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The Louvre is coping with crowds – but a new tour will let you have the place to yourself

A new private tour will allow you to have the Louvre in Paris to yourself, which may be especially appealing as the famous art gallery is the most visited museum in the world, and attracted a record-breaking 10.2 million visitors in 2018.

The exterior glass pyramid at The Louvre in Paris
You can take a private tour of The Louvre in Paris. Image: Pixabay

As the home of masterpieces like Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci, the Louvre is always very busy. The recent heatwave has not helped the situation as the cool museum rooms are an added incentive for overheated visitors. To avoid overcrowding, the art gallery is urging travellers to book regular visits in advance online, and it plans to implement a compulsory booking system later on in the year to help it cope with the huge numbers of visitors.

The statue of Venus de Milo at the Louvre Museum in Paris
Venus de Milo at the Louvre in Paris. Image: Tutti Frutti/Shutterstock

If you want to avoid crowds altogether, True Luxury Travel has launched a brand new private tour of the Louvre, which will allow travellers to explore the museum crowd-free. Participants will be guided around the gallery by an expert qualified guide and art historian during the three-hour tour, which begins outside the iconic museum. It will commence with the story of how the building transformed from a medieval fortress to a royal palace.

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The Louvre Pyramid at dusk. Image by ©Pigprox/Shutterstock

Once inside, it will take in the Classical Antiques Wing – home to ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman artefacts, and the Denon Wing, where some of the greatest Italian masterpieces from Da Vinci, Michaelangelo and Veronese are on display. It will also cover some of the great French masters of art, including an exploration of the Neoclassicism and Romanticism art movements.

A woman looking at paintings in The Louvre
It is possible to tailor this specialist tour to specifically focus on any areas of interest. Image: Pixabay

It is possible to tailor this specialist tour to specifically focus on any areas of interest, and to request the tour in any language. It is offered on any day other than public holidays, subject to availability. The VIP tour has been launched as part of True Luxury Travel’s European collection, which is new for 2019, and further information is available from the website here.