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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 have been 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 after touring the gardens, you will bring home the best memories of the most prestigious place in France. Once you are done, you will be taken back inside the palace to enjoy a fantastic lunch designed by French chef Alain Ducasse in a brand new restaurant. There is no better way to experience all faces of the palace than this exquisite tour.
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 beautifully 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. On fountain show days you will admire the magnificence of these gardens that were one of a kind.
After your tour, we will offer you the opportunity to dine like a king at the sumptuous new restaurant Ore, recently opened in spectacular 18th century salons at the Chateau of Versailles by renowned chef Alain Ducasse.
Depending on the time of your tour, choose between a delicious gourmet lunch and an exquisite afternoon tea, known as Queen Marie’s Tea in honor of the wife of King Louis XV. Alain Ducasse is world famous for his inspired cooking, combining fresh, local ingredients to produce timeless and contemporary French dishes.
Admire the beautiful views of the chateau while you feast on some of the best French food. It’s the perfect way to end your 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.
Both the Castle and Restaurant are accessible to wheelchairs. Note however that a very small part of the courtyard is paved with ancient cobbledstones that may be uneasy to go on with a wheelchair. Also, circulating in the gardens is not optimized 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.
The Courtiers Menu is a 3-course meal including beverages (one glass of red or white wine*, also mineral water and coffee) and as it says in the name the quality of its food will make you feel you are one of Louis courtiers.
This menu is according to seasons and changes in order to offer you a different experience each time you come.
Should you have any specific diet (vegetarian, lactose free, gluten free, etc.), add the information on booking. To make sure we meet all your specific needs, specifically in case of allergy or vegan diet, the restaurant will need these informations within 7 days prior to the tour.
* CÔTES DU RHÔNE Château Saint-Roch 2016 or CÔTES DU RHÔNE Les Portes du Castelas - Grandes Serres 2015)
* 18 years old is the minimum drinking age in France.
Duration: 5:30 Hours
Operating days and start time:
From July 16th to August 19th, due to the temporary work on the rails of the RER C, Tours start at 8:40 am & 11:10 am.
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 30 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 ( ).