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  • Location:Paris, France
  • Duration:5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Best Private Tour: Skip the Line at Louvre Museum and Musée d'Orsay

Enjoy skip-the-line access and learn the stories behind some of the world’s most famous works of art on this private tour of the Louvre Museum and the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. With your informative English-speaking guide, visit the Louvre and admire the 'Mona Lisa,' 'The Raft of the Medusa,' 'Venus de Milo' and other masterpieces. Enjoy some free time before meeting your guide again at the Musée d’Orsay, home to 4,000 artworks from the second half of the 19th century by artists including Van Gogh, Monet, Renoir and Rodin.

This private tour limited to four people ensures more personalized attention from your guide.


  • 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 Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Whether you are an avid art fan or not, this private tour is the best way to see two of the great art museums in Paris in one day. The guide is flexible so you can see the works you are really interested in -- and you get to skip the lines too!

What You Can Expect

Best Private Tour: Skip the Line at Louvre Museum and Musée d'Orsay

View the Impressionist collection on your private tour of the Musée d'Orsay in Paris

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.

Enjoy some free time during which you can have lunch (own expense) before rejoining your guide at Musée 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.

Since this is a private tour, feel free to ask your guide as many questions as you wish and take your time appreciating your favorite pieces. You can also adjust the times of your museum visits to suit your taste. Your guided visit to two of the world’s most famous museums ends at the Musée d'Orsay.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Excellent guide/great experience.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

This was a great tour and a must as there is much to see.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 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.

4 star rating: Recommended August 2014

Tour guide was excellent

4 star rating: Recommended December 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.

3 star rating: Worth doing 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.

1 star rating: I do not recommend this 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.

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