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Louvre & Orsay Museums Skip-the-line Semi-Private Guided Combo Tour

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Paris, France

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icon5 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 5 more

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

Enjoy skip-the-line access to two of Paris' most popular art museums on this small-group tour of the enormous Louvre Museum and the Musée d’Orsay. Avoid wasting time waiting in the long lines that often form at these top attractions, plus get guided tours of both so you don't miss any of the masterpieces they contain. See Leonardo da Vinci's 'Mona Lisa' and the exquisite 'Venus de Milo' at the Louvre, and the work of Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh, Rodin and many more masters at the Musée d’Orsay. Group size is limited to eight to ensure a personalized experience.
  • Louvre and Musée d’Orsay combo tour
  • Enjoy skip-the-line entry to bypass the long queues
  • Get a comprehensive tour of each museum with your expert guide
  • Witness the Louvre’s most famous works including the 'Mona Lisa' and 'Venus de Milo'
  • Immerse yourself in the French Impressionist movement at the Musée d’Orsay
  • Small-group tour limited to eight ensures a more personalized experience
SKIP-THE-LINE SEMI-PRIVATE COMBO MUSEUM TOUR
SEMI-PRIVATE" MEANS GROUP SIZE IS NEVER MORE THAN 8 GUESTS MAXIMUM
PROFESSIONAL TOUR GUIDE
DURATION 5 - 5.5 HOURS INCLUDING A BREAK
ALL ENTRANCE FEES
Tour Price Does NOT Include Hotel Pickup or Drop-Off (We Recommend UBER or Taxi)
Tour Does NOT Include Gratuities (OPTIONAL)
Temporary exhibitions NOT included
Tour is NOT available for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair

Departure Point

Musée du Louvre, 75001 Paris, France

Return Details

Musée d'Orsay, 75007 Paris, France
Begin your art immersion tour by meeting your guide at the grand pyramid outside the Louvre. The tour is chronological, so start with the ancient Greek relics at the Louvre and work your way through the centuries at the Louvre before heading to the Musée d’Orsay to continue your art education with the French Impressionist movement.

This skip-the-line small-group tour means you get to walk right past the long line outside the Louvre and dive into your Louvre tour right away. The museum is huge and can be overwhelming, but with an expert guide to lead the way you'll be assured of not missing any of the important pieces in the expansive collection.

See world-famous pieces by the likes of Raphael and Delacroix, the gentle curves of the 'Venus de Milo,' the tragic scene of 'The Raft of the Medusa' and the sly smile of the 'Mona Lisa.'

Take a midday break for lunch (own expense) at a nearby restaurant or cafe, accompanied by your guide, followed by a short walk to the Musée d’Orsay on the other side of the Seine River. The beautiful building housing the museum was once a train station—the Gare d'Orsay—and now contains more than 4,000 pieces of art by 19th-century masters like Monet, Rodin, and Van Gogh.

Again, enjoy skip-the-line entry at the Musée d’Orsay to avoid waiting, and begin your tour right away. Learn about the French Impressionist movement, begun by artists like Renoir, Cézanne, Manet and Gauguin. Hear about what made their techniques revolutionary as you listen to your guide's insights into the Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings you see in the museum.

At the conclusion of your tour, you can enjoy more time to explore the museum's collection at your leisure.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Louvre Museum
Meet your guide at the Louvre Pyramid in the morning for your small-group tour of the Louvre and the Musée d'Orsay, two world-renowned museums that are home to Paris’ most prized artworks. You’ll follow a chronological path of art history today, starting with ancient Greek mythology and the Golden Era of gods and heroes at the Louvre, all the way through to the colorful and vibrant styles of the French Impressionist art movement at the Musée d’Orsay. With your skip-the-line ticket, bypass the long entry lines and start your 2-hour guided tour of the Louvre. Tackling this massive museum on your own can be overwhelming, but your guide will lead you on a comprehensive path to help you grasp the Louvre's impressive and extensive collection of art and artifacts. See works by masters Raphael and Delacroix, and stand in awe of the Louvre’s most celebrated pieces including the enigmatic Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo and The Raft of the Medusa.
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Musee d'Orsay
After a break and 10-minute walk across the Seine head over to the Musée d’Orsay. This museum is located in a beautiful Beaux Arts building that was formerly used as the Gare d'Orsay railway station, and is now home to more than 4,000 19th-century artworks by masters including Van Gogh, Monet and Rodin. Skip the entrance lines for a 2-hour guided tour of the Orsay’s highlights. Discover the artists that paved the way for the French Impressionist art movement, such as Manet, Renoir, Cézanne, and Gauguin, and learn the secrets behind their techniques. Your guide will share facts and stories to help you better understand the significance of the many celebrated Impressionist and post-Impressionist pieces here. At the end of your guided tour, you’re free to continue exploring the Musée d’Orsay on your own.
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • It is imperative that you provide us with guests MOBILE PHONE NUMBER (including country code)
  • A maximum of 8 people permitted per tour allowed
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Notes: Louvre and or Orsay museum may be subjected to occasional closures without previous warning from the museum management. When this occurs, we will provide guests with an appropriate alternative if the museum opening time is delayed more than 1h from the tour starting time. In these cases we are unable to provide refunds or discounts. Appropriate dress is required for entry into some sites on this tour. No large bags or suitcases are allowed inside the museum, only handbags or small thin bag packs are allowed through security. Due to increased security measures at many attractions some lines may form on tours with 'Skip the Line' or 'No Wait' access. Some specific rooms inside the museum are subjected to a very quiet or restricted right to speak inside, in this cases your guide will provide the information about this places before entering the specific rooms where this rule applies. Some collections may vary along the year.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Babylon Tours LLC

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Louvre & Orsay Museums Skip-the-line Semi-Private Guided Combo Tour?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Louvre & Orsay Museums Skip-the-line Semi-Private Guided Combo Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Louvre & Orsay Museums Skip-the-line Semi-Private Guided Combo Tour?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Louvre & Orsay Museums Skip-the-line Semi-Private Guided Combo Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Louvre & Orsay Museums Skip-the-line Semi-Private Guided Combo Tour?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Louvre & Orsay Museums Skip-the-line Semi-Private Guided Combo Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Louvre & Orsay Museums Skip-the-line Semi-Private Guided Combo Tour?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Louvre & Orsay Museums Skip-the-line Semi-Private Guided Combo Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Louvre & Orsay Museums Skip-the-line Semi-Private Guided Combo Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Louvre & Orsay Museums Skip-the-line Semi-Private Guided Combo Tour.

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Traveler Tips


  • "This is a MUST when in Paris and ask for Oliver!" See review
  • "While expensive, is cheaper than an additional hotel night and one does not dissipate his energy standing in lines." See review

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Guided combo tour.
mgbonn
, Oct 2019
As first time visitors to Paris, this is the best way to see these museums. Not only did we skip the line but Claudia, our guide, was very knowledgeable and fun to spend the day with. It does involve a lot of walking and climbing of stairs but I’d do it again in a NY minute.
star-5
Great Tour!!
76nate
, Sep 2019
Great tour! Taylor was an amazing tour guide! She was fun and incredibly knowledgeable! We would definitely recommend this tour to anyone as long as Taylor was the guide!
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The Best Tour Guide in all of France
Quest435773
, Oct 2018
First, if you're considering taking a guide - do it. You'll pass hundreds, if not thousands of tourists with headphones in their ear, all of whom utterly miss the point of where they are standing. You can't experience this kind of awe-inspiring history without taking it in with ALL of your senses and trust us - a voice in your head yammering away is not a fun vacation. Bellan, on the other hand, will completely change your trip. She's utterly passionate, extremely knowledgeable and she will get you through the museums in record time (all while being a font of knowledge to rival the librarians of Alexandria). We were smiling from ear to ear the whole time as we raced through the halls of the Louvre, learning the right angles to see artwork (and notice all those people with headphones on taking pictures of the wrong side of a sculpture) and most importantly - feeling like we were a part of history. Bellan will make your trip to Paris. Do yourself the biggest favor you can and request her like we did based on everyone else's reviews!
star-5
Skip the Line Louvre and Orsay with the BEST Guide - Oliver
KarenMKorbs
, Sep 2018
Oliver was so knowledgable and really showed us a good time. He was fun, interesting, asked a lot of questions and showed us the MOST important things to see at both the Louvre and Orsay. This is a MUST when in Paris and ask for Oliver!
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Very good tour, but cost not justified.
Wayne P
, Sep 2018
Our guide was very knowledgeable and did a great job on both museum tours. We would recommend the tour to anyone, however not at this price. This was not good value for the money, just plain overpriced.
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I like the tour guide, Belen who is...
Anna W
, Aug 2018
I like the tour guide, Belen who is extremely professional and is an expert in art and history. She is also very passionate to her job and extremely well in handling my two 9 years old daughters. The duration of the two museums went well for the first time visitors but if you want to explore further for Lourve, you have to go back after Orsay on your own.
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There were only the 4 of us. Tour...
ccbon22
, Aug 2018
There were only the 4 of us. Tour guide was OK but it would have been a lot better if we had a headset.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2018
TOUR OPERATOR COMMENT: Thank you for your feedback. We're sorry to hear this tour did not meet your expectations. As a semi-private tour, we pride ourselves on being able to offer a tour without headsets to ensure a personalized and intimate experience. Thank you again for traveling with us and we hope you enjoyed your overall time in Paris.
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Our guide Christina was amazing. She...
Brian B
, Jul 2018
Our guide Christina was amazing. She engaged my entire family on the progression of art from the classic to the renaissance to the impressionist and right up to modern art. She showed us the transition of styles and the reasons behind it that opened my family's eyes to art that we never would have noticed before. My wife joked that we learned more in one day than we did in a semester of art history in college. Christina kept the day moving and my kids engaged for the whole time.
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This tour was absolutely perfect for...
lisamjaubert
, Jan 2018
This tour was absolutely perfect for us to see the highlights of the Lourve and Musee d’Orsay during our stay in Paris. Belen was an excellent tour guide. She was very educated in Art History which gave us such a wonderful experience of these two museums. I highly recommend this tour.
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amazing tour. Tour guide was fabulous...
lolavenus
, Dec 2017
amazing tour. Tour guide was fabulous and friendly.

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