to spending hours waiting in line.

Medieval art can be tough to appreciate if you don't have a guide to interpret it. A good guide brings the world's largest art museum down to a human level. This Louvre highlights tour covers an enormous range of art. The 'Venus de Milo' is one of the most famous statues in the world and we'll help you understand why. The Louvre has some of the best ancient Roman statues outside of Rome. France's crown jewels are a favorite of any Louvre highlights tour. Some of the Louvre's galleries are works of art in and of themselves. This room was once used to host royal balls and galas. Our Louvre highlights tour features everything from French Romantic painters to anonymous Roman sculptors. One of our favorite statues in the Louvre, the Sleeping Hermaphroditus hides quite a surprise, depending on where you view it. Our Louvre highlights tour also includes some famous, unfinished works from Michelangelo. Liberty Leading the People is a symbol of the French Republic. The 'Mona Lisa' is much smaller than most people thinks she is. Don't forget that the Louvre was once a royal palace. Europe's wealthiest monarchs once walked these halls. Gericault's 'Raft of the Medusa' is one of the most striking works on any Louvre highlights tour. The Louvre has more of Leonardo da Vinci's paintings than anywhere else in the world. Underneath all those lovely galleries is an ancient, medieval moat that has become a favorite sight for visitors. The Winged Victory of Samothrace is monumental in both importance and stature. Michelangelo's unfinished 'Slaves' offer a unique insight into the mind of the tortured artist Everyone wants a picture of the 'Venus de Milo' but your expert guide will give you an explanation of the statue that is much better than any selfie.
  • Sites Visited
  • Mona Lisa
  • Italian sculptures
  • Classic Greek Art Rooms
  • French painting galleries
  • Tour Includes
  • Skip the Line Louvre Museum tickets
  • Expert tour guides
  • Groups of 20 people or fewer
  • Headsets

Take Walks: Take the stress out of your Louvre visit with Skip the Line Access.

At any given time, there are 35,000 works on show in the Louvre collection. You could spend an entire vacation trying to see all of it and still only scratch the surface - and that's after you got past the long lines every morning. If, however, you only have a couple of hours; our Skip the Line Louvre Highlights Tour is the perfect way to get the best from your time.

After meeting your expert, art historian guide in front of the Louvre, along with a group of no more than 19 other people, you'll skip long entrance lines and stroll through security scanners right into the galleries. Following a carefully-planned itinerary, you'll see Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa; sculptures by Michelangelo and Antonio Canova; classic paintings from the French Romantics like Delacroix's Victory Leading the People and Gericault's The Raft of the Medusa; the iconic statue of the Venus de Milo; and even France's crown jewels.

Along the way your guide will give you the context and background you'll need to understand what you're seeing and to appreciate its beauty and importance. You'll also hear a lot of behind-the-scenes stories like how a solitary worker managed to steal the Mona Lisa; and how a story of shipwreck and cannibalism on the front page of a newspaper became one of France's most beloved paintings.

As you explore, you'll also experience the full splendor of the Louvre as a building. Built first as a defensive fortress and once a seat for French royalty, this enormous palace hosted grand balls and all types of royal affairs before it was a museum. As you move through its galleries your guide will bring them to life with stories of the kings and queens whose footsteps you're walking in.

This short but very sweet skip the line tour distills the Louvre Museum collection into a very manageable two hours; so you can be in and out without having to worry about anything but enjoying the art.

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5 Verified Reviews

Our guide was fantastic.

She was very engaged with all the children in the group, asking them questions and sharing fun facts. As an adult I thought it was a decent overview of the Louvre.

We enjoyed the Louvre tour very much.

We saw the highlights and learned some interesting history about the art and the building itself.

FAQ

Do I need to bring an ID with me on this tour?
Yes! Please ensure that all members of your party have a valid ID on them on the day of the visit. This is particularly important for guests who have qualified for a student discount.
What can I bring inside the Louvre Museums?
Please note that the Louvre will not allow large items inside the museum, so you should bring only a small daypack or handbag. More specifically, only bags smaller than 21.5 in x 13.5 in x 7.5 in (55 cm x 35 cm x 20) cm are permitted. Suitcases and large bags must be left outside. Additional security checks may cause longer waits at unavoidable security lines at times.
Can you guarantee that I will see every room in the Louvre listed here?
We can't guarantee it, but it's very likely. As with all museums, particular galleries of the Louvre may be closed without prior notice, or pieces may be removed for restoration or loan. In this case, your guide will make an appropriate substitution. However, as the pieces and the rooms we visit on our tour are the most important in the museum, these are the ones least likely to close or leave on loan.
I use a wheelchair: Can I take this tour?
Unfortunately, this tour route is not fully wheelchair accessible so wheelchair users cannot join our group tour. However, an alternate route can be arranged to accommodate visitors in wheelchairs who wish to hire a private guide. Please contact customer service at [email protected] to arrange a wheelchair-friendly tour.

The Perfect Guide, Every Time

We take care to assign our guides to the perfect tour for their particular skill set; so you’ll always have the perfect companion for your experience. Here are a few of the guides that regularly lead this tour.

Lavanya

PARIS, FRANCE

Lavanya grew up in Chicago and came to France to pursue her Masters Degree. Her work as a guide complements her studies in interesting and unexpected ways.

Liliya

PARIS, FRANCE

Born in Ukraine and raised in America, Lilya has always loved art and history. When she moved to Paris 4 years ago, becoming a guide came naturally to her.