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Paris, France
Louvre Museum Skip the Line Access Guided Tour
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icon2 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
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Overview

Paris’ Louvre is one of the world’s largest art museums, so don't waste your time waiting in line. Head straight inside, with your priority access admission, to see three of its biggest crowd-pleasers, including the unavoidable gaze and wry smile of Da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa." On this guided tour, hear fascinating tales and tidbits about these unmissable masterpieces. After coming face to face with several artworks by great masters, you’re free to explore the Louvre independently.
  • Guided tour of the Louvre Museum's three most famous artworks
  • Skip the line with prioritized entry without queuing
  • Head straight to the “Mona Lisa” and gain insight about its artistic heritage
  • Opportunity to stay on at the Louvre after your tour has finished

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Skip the lines with this guided tour into the Louvre and stay as long as you want after it closes. 
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Entry/Admission - Louvre Museum
Live guide
Skip-the-line access to the Louvre Museum
Discover the pyramid of Ieoh Ming Pei
Lunch
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Access to temporary exhibitions
Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel , Pl. du Carrousel, 75001 Paris, France

ARC DU CARROUSEL 75001 Paris Meeting point at the Arc the Triomphe du Carrousel facing the Louvre pyramid

Louvre Museum , Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France

After the Guided Tour, you can stay longer in the museum to visit, to eat or enjoy shopping for souvenirs.

Start your tour in central Paris where your guide awaits, eager to impart their extensive art history knowledge with an in-depth description of the Louvre’s most famous artworks. First, take a short stroll through the Tuileries Garden to Paris' Louvre Museum and appreciate the grandeur of this former palace as you approach. Your skip-the-line ticket lets you sail right past the long lines, right into the heart of the galleries with a direct route to the "Mona Lisa."

Learn about Da Vinci and his globally renowned painting while you benefit from your guide's expert insights. Then turn your attention to the "Winged Victory of Samothrace," one of the world’s most acclaimed sculptures. Finally, gazing at the "Venus de Milo" armless sculpture, your guide continues to reveal stories surrounding both the artwork and the artist.

With your appetite whetted, bid your guide farewell once your tour has finished. Then you’re free to explore the rest of the museum independently, including the gift shop.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel
Start your tour in the center of Paris where your guide awaits, eager to impart their extensive art history knowledge. Your tour strats at the meeting point, Arc de Triomphe du Carroussel, facing the Louvre Pyramid, it commemorates the victory of Napoleon I at the Battle of Austerlitz.
Stop At:  
Jardin des Tuileries
First, take a short stroll through the Tuileries Garden to Paris' Louvre Museum and appreciate the grandeur of this former palace as you approach.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Louvre Museum
Want an in-depth description of the Louvre’s most famous pieces? Don’t want to wait in line? This is the tour for you! The Louvre, formerly a royal palace, has become the world’s largest museums. You will discover the museum’s most famous works: Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo, the Winged Victory of Samothrace... Learn everything you’ve ever wanted to know about Da Vinci and his illustrious Mona Lisa. Then turn your attention to the 18-foot tall Victory of Samothrace, one of the world’s most renowned sculptures. Now you’re on a cultural roll, and can’t wait to hear about the Venus de Milo, your second armless sculpture of the day. With your appetite truly whetted, bid your guide farewell then you’re free investigate the rest of the museum, head to the gift shop or grab a bench and watch the world go by!
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
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Louvre Museum
End of the tour at the Louvre Museum where you can spend more time after the guided visit.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Cloakroom compulsory for umbrellas, luggage, pushchairs that are not to be taken in the exhibition rooms.
  • No elevators available during the visit
  • This tour does not include the access to temporary exhibitions
  • Some works are likely to be temporarily inaccessible due to renovations or work loans
  • At the end of the tour, possibility to stay longer after the visit
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Paris CityVision
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Louvre Museum Skip the Line Access Guided Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Louvre Museum Skip the Line Access Guided Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Louvre Museum Skip the Line Access Guided Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Louvre Museum Skip the Line Access Guided Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Louvre Museum Skip the Line Access Guided Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Louvre Museum Skip the Line Access Guided Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Louvre Museum Skip the Line Access Guided Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Louvre Museum Skip the Line Access Guided Tour.

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  • "It is also very difficult to contact Viator when there is an issue unless you make an account with them." See review
  • "Skipping the long line is a must and having a guide give you the background and history is very helpful." See review
  • "Get ready for the crowds but worth all the haste." See review

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star-1
Frustrated and disappointed
Kimberly_R
, Jun 2022
We were not able to find the correct meeting place even when asking staff that we’d walked over to all around the louvre and by the time we found the meeting place the tour was no longer there, so we never got to do the tour and paid all of this money. Felt like a scam to me. We met a family who ran into the same issues we did. This is one of the main things I wanted to come to Paris to do and I lost out on this during my trip of lifetime. If I ever get an opportunity to come back, I will schedule something like this through a hotel who can have a driver take me to correct meet up location. I’m surprised that the driver we had, didn’t know where the carrousel entrance was. Plus no phone number provided to find to tour guide. This was definitely a bad experience for us.
star-2
Guide wasn’t worth it
sanjay
, Jun 2022
I get the sense that the quality of this experience really depends on the guide you get. We didn’t realize there were going to be so many people (about 20), sometimes hard to keep up with the guide, and he didn’t know how his own microphone worked, eventually took off my headset because it was useless even trying to hear him. Maybe worth it to get the line bypass and then tour on your own :)
star-5
Great experience
Thomson_F
, Jun 2022
Amazing experience highly recommend. Learnt so much and got to see some amazing artwork. Tour guide was very knowledgeable
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-1
Not able to attend
Richard_S
, Jun 2022
Wife became I’ll. We were unable to take the tour. We received no offer of refund, even prior to the tour.
star-3
If only the headsets worked!
Stephanie_Z
, Jun 2022
We had no trouble finding our group and our guide led us well, pointing out highlights and adding why the works are significant while giving a historical background. This is exactly what I was looking for—the major complaint from all members of the group was the quality of the headsets. The only way to hear the guide was to stand right next to him, which wasn’t easy to do in a large group in a crowded museum. Upgrading the headsets is a MUST. I would absolutely recommend a tour when visiting the Louvre, but not with this group until they’ve done so.
star-5
Great tour
Eric_F
, Jun 2022
Great tour he was excellent. Learned alit very informative. Highly recommend we had fun and it was very organized
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-2
Not as expected!
Kadie_V
, Jun 2022
I was expecting a real person guide. We tried the audio guide but found it difficult. We got to see the Venue de Milo and Mona Lisa. we look around the original foot print of the building then left. Probably my fault for booking the wrong tour.
star-5
Excellent
Colleen_L
, Jun 2022
Our guide was awesome. Very animated and the limited English actually helped with the explanations of the artists works. The only thing I would suggest is that there should be maps given out at the beginning so that after the tour you can find your way around
star-1
Terrible experience
OrhanGazi_S
, Jun 2022
The translator, lady, can only speak English at the level of elementary. She made up almost everything when she was speaking about art and history. There should be someone as translator who can speak English and at least knowledge some level of history and art
star-5
Best tour guide
Liliya_L
, Jun 2022
I hope I didn’t misspell Florence’s name. She was amazing at guiding us through Louvre, with so many tourists at the museum she knew where to go and when. I loved the way she explained everything and I learned so much about some painting that did not even know. Will be recommending her to anyone who is coming to Paris
star-5
The guide was really...
Marc_A
, Jun 2022
The guide was really quite excellent. Very knowledgeable about the Louvre and art history generally, and led us efficiently through the museum, hitting many great masterpieces.
star-5
Excellent
Penny_W
, Jun 2022
Excellent tour great knowledge and information by our guide Took us to the most important sites Would suggest a bottle water for everyone on the tour since was over 2 hours
star-4
Engaging guide; pre-tour instructions confusing
Tricia_R
, Jun 2022
Having a guided tour helped because it would otherwise be overwhelming. Our guide was engaging and kept it light. The instructions could be clearer as we thought we had to redeem our voucher ourselves before going to the meet-up place.
star-5
Well worth it!
Michael_M
, Jun 2022
Our tour guide was energetic and very knowledgeable. He took the time to explain everything and told us what things we could look at after the tour was completed.
star-5
Louvre Tour
Jessica_M
, Jun 2022
It was easy to find our guide Remi under the arches at the arc de carasel in the garden. Our guide was there ahead of schedule waiting patiently for our group of 14 to arrive. Which was impacted by several other tours also meeting up in the same location. The only downside to the tour was that it took a while for the whole group to arrive and come together and walk over to the museum and once there we waited for a few people to use the bathroom. Expect this initial delay in order yo get started. It was probably 30 minutes past the time the tour was supposed to begin. He gave us headsets and our tickets and test went smoothly entering into the skip the line to get into the museum. Our guide was very nice, patient and professional. He took his care of his group as if we were his students in his class and just like great teachers have the ability to do he definitely brought our experience to life he was very knowledgeable and passionate about every painting and gave insight into the time period the art pieces were created and went into great detail regarding the individual pieces significance along with the historical references and background on each of the artists. It wasn’t the easiest task of keeping our group together since the museum was very crowded it was easy to get separated which happen to a few of us towards the end of the tour but luckily he found us and brought us all back together before moving onto the last part. I definitely recommend the tour if you are interested in art & history and would like to learn more about what you are looking at.
star-1
Unfortunately we choose them
Joshua_O
, Jun 2022
We were arriving 20 mins earlier to our meet up location, unfortunately we could not find the group due to the directions given, we waited for on hold trying to contact the company for more that 15 mins by the time we got a hold of someone we were late and the group left!!!! That’s not the worse part the biggest problem was that they said there was nothing they can do, they just kept repeating we should have gotten their 20 mins ahead to avoid this conflict. But their not taking into accountability that we couldn’t get anyone on the line for 15 mins to help us with directions!! Horrible service, no compensation or help do not recommend!
star-2
Inconsiderate of the people who arrive on time.
MaryJ_S
, Jun 2022
The tour was started but was 20 minutes late. The tour director took us over to the Louvre then had to get the tickets with a request to be at a specific spot in 12 minutes. Certain people did not return and we waited another 10 minutes. Now, we are 30 minutes late. The tour states that people who come late are out of luck. We arrived 30 minutes early so not to miss the tour.
star-1
We tried notifying the...
Jennifer_M
, Jun 2022
We tried notifying the company 3 times about changing our time due to plane delays. The company did not responded to any messages. I called Viator and they tried to help but they didn’t respond either. They make it sound easy to cancel or change but it’s not. So be mindful
star-1
Upsetting
Richard_S
, Jun 2022
Could not find the guide. There was a mix up of times apparently. I was not at all impressed. We ended up getting our our own tickets and the line was short anyway.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-2
Be careful not to be left behind!
Susan_R
, Jun 2022
The skip the line portion was good, but our guide kept sprinting ahead and leaving parts of our group...we almost lost her twice and our children got separated from us. Again, we were thankful to get in and not deal with the line, but the guide could have been better.

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