Experience the best of the Louvre in only 1.5 hours on this unique tour as you’re led through its long halls and infinite exhibits straight to the top five masterpieces. We’ve mapped out the perfect route to the artwork you can’t miss inside the world’s most-visited museum, so you don’t waste time wondering where it is. And since we’re sure you’ll have worked up an appetite after your 90 minutes of contemplating artistic creations like the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo and Winged Nike of Samothrace, this tour includes a three-course lunch by the famed Parisian patisserie and restaurant Angelina at the Café Richelieu overlooking the Louvre’s main courtyard and famous glass pyramid.
Don’t waste precious vacation time waiting in lines and ambling aimlessly amongst the museum’s less famous works. You'll be taken straight to where you want to be with this short but in-depth tour. One of the biggest perks is the extra time you’ll have with the art you want to see, the most irresistible of which is of course Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. Regarded as unfinished by Leonardo, it is most likely a portrait of Lisa Gherardini, the wife of a wealthy Florentine merchant that he painted between 1503 and 1506.
Many people don’t know it, but Leonardo himself took it to France when he worked under the patronage of Francis I, though it did make it back to Italy and then again to the French monarch. It must have been an object of meditation for the artist, and much of this energy can still be felt. Your guide will provide you with a number of interpretations, but you'll be able to decide for yourself just what it is that makes her expression so inescapable.
You’ll also see two of the Louvre’s other famous women, the Venus de Milo and Winged Victory of Samothrace, as well as embark on a journey across the history of painting and sculpture with the most representative works from antiquity to the neoclassical.
Whether it is your first time or you’ve visited the Louvre many times, this is an unbelievable artistic experience full of our hallmark enthusiasm for this unique collection, leaving you with plenty of time to see more of what Paris has to offer… which brings us to our next point! If you’ve got a sweet tooth, or just love French cuisine, this tour includes an unforgettable three-course lunch with wine and coffee served by one of Paris’s most beloved and historic institutions, Angelina. Savor delicious food and mouth-watering desserts as you look out over the iconic glass pyramid, and when you’re finished you’ll be free to continue exploring the museum on your own with your stomach full and bearings straight. Now that’s true Parisian joie de vivre!