Louvre Museum and Musée d'Orsay Private Tour

Paris, France

From $360.34

Price varies by group size

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Free cancellation
Up to 7 days in advance.
  • 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


From classic Greek sculptures to masterpieces of Impressionist painting, enjoy a day of artistic treasures with a private tour of the Louvre and Musée d’Orsay in Paris. Enjoy skip-the-line access to both museums so you can make the most of your day. Step back in time at the Louvre to see iconic works of ancient and Renaissance art, and admire paintings and sculptures by Impressionist and Modern masters at the Musée d’Orsay. Enjoy the personalized attention of a private guide, with tour numbers limited to four people.
  • Private tour of the Louvre and Musée d’Orsay with skip-the-line access to both museums
  • Enter the magnificent Louvre, the most visited museum in the world, from the underground Carrousel du Louvre
  • Learn the stories behind famous Louvre artworks such as the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo and The Raft of Medusa from your expert guide
  • Enjoy some free time for lunch (own expense) before rejoining your guide at the Musée d’Orsay
  • Hear anecdotes about famous paintings at the Musée d’Orsay by artists including Van Gogh, Monet, Renoir and Gauguin
  • Private tour limited to four people ensures a more intimate experience

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This private tour lets you skip the lines at both the Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay. 

What's Included

  • Skip-the-line access to both museums
  • Private guide
  • Private one-way transport from your hotel (only if option selected)
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Transport to the Louvre Museum (unless option selected)
  • Transport back to your hotel

Meeting And Pickup

You can head directly to the meeting point, or request pickup

Meeting point

  • Louis XIV sous les traits de Marcus Curtius (copie)
    Cour Napoléon et Pyramide du Louvre, 75001 Paris, France

    For tour only option, the meeting point is :  At the Equestrian Statue of Louis XIV in front of the Pyramid of the Louvre, 75001 Paris

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

Start time

09:30 AM

End point

  • Musée d'Orsay
    75007 Paris, France

Pickup details

For the hotel pick-up option, your guide can meet you at any hotel within Paris city limits (ZIP Code beginning with 75). Transportation (taxi, metro, etc) is at your expense.

What To Expect

The museums of Paris are home to some of the finest collections of art in the world. Your museum tour begins in the morning at your central Paris hotel, where you’ll meet your private guide and travel to the Louvre. Bypass the long queues and enter the museum through the underground Carrousel du Louvre. 

Spend 2 hours at the Louvre’s hallowed galleries viewing some of the most famous works of art in the world, including the Venus de Milo, The Raft of the Medusa, the Mona Lisa and paintings by artists like Rembrandt and Delacroix. Your guide can customize the tour based on your personal interests, and will share an art historian’s perspective on all the works you see. Feel free to ask questions and linger in front of your favorite pieces as long as you like.

Midday, enjoy some leisure time to continue exploring the Louvre on your own or have lunch at a nearby café (own expense). Reconnect with your guide at the Musée d’Orsay, and enjoy skip-the-line access once again to head straight inside. 

Housed in a Beaux Arts former train terminal, the Musée d’Orsay boasts a collection of more than 4,000 European works from the mid-to-late 19th century, including the largest Impressionist and Postimpressionist collection in the world. Take a guided tour of the museum’s highlights to see masterpieces of painting and sculpture by artists including Monet, Renoir, Rodin, Gaugin, Suerat and Cézanne. Say farewell to your guide at the Musée d’Orsay, where you can continue exploring on your own or head out to continue sightseeing in Paris.

Louvre Museum

After meeting your guide at your central Paris hotel, travel by metro or comfortable minivan to Carrousel du Louvre, an underground shopping mall near the Louvre. You will use the mall's underground entrance to access the Louvre, bypassing the long entry lines to the most visited museum in the world. During your 2-hour visit to the Louvre, your informative guide will share anecdotes and history about artistic masterpieces including the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo and The Raft of the Medusa. Admire works by artists such as Rembrandt and Delacroix, and tell your guide about any other works you particularly want to see.

2 hours Admission Ticket Included

Musee d'Orsay

A former train station, this museum houses more than 4,000 artworks from the second half of the 19th century by legends including Van Gogh, Monet, Renoir, Gauguin and Rodin. Again, enjoy the convenience of skipping the entry lines. Your guide will show you the highlights, sharing facts and stories to help you better understand the significance of the many famous artworks here.

2 hours Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • You will go by foot between the two museums, which is a walk of approximately 10 to 15 minutes
  • Please note this tour is limited to a maximum of six people per group.
  • Even with a skip the line ticket, there may still be queues on certain days during the summer
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 7 days in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 7 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • Any changes made less than 6 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • For a 50% refund, you must cancel 3–6 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
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Excellent Guided Tour!
Daniel_S, Oct 2022
Tour guide was very knowledgeable, we didn’t have to wait in any lines. Definitely have a game plan for the Louvre, the guide will know the fastest way through to see the most.
Great tour with a very knowledgeable guide
Anthony_V, Jul 2022
Sophie was an excellent guide. So knowledgeable! She made visiting the two museums so easy and helped us to understand art history much better. Our guide was especially helpful in the Louvre. It was very crowded and would have been overwhelming without Sophie. She made sure we saw the important items.
A wonderful highlight of our trip
Timothy_K, Jun 2022
This was a highlight of our trip. Our guide Virginia met us in our hotel lobby and together we took the metro to the Louvre. We skipped the line and she gave us a historical background of the Louvre dating back to the initial fortress from the 1200s. We then hit the highlights of the Louvre. After a quick lunch we walked to the Musee d’Orsay and again got a historical perspective on the building and it’s transformation into a museum. Then we hit the highlights including wonderful descriptions of the masterpieces. Virginia was such a kind and happy person! We loved having her as our guide and would have her show us all of Paris if we could!
Our guide's depth of knowledge...
Joyce W, Jun 2016
Our guide's depth of knowledge exceeded our expectation. The time passed quickly with her. Money well spent! JW, Colorado
Our tour guide was the most amazing...
Nanci S, Sep 2015
Our tour guide was the most amazing young woman. She was so knowledgable and friendly. The Lourvre is so massive, that she had a nice plan to move us through it, hit some highlights, and describe French history through the paintings. Lunch at Dorsay was amazing. Highly recommend the tour.
It was nice to avoid the lines at the...
John E, May 2015
It was nice to avoid the lines at the Museums. The guide was friendly and kind. However, she did not offer much information beyond what a printed guide would have, and very little background on artists and styles. For $650 I was expecting an expert art guide. I feel I was shortchanged on this tour.
The tours were fantastic. Helen was...
Peter W, Feb 2015
The tours were fantastic. Helen was exceptional and we would highly recommend both the tours and Helen to anyone inquiring into whether this is both highly educational and worth the money. Thank you very much for our entire family. Best, PDW
Absolutely wonderful! We were able to...
Irene M, Aug 2014
Absolutely wonderful! We were able to see what we most wanted to see, and our guide even went over her time allotted. We only had one day, but managed to see works by Da Vinci, Michaelangelo, Botticelli, Raphael, Renoir, Monet and Cezanne, to name only a few. However, we only were able to see a small bit of all of the art there, so spend several days if you can.
Skip the line did not work at Musée...
Peter Z, May 2014
Skip the line did not work at Musée d'Orsay. I the Louvre it worked only at the second location, not at the first try. The guide tried to make up for the missed Museé d'Orsay by improvising a short tour for the couvert passages which was a nice try, I appreciated it, but originally I booked the tour for the possibility of avoiding the line and spend the time instead in the museums.
This was a great tour and a must as...
Jeanine D, Dec 2013
This was a great tour and a must as there is much to see.
This was one of the longest tour that...
Jerry N, Dec 2013
This was one of the longest tour that we had. We walked for 6 hours and didn't get to see everything. Our tour guide was amazing. She was very knowledgeable, polite and helpful. We didn't have to wait in line which was nice. This is a must see for once in a life time.
Tour guide was excellent!! We did not...
Lisa, Oct 2013
Tour guide was excellent!! We did not feel overwhelmed by the Louvre. Our guide really allowed us to enjoy and appreciate the art!! Definitely a must do if it's your first trip to the Louvre.