Guided Tour of Louvre Masterpieces
- Mona Lisa: Leonardo da Vinci’s iconic painting is one of the first pieces displayed at the Louvre after it became open to the public. See why her enigmatic smile is the subject of so many songs, stories, poems and parodies.
- Venus de Milo: Mystery surrounds this larger-than-life depiction of the Greek goddess Aphrodite, due to the sculpture’s missing arms. But the damage doesn’t detract from the exquisite attention to detail in the form that remains.
- Liberty Leading the People: The personification of Liberty, a woman known as Marianne, waves a tri-color flag over fallen soldiers on a French Revolution battlefield. Eugene Delacroix’s heroine appears to walk out of the canvas and into the viewer’s dimension.
- Snack at Angelina’s Café: You’ll stop off at one of Audrey Hepburn’s favorite haunts for a well-deserved treat. The famed hot chocolate is a tasty accompaniment to the café’s baked goods, pastries and other sweets.
About this Paris tour
Your tour starts at the entrance of the Louvre, and so does the theme of controversy at the museum. The glass and steel Pyramid that greets you was constructed in 1989 by I.M Pei. His heritage as a Chinese-American and his ultra-modern design were considered an affront by many who believed that guests to the Louvre should be welcomed by something more French, more traditional.
And the controversy continues as you’re guided through 20 or so of the museum’s most celebrated pieces. Liberty Leading the People, with its anti-monarchy undertones, was offensive to those loyal to the French royal regime. Who can forget Theodore Gericault’s depiction of survivors in The Raft of the Medusa? The horror story behind the painting is fascinating: A British ship sent to reclaim territory ran aground and sailors were forced to hop aboard a life raft. But rescue came too late for some of the crew members – that were eaten by others who’d gone mad.
Now that you’re hungry, head to Angelina’s Café to enjoy a snack. The macaroons are decadent, especially when you compare them to the flesh of a British sailor…after a few days…at sea…in a life raft.
Mona Lisa’s Journey
France’s King Francis I didn’t wait long at da Vinci’s bedside when the great artist passed in 1519: He bought La Giaconda from one of the man’s assistants. As the Louvre didn’t open to the public until 1793, the Mona Lisa spent time at a series of royal palaces, including Fontainebleau and Versailles. But even when the painting found a permanent home at the Louvre, she had a hard time staying put. When Napoleon Bonaparte ruled France, he hung the art on his bedroom wall; and, during the Franco-Prussian War in 1870 and World War II, Mona Lisa was secreted away from enemy armies. The painting even made it across the pond during President Kennedy’s term in office, when First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy’s request for a traveling exhibit was granted by French officials.
Please meet your guide outside the entrance to Louvre Museum, 75001 Paris, France, in front of the Pyramid. Your guide will be holding a GoBe sign or your name.
Although your time with your guide is 1.5 hours, you are welcome to stay as long as you would like, after your guided tour and snack, to view the Museum on your own.
The Louvre Museum is wheelchair accessible. Plan to be standing and walking for 2 hours. There are steps in the museum. There are a few lifts but they are very busy.
Cultural, Family Friendly, Private Tour
Old Fashioned Hot Chocolate.
French, English, German, Russian, Spanish
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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