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Paris City Center & Skip-the-Line Louvre Museum Combo Tour - Private Tour

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icon5 hours to 5 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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Overview

Get to know the picture-perfect city of Paris on this private walking tour that comes with a fast-access entry ticket into the Louvre Museum. Starting on Île de la Cité, where the ancient city was born, your own guide takes you on a stroll along the Seine River and shares insight into many famous landmarks like the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Eiffel Tower. Next, it’s off into the Louvre, bypassing the long entrance lines, for a guided tour of world-class artworks including the ’Mona Lisa’ and ‘Venus de Milo.’
  • Private walking tour of Paris and the Louvre
  • Learn about the origins of Paris on Île de la Cité, home to Notre Dame Cathedral
  • Walk along the River Seine past famous landmarks
  • View the Musée d'Orsay, Place de la Concorde, the Champs-Elysées and the Eiffel Tower
  • Skip the entrance lines and enjoy a guided tour of the astounding Louvre museum
  • See major artworks such as Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo, and learn about the Louvre’s history and architecture

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This walking tour of central Paris includes luxury vehicle transfers to the Louvre for a no-wait guided visit, admission included.
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GUIDED WALKING TOUR & SKIP-THE-LINE MUSEUM TOUR
TOUR GUIDE EXCLUSIVELY FOR YOU (Does NOT apply if you choose "SAVE! BOOK SEMI-PRIVATE" option)
DURATION 5 - 5.5 HOURS
WHEELCHAIR FRIENDLY (Does NOT apply if you choose "SAVE! BOOK SEMI-PRIVATE" option)
LUNCH / COFFEE BREAK (Lunch Expenses Not Included)
ALL ENTRANCE FEES
Tour Price Does NOT Include Hotel Pickup or Drop-Off (We Recommend UBER or Taxi)
Tour Does NOT Include Gratuities (OPTIONAL)
Temporary exhibitions NOT included

Departure Point

Cité, 75004 Paris, France

Departure Time

10:00 AM

Return Details

Musée du Louvre, 75001 Paris, France
Discover Paris, but without the crowds in large tour groups, on this private walking tour of the city. An informative guide takes just you and your group for a stroll, starting at the epicenter of Paris — Île de la Cité —where the ancient city was founded.

Gain insight into Paris' history, architecture and culture as you see the landmarks and bridges along the Seine River. Along the way, your guide will point out some secret spots known only to locals.

First, pass by the Notre Dame Cathedral on route to the Pont Neuf and Pont des Arts, the Musée d'Orsay, the Orangerie Museum (Musée de l'Orangerie), the Tuileries Garden (Jardin des Tuileries), Place de la Concorde, La Madeleine, the Champs-Elysées and, of course, the unforgettable Eiffel Tower.

Refuel with lunch (own expense) and then you’ll be chauffeured by luxury vehicle to the Louvre. Known for its long entrance lines, the Louvre is an absolute must-do while in Paris. With your priority entrance ticket, sail past the line and head straight inside.

During a guided tour, learn about the significance that the Louvre holds for the city, and about its history as a fortress and palace for French emperors, including Napoleon.

Gaze upon world-famous artworks and lesser frequented treasures not easily found by most visitors, including Delacroix's Liberty Leading the People, Géricault's The Raft of the Medusa, Michelangelo's Dying Slave, paintings from France's Romanticism and Classicism periods, Venus de Milo and original fortress walls. And of course, the one-and-only, Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa.

After the museum tour, you’re free to explore the Louvre on your own, or set off on the cobblestone streets of Paris and discover the local gems recommended by your guide.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Ile de la Cite
Once at the meeting point, you will start your tour by exploring ile de la cite, the oldest settlement in Paris. Once known as Lutetia, this former Roman city was the predecessor of present-day Paris, from which the city grew outwards.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Paris
From here, you will see the infamous Notre-Dame Cathedral – the most famous of the Gothic cathedrals of the Middle Ages, distinguished for its size, antiquity and architectural interest.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Palais de Justice de Paris
Located on the île de la Cité the Palais de Justice, once known as the Palais de la Cité contains some of the oldest surviving buildings such as:
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Sainte-Chapelle
A gem of Gothic style, the St Chapelle was built in seven years. It was intended to house precious Christian relics, including Christ’s crown of thorns, acquired by Saint louis.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Conciergerie
The Conciergerie is the oldest remaining part of the Palais de la Cité, as well as at a time the most notorious prison in all of France. Over a thousand “enemies of the Revolution” were housed there, and famous figures like Marie Antoinette ended their lives there.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Fontaine Saint-Michel
You will then pass by the Saint-Michel fountain, a monumental fountain commissioned by Haussmann, under Napoleon III. It depicts the archangel Michael vanquishing the Devil, evoking thoughts of the battle between Good and Evil.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Place Dauphine
Afterwards, we will see Place Dauphine, a beautiful historic square, combining all the beauty and romance of Paris. Tucked away on the western tip of the île de la Cité, Place Dauphine was one of the first projects commissioned by Henri IV.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Pont-Neuf
From here, we will walk to the bridge, Pont Neuf, which is considered to be the oldest stone bridge in Paris. Today Pont-Neuf is part of the banks of the Seine listed as a World Heritage site by Unesco.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Statue equestre d'Henri IV
In the middle of the bridge we will see the equestrian statue of King IV. Although the original statue dated from the 1600s, the one you will see today is a replica in its placed, as the original was destroyed during the French Revolution.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Pont des Arts
Before making our way to the Louvre we will see the Pont des Arts, a bridge which connects the Insitut de France and the Louvre. Built between 1801 and 1804, it was the first iron bridge in Paris.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Domaine National du Palais-Royal
Created by the Cardinal Richelieu in 1633, the Palais Royal and its gardens, are just a short walk from the Louvre. The Palace housed royal families up until the Palace of Versailles was built. Here you will be able to enjoy the peaceful gardens surrounded by a fantastic futuristic architecture with contemporary sculptures.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel
Leaving the Louvre behind us we will walk towards the Tuileries Gardens, passing through the Arc du Carrousel, a huge arc built to commemorate Napoleon’s military victories.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Jardin des Tuileries
We will then enter the Tuileries Gardens, the oldest Park in Paris, with a history that dates back to the 17th century.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
The Tuileries Gardens Bookstore
During your stroll in the Tuileries Gardens, you will pass by the Gardens’ Bookshop, a quaint bookstore tucked away in a corner which contains a large collection of gardening and landscape design books, along with some garden themed gifts and cards.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Place de la Concorde
Place de la Concord, a site originally known for having been an execution site during the French Revolution, and which marks the start of the Champs Elysée.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Champs-Elysees
The renowned Champs Elysée, considered one of the world’s most beautiful avenues. You can then enjoy some shopping or a stroll towards the Arc de Triomphe.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Louvre Museum
After a Break for Lunch, beat the entrance lines to one of France’s top attractions and explore with ease on this private 2 to 2.5 hour skip-the-line guided Louvre Museum tour in Paris. The Louvre Museum is very popular among Paris’ locals and visitors alike, and queues can be long. Follow your expert guide through the hallowed hallways and gain insight into thousands of years of art history. Discover famous works such as the ‘Mona Lisa’ or the ‘Venus de Milo’, and enjoy free time to explore further at the end of this guided tour.
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Babylon Tours Paris
The city of Paris has spiraled out from Notre Dame over the centuries, so we think it’s only appropriate to start our group tour here. We’ll move towards the city’s oldest bridge and to its perfectly manicured flowerbeds at the Tuileries Gardens. Stand where heads rolled at the Place de la Concorde while learning about the world’s most beautiful   avenue, the Champs Elysées. We’ll introduce you to the characters that built this city, including Henri IV, Louis XIV, and Napoleon Bonaparte, with stories you won’t find in the guidebooks. After a break for lunch, we’ll skip the lines at the Louvre museum to discuss the highlights and masterpieces that attract millions of visitors to the museum each year. After the tour you’ll be well versed in the museum’s history and secrets, and you’ll understand – well, almost – why thousands of people take selfies with the Mona Lisa.  It’s the most famous museum in the world, and with good reason. From its roots as a fortress to its days as a royal residence, the Louvre museum has more secrets than any building in Paris could ever hold. This intimate private Louvre Museum tour seeks to captivate first timers as well as those who think they know it all as you visit statues like the armless Venus de Milo and the headless Winged Victory of Samothrace. Drool over the crowned jewels in the opulent Apollo Gallery and descend into the depths of the medieval moat beneath the museum. We’ll even discuss a few master painters like Michelangelo and Delacroix. From the smiling Mona Lisa to the 19th century masters, our passionate guides will show you what you need to see at the Louvre, as well as a few surprises not in the guidebooks.
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • It is imperative that you provide us with guests MOBILE PHONE NUMBER (including country code)
  • Notes: Louvre museum may be subjected to occasional closures without previous warning from the museum management. When this occurs, we will provide guests with an appropriate alternative if the museum opening time is delayed more than 1h from the tour starting time. In these cases we are unable to provide refunds or discounts. Appropriate dress is required for entry into some sites on this tour. No large bags or suitcases are allowed inside the museum, only handbags or small thin bag packs are allowed through security. Due to increased security measures at many attractions some lines may form on tours with 'Skip the Line' or 'No Wait' access. Some specific rooms inside the museum are subjected to a very quiet or restricted right to speak inside, in this cases your guide will provide the information about this places before entering the specific rooms where this rule applies. Some collections may vary along the year.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Babylon Tours LLC

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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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 Paris City Center & Skip-the-Line Louvre Museum Combo Tour - Private 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
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitization during Paris City Center & Skip-the-Line Louvre Museum Combo Tour - Private Tour?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
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What is the social distancing policy during Paris City Center & Skip-the-Line Louvre Museum Combo Tour - Private Tour?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Paris City Center & Skip-the-Line Louvre Museum Combo Tour - Private Tour?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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Q:
What is the maximum group size during Paris City Center & Skip-the-Line Louvre Museum Combo Tour - Private Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers.

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OVER THE TOP! Wish we could offer 10...
gail
, Mar 2018
OVER THE TOP! Wish we could offer 10 Stars! Liliya our guide was EXTRAORDINARY! Words cannot express our gratitude for the time, education, and knowledge Liliya provided with us on Monday. In large part, she was the reason our trip was so amazing! Her ability to provide the historical details with a true storytelling-style and quality was exceptional--second to none. Her knowledge of Notre Dame and The Louvre was beyond exceptional! We honestly had no idea how much we would enjoy, value and appreciate the hours she spent with us. In addition to the walking tour she recommended restaurants, events and additional sites to compliment our planned itinerary. Every moment of our Paris journey was remarkable and it all truly began with this tour, with Liliya--we will always be grateful to her, for lending her wisdom, recommendations and French hospitalityit was exceptional!
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This was an incredible tour, and...
ILLYA Y
, Apr 2017
This was an incredible tour, and without a doubt exceeded our expectations. Our guide, Belen, was exceptional. She was of course very personable, polite, and thoughtful: she told us numerous times that we should tell her if she needs to speed up or slow down, to ask questions, etc. The amazing thing about her was how engaging she made the overall experience. She was clearly very passionate about the history of the city, and very very knowledgeable in topics ranging from history to architecture to art, religion and even Egyptology. Belen translated this passion into an engaging conversation with us, which made the whole tour feel like a true learning experience as opposed to simply memorize these dates and names because this is important per academia or popular for various reasons.The fact that she was quite funny also helped convey many of her points and material. This was a dense tour with lots of information, quite a bit of walking around Paris but not overwhelming, and inside the Louvre. Belen asked us about whether we wished to opt for a slower or more intense/fast pace to cover more ground. She suggested a few places to grab lunch, and offered some good advice about art galleries which we were after. We would highly encourage anyone to take this tour for an immersive and invaluable orientation, not only for first-time Paris visitors.
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Perfect tour, thank you Heidi! Can't...
Gary R
, Dec 2016
Perfect tour, thank you Heidi! Can't say enough good things about this tour and our guide. So glad we chose to do this, it's the perfect way to learn a little more about the city and absolutely the best way to see the Louvre. I visited the Louvre once before, many years ago and was completely overwhelmed. Heidi gave us the perfect introduction and made sure we saw all the highlights.
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A!! our tour guide was so passionate...
Luis
, Dec 2016
A!! our tour guide was so passionate and with so much knowledge that make this tour one of the best experience in Paris... and skipping the lines was a biiig plus!
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Amanda was an excellent guide. We hit...
Mary G
, Dec 2016
Amanda was an excellent guide. We hit the highlights of the Louvre. Would highly recommend.
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Our experience was entirely...
Rebecca C
, Apr 2016
Our experience was entirely dependent upon Harriet, our guide, who was incredibly knowledgeable, passionate about French history and art and coud not have been more charming and personable. There wasn't a question I asked that she couldn't answer and the color and context she gave to every point of interest and certainly, our tour through the Louvre, absolutely made the tour for me and my 17 year old as well. She was a gift on our trip - and I would highly recommend requesting her if that's possible. This is a great first day walking tour to take - to acquaint yourself with the history and points in time as you begin your stay in Paris.
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This tour was a complete delight it...
donnard_sturgis
, Apr 2016
This tour was a complete delight it really felt like a good friend showing me his home town. Alex, my guide, was very knowledgeable, and personalized the tour to my interests. If you love to walk then I highly recommend this way of exploring Paris. It began with Notre Dame and ended with the Louvre. Alex left me with plenty of options to continue to discover the delights of Paris.
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Our guide patiently waited for us in...
angchie
, Mar 2016
Our guide patiently waited for us in front of the train station. Good thing this was a private tour so we were the only ones she's waiting on. Our guide knows quite a bit of facts and place of interests. She was also helping us with our baby stroller. She was patient and didn't mind going over time. Weather permitting, this tour is great for all ages. You get to put things in perspective.
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The tour was amazing and our tour...
Erin D
, Nov 2015
The tour was amazing and our tour guide was outstanding! Chris was so knowledgeable about Paris and it's history and his passion for the city was infectious. He also made the tour of the Louve exceptional. I would highly recommend this tour and ask for Chris!!
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Randa was an amazing tour guide. She...
Kimberly K
, Oct 2015
Randa was an amazing tour guide. She was very knowledgeable not only about the sites we were seeing, but the museums and all of Paris. We got lucky and were her only clients that day, so had a private tour which allowed us to ask a lot of questions. When we finished she also had great recommends for the rest of our stay in Paris. Wonderful!!!
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