Skip the Line: Mona Lisa and Highlights of the Louvre Semi-Private Tour

Follow your expert guide straight into the Louvre to experience this massive museum’s ‘Top 5’ masterpieces culminating in a breathtaking look into the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci. This 1.5-hour tour has been specially designed to serve up the artworks you don’t want to miss, giving you extra time with them in groups limited to just 6 people.


1.5 Hours

Operating Days

Operating Days
Sun, Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat

Start Time

Start Time
09:15, 09:45, 11:30 & 14:30

Meeting Point

Meeting Point
Arc du Carrousel
Details at Booking

Tour inclusions: you get all of this

  • Skip the line access to the Louvre Museum
  • Tour of Louvre’s ‘Top 5’ masterpieces, including the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo and more
  • Fully guided 1.5-hour tour with an expert, English-speaking guide
  • Small groups of only 6 people or less
  • Louvre tickets allowing you to stay for the rest of the day

What makes this tour special?

The Louvre is immense and getting inside to see its impressive collection of some 35,000 pieces can seem daunting, especially if you just want to visit the most important ones. That’s why City Wonders has developed this concise 1.5-hour Louvre tour with Mona Lisa as its focal point, so you don’t leave feeling like its greatest masterpieces haven’t received enough attention.

In addition to the enigmatic portrait by Leonardo da Vinci, you will also see the Louvre’s other two 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. This tour follows a carefully planned route that slices through the museum to its ‘stars’, with the added benefit of a maximum of 6 people per group for an experience more like a private tour than the large groups that characterize its halls.

After meeting with your guide, you’ll be sped straight past the thousands of people that line up daily to get inside. Your small group size means that you will be able to move swiftly and get up close to these timeless compositions, where you will be captivated by the genius behind their creation. Marvel at the subtle details, true stories and amazing history that your expert guide unveils about each of the artworks as you look on.

The most irresistible of these is of course the Mona Lisa, which has been steeped in legend for centuries. This is mainly because the painting remained in its creator’s possession until the time of his death. Regarded as unfinished by Leonardo, it is most likely a portrait of Lisa Gherardini, the wife of a wealthy Florentine cloth merchant that he painted between 1503 and 1506.

Many people don’t know it, but Leonardo took it to France himself when he worked under the patronage of Francis I, though it did make it back to Italy and then again to the French monarch. One thing is certain, 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, and you'll be able to decide for yourself just what it is that makes her gaze so penetrating.

After the tour you will be free to continue exploring the Louvre knowing you got the full story on its essential masterpieces, or you can move on to your next Paris activity without weighing down your day with a longer tour.

*Due to increased security measures at many attractions some lines may form on tours with 'Skip the Line' access.

Discover Mona Lisa and Co.

No trip to Paris is complete without a pilgrimage to the world’s most iconic painting. See the Mona Lisa through the eyes of an art expert along with the Venus de Milo and other representative works from antiquity to the neoclassic.

The Louvre Made Easy

Skip the Louvre’s long lines and follow your guide directly to the masterpieces you want to see most. This compact tour delivers the best of the collection timing in at just an hour and a half, so you're free to explore the rest of the museum, or Paris itself.

The Fast Track to Its Most Famous Art

Cut through the crowds in your small group of 6 or fewer on a specially planned route so that you have more time with the Louvre’s ‘Top 5’. Get up close to the artworks that you’ve been dreaming of seeing your whole life.

Last 5 Reviews out of 156 Reviews

ALICE 27 February 2017
She was very knowledgeable about art and the artists.

JOHN 20 February 2017
Really good guide. Loads of information.

WADE 09 February 2017
Catherine was very knowledgeable, friendly, and accommodating. I do not know much about art, and I enjoyed learning from her. I enjoyed my tour with her very much. I wish I would have booked a longer tour.

CHRISTINE 09 February 2017
Nicholas was absolutely wonderful, our first time ever visit couldn't have been better; Nicholas made it perfect!

JANNE 06 February 2017
Very calm and friendly and really made a effort to make a great tour ! Catherine made us understand the historie of Louvre and how art has developed though the centuries. Book this Best of Louvre Semi-Private tour !

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