We had a great time at the Louvre. Our tour guide Fabia was friendly and very knowledgeable! She took us to the key things we wanted to see Mona Lisa, Venus De Milo, etc. and got some great photos of us. She used earbuds and a microphone so we could clearly hear what she had to share even if the other visitors were talking near us. We didn't have a lot of time to spend at the Louvre....this 1.5 hour gudued tour was just what we needed.
We were a little disappointed in the tour. It did not last but one hour, at the end she demanded we pay for ear pieces, but could not keep them, meaning they were reused, and this expense was not mentioned beforehand. It also seemed odd that she went to purchase the tickets and then wanted cash payment at the end. She did get us from place to place in the museum with ease, and had a decent knowledge.
Our tour guide Julien was amazing, worth every euro! The Louvre was mobbed the day we went and he used all of his tour guide magic to get us in past long lines even for tour groups. He knew everything about the Louvre that we asked about and gave us an incredible overview tour. It was supposed to be 1.5 hours but he went almost an hour more. You could tell he loved his job. We have 11 year old twin boys and he worked very hard to keep them interested. He even offered to take family pics of us in the museum. Thanks for everything, Julien!
Oh my God!!!!!!! If you can get Julian, oh my, what a guide. He changed our lives forever with a new perspective on art. It was an art
history lesson, the kind that inspires and we shall never forget his words bursting with enthusiasm and information that is enduring and endearing.
Susanne was waiting for us at our meeting spot and was delightful and charming! We were SO grateful to be in her guiding hands, as otherwise, the Louvre is totally overwhelming. I loved how she gave insight and history to the actual building and how the Louvre became what it is today. She did an excellent job taking us around and showing us highlights. We had our two kids, 14 and 12, and that is the only reason why I chose the shorter option. I wasn't ready for it to be over, and could have done the 3 hour one, but other than seeing one more thing my son had learned about in school, the kids were ready to leave after we said goodbye to Susanne. The only thing I would change was that she spent a lot of time on greek statues, and though my husband and I really enjoyed spending a lot of time on studying one statue at a time, it was tough for the kids and they were anxious to move on to something new.