Paris in a Day with the Louvre

Your comprehensive exploration to Paris
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Tour Details
Duration
8 hours
Product Type
Tour
Venues
  • Louvre Museum
  • Notre Dame Cathedral (exterior only)
  • Latin Quarter
  • Saint-Germain-des-Prés
  • Church of Saint-Séverin
  • Île de la Cité
  • Opera Garnier
  • Palais Royal
Photos & Highlights
  • Experience the magic of Paris in just one day with our expert-guided tour, featuring iconic boulevards, the Louvre's legendary art, and the rich history of Île de la Cité.
  • Planning to visit Paris for the 2024 Olympics or Paralympics? Check with us for availability!
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Tour Description
Context has carefully crafted an itinerary that allows for an enchanting look at the illustrious city of Paris in one day. You will stroll down boulevard-lined streets, admire legendary works of art in the Louvre, and dwell on the power of Gothic architecture on the Île de la Cité. In the company of an expert historian or art historian, you will spend 8 hours unpacking the cultural and historical heart of “the City of Light."

Included

  • 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
  • This venue may require headsets on certain tours. We may add a headset fee to your order if it is required for your group. 

Itinerary Details

Paris started as a small island town on the banks of the Seine River, at the Île-de-la-Cité, which is where you will begin your time together. You will meet at a local cafe bright and early for a briefing on Paris and the surrounding area before embarking on your ‘Paris in a Day’ tour. With these useful foundations, we'll then head over to la Grande Dame de Paris: Notre Dame Cathedral. You will learn about the medieval Gothic style and its architectural innovations as you explore the exterior of one of Paris’s masterpieces. You will discuss gargoyles, rose windows, flying buttresses, and all the Gothic features which represent this impressive period of architecture and engineering. You will also touch on the fire and the impact this had on the structure. You will continue this medieval theme as you walk towards the Left Bank. You will spend some time meandering through the Latin quarter, discussing anything from churches (Saint-Julien-le-Pauvre, Saint-Séverin, and Saint-Germain-des-Prés) to literary cafes to the bohemian spirit that emerged in the 20th century. You may spend some time in the Luxembourg Gardens as you soak up this vast expanse of green symmetrical beauty, commissioned by Queen Marie de Medici in 1612. 

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.

At the end of your immersive, full-day itinerary, you will emerge with a deeper understanding of this charming metropolis. You will have ventured across the city to sites relevant to Paris's historic, cultural, and artistic identity. Your "Paris in a Day" tour will leave you with a chic Parisian taste to add to our cultural palate.

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.
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 tour best fits 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.

What happens if it's raining?
Our tours happen rain or shine. Our guides are great at adapting their route during weather changes. Please bring an umbrella.

There are 7 in my family, can we take this tour?
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.

Is there a long line to enter the museum? Can I "skip the line"?
If you have one of our pre-purchased tickets (or a Museum Pass), you will not be required to wait in any ticket line. There is a security checkpoint that 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. Museum Pass holders also have access to this special line.

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(4.7) 48 Reviews

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seemed disinterested. while driving she responded to questions rather than provide commentary. when walking was walking ahead of us not guiding. spoke very softly. said we were going to montmartre and then didn't make it. very disappointing after many great torus with your guide
Aline was wonderful! She was knowledgeable, and informative. She was kind and we enjoyed spending the day with her. She modified our day according to what we wanted more and less of. It truly was a perfect day in Paris! Thanks Aline!!
Our day with Marie was exceptional she was very knowledgeable in all her history facts and was fun to be with for a day in Paris. I could not have asked for a better guide.