PARIS HISTORY & TREASURES: Notre-Dame, Historical Walk, & the Louvre - Skip The Line Semi-Private Guided Tour

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See it all in just one day on this joint tour between the historic center of Paris and its most famous museum, the Louvre. Our 5 hour semi-private tour lets you see it all with one of our delightful young guides, with groups up to 5 people.

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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, with a visit inside to view to its iconic stained glass windows. 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 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 has more secrets than any building in Paris could ever hold. This intimate semi-private 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.

Highlights Generally Include: (if artwork is not on loan or being restored etc.) Notre-Dame Cathedral (tour will enter inside as well), Pont-Neuf, Tuileries Gardens, Champs-Elysées, View of Arc de Triomphe, View of Eiffel Tower, Mona Lisa, Da Vinci, Venus de Milo, Michelangelo’s Slaves, Winged Victory of Samothrace

Meeting Point: At Exit Metro Station Cité (line 4)
Duration: 5hs
Starting Time Options: 10am
Days: Wednesday to Monday (NO Tues.)
Includes: Tour Guide; Skip the line access; Museum ticket valid for the entire day; Lunch Break Before Museum Tour; Private Transportation Between Walking Tour to the Museum if Needed

Adult

18 years of age or older

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Youth

Between 13 - 17 years of age

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Child

Between 5 - 12 years of age

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Infant

Between 0 - 4 years of age

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  • G5994CLsteve
    What a fantastic experience. Our tour guide (lilly) knew the two locations intimately and gave us a fascinating insight into the buildings, the artwork and the people. In particular her knowledge of the Louvre was incredible. I will be back with my family

  • Alan C
    We've taken a number of tours around the world and have found that a guide who is both knowledgeable AND passionate is extremely rare. We found this winning combination in Laura Grant. Her great personality and insights into more than just the art made our 4th trip to the Louvre (and Paris) our most memorable one. We enjoyed her company and conversation enough to invite her to lunch afterwards. Truly a great experience.

  • kg11354
    This is an excellent introduction into history of Paris and art. We had Alex as our tour guide for both places. Were really lucky to be the only ones on the tour. Alex speaks clear and fluent English (had other guides who were difficult to understand). Very well structured tour, interesting commentary (brief and to the point) with local anecdotes makes the time fly by.Highly recommend. Just enough time and information to retain it all after your visit. Do not waste your precious time exploring these humongous museums on your own.

  • manrich78
    First I have to say this was my husband's and I first trip to Paris from TX, USA. Our experience with our tour guide was unbelievably perfect. She was extremely knowledgeable and made us that much more interested in the architecture and art of Paris. She was very personable and we really enjoyed the histoy of the Notre Dame, Latin square, the Louvre, the history of the popularity of the Monna Lisa and so much more. She was fabulous and I would recommend her as a tour guide 100x over. Very well done. Thanks so much! Chris & Amanda Richardson

  • JacquiCarroll
    With very limited time in Paris and the Louvre high on our list Babylon Tours offered a fantastic small group experience covering the must see exhibits at the Louvre. Our guide Arnaud was brilliant and very knowledgeable, he had a real passion for art history and a good sense of humor. If your planning a trip to the Louvre you'd be crazy not to book with Babylon!