Alternative Louvre - Beat the crowds, see fabulous art


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First Time Visitor, Hiking and Walking, Museums / Culture


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



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

For second time visitors

There is so much more to the Louvre than the typical highlights. This tour takes you to less crowded sections of the museum, home to an unparalleled collection of exceptional works of art. We will see paintings from France and the Netherlands and learn the stories behind them, the artists that created them and the historical contexts essential in forming Western civilisation.


1. French Art from Louis XIV to the 19th century, Sully wing. Includes the great artists of the seductive Rococco period, the purity of the Neoclassics and finally, the drama of the Romantics. Finish with a glimmer of modernity and Corot.

2. Dutch Golden Age - Richelieu wing. Rembrandt, Rubens, Vermeer and (if open) the « secret treasure » of the Louvre.

Meeting Point + Tour Duration

Meeting Point Options: Suggested by Guide: Under the Arc du Carrousel. It is the monument across the road from the main Pyramid at the entrance to the gardens. I will be holding a card with the Tours by Locals logo

End Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Cruise Ship Port, Airport, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building, Suggested by Guide: In the Louvre Museum, under the Pyramid or at the location of your choice

Duration: 2 hours


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

No cash is needed for this tour

What’s Extra

Other: Museum entrance tickets are not included, they should 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.

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.


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

Catherine was the perfect guide for our private family tour of the Louvre. She was extremely knowledgeable about the history of the Louvre and all of the masterpieces within. She captivated us all (including our children ages 13 and 11) and was able to condense the most important works into a 2 hour action packed tour. She was able to maneuver well in the museum and provide us an up close and intimate experience with the art despite the crowds. This was by far our best Paris experience!
Melissa Antonik

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