Tourists and history buffs from around the globe travel to Paris to experience the opulence and breathtaking beauty of the Palace of Versailles, wandering the grounds and hearing tales of the French royal family. But how many can say they truly understand what it was like to live within the palace walls and walk in the footsteps of one of history’s most fascinating rulers?
On this full-day excursion from Paris, let our City Wonders expert guides take you inside the lives, loves and destinies of the French royals and their lavish courts. Best of all, you’ll find yourself with the unique opportunity to go behind the palace’s secret doors as guards unlock hidden rooms to give you unparalleled access to parts of the palace usually reserved for palace staff and a handful of VIP insiders.
Beginning on your private coach in Paris, our English-only speaking local expert guides will escort you to this magnificent palace, sharing tales about regal life at the Court of Versailles under Louis XIV, XV and XVI. You’ll marvel at the 2,300 striking rooms where kings and queens held court, including the famed Hall of Mirrors.
Then, with the help of a palace security guard, our experts will unlock the secret closed-to-the-public wings of Versailles to give you access to Marie Antoinette’s private apartments and the homes of influential mistresses, royal children, ambitious nobles and jealous courtiers. See the hidden chambers where Marie Antoinette spent much of her time and the hidden stairways and corridors she used to flee from the revolutionaries when her extravagant court finally came crashing down.
Learn about her quiet, rural life as she retreated to the Petit Trianon and her hamlet on its grounds and see for yourself where she lived a simple, country life. Find yourself lost in the tranquil grounds and gardens, far from the palace crowds as you hear stories that will bring history to life all around you.
Spend the day marveling at the beauty of Versailles, including free time for lunch to soak in the majesty around you. Enjoy your travel time and let City Wonders take care of all the details: the tour, privileged access, round trip transportation by private coach and tickets to create an impression of Versailles you are unlikely to forget.
Some parts of Versailles may be temporarily closed for renovation works. If this occurs, these portions will be substituted with other important rooms depending on the day of your visit.
Due to increased security measures at many attractions some lines may form on tours with 'Skip the Line' access.
Our City Wonders coordinators will be wearing blue polo shirts or jackets at the meeting point for easy recognition and holding a sign with the tour name.
Please arrive 15 minutes before the start time of the tour.
You should expect to receive an email within minutes of booking with your confirmation voucher.
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