On this three-hour tour, we will join an art historian to explore the Louvre’s special temporary exhibition of the work of perhaps the most celebrated artist in the world: Leonardo Da Vinci. Leonardo helped define the style of the Italian Renaissance, one of the most influential artistic movements in history. Organized on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of Leonardo’s death, the exhibition—running from October 24, 2019 to February 24, 2020—presents an unprecedented collection of the artist’s works, bringing together almost all of the nearly twenty paintings now attributed to him, as well as many of his drawings and sketchbooks.
For other options to discover the Louvre, check out our Louvre for Kids Tour
or our Evening Louvre Tour
- Leonardo da Vinci Exhibit at the Louvre
- 3 hours with a PhD or MA level guide
- Fast-track access for the Louvre
An Unprecedented Retrospective Of Leonardo da Vinci’s works
Though Leonardo was an Italian master, he spent the final years of his life in France. In 1516, he moved to Amboise in the Loire Valley, where he became the “First Painter, Engineer, and Architect” of the French king, Francis I. This helps to explain how nearly a third of the paintings attributed to Leonardo—including the Mona Lisa and the Madonna of the Rocks—ended up at the Louvre. When Leonardo died in May 1519 at the Château du Clos Lucé, these works passed directly into the French royal collections. The Louvre is thus a fitting setting for this blockbuster retrospective exhibition, which provides a comprehensive vision of Leonardo’s life and works.
Our tour wouldn't be complete without one of the most recognizable pieces of Leonardo da Vinci— the Mona Lisa. We will end our journey with a trip to the Salle des Etats, where La Gioconda or La Joconde has her permanent home. A quintessential example of Renaissance ideals—realism, secularism, and individualism—the Mona Lisa remains one of unsolved mysteries of all time.
Throughout the whole tour, we will delve into Leonardo da Vinci's genius and discuss his art techniques, innovations, and lasting legacy.
Customize this Tour
Our Leonardo da Vinci Tour will focus on the temporary exhibition dedicated to the work of the artist. Please note that on this tour we will not include the rest of the permanent collection.
If you'd like to extend and customize your tour to include an introduction to the permanent collection of the Louvre please contact us to discuss the details. Whether you already have something in mind or would like to craft something entirely new, our dedicated planning specialists are on hand to help you develop a tour that will be just right for you. Context planners, all travelers in their own right and experts in their dedicated territory, will partner with you to create an itinerary suited exactly to your needs and schedule.
What is a private tour?
Our private tours are limited exclusively to travelers in your party. They are designed to provide a learning experience that is completely tailored to you and your traveling companions. Private tours give you more flexibility with scheduling (you decide when the walk best fits in your trip), the ability to tailor your itinerary (we'll work to match the itinerary to the interests and dynamics of your group), and more personalized time with your guide.
There are 6 in my family but your website won't allow me to include more than 5 participants. Can't you make an exception?
For this exhibition, the Louvre requires special reservations for groups larger than 5 persons. Please contact us for information on pricing and availability. Note that availability is limited for large groups due to the high-demand. Please book far in advance and we will do our best to secure a group reservation.
Where do we meet? Where does the tour end?
Generally speaking, the walk begins at a café near the Louvre. Your confirmation email will have the exact meeting point details along with a map and 24-hour phone number for any last-minute issues. The walk ends inside the Louvre near the Salle des Etats where the Mona Lisa is displayed. You are free to stay on after the tour is over and continue exploring the museum's collection.
When is the best time to visit the Louvre?
The ideal time to visit the Louvre is on Wednesday and Friday evenings when the museum is open until 9:45 pm, as there are fewer visitors. Note that not all rooms are open every day of the week, so if you are looking to book one of our more specialized tours and it's not available on Wednesday or Friday evenings, it's because those rooms are closed.
Will you pre-purchase tickets?
We pre-purchase dated and timed Louvre tickets for all visitors, which give access to the museum within half an hour of the time shown on the ticket. These tickets will only allow you to enter the museum once. Any exit is final. Your guide will have the tickets with him/her on the day of the tour. Unfortunately, we will not be able to refund your Louvre tickets if you have Museum Passes. The tickets are mandatory.
Louvre tickets description:
- Fast-track access to the Louvre
- Tickets are dated, timed and named
- Enter via a special entrance, using the line for ticket holders with a timeslot
- Admission within 30 minutes before and after the timeslot received
- If you leave the museum, you will not be allowed back in with the same ticket
- Ticket holders may be asked to present a valid photo ID. Without it, access to the museum could be refused
Is there a long line to enter the museum? Can I "skip the line"?
If you have one of our pre-purchased tickets, you will not be required to wait in any ticket line. There is a security check through which all visitors to the museum are required to pass, and there is sometimes a line for this. Because we have advance tickets, we have access to a special ticket holder security line, which is very short. Please note that on this tour the tickets are mandatory for all participants no matter the age.
Is the Louvre wheelchair accessible?
The Louvre is wheelchair accessible and you can request a temporary wheelchair loan from the information desk. You can print a wheelchair accessibility guide from the site. We are happy to custom design visits to the Louvre for visitors with mobility concerns.
Is this tour appropriate for children?
Yes. We can adapt the content of our Leonardo da Vinci Tour to the needs of your family and assign scholars specially trained in working with children.