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Enjoy the experience of going behind the doors in the private apartments of the kings. Not only will you tour the State Apartments accessible to the general public with its unmissable Hall of Mirrors but also, you will go where only the kings’ closest friends would be allowed. These are smaller, less pompous rooms, but so refined that you will feel you have seen the two different faces of the Palace. Our specialist guide will also take you inside the Opera or the chapel and when you are done touring the gardens you will bring home the best memories of the most prestigious place in France.
Seeing the State Apartments of Versailles is an amazing experience shared by millions of visitors since the palace had been built. They have always been public and Louis XIV’s life was never private.
During this tour you will of course see these apartments and witness their greatness which were meant to amaze you and were perfect for the king to show his almightiness. The Hall of Mirrors and the parade bedroom will certainly do the trick. But you are still in the public space. Did you know that it always was public and anyone was welcome to enter so long as they were wearing a hat and a sword? As a result, the king had no private life and was constantly being watched. As beautiful and amazing as his palace may be, you would probably agree that it was a burden to not be by yourself even when going… to the bathroom !
Later, in the XVIIIth century, Louis XIV’s heirs, who didn’t want to be constantly watched, built private rooms (and bathrooms!) to escape the weight of representation. No one was allowed there but a few close friends and of course the mistresses of the king. Today, those apartments are not open to the general public but our licensed guide can take you there. Witness the backstage life in a less pompous but still very refined style. Appreciate the privilege of not being in a crowded space just as if you had been invited by the king. Our licensed guides are experts on the matter and have obtained a special authorisation to lead tours in this private space (Versailles will always be Versailles and privileged access must be earned!) You will see the private bedroom of the king where he would sneak in after courtiers had left his parade room for the ceremony of His Majesty’s going to bed, and sneak out in the morning for the ceremony of the getting up ! The burden was still heavy.
Discover precious pieces of furniture that escaped the auctions of the revolutionary period. Louis XV’s incredible clock designed by Passement, an engineer who could probably teach things to our engineers today ! Imagine that he found a way for the clock to show you the actual positions of the planets of the solar system. Also, without ever having been fixed, the clock still tells you today’s date and takes into account leap years after over 2 centuries… So much for our smart phones !
You will see the first ever roll top desk made to conceal the king’s private documents. Also in one of the most beautifuly adorned small rooms of the palace, you can close your eyes for a second and try to listen to Mozart playing the harpsichord as he did for the Royal family there.
During this tour, you will also have the privilege to go inside the Royal Chapel or the Opera House that the general public can only see from afar. You will definitely feel the difference between the intimacy of the king’s private rooms, adorned in a slightly less pompous way and the thirst for “grandeur” and impressive adornments desired by the Sun King.
Then, it will be time to discover the French-Style gardens built for Louis XIV. Illustration of his domination over nature and the country, the groves within are considered like extra rooms used by the kings during sunny days.
Booking recommended at least 3 weeks 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.
The Castle is accessible to wheelchairs. However, circulating in the gardens is not optimised for people with disabilities.
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