Closing Time At The Louvre: The Mona Lisa At Her Most Peaceful

Highlights

  • - See Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece, the *Mona Lisa*

  • - Immerse yourself among the masterpieces housed within the acclaimed museum

  • - Familiarize yourself with the history of the building with the help of your expert guide

Summary

See the Mona Lisa at her most peaceful time on our carefully-crafted itinerary. This Louvre Tour walks you through the best of the collection, from French paintings to Italian sculptures and even the palace's moat foundations, in a small group and with an expert local guide. So you're guaranteed to get the best from this once-in-a-lifetime visit.

Tour info

Duration
3 hours
Group Size
15
Pricing
Adult: (15-99 years)
€84.00
Child: (2-14 years)
€79.00
Infant: (0-1 years)
€0.00
Commentary
English
Meeting Point

Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, Paris, 75001, FR

Dropoff location

Rue de Rivoli, (Interior of the Louvre Museum), Paris, 75001, FR

Why take this tour?

Covid Update All sites visited on this tour require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test completed within 72 hours prior to entry. You will also be required to provide a legal form of ID matching the vaccination or test results.

Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa is one of the most famous paintings in the world; and among the most difficult to see. For most of the day, her room in the Louvre is packed to the brim with people jostling to get a peek at her. However our expert guides have created specially-timed itineraries that allow you to see the Mona Lisa at the best possible time. Enjoy some peaceful moments with the mysterious lady and your knowledgeable tour guide. You'll be able to get close enough to see her tiny canvas - and even snap a photo or two with the Louvre's leading lady.

The itinerary of our Louvre tour has been tested over countless visits to ensure you get a full two hours and 30 minutes inside the galleries. Along with your expert guide, you'll enjoy all the highlights of the collection including the Medieval moat and Greek and Roman sculptures like the Venus de Milo, Winged Victory of Samothrace, Cupid & Psyche, and Michelangelo’s Slaves.

Of course, this is Paris' greatest art museum, so you'll also visit some of the greatest works created by French artists. Works such as Liberty Leading the People by Delacroix, The Raft of Medusa by Géricault and the enormous Coronation of Napoleon by Jacques-Louis David, Napoleon's official staff painter. These canvases are the perfect jumping-off point into conversations about France's fascinating history. As you admire these stunning artworks, your guide will decode Delacroix's message from the French Revolution and Géricault devastating portrayal of a real-life event. They'll also tell you how the size of Napoleon's canvas says a thing or two about his insecurities.

On your complete Louvre tour, you’ll also see France’s old crown jewels along with works from the Italian masters Caravaggio, Raphael, and of course, Leonardo da Vinci.

Of course, location must not be overlooked. As you move from one stunning room to the next, your guide will give you the history of the building - once a royal residence where one young prince in particular rode his horse up and down the corridors. At times, it will be hard to take you eyes off the architecture to focus on the art - just another reason why this is one of the world's greatest art museums.

By visiting in the company of an expert art historian guide and a small group of no more than 15 people, you won't just see some of the greatest masterpieces in Europe, you'll learn the stories behind them. From why the French lied about the age of the Venus de Milo, to who, exactly posed for the Mona Lisa, this is art like you've never experienced it before.

Sites Visited:
  • Louvre Museum
    Da Vinci's "Mona Lisa"
    Italian sculptures
    Classic Greek art rooms
    French painting galleries
    Medieval Louvre Exhibit (Moat)
    Galerie d'Apollon (Crown Jewels)

What’s included?

  • Local English-speaking guide

  • Expertly guided walking tour

  • Skip-the-line ticket for Louvre Museum

  • Headset

Frequently asked questions

Things to know

Before you book

  • Our group tour utilizes multiple areas that are not wheelchair accessible. Those with wheelchairs should contact us so we can arrange your visit.

  • Areas visited during this tour are subject to closure. Your guide may need to modify areas visited on the day of the tour.

  • The Louvre is subject to closures due to strikes. If time permits, we will reach out to you prior to your tour. For last-minute closures, cancellations may be communicated at the meeting point.

Cancellation Policy

    Cancellations received greater than 24 hours prior to tour commencement are fully refundable. Cancellations received within 24 hours of tour commencement are nonrefundable. Amendment requests are subject to availability and price changes. Late arrivals and no shows are nonrefundable. This is applicable to any tour participant that fails to arrive, or arrives after tour departure.

About operator:

Walks (takewalks.com, walksofitaly.com) began over a decade ago (2008, to be exact) in Rome, Italy. We quickly became the premier walking tour company in 7 countries - Italy, Spain, France, the UK, Greece, and Portugal. Our US cities include San Francisco, NYC, Boston, Chicago, and New Orleans.

In 2021, we joined The Hornblower Group (cityexperiences.com) expanding our reach and working alongside this powerhouse travel brand.

Our tour products vary but predominantly we #takewalks, exploring the world by foot - we believe, the best way to get into the heart of a city and its incredible people. From introductory strolls to food tours, day trips, cooking classes, and below the surface, in-depth tours, we have our hand in everything a traveler could want. Oh, and we also like to give our clients exclusive access to the biggest attractions in the world...

Despite the big changes in our brand over the years, our focus has remained simple - to relentlessly create tours with the client experience at the forefront and anchored upon the dedicated, intelligent, and above all, passionate local guides who want to share their cities with you.