Louvre Highlights Tour: Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo & the Crown Jewels


  • - Avail of special-access entry to the Louvre, before enjoying a specially-crafted itinerary

  • - Familiarize yourself with the stories behind some of the world's best-known masterpieces

  • - Immerse yourself in the grandeur of the building as your guide recounts stories surrounding the royalty that once walked the very halls you will navigate


See the 'crème de la crème' of the Louvre's enormous art collection in just two hours. This skip-the-line Louvre Museum Tour includes the French Romantics, Italian masterpieces (including some from Michelangelo), the Crown Jewels and of course, Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa. It's the best way to experience the Louvre without having to spend hours waiting in line.

Tour info

2 hours
Group Size
Adult: (15-99 years)
Child: (2-14 years)
Infant: (0-1 years)
Meeting Point

Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, Paris, 75001, FR

Dropoff location

Rue de Rivoli, (Lourve 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. You can read more about it here.

At any given time, there are 35,000 works on show in the Louvre collection. You could spend an entire vacation trying to see all of it and still only scratch the surface. If, however, you only have a couple of hours, our Louvre Highlights Tour is the perfect way to get the best from your time.

After meeting your Art Historian guide in front of the Louvre, with a group of no more than 19 other people, your first of port-of-call will be Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa. Your Skip-the-Line Highlights Tour will then feature sculptures by Michelangelo and Antonio Canova; classic paintings from the French Romantics like Delacroix's Victory Leading the People and Gericault's The Raft of the Medusa; the iconic statue of the Venus de Milo; and even France's crown jewels.

Over the course of your tour, your guide will give you the context and background you'll need to understand what you're seeing and how to appreciate its beauty and importance. You'll hear behind-the-scenes stories like how a solitary worker managed to steal the Mona Lisa; and how a story of shipwreck and cannibalism on the front page of a newspaper became one of France's most beloved paintings.

As you explore, you'll also experience the full splendor of the Louvre as a building. Originally built as a defensive fortress and once a seat for French royalty, this enormous palace hosted grand balls and all types of royal affairs before it was a museum. As your tour continues, your guide will bring your surroundings to life with stories of the kings and queens whose footsteps you're walking in.

This short but very sweet tour distills the Louvre Museum collection into a very manageable experience so you can be in and out without having to worry about anything but enjoying the art.

Sites Visited:
  • Louvre Museum
    Da Vinci's "Mona Lisa"
    Italian sculptures
    Classic Greek art rooms
    French painting galleries

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:

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