Skip the Line: Guided Tour of Paris Louvre Museum
After having been picked up from the lobby of your downtown hotel in Paris,
you will be accompanied by our driver guide to The Louvre for a guided tour
of this amazing Museum to admire its 3 main works: the Venus de Milo, the Winged
Victory of Samothrace and the Mona Lisa, painted by Leonardo da Vinci at the
beginning of the 16th century. You will then be free to spend a little more
time in the Louvre to visit other sections of the largest museum in the world
"A medieval fortress, the palace of the kings of France, and a museum for the
last two centuries, the architecture of the Louvre Palace bears witness to more
than 800 years of history."
as a Museum
" Established in 1793 by the French Republic, the Louvre Museum, in the company
of the Ashmolean Museum (1683), the Dresden Museum (1744) and the Vatican Museum
(1784) is one of the earliest European museums."
"Divided into 8 departments, the Louvre collections incorporate works dating
from the birth of the great antique civilisations right up to the first half
of the XIXth century, thereby confirming its encyclopedic vocation."
of the Grand Louvre
"The "Grand Louvre" is a part of the "Grand Travaux" or Major Works defined
by the President of the Republic Francois Mitterrand, which also includes the
new Bibliotheque Nationale de France, the Opera Bastille and the Grande Arche
de la Defense."
Tours are guided
in English, Spanish or French.
For other languages, please contact us for availability.
THIS TOUR WILL NOT BE CONDUCTED ON JANUARY 1ST, MAY 1ST AND DECEMBER 25TH Season: All Year Round
Scheduled Days: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday.
Departure Time: From 1.15 pm
Duration: Approximately 2 1/2 hours
Pick up point: From your accommodation in Paris
Return point: Tour ends at Louvre
| Feedback on 8/21/2012 from Jean|
Very good tour enjoyed it very much.
| Feedback on 7/24/2012 from KELLEE|
A bit crowded, but great tour and great guide. Lots of information and time to explore
| Feedback on 7/6/2012 5 from Severin|
| Feedback on 6/17/2012 from Stephen Kipnis|
The guide was great. Prompt, interesting, and knowledgeable.
| Feedback on 5/27/2012 from Linda|
Fantastic !!! Skip the lines and treat yourself to the guided tour with the most knowledgeable hosts. Plenty of time afterward to wander the Louvre on your own.
| Feedback on 4/27/2011 from Carol|
Louvre guide, Honore, was super! Best way to see the over-crowked Louvre.
| Feedback on 2/4/2011 4 from Shantel|
Our guide was absolutely wonderful. Very knowledgeable about the area and was supportive and helpful - as I was traveling with elderly parents - who required additional assistance in certain areas. Would recommend using Paris Trip.com for any trips or guided tours within the Paris area. I look foward to using them again on my next visit.
| Feedback on 12/9/2010 from louis|
The tour was very enjoyable, informational and efficient.
We would recommend to anyone visiting your area.
| Feedback on 8/25/2012 from D. Hogan|
Our tour of the Louvre was great! It was definitely helpful to have someone who was knowledgeable to go through to guide and explain the vast collection there. Our guide gave us a very thorough tour and we enjoyed the extra insights as well. Thank you.
| Feedback on 10/26/2011 from Lee|
Louve Museum. This tour was a problem. We waited nearly an hour for someone coming to meet us at the restaurant across from the Louve. There was a mix-up and the person was dropped off at the Louve instead. The tour guide knew her stuff but between her accent and the microphone distorsions she was hard to understand at times.
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"Victory of Samothrace"
Samothrace (island in the North Aegean Sea) Circa 190 BC
For the Greeks, the goddess of Victory (Nike) was a beautiful
young woman endowed with wings. This exceptional monument, raised
upon the isle of Samothrace, set in a niche overlooking the sanctuary
of the Great Gods, celebrates success at sea. The goddess stands
on the prow of a galley, resisting the gusty storm, her right arm
undoubtedly held high. It was an ex-voto of the Rhodians for a victory
won at the beginning of the 2nd century BC: the attitude and the
animated draping prefigure the reliefs for the altar of Pergamum.
"Venus de Milo" Melos (the Cyclades islands) Circa 100 BC
In spite of lacking attributes, the size and the attitude of
this statue allow its identification as a goddess: Aphrodite, often
represented half nude, or Amphitrite, goddess of the sea, venerated
on the island of Melos. The style is characteristic of the late
Hellenistic period, which revives classical themes while innovating.
Thus the slipping drapery on the hips entails a closed stance and
introduces an instancy to the figure. It hides the joint between
the two blocks of marble that were sculpted separately, as were
the left arm and leg, according to an utterly new technique.
The Mona Lisa (1479 - d. before 1550) also known as La Gioconda
Vasari is correct, the portrait which Leonardo took to France, that
was acquired by Francois I, was of the Mona Lisa, who in 1495 married
Francesco di Bartolomeo di Zanoli del Giocondo. The title "La Gioconda"
would thus derive from this notable Florentine's surname. But in
Italian "gioconda" also means a light-hearted woman. With a lasting
effect on Italian art, this portrait stood for an ideal. The smile
that gives her life is, however, a feature of many of Leonardo's
figures. Several scholars have concluded that the portrait was worked
on over a long period, starting around (1505-1506 in Florence, and
it was finished during the course of Leonardo's peregrinations in
Milan or Rome.
extract from The Louvre Official Website / www.louvre.fr