Extended Louvre Masterpieces & Royal Palace Tour

Extended Louvre Masterpieces & Royal Palace Tour

4.9 1,899 Reviews
3 h.
Meeting Point
Arc du Carrousel
Start Time
09:45, 11:30, 14:30 & 18:30
Operating Days
Everyday except tuesday
per adult

Tour Highlights

  • Skip the Line Access to the Louvre Museum
  • Comprehensive itinerary covering the Louvre's most important masterpieces including the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, Winged Victory of Samothrace and more
  • Local expert guide passionate about the Louvre's art
  • Group sizes of no more than 25 people 
  • Audio headsets so you don't miss a detail


Embark on this fascinating 3-hour journey of discovery into the Louvre's most celebrated artworks. See its timeless masterpieces like Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo, Nike of Samothrace and many others, with incredible true stories from a passionate art expert on what they mean and the techniques the artists used in creating them.
louvre museum courtyard

See the Best of the Louvre in 3 Hours

Make the most of your time in Paris and at the Louvre with Skip the Line Access and a carefully planned route covering the very best of this immense art collection on a 3-hour tour of its most famous works.

Mona Lisa Painting close up

Uncover the Mona Lisa and Other Masterpieces

Enjoy the unique stories that each artwork and artist tells with entertaining commentary from a dedicated expert. Separate fact and myth on some of the most important figures in the popular imagination.

Arc du Carrousel

Skip the Line Means You Don't Waste Time

Meet your guide at the Arc du Carrousel then head straight into the museum bypassing the famous long lines. Everything about this tour has been designed to make your Louvre experience an enlightening one.

Tour Description

Discover the world's most visited art museum and see why this vast collection spanning the Ancient Egyptian to the Neoclassical attracts so many visitors each year. No other museum sums up humankind's artistic endeavor more, but the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo are only the beginning of what you'll see on our Louvre tours. Skip the line to gain fast access to the best of its 35,000 pieces with a carefully designed itinerary so you get the most out of your 3 hours inside with an expert City Wonders guide.

Start off with the 4,000-year-old Great Sphinx of Tanis before graduating to the Louvre's Greek and Roman antiquities. Be amazed by the grace of the Nike of Samothrace and the Venus de Milo, as your guide points out the subtle details you might have missed. Then it's on to the Italian Renaissance and perhaps the most enigmatic portrait of all time, the Mona Lisa. Your guide will share captivating commentary on the history of this unrivaled masterpiece, its varying interpretations, as well as the techniques Leonardo used to draw the viewer into her persona.

See other important works by Da Vinci and Raphael, as well as lesser-known gems for a complete view on this influential period in history. Then enter the golden age of French Romanticism with the masterful allegories found in Delacroix's 'Liberty Leading the People' and Géricault's 'Raft of the Medusa'.

Learn how the former doesn't depict the French Revolution, but an uprising against the restoration of monarchy in 1830, and the distant message of hope the horizon conceals in the latter. Two other sculptures your guide will take you to are Michelangelo's 'Dying Slave' and Antonio Canova's monument to the purity of love 'Psyche Revived by Cupid's Kiss'.

With so much art, it's easy to forget that the Louvre has a separate history as the Royal Palace before Louis XIV moved the court to Versailles. In the Apollo Gallery you will catch a rare glimpse of what the Louvre's interior looked like before it became a museum in 1793, as well as the Crown Jewel collection. In the Napoleon Apartments you'll get a taste for the equally sumptuous interiors during the Second Empire (1852-1870).

Experience the Louvre's most acclaimed treasures on this unparalleled 3-hour tour, and if you're looking for a more intimate experience, book our Louvre Semi-Private Tour that follows the same route in a group of just 6 people or less.

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What's Included

  • Expert, English-speaking tour guide
  • Small groups of 25 people or fewer
  • Entrance ticket and reservation fee for the Louvre
  • Headsets when appropriate, so you can always hear your guide

Sites Visited

  • Louvre Museum 
  • Courtyard of Louvre Museum

Important Notes

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

Please note that the Napoleon Apartments will be closed for renovation works from 25 July to 15 October 2017. In substitution, the tour will include other portions of the Louvre in line with the advertised tour length and the rooms that are open on the given day.


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Get to Know City Wonders

A City Wonders tour is the product of meticulous research, detailed planning, and a passion for providing customers with travel experiences they will cherish forever.

With City Wonders it's not just facts, our passionate guides tell you the stories that bring the sights to life.

  • All of our guides are experts in their field
  • We only hire fluent English-speakers so nothing is ever lost in translation
  • We focus on the little details and anecdotes that make City Wonders so special

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