- 8 hours
- A comprehensive view into the history and culture of Paris for first-time or returning visitors by car
- Led by a PhD or MA level historian or art historian
- Louvre Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral (exterior only), Opera Garnier, Church of Saint-Séverin, Île de la Cité, Champs-Elysées, Sacré-Coeur, Latin Quarter, and Saint-Germain-des-Prés
- Notre Dame (exterior only)
- Church of Saint-Séverin
- Île de la Cité
- Latin Quarter
- Palais Royal
- Opera Garnier
- Eiffel Tower (exterior only)
- Arc de Triomphe
- Champs Elysées
- Louvre Museum
- 8 hours with a PhD or MA-level guide
- Private car service with pickup at your hotel
- Pre-purchased Louvre tickets
We’ll then drive across the Seine to reach the Right Bank and sites such as the Palais Garnier and Palais Royal. As the center of 19th-century Paris and the massive urban revolution that took place in the capital, this area is rife with histories and intrigues to discuss. We’ll pass through the former neighborhood of Picasso and Van Gogh: the charming Montmartre, talking about the evolution of this hillside area from the 19th century till today. Continuing our drive, we'll join the Champs Elysées, admiring this historical axis of Paris and the perfect alignment of imposing historical monuments such as the Arc de Triomphe and the Obélisque. We’ll have a chance to see the iconic Eiffel Tower from a distance before we leave our car/driver and walk through the luscious Tuileries Gardens to get to the Louvre. At this point, we will break for lunch at a venue selected for our groups’ tastes. Fueled on French food, we’ll finish our time together viewing a mixture of masterpieces (including the Mona Lisa, of course) and unknown treasures to craft a narrative of kings, emperors, and the accomplished artists who served them. We'll spend the remainder of our time touring the spectacular museum before we finish our tour, at which point we can leave together or explore freely at our own leisure if we choose.
If you are interested in sights not mentioned in this tour, please book a Paris Custom Tour.
For how long will we have the car service?
The car service is booked for 4 hours. Your driver will drop you off at a local restaurant near the Louvre where you will have lunch with your expert guide. You will then continue with a tour of the Louvre museum and end your Paris in day inside the museum. Please note that the cost of lunch is not included in the total price of the tour.
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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