PARIS HISTORY & TREASURES: Notre-Dame, Historical Walk, & the Louvre - Skip The Line Semi-Private Guided Tour

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See it all in just one day on this joint tour between the historic center of Paris and its most famous museum, the Louvre. Our 5 to 5.5 hour semi-private tour lets you see it all with one of our delightful young guides, with groups up to 6 people.

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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, with a visit inside to view to its iconic stained glass windows. 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 not in the guidebooks.

Highlights Generally Include: (if artwork is not on loan or being restored etc.) Notre-Dame Cathedral (tour will enter inside as well), Pont-Neuf, Tuileries Gardens, Champs-Elysées, View of Arc de Triomphe, View of Eiffel Tower, Mona Lisa, Da Vinci, Venus de Milo, Michelangelo’s Slaves, Winged Victory of Samothrace

Meeting Point: At Exit Metro Station Cité (line 4)
Duration: 5 to 5.5hs
Starting Time Options: 10am
Days: Wednesday to Monday (NO Tues.)
Includes: Tour Guide; Skip the line access; Museum ticket valid for the entire day; Lunch Break Before Museum Tour; Private Transportation Between Walking Tour to the Museum if Needed

Adult

18 years of age or older

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Youth

Between 13 - 17 years of age

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Child

Between 5 - 12 years of age

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Infant

Between 0 - 4 years of age

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  • Andrew C
    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.

  • akash c
    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 !!!!

  • illyay
    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.

  • Jeff O
    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.

  • G5994CLsteve
    What a fantastic experience. Our tour guide (lilly) knew the two locations intimately and gave us a fascinating insight into the buildings, the artwork and the people. In particular her knowledge of the Louvre was incredible. I will be back with my family