There are many ways of experiencing the Louvre Museum in Paris.
You can opt for a self-guided tour, a guided tour, or a private guided tour.
Most people book a self-guided tour because of three reasons:
- It is the cheapest way to experience the Louvre Museum
- They prefer to explore the museum at their own pace
- They want to see whatever fancies them and not be stuck to a group
Those that appreciate art better book a guided tour, usually because:
- They want a local expert to guide them through the museum
- They don’t want to miss out on any of the masterpieces
- They want to hear historical and artistic commentary about the exhibits, from an art expert
For art museums such as The Louvre, we always recommend a guided tour.
Even better if you can book a private guided tour and have the art guide to yourself.
1. Types of guided tours
2. Why private tours are better
3. Cost of private tours
4. Best private tours of Louvre
5. Private tour at night
6. Private tours for families
7. Tour of Louvre and d’Orsay
8. Semi-private tours
9. Free guided tours
Types of guided tours
Once you have decided to book a guided tour of Louvre, you have three options.
We have listed them in the order of their cost – the cheapest first.
1. Regular guided tour
One guide leads a group of about 20-25 people. Everybody in the group gets a headset so that they can hear the guide’s commentary. Book Now
2. Semi-private guided tour
This tour is also known as a Small Group guided tour and usually has 6 to 10 people. Since the group is small, they can huddle close to the guide and hear his or her every word. Book Now
3. Private guided tour
A private guided tour has six or fewer people, all from your family or group. The guide can thus customize the experience. A private guided tour is the best way to experience the Louvre Museum. Book Now
Why book a private tour of Louvre?
Here are the reasons why hiring a private guide is the best way to explore The Louvre.
- Skip the line feature of private tours helps you skip the long entry lines
- With someone who knows their way around the museum taking the lead, you dodge the crowds inside the galleries as well
- You hear commentary from an art expert and better understand the historical and artistic significance of the masterpieces
- Get your questions answered to your satisfaction, by the art expert
- Thanks to a local art historian guiding, you have a more structured experience at the massive art museum
- Private guides take the age of the group members (and their preferences) and customize the tour accordingly
- A private guided tour means you have ultimate control over your Louvre experience. You decide what to see, where to pause, when to stop etc.
Important: When you visit the Louvre Museum for your private tour, please bring along your Passport or ID card. Since you will be walking a lot, it makes sense to wear comfortable shoes. Pets and large bags (items exceeding 55x35x20 cm) are not allowed inside the museum.
How much are private tours of Louvre Museum?
Private guided tours to the Louvre Museum are usually priced for groups of six visitors.
If you prefer to book a private guided tour, which includes both the Louvre entry tickets and the art guide’s two-hour time, you must shell out approximately 370 Euros for a group of six.
Private tours at night tend to be cheaper at 169 Euros for up to six guests.
If you are a family of four or more, private guided tours to the Louvre, make a lot of sense.
But if you are three or less, we recommend a semi-private Louvre tour, which costs 70 to 85 Euros per person.
Best Louvre private tours for adults
Private guided tours of the Louvre Museum come in many shapes and sizes.
In this section, we share some of the most popular tours –
1. Louvre museum private guided tour
This 90-minute private tour of the Louvre is restricted to six people, including kids.
They need to be your friends and family.
On this tour, you see highlights from the vast collection of 35,000 pieces of art displayed in the former royal palace.
When you book this tour, you only book the art guide’s time for yourself. You must still purchase the Louvre admission ticket for your group.
The Louvre entrance fee is 20 Euros per adult. Visitors under 18 years can walk in free, but they must obtain a free ticket. Book Louvre entry ticket
This private tour can be canceled 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund.
Tour price: 200 Euros for up to six guests
If you don’t want the hassle of booking the Louvre entry tickets and the expert art guide separately, you can either book this two-hour tour or this three-hour extended tour. Both of them include Louvre entry tickets.
2. Private tour of Louvre at night
This private tour is an excellent opportunity to see the Louvre Museum when it’s less frequented and enjoy fantastic evening lighting in the Pyramid and the Galleries.
Visitors can book this night tour only on Wednesdays and Fridays because that’s when the art museum is open till 9.45 pm.
This VIP Experience at Louvre starts at 6 pm and lasts four hours.
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance.
Tour price: 169 Euros for up to six guests
Recommended: Follow the link to find out everything about visiting Louvre Museum at night.
3. Private Louvre scandals tour
This is a private guided tour of the Louvre, but with a twist – the guide takes you on the trail of hidden scandals and controversies behind the world’s most famous works of art.
During this tour, the guide takes you through more than a dozen of the world’s most well-known works of art, all of which hold secrets and gossip.
This tour starts at noon and, after 90 minutes, ends at Louvre’s most controversial piece of art – Mona Lisa.
The cost of this private tour depends on the number of members in the group.
Two guests: 250 Euros
Three guests: 267 Euros
Four guests: 284 Euros
Five guests: 300 Euros
Six guests: 318 Euros
Recommended: Mona Lisa at Louvre Museum is the most popular and controversial painting in the world.
Private tours for families with kids
Some of the families tend to opt for private tours of the Louvre customized for children.
Family-friendly tours are a great way to get your kids interested in art.
The guides hosting such tours are experts in handling both adults and kids and create an informative and playful itinerary.
These tours are best suited for kids six years and above.
Kids five years and below can join these tours for free, but it may be challenging to keep them engaged.
1. Private tour of Louvre for family
A special children’s guide with lots of experience hosting families takes you around Louvre.
These guides know precisely how to catch the kids’ wavelength and keep them engaged.
This 2-hour long tour starts from Mona Lisa, and then you cover the other highlights of the art Museum.
Tour price: 299 Euros for up to 4 members
2. Private tour designed for ‘detective’ kids
This is a two-hour private tour of the Louvre where besides exploring the masterpieces, your expert guide makes your kids play fun games as well.
On this tour exclusively curated for kids, the family members must use their deduction and creativity to answer questions on the museum’s exhibits.
The idea is to keep the little detectives in the family captivated while the adults learn about the masterpieces.
Tour price: 299 Euros for up to 6 members
If your family is interested in a treasure hunt within the Louvre, check out this tour.
Louvre and Musée d’Orsay private tour
During this 5.5 hours private tour, an art expert takes you around two of the most celebrated museums in Paris – the Louvre Museum and Musée d’Orsay.
You discover 3000 years of history just by crossing the bridge between Musée d’Orsay and the Louvre museum.
We recommend comfortable shoes because there is a lot of walking.
Tour price: 705 Euros for up to six guests
If you want something cheaper, check out this semi-private tour of both the Museums.
The ‘absolute’ private tour of Louvre
Family Twist, a Paris-based travel company specializing in luxury trips to Europe, offers what one can call the ‘absolute’ private tour of the Louvre.
If you are willing to pay €30,000 (about $34,000), up to four people (your family or friends) can experience the Louvre all alone.
That is, your group will be the only tourists in the whole museum for about 90 minutes. Find out more
Semi-private tours of Louvre
If you want the benefits of a private tour, but money is a constraint, a semi-private tour of the Louvre Museum is your next best option.
These tours are also known as small group tours.
1. Semi-private guided Louvre highlights tour
This is a 90-minutes private guided tour of the Louvre’s highlights, after which you are free to explore the rest of the museum at your own pace.
During the tour, the expert local guide will regale you with the art and artists’ stories.
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund.
Adult ticket (18+ years): 84.90 Euros
Child ticket (4 to 17 years): 67.90 Euros
If you want something longer, check out this 3-hour semi-private tour of the Louvre.
2. Small group Louvre tour + French breakfast
You start this tour of the world’s largest art museum with a traditional French breakfast on a café terrace, in the Cour Napoleon of the Louvre.
Then you skip the line and enter the museum for your 90 minutes of a fully guided tour.
After the semi-private guide takes his leave, you can hang around for as long as you want.
Adult ticket (18+ years): 89.90 Euros
Youth ticket (11 to 17 years): 77.90 Euros
Child ticket (4 to 10 years): 47.90 Euros
Infant ticket (up to 3 years): Free entry
Free guided tours at Louvre Museum
If the private and semi-private guided tours shared above seem too costly, you can book a regular guided tour of the Louvre.
Standard guided tours are cheaper because the art expert guide manages larger groups.
If a regular guided tour is also out of the question, you can check out the Louvre’s free guided tours.
These free tours are offered during the peak summer months – from the first week of July to the third week of September.
Since these tours last 20 minutes, they are also known as the ‘Summer mini tours.’
There are eight tours on offer, each hosted by the museum’s official guide, who is also happy to answer all your questions.
The eight tours offered are:
- Beginnings of the Louvre
- Ancient Egypt
- Italian masters
- Large-scale French paintings
- The palace courtyards
- The Napoleons
- Treasures of the Louvre
- Introduction to Islamic art
Free tour timings
Morning: 10 am, 10.30 am, 11 am, 11.30 am
Afternoon: 2 pm, 2.30 pm, 3 pm, 3.30 pm
To join these free tours, you don’t need to register in advance. Just buy the Louvre entry tickets and be at the museum when the tours start.
Identify the four theme-based tours you would be interested in, and then reach the museum half an hour in advance.
You can then attend them back to back, starting with the first one at 10 am (or 2 pm).
After one tour is over, you will have 10 minutes to reach the next tour’s venue – so keep the museum’s layout in mind while planning.
Some tourists visit Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum on the same day. If you also plan to do the same, follow the links for directions:
– From Eiffel Tower to the Louvre Museum
– From Louvre Museum to Eiffel Tower