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'The Da Vinci Code' in Paris

This blockbuster mystery-thriller was largely set in Paris, with important action taking place in the famed Louvre. There is a specialized tour that focuses on the museum itself and traces the story in the context of the paintings that are hung there. This experience is focused in the Grande Galerie where Da Vinci's original paintings are hung and where the book's inciting incident, the murder of the museum curator, takes place.

What is unique about this particular tour is that it goes beyond merely showing the settings and actually invites participants to "crack the Da Vinci code" by looking at works of art in this most famous of museums. Fans can take a different walking tour to visit places like the Hotel Ritz, the Jardin des Tuileries, and St. Sulpice, the site where some of the book's characters believe the Holy Grail was kept. Anyone who has been to Paris (and stepped beyond the well-trod tourist trail between the Arc de Triumphe and the Eiffel Tower) will tell you that the city is alive with history and atmosphere.  This setting makes it easy to embrace the experience.