Gold Gate Versailles

Full Day Versailles Palace & Gardens Tour with Marie Antoinette's Private Apartments from Paris

  • Duration
    8.5 h.
  • Start time
  • Meeting Point
    Outside the Metro stop Invalides (Details at Booking)
  • Operating Days
    Sun, Tue
  • Language

Tour Highlights

  • Skip the Line entry to Palace and Gardens with expert English-speaking guide
  • VIP access to hidden rooms and private apartments opened specially for your group
  • Guided visit inside Marie Antoinette’s private home at the Petit Trianon and around her gardens and rural hamlet
  • Small groups of 19 people or fewer
  • Escorted train travel between Versailles and central Paris
  • Headsets so you don’t miss a thing

Experience a full day amid the majesty of Versailles as our City Wonders experts lead you behind closed doors and show you the secret rooms and hidden private quarters that tell the incredible story of this legendary palace.
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Behind the Golden Doors

Of the 2,300 rooms at Versailles only a handful are open to the public. Let City Wonders open the others and give you unparalleled access to the luxurious apartments and rooms hidden behind lock and key.

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Uncover the Secrets of Versailles

Life at Versailles isn’t all over-the-top opulence. See the hidden corridors where Marie Antoinette made her escape and tour the Petit Trianon and hamlet where she would retreat from the responsibilities of royal life.

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Kick Back With an Expert

With groups of just 15 people of fewer, your day will be intimate and relaxed, allowing you to connect with your English-speaking guide and the incredible stories they share with you.


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.

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What's included

  • Guided visit inside the Palace of Versailles
  • Guided visit to the Gardens of Versailles
  • Guided visit inside the Petit Trianon
  • Guided visit to Marie Antoinette’s hamlet
  • Escorted train travel to and from central Paris
  • Small groups of 19 people or fewer
  • Headsets when appropriate, so you can always hear your guide

Sites Visited

  • Palace of Versailles (Inside)
  • Petit Trianon (Inside)
  • Gardens of the Palace of Versailles
  • Gardens of the Petit Trianon
  • Marie Antoinette's Hamlet

Meeting Point

Important notes

  • 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.


Full Day Versailles Palace & Gardens Tour with Marie Antoinette's Private Apartments from Paris Reviews

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Fabulous tour - very well...


Fabulous tour - very well worth the extra cost to avoid the long, long lines. Julien was amazing: professional and extremely knowledgeable with a good sense of humor. Smaller group allowed for in-depth examination of details that may have gone unnoticed otherwise. Also appreciated his sharing of life in Paris for a local. Loved it!!

Very knowledgeable...


Very knowledgeable, charming and interesting.

Cristina was very...


Cristina was very knowledgable and professional. We really enjoyed the tour and remarkable stories in addition to standard information. Great job done.

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Get to Know City Wonders

A City Wonders tour is the product of meticulous research, detailed planning, and a passion for providing customers with travel experiences they will cherish forever.

With City Wonders it's not just facts, our passionate guides tell you the stories that bring the sights to life.

  • All of our guides are experts in their field
  • We only hire fluent English-speakers so nothing is ever lost in translation
  • We focus on the little details and anecdotes that make City Wonders so special

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