What if I need to cancel my reservation?

For all tours except Louvre tours:  You may cancel your tour and receive 100% of your payment up to 48 hours before the start of your tour. We regret that we cannot offer any refunds for tours cancelled within 48 hours.

For Louvre tours: You may cancel your tour and receive 80% of your payment up to 10 days before the start of your tour. Within 10 days of your reservation, no portion of your Louvre tour is refundable for cancellations.

What if I need to change my date or time?

For all tours except Louvre tours: We can adjust your date or time up to 48 hours before the reserved tour at no charge, if we have an available guide.  Within 48 hours of your tour, there is a 60 euros change fee.

For Louvre tours: We can adjust your date or time up to 10 days before the reserved tour at no charge, if we have an available guide. Within 10 days of your tour,  there is a 20% of total paid + 60 euros change fee.

Can I make reservations online?

Yes, our online reservation system allows you to book and pay for your tour(s). Please note, however, that last minute reservations cannot be made online. We recommend booking your tour at least two weeks in advance, but can often accommodate last-minute reservations, if you don’t see your date available online. Email or call us at 011 33 (0)6 73 77 33 52 to inquire.  If you leave a message after office hours, please specify your available dates, and number in your party.

Can I pay with a credit card?

Yes, our online reservation system accepts Visa, MasterCard, and Discover through PayPal.

I dont have a Paypal account.  Can I pay without using PayPal?

Yes, once you arrive at Paypal from our booking system, you can select the option at the bottom (beneath Paypal login) that says “Pay with a debit or credit card.” This will allow you to pay without having a Paypal account.  You will be prompted to open an account, but you do not have to.  All tours must be paid in advance. Sorry, we do not accept US dollars in cash.

What if I’m late for my tour or do not show up?

Your Paris Muse guide will wait for you for up to 20 minutes at the arranged meeting point. Tours for late arrivals may be shortened so that the tour finishes at the original scheduled time.

For clients who do not arrive within 20 minutes, we regret that we must treat this as a cancellation and cannot offer a refund. In some cases, depending upon availability, we may be able to reschedule your tour, but we charge a fee to pay for the guide’s time for the missed tour (see above: What if I need to change my date or time?)

Please note that if your tour is at the Louvre, the tickets are strictly timed, and the museum may not allow you access after 30 minutes.  There can be no refunds from either Paris Muse or the Louvre.  Louvre tickets are not transferable to another day or time.

If you get lost on your way to meeting your guide, just give us a call and we’ll talk you through it! 011 33 (0)6 73 77 33 52.  No texts please–we may not see them.

What do I need to bring on the day of the tour?

We recommend having a copy of the emailed meeting plan we sent you, so you have all our contact info and address links at hand.  Your phone might not work as well, so having a paper copy of the plan is a good idea.

Your guide will have your museum tickets, so you don’t need to worry about those.

We do, however, need the first and last name for all party members, so we can pre-order your Louvre tickets. These named and timed tickets will be checked against a photo identification on the day of your tour, by Louvre staff, so don’t forget to bring an ID!

What if I have booked a walking tour, and it’s raining that day?

Our walking tours go ahead as planned, rain or shine. (Our guides are experienced with Parisian weather, and will look for ways to keep you comfy and mostly out of the rain). Refunds are not available for rainy day or inclement weather cancellations. Please be sure to have weather appropriate clothing, an umbrella, and comfy shoes.

Is there a dress code for any of the sites I will visit in Paris?

Yes, Notre Dame Cathedral has a strict dress code. Shoulders and knees must be covered for both men and women, or otherwise entrance may be refused.

Will we have priority access?

Yes. After meeting your guide, you will use an entrance for visitors with prepaid tickets. Please be prepared for an inevitable wait to pass through security screening, which is required for all visitors, even in the priority access lines.

Will other people join my tour?

If your party is less than 6, there is a possibility that another party will be added to yours.  If you prefer to be the only party with your guide, you may pay an exclusive fee (50 euros) to ensure this. All of our family tours and Versailles are automatically exclusive, however, and no other families will be joined to your tour.

Are your tours appropriate for children?

We have several educational programs specifically designed for families. The rest of our tours, however, are designed for adults or young adults with an interest in museums. Please be aware that while our educators are fun and accessible, the content of our tours for adults is relatively sophisticated.

Does my family tour include tickets for the children?

Our museum tours for families includes tickets for the adults, and anyone over 18 in your party. Children do not require tickets at the Louvre or the Orsay.  After reserving, please email us with the number of people in your family, first and last names, and their ages, so we can be sure to provide the correct number of adult tickets.  The number of adults can only be modified after your reservation, up to 10 days before your tour.  There is a strict max on all of our family tours, due to museum regulations.

My family is larger than the maximum # set for the tour we want to book.  What do we do?

Please verify the maximum listed in our family program descriptions.  These are due to museum regulations, which we must follow.  If your family is larger, please contact us at info@parismuse.com and we will try to accommodate your family with multiple guides, offering separate tours at the same time.

We will be traveling with an agency. Can my tour leader join our Paris Muse tour?

Our policy is to have only one tourism professional (a trained Paris Muse guide) to lead our tours.  But don’t worry! We’ll make clear arrangements for you to meet your guide or tour leader after your tour is finished.

What is the Paris Museum Pass, and should I get one?

You won’t need this pass for museum tours with us.

This card gets you priority access to museums and monuments (around 60) in and around Paris. It may be purchased online, or at any of the 65 attractions.

We recommend purchasing this card if you plan on doing at least two attractions per day. Otherwise, it is not such a staggering deal: 42 euros for 2 consecutive days, 56 euros for 4 consecutive days, 69 euros for 6 days. Another caveat is that the card gives you free access only to the permanent collections, not the special exhibitions.

Please note that we do not offer refunds to visitors who show up for tours with the pass.

When should I reserve to avoid the crowds in the galleries?

If possible, avoid booking weekend tours. For some of our tours, we have made specific recommendations for times when the galleries are likely to be least crowded. Please consult individual tour description for recommended days and times to reserve. The best time to visit the Orsay, for example, is on Thursday evenings. Wednesday or Friday evenings are ideal for many of our Louvre tours.

Do all your guides speak English?

Yes, all of our guides are fluent in English. Read more about our guides here.  Our programs are only available in English.

Can we take photographs or video?

We find that you get more out of the tours when you are not taking photographs, but this is entirely up to you. Several museums, such as the Musée d’Orsay do not allow any photography.

Do guides accept tips?

The cost of the tour includes everything, but if your instructor has been particularly helpful or generous with their time, they will be happy to accept gratuities.

I really enjoyed my Paris Muse tour(s). How can I help spread the word?

The best compliment for us is a 5-star review on Trip Advisor about the experience you had with our guides.

You can also join the Paris Muse conversation on Facebook, Twitter @parismuseart #parismusetours, Instagram and Pinterest.

Why isn’t my question answered here?

That’s a good question! Contact us via our online contact form, and we will respond to your question within 48 hours.