This exclusively designed, behind the scenes VIP Versailles tour takes you straight past the lines waiting to get into the Palace and opens locked doors to unveil the ‘hidden’ side of this immense royal residence. You’ll escape the crowds and enter rooms closed off to the general public to discover the lavish private apartments where the Sun King’s heirs, Louis XV, and Louis XVI, their queens, children and at times even mistresses, spent their daily lives away from prying courtiers and lengthy State ceremonies. Then indulge your senses in the rest of the Palace - the splendid Hall of Mirrors, Grand Apartments, and Gardens in awe of this chateau par excellence’s seemingly infinite fascination.
On this Palace of Versailles secret rooms tour, you’ll go directly to the heart of this UNESCO recognized epitome of French Monarchy. Get up close and personal with the real lives of the royals as an expert local guide enthralls you with the factual insider stories of the personalities, rituals, evening soirees, scandals, and dramatic historical events that have made Versailles a symbol of excess since it was made the seat of the French monarchy by Louis XIV in 1682.
In the private apartments, you’ll see opulent bedrooms, antechambers, dining rooms and rare collections as Versailles’ secrets come to life before your very eyes. Listen for the echoes where a 6-year-old Mozart played a solo concerto for the Royal Family or the crack of dice where Marie Antoinette would sit at the gaming table with her closest friends. You’ll also cross the velvet ropes into either the Royal Opera or Chapel as others look on in envy and you experience grandeur that is nearly unrivaled in the rest of the Palace with your tour group alone.
Use the same doors as royalty when you exit the secret rooms and find yourself in the lavish Grand Apartments. Admire the sumptuous furnishings, rich gold leaf and priceless art found in these chambers as you make your way to the dazzling brilliance of the Hall of Mirrors. Every detail of Versailles was meant to impress and it is rightly considered among the finest examples of 17th and 18th-century art in the world.
Your guide will take you to explore the statues, hidden groves and fountains of the equally lavish Gardens, conceived as an artistic masterpiece in themselves. Designed by the landscaper André Le Nôtre and court painter Charles Le Brun in the 1660s, this extensive formal garden symbolizes harmonious mastery over nature, all with an elegant Apollonian twist.
Experience Versailles, don’t just check it off your list! This City Wonders tour offers the most complete level of insight and enjoyment available in a half day.