French Links Art Tours

Thanks to our licensed guides and advance planning, you will always have priority access to all major museums and blockbuster exhibitions. Our creative approach to guiding means that all our tours are interactive and exciting, instead of boring lectures.

You want to avoid the crowds? Then join us for our evening tours on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights, when museums such as the Louvre, the Centre Pompidou and the Orsay Museum remain open until 10 pm. When feasible, we can make similar arrangements for special exhibitions.

Whatever your passion, French Links Tours can find the right museum for you.

Our Guides

We work only with trained, experienced guides, who are either university-educated native English speakers or French national guides who speak flawless English. Both have the people skills to make Americans and other English-speakers feel at home in France. Our multilingual guides also have fluency in Spanish, Italian, Russian, German and Chinese, both Mandarin and Cantonese.

Our Tours

Enter the Studios of Parisian Artists

Have you ever wanted to discover the art studios of Parisian painters, sculptors and architects? Now you can, thanks to French Links private customized tours of such art studios as the painting atelier and apartment of Gustave Moreau, the home and atelier of Antoine Bourdelle, the studios and home of Ary Scheffer (now the Museum of Romantic Life), as well as the studio and home of the sculptor Osip Zadkine. If you want to do even more, we can arrange for you to have a private lunch and visit with such leading French artists as Nathalie Decoster and Loutre Bissière, as well as visit the design studios of today's leading French architects and artisans.

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Highlights and Secrets of the Louvre: From Mona Lisa to the Crown Jewels

With our guides you will discover the history of this 800-year-old palace, starting in the Medieval wing and going through the late 20th century wings designed by the American architect Io Ming Pei. You will learn the stories behind its most famous treasures, whether it's the Mona Lisa, the Winged Victory or the Venus de Milo. The Louvre is a mini-city in itself, and we have made it easy to navigate in the world's biggest museum, even for the physically disabled.

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Scandals in Art at the Musée d'Orsay

If you love Impressionist and post-Impressionist art and sculpture, you will learn how French art broke with the academy and led to the unrivalled masterpieces of Degas, Renoir, Van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec, Gauguin and Cézanne. If you have time, you may want to link this visit to a tour of the Rodin Museum and Sculpture Garden where you will discover The Thinker, the Burghers of Calais and the Immortal Kiss.

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Museums and Quartiers Without Crowds Tour

If you want to get away from hordes of tourists, you can now visit the Louvre, the Musée d'Orsay, the Pompidou Center and even the Orangerie at select nights of the week. French Links Tours will prepay your tickets, include them in your welcome pack at your hotel and arrange for a private guided tour you will never forget. In addition, we can organize an early evening walking tour that starts at 5 p.m. and ends at 8 p.m. just before dinner, that gives you a chance to see Paris in a whole new way, with greater ease and calm.

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The Jacquemart-André Museum, a 19th Century treasure trove

Imagine an artistic journey through the heart of the Italian Renaissance, 18th Century French Masterpieces and works by the Flemish masters... Built by Edouard André and his wife Nélie Jacquemart, both avid art collectors, in Haussmann's 19th Century Paris, this private mansion offers visitors a unique opportunity to explore a wealthy 19th Century home, with its state rooms, monumental staircase, winter garden, private apartments, reception areas and more. Enjoy lunch at the museum's magnificent Tiepolo ceiling and ask us about privatizing the museum for a special event.

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Turn Your Pictures of Paris Into Art

Now you have the chance to capture your own private Paris in unique photographs with one of the city's most acclaimed and talented young photographers. You will not only discover a Paris that is truly off the beaten path, but you will even have photos of your favourite monuments that are truly unique and unforgettable. You can book your photographer for a few hours, a half-day, a full-day or more, and 24 hours later fly home with a CD that will impress both your friends and family. (This tour is ideal for families and groups of up to 20 guests).

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Little-Known Museums Tour In and Around Paris

Let author/guide Rachel Kaplan take you on a fascinating expedition through the house-museums and collections that are truly off the beaten track, from the smallest museum in the world that fits only eight visitors at a single time, to the homes of such famous artists as Maurice Ravel, Eugène Delacroix, Gustave Moreau and Ossip Zadkine or the delightful Baccarat Museum. For those seeking something more exotic, then come along to the Museum of the Institute of the Arab World, or the Museum of Fashion and Textiles.

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The Road To Impressionism Tour

Along the Seine, with its misty sunrises and blazing sunsets, reflecting in its shimmering surface, painters such as Auguste Renoir, Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Alfred Sisley, and Edouard Manet found their calling. While they painted their impressions of the scene before them, the critics scoffed and dubbed them the "Impressionists." Then came Cézanne and Van Gogh, one who brought angles and cubes, the other wild swirls and brilliant, eye-popping colors. As we visit Chatou, Pontoise, Giverny, Vétheuil, Meudon and Auvers-sur-Oise, we discover the landscapes and houses, museums and restaurants, hills and flowers that inspired some of art's greatest masterpieces and changed the way we see the world.

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Discovering French Fashions and Decorative Arts

For those who wish to learn more about the history of French decorative arts, we can arrange visits to two of the most stunning museums in Paris: the Carnavalet in the Marais district, and the Museum of Decorative Arts on the Rue de Rivoli. In both museums you will discover handsome furnished rooms, splendid jewels, and fashion exhibitions from the world's leading names: Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, Dior, and Jean-Paul Gaulthier.

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