The city of Paris has spiraled out from Notre Dame over the centuries, so we think it’s only appropriate to start our group tour here. We’ll move towards the city’s oldest bridge and to its perfectly manicured flowerbeds at the Tuileries Gardens. Stand where heads rolled at the Place de la Concorde while learning about the world’s most beautiful avenue, the Champs Elysées. We’ll introduce you to the characters that built this city, including Henri IV, Louis XIV, and Napoleon Bonaparte, with stories you won’t find in the guidebooks.
After a break for lunch, we’ll skip the lines at the Louvre to discuss the highlights and masterpieces that attract millions of visitors to the museum each year. After the tour you’ll be well-versed in the museum’s history and secrets, and you’ll understand – well, almost – why thousands of people take selfies with the Mona Lisa. It’s the most famous museum in the world, and with good reason. From its roots as a fortress to its days as a royal residence, the Louvre has more secrets than any building in Paris could ever hold. This intimate semi-private tour seeks to captivate first timers as well as those who think they know it all as you visit statues like the armless Venus de Milo and the headless Winged Victory of Samothrace. Drool over the crowned jewels in the opulent Apollo Gallery and descend into the depths of the medieval moat beneath the museum. We’ll even discuss a few master painters like Michelangelo and Delacroix. From the smiling Mona Lisa to the 19th century masters, our passionate guides will show you what you need to see at the Louvre, as well as a few surprises.
Highlights Generally Include: (if artwork is not on loan or being restored etc.)
Notre-Dame Cathedral (Exterior)
View of Arc de Triomphe
View of Eiffel Tower
Mona Lisa, Da Vinci
Venus de Milo
Winged Victory of Samothrace