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Visit the most famous and prestigious palace in Europe. Learn all about when the Sun King Louis XIV decided to settle there in 1682. Walk the Hall of Mirrors like all the Royals and courtiers used to do, until the Revolution forced Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette to move out and never return. Our licensed guides will tell you all the stories and anecdotes of this major and fascinating French monument and then will take you to the impressive French-style gardens where parties were often held.
How could you understand the French if you haven’t seen Versailles ? This palace is the symbol of what they call “le Grand Siècle” : the Great Century ! Indeed, to the French, the 17th century represents a glorious era when France was the most prestigious and powerful country in Europe. It took the willpower of only one man : King Louis XIV. This most famous of the French Kings reigned over France for 72 years and constantly worked for its glory, which also meant his own. He was called The Sun King and he intended to shine throughout the world. Versailles was his main means to do so. He made it the artistic center in Europe, stealing Italy’s thunder! After you’ve seen the State Apartments, the Hall of Mirrors, The Royal Chapel and toured the amazing gardens, you will probably understand what the French mean by “Grandeur” (Greatness). But this place is not only about King Louis XIV, since two of his heirs had the chance to live there. Louis XV and Louis XVI made some transformations in the palace as the world and customs were changing. Our experienced guide will show and explain to you how each of them, along with their courtiers, lived in this huge palace that counted over 2200 rooms! Our guide will also tell you all about another very important figure of French history who lived there : Queen Marie Antoinette. You will see the bedroom and apartments of the most famous Queen in French History and maybe when our guide tells you what her days there were like, you will understand why she hated the place and took shelter whenever possible in another smaller and private palace : Le Petit Trianon.
The gardens by themselves are worth the tour. Louis XIV took special care and saw them as an extension of his palace. On fountain show days you will discover the most amazing waterworks with our guide.
At the end of the tour, and after our guide has presented you with the main groves of the Gardens, you can either be led back to Paris or choose to stay longer. Versailles is a beautiful city so you might want to have dinner there. Ask for advice and you’ll remember this wonderful Royal city that may well be the highlight of your trip.
Booking recommended at least 3 months prior to the Tour.
Note that increased security measures may affect lines as we can't avoid them. However due to our Skip the Line privilege, we do have access to shortcuts to the security check.
Due to some restoration works in the Palace, some rooms may not be available to see. Should it happen, our guides know how to replace those places so your experience is complete.
Duration: 4:30 Hours
Operating days and start time:
For your comfort, tour starts in an easily accesible place in Paris where you will meet our representative who will escort you by train ( RER C) to your professional tour guide at the Palace. The journey takes about 25 minutes.
Meet us 15 minutes prior to the starting time of the tour at Invalides metro exit ( ). Facing it is a kiosk where you will find us. Should you choose to come by train ( RER C), you will have to walk from your exit to the meeting point. To do so, you need to walk away from the River Seine, first on your right is the kiosk.
From July 16th to August 19th, due to the temporary work on the rails of the RER C, meet us 15 minutes prior to the starting time of the tour at Javel metro exit ( ).
Upcoming picture of our meeting point