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Take a deep dive into the heart of Paris with our tour of the historic city center and the iconic Louvre museum! Our tours are small—no more than 8 people per visit—so that you get a chance to ask questions and engage in discussion with one of our certified guides as they take you on this journey through the cultural, artistic and political history of Paris.
The Notre Dame Cathedral, where you’ll start the day, is located at the exact center of the city, and from here, you’ll walk to Pont Neuf, the city’s oldest bridge and the perfectly manicured flowerbeds of the Tuileries. You’ll then visit the Place de la Concorde, where the guillotine stood during the French Revolution, and catch a glimpse of the elegant Champs Elysées, as your guide explains the stories behind key figures who helped build the city, including Henri IV, Louis XIV and Napoleon Bonaparte.
After taking a break for lunch—this is the culinary capital of the world, after all—you’ll skip the line at the Louvre and plunge into this world-renowned museum. You’ll learn about its roots as a fortress and then royal residence, and how its origins have made it the repository of some of the city’s most infamous secrets and scandals. You’ll take in the gorgeous (and armless) Venus de Milo, the stunning (and headless) Winged Victory of Samothrace, gape at the crowned jewels in the Apollo Gallery and feel small in the medieval moat that lies beneath the museum. You’ll also learn about artists like Michelangelo and Delacroix and visit the Mona Lisa. Join us for a day of history, art and surprises!
Highlights Generally Include: (if artwork is not on loan or being restored etc.)
Notre Dame Cathedral (exterior), which inspired the most famous novel in French history
Pont Neuf, the oldest bridge in Paris
Tuileries Gardens, where beautiful flowers and Fashion Week photo shoots live
Venus de Milo, the most celebrated statue from ancient Greece
Mona Lisa, the most famous painting in the world
Museum Entry Tickets Notes: Each guest will be provided with a timed ticket with their full name purchased by us directly from the official Louvre website on your behalf (Louvre Tickets: Adult Tickets 17€, All guests ages 0 to 17 enter for free and must bring their Valid photo ID to prove their age at security check). The ticket is personal and for exclusive use of each guest on the tour. Tickets NOT SOLD SEPARATELY and are only provided when guests book our guided tour.
Well worth the price, Ask for LjiJiana as a guide she was unbelievable, very knowable and took the time to point out the little things that you would not notice and miss. She took the time to educate you with the facts of what you are looking at. I only wish we had her for the full day there was so much more I would have liked to have had her cover.
Agathe delivered a superb tour from Notre Dame to the Louvre, giving lots of fascinating insights and detail which we would never have otherwise discovered. She was a charming and thoughtful guide. I would firmly recommend Babylon to anyone interested in digging a bit below the surface in this interesting city.
We did this tour today and it was one of the best tour we did ... Our Guide Liliya was excellent .... there is so much detail and she covered everything perfectly ... my 10 and 13 year old enjoyed every aspect of this tour ... hats off to excellent guide !!!!
This was an incredible tour, and without a doubt exceeded our expectations. Our guide, Belen, was exceptional. She was of course very personable, polite, and thoughtful: she told us numerous times that we should tell her if she needs to speed up or slow down, to ask questions, etc. The amazing thing about her was how engaging she made the overall experience. She was clearly very passionate about the history of the city, and very very knowledgeable in topics ranging from history to architecture to art, religion and even Egyptology. Belen translated this passion into an engaging conversation with us, which made the whole tour feel like a true learning experience as opposed to simply “memorize these dates and names because this is important per academia or popular for various reasons.”The fact that she was quite funny also helped convey many of her points and material. This was a dense tour with lots of information, quite a bit of walking around Paris (but not overwhelming), and inside the Louvre. Belen asked us about whether we wished to opt for a slower or more intense/fast pace to cover more ground. She suggested a few places to grab lunch, and offered some good advice about art galleries which we were after. We would highly encourage anyone to take this tour for an immersive and invaluable orientation, not only for first-time Paris visitors.
Excellent guide for tour of Norte Dame and Louvre. Energetic, friendly and knowledgeable. Teenagers loved the whole tour (as did parents), particularly the museum portion. Worth every penny.