- 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.
Caroline is an adoptive flâneuse and has been wandering Paris' narrow streets and leafy boulevards since 2003. She holds an undergraduate degree in French and Art History with a specialty in 19th-century art and literature, and pursued graduate studies in Art History at Paris IV La Sorbonne, writing a thesis on popular imagery and caricature in Revolutionary and Napoleonic Paris. Her research was published in the journal European Comic Art. She also writes exhibition reviews and features. Her writing has been published in Apollo Magazine, the TLS, Condé Nast Traveler and WSJ Magazine.
Isabelle is a Franco-American who was born and raised in Versailles. In 2006, she received her Ph.D. in Etruscan art from the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes. During her studies, she spent several years in Italy: Siena and Florence, where she prepared her Master’s degree, and on a scholarship at the Ecole française de Rome working on her PhD thesis. In addition to teaching at the University of Paris VIII, Isabelle has experience as Communications Manager for an art books publisher and translating documentaries for French television. She is an active member of the Montmartre Historical Society and in her free time, enjoys sharing her passion for Paris, its art and its history, with visitors, family and friends.
Sandrine holds an MA in Art History and Museology from the École du Louvre, Paris. She is the author of “Sandrine’s Paris”, published by BBC Books, and writes articles and features for the UK press. In 2007, she presented the BBC series “Paris” which has been broadcast in the UK and all over the world. Additionally, Sandrine has worked as an art curator in France and in the film industry in London. Having lived in Paris for most of her life, she’s passionate about the stories behind the façades and loves sharing the City of Light’s hidden gems.
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