An Artist's Tour of the Louvre


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Museums / Culture, Hiking and Walking, First Time Visitor


Kid Friendly: Yes. Many children visit the Louvre but under 12s may be uncomfortable in the crowds and bustle

Friendly: Yes.
I will need to adapt the tour slightly to accommodate wheelchair users.

Maximum travelers: 10



Spanish (conversational), French (fluent), English (fluent)

A "crash course" in Art History through the treasures of the Louvre

From its origins in Greek Roman culture and its deep roots in Christianity, we will explore art's progression through Renaissance, Baroque, Neo-Classicism and Romanticism. I will supply you with a "cheat sheet" to help you remember the characteristics of each movement. We will meet the key artists, discover what influenced them and learn some of the tricks of their trade. Among the many greats on our list are Leonardo de Vinci, Raphael, Caravaggio, Titian, Delacroix and David.

Of course no visit is complete without seeing the great ladies of the Louvre - Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo and the Winged Victory of Samothrace and . . . . (if open on the day) a "secret mystery" painting.

I hope that after our 3 hour stroll through the world's biggest and most famous museum, you will have become a real art history buff with no effort, just pleasure.

Larger groups (schools, associations etc) can be accommodated on request.

And by the way. . . . . . the ONLY way to skip the sometimes huge lines is with a guide


We will start in the Denon wing to see the Winged Victory of Samothrace, follow the story of the Italian Renaissance from its beginning until the start of Baroque, back to Mona Lisa and the largest painting in the museum. Continuing through the large format French Romantics and Neoclassics (Delacroix/Géricault/David) ending in Antiquity with Venus de Milo. Of course the itinerary is flexible according to your particular interests.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: Louvre Museum in Paris.

End location: Under the main pyramid or any part of the museum.

Duration: 2 hours 30 min.


This is a walking tour.

What’s Included

Other: My time and knowledge as a private guide/art historian licensed by the French Minister of Culture
As required - audio equipment so you can hear me in comfort in the crowded areas.
A printed glossary of main artistic movements covered during the tour.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

15 euros - Transport..Metro or bus ticket to the Louvre (€1.90 per ticket)
Optional - Drinks (eg bottle of water) and souvenirs

What’s Extra

Other: Museum entrance tickets are not included. Unfortunately, due to recent changes in the Louvre rules, tickets must be booked online under individual names through the official Louvre site. 17euros per adult. Free entrance for under 18s (and under 26 years old for EU citizens) also free for registered wheelchair users and one carer.
I can order the tickets for you on request but the cost cannot be reimbursed in case of cancellation.

For groups over 6 visitors, an advance reservation fee of 70euros is charged by the Louvre, entrance fees are payable in advance. These costs are non-reimbursable. An extra charge of 2 euros per person to cover extra audio set rental costs.

Transport costs to the Louvre (taxi/bus/metro ticket)


I do not have any restrictions in regard to my guiding, I can offer a full range of experiences.

A Recent Review of this tour

Words can not describe how happy we are with Catherine's service! She really is a true gem! Her knowledge is exemplary and she is just so lovely and engaging! She must have done this millions of times but she comes across so enthusiatic and really showing real passion in her work! She planned the tour perfectly and prepared quiz sheets for my 2 daughters to keep them engaged. She even has sweets to keep my girls happy! My girls enjoyed the tour so much they want to see the Orsay the next day!!
Hilda Giam

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