Beyond the Louvre Museum - Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour
Offline Mode: Download tours and listen without WiFi
Location Aware: GPS map allows you to enjoy the sites
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Enjoy a private experience in a COVID-19 safe environment
Join us on this walk through French Royalty & Revolutions as we explore the Louvre Palace and Tuileries Gardens.
Adult: (5-100 years)
Pl. de la Concorde, Pl. de la Concorde, Paris, Île-de-France, 75001
Why take this tour?
Explore Paris and walk through the must-see Louvre Museum and Tuileries Gardens, on this immersive private tour!
Join a local historian who will guide you through the journey of the Louvre’s evolution, its famous historic buildings and architectural highlights. A building used both for protection and luxury, we'll trace the history of the Grand Louvre Palace and its artistic heritage.
Hear about the ancient tales that live in this museum, as well as learn more about the Tuileries Gardens that surround it. We'll stand at the iconic pyramid structure of the Louvre and learn how it took inspiration from the pyramids of Giza.
We'll visit the most iconic spots such as the Colonnade de Perrault, Cour Carré, Cour Napoleon, and the Tuileries Palace, as you finish the tour with this cultural adventure in this must-see picturesque part of the city.
When most people think of the Louvre, they usually think of the glass pyramid or the beautiful renaissance style palace within. But few people get to discover the Louvre’s true facade: the Colonnade de Perrault. We start our tour here, as we explore the architectural masterpiece that inspired the likes of the US Capitol, the New York Met or Palais Garnier.
We’ll then head into the Louvre’s oldest section as we trace the history of the Louvre. We’ll come to understand how the Louvre evolved over hundreds of years, from a defensive fortress to a sumptuous renaissance palace. We’ll point out key differences in architectural style and spot delicate imprints that each ruler left behind.
As we wander deeper into the Louvre palace, we learn more about the French monarchs, hear some anecdotes about medieval France, and start to uncover the events that would lead to the French revolution. We hear about some of France’s most iconic Kings and Queens, and explore the concept of Absolutism.
We learn about the Louvre’s artistic heritage, which goes back much further than the museum. We’ll discover the iconic glass pyramid from many angles, admiring its beauty, learning how it took inspiration from the pyramids of Giza and hearing about the French’s (not so enthusiastic) reaction when it was unveiled.
We’ll learn more about Napoleon and how he left his imprint on the Louvre. We’ll explore the reasons for his explosive rise to power and his lasting impact on French & European society. At the Carrousel du Louvre we’ll have a closer look at Napoleon’s fascination with Rome and see how this influenced him during his reign.
As we walk through the Tuileries, we’ll hear fun stories about events that have happened here: from royal gossip to Olympic catastrophes. We’ll understand how another palace that used to stand here, The Tuileries Palace, was burnt to the ground during the Commune uprising. We’ll also try to spot some famous Henry Moore and Auguste Rodin statues as we make our way to Place de la Concorde.
We’ll finish the tour by taking a deep dive into the French revolution, understand how this has influenced France and also look to the future.
The Vidi Guides experience is enriched with on-screen photos and videos. We also point out where to take the perfect Instagram photos during the tour, and include recommendations for food, drinks, and local attractions. Don't worry, none of our recommendations are sponsored - they are simply favourites of the locals who helped craft the experience.
Vidi Guides creates immersive audio experiences that are like podcasts. This is a self-guided audio tour that can be started or stopped at your own convenience. Download the Vidi Guides app & your Louvre & Tuileries tour to explore the area independently and safely! Make sure to download your tour before your visit to streamline your trip!
- This is the ultimate guide to understanding rise & fall of the French monarchy
- Learn about the Louvre's evolution over time the artistic heritage that has always existed at the Louvre
- Explore at your own personal pace and be guided by an expert historian
Access to your self-guided audio tour
Audio tour provided by a local or historian
Offline Mode: Download tours in advance to listen without WiFi
Location Aware: GPS map allows you to enjoy sites, without getting lost
Instagram Hotspots: We find the spot for your perfect picture
Entrance to The Louvre
Things to know
Before you book
This product is suitable for all ages
Do it at your own pace. This product is suitable for all fitness levels
English speaking Audio guide only
Before you go
You will need to bring your own mobile phone
You will need to bring your own headset/earphones
- Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Avoid the crowds and explore the Louvre and Tuileries Gardens at your own pace while adhering to social distancing regulations!
Up to 24 hours before the beginning of the activity: full refund
Less than 24 hours before the beginning of the activity or no-show: no refund
Bring a pair of headphones along with you so that you can truly immerse yourself in the experience! Download now and start at your convenience!
Your voucher will be collected or scanned on redemption
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With that spirit in our hearts, we started out in search of these stories hidden in the nooks and corners of Paris, London, Cambridge and Oxford's most iconic spots. We then dived into each place’s culture, history, and traditions by collaborating with historians, famous architects, photographers, street artists, and many more. What we ended up finding was a treasure trove of stories that we have meticulously tied together just for you!
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