- 8 hours
- A comprehensive view into the history and culture of Paris for first-time or returning visitors
- Led by a PhD or MA-level historian
- Louvre Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral (exterior only), Palais Royal, Opera Garnier, Church of Saint-Séverin, Île de la Cité, Latin Quarter, and Saint-Germain-des-Prés
- 8 Hours with a Ph.D. or MA-level guide
- Pre-purchased Louvre tickets
- Louvre Museum, Île de la Cité, Notre Dame (exterior), Saint-Séverin, Saint-Julien-le-Pauvre, Latin Quarter, Saint-Germain-des-Prés
Your route will continue across the Pont des Arts as you head to the Right Bank. You may take some time to explore the grounds of the Palais Royal as you discuss the French monarchy and all its intricacies in alluring surroundings or gaze up at the elaborate Opéra Garnier. At this point, you will take a break for lunch. Fueled on delicious french food, you will head to the grand finale of your Context Paris full-day tour: the Louvre Museum. Your expert guide will dive into the Louvre's vast collection, carefully selecting key works—a mixture of masterpieces (Venus de Milo, of course) and unknown treasures—to craft a narrative of kings, emperors, and the accomplished artists who served them. You will spend the remainder of your time touring the spectacular museum before you finish with an introduction to Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa. You can leave with your guide or remain in the Louvre to explore freely at your leisure.
Mobility concerns? Check out our Paris in a Day, with Context: By Car tour, a replica of this tour with car service. Traveling with kids? See our family version of this tour, which has been specially designed for younger learns and is led by family-friendly expert guides.
Our Louvre tours are capped at 6 due to venue reservation restrictions, this also helps your tour experience in order to best navigate the museum and crowds. Should you have a larger group, we suggest splitting into multiple groups.
The daughter of a sculptor, Marie has been surrounded by art ever since she was born. A native Parisienne, she holds an undergraduate degree in history and art history, with a specialty in iconography and French and Flemish paintings from the 16th to the 18th centuries. She also holds a Master's degree in museology from the Ecole du Louvre and one in Art History from the Sorbonne. She currently works for the French National Art History Institute on special cultural events. Since she loves literature, ballet, theatre, opera, jazz clubs, and classical concerts—she has been playing the piano since she was 9—Paris and its artistic life are a perfect fit.
Marie Theres is a painter who has made Paris her home for more than two decades. She works in her studio in Montmartre and shows her paintings in galleries in Europe and the United States. She studied history at the University of Cologne, Germany and painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia before coming to Paris to study art history at the Ecole de Louvre. Her knowledge of art history is enhanced by her practical painting experience. Beyond a purely academic approach, this enables her to convey the emotional dimension of the artwork and to focus attention on the act of creation. She loves to share her passion for art and painting and is fascinated by the 19th-century artistic heritage of Paris, its art movements, and urbanism.
Born and raised abroad, mostly in Asia, Lorraine discovered Paris intimately while studying art history at Ecole du Louvre, a school which holds most of its classes directly in museums and monuments. After several years spent in NYC, getting her Master's degree in Modern Art at Columbia University and working at the Guggenheim Museum, she returned to her adopted city in 2008 to start a PhD. Currently specializing in the history of photography and visual culture, active member of the Laboratoire d'histoire visuelle contemporaine, Lorraine also works as a freelance art critic, teaches art history, and nurtures a few artistic projects of her own.
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