By Camille Meyers, on May 20, 2020

Virtual Tours of Paris: From the Louvre to the Catacombs

Longing to visit Paris but can’t travel right now? Then don a beret, get cozy on your couch, and take off on a virtual tour of Paris. Take in the City of Light from the top of the Eiffel Tower and admire masterpieces on a virtual tour of the Louvre.

Whether you’re in the mood to wander through the dark corridors of the Paris Catacombs over video chat with a local or zoom over to the Palace of Versailles, these virtual tours can bring the wonders of Paris to you. The City of Love is waiting for you—just one click away.

Louvre Virtual Tour with a Guide

Virtual tour of the Louvre in Paris

It’s easy to get lost in the world’s largest art museum, even on a virtual visit. So, go on a live guided virtual tour of the Louvre to see all the highlights. Don’t miss the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, and Winged Victory. Plus, discover interesting artifacts that you might otherwise miss.

Over the live video call, hear the stories behind these famous works of art, find out Napoleon’s connection to the Louvre, and learn how a castle became home to these masterpieces in Paris.

Notre Dame and Eiffel Tower Virtual Tour

Base of the Eiffel Tower in Paris

Explore the top sights of Paris on a virtual tour of the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame. Over video chat, your guide takes you to the top of the Eiffel Tower for a gorgeous view of the City of Love. Then, head to Notre Dame to learn what makes this cathedral so special. Take in its iconic gargoyles, hear about the tragic fire in 2019 and the plans for restoration, and see more of it than you could if you were physically in Paris. Next, virtually stroll the romantic streets of the Latin Quarter and Montmartre where artists and writers have fallen in love with Paris for decades.

Catacombs of Paris Virtual Tour

Bones in the Catacombs below Paris

Imagine the dank chilly air sending a shiver down your spine as you descend below the City of Light and into the Empire of the Dead. Artfully arranged human bones line the walls for 200 macabre miles. On a virtual tour of the Paris Catacombs led by a local guide, find out how these spooky tunnels came to be and why Paris would be in ruins without them. Are you brave enough to go on this creepy online adventure?

Versailles Online with an Expert Guide

The Palace of Versailles in France

Visiting the opulent Palace of Versailles is one of the most popular day trips from Paris. So, join a local historian guide for an interactive virtual tour of Versailles using video chat. See the historic Hall of Mirrors and the Grand Apartments where the King of France once slept. Then, take a relaxing stroll through Versailles’ manicured gardens, stopping to admire impressive fountains tucked among the topiaries. All the while, chat with your guide about King Louis XIV, Marie Antionette, and the French Revolution.

Virtual Walking Tour of Paris with an Interactive Guide

Local guide for your virtual walking tour of Paris

Connect with a local Parisian guide over video chat for a virtual walking tour of Paris. As your guide takes you to their favorite places in the city, meet fellow virtual travelers from around the world. Discover the proper way to order at a French bakery and how to have a true Parisian picnic. While learning about French language and culture, hear stories about the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, and the Louvre. This interactive Paris virtual tour is as close as you can get to the City of Light without leaving your couch.

Virtual Tour of the Basilica of Sacré-Cœur

Sacre Couer virtual tour in Paris

This panoramic virtual tour of the Basilica of Sacré-Cœur immerses you in 360-degree views of this beautiful Paris landmark. Before you enter the building, virtually climb the 270 steps up the hill of Montmarte and soak in the beautiful view of Paris. Listen to a recorded audio guide tell you about the Basilica from the magnificent mosaics decorating the Chancel to the top of the Campanile. As you click around the building, you can even hear the Grand Organ and Campanile bells.

Opéra National de Paris and Museum of Music

Virtual tour of a Paris opera house

Take a virtual tour of the Paris opera house that inspired The Phantom of the Opera. Look up from your seat in the audience and admire the Chagall painted dome on this 360-degree virtual tour of the elegant Palais Garnier. Then, wander backstage and even down to the mysterious lake below the opera house. Expand your appreciation of music with a virtual trip to the Museum of Music in Paris. See instruments played by famous composers, such as a piano that belonged to Chopin, as well as over 1,000 other instruments.

Musée d’Orsay and Musée de l’Orangerie

Inside the Musee dorsay in Paris

After your virtual tour of the Louvre, continue your art education by exploring the Musée d’Orsay and Musée de l’Orangerie. Wander the largest collection of impressionist and post-Impressionist artwork in the world on your virtual tour of Musée d’Orsay. Admire works by Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne, Seurat, Sisley, Gauguin, and Van Gogh. Then, virtually stand in awe in front of Monet’s massive water lily paintings in the nearby Musée de l’Orangerie, which was purpose-built to display these masterpieces.

Army Museum and Les Invalides Virtual Tours in Paris

Suits of armor at the Army Museum in Paris

See the tomb of Napoleon, one of France’s greatest military leaders, and one of the finest collections of military history in the world at Les Invalides and the Army Museum. You can practically touch Napoleon Bonaparte’s red tomb with this 360-degree panoramic virtual tour of Les Invalides.

Explore the collection of the Musée de l’Armée (Army Museum) online, which includes medieval suits of armor, Napoleon’s pistols, and an Enigma encryption machine from WWII. This is certainly a must-see for any history buff on a virtual tour of Paris.

After your virtual tours of Paris, continue your European adventure with a virtual trip to London or Rome. Why limit yourself? Explore these virtual tours and experiences around the world