Half Day Versailles Kings Private Apartments Tour from Paris

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  • Duration
    2 h.
  • Start time
  • Meeting Point
    Central Location Paris (Details at Booking)
  • Operating Days
    Sun, Thu
  • Language

It was the highlight of our week in Paris!


Tour Highlights

  • Expert, English-speaking tour guide
  • Small groups of 25 people or fewer
  • Entrance ticket and reservation fee for the Château de Versailles including the King's private apartments
  • Return coach transfer from Paris (accompanied by a City Wonders coordinator)
  • Headsets when appropriate, so you can always hear your guide
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Private, Royal Apartments

Our VIP Palace of Versailles tour will take you inside the private apartments of King Louis XIV, XV, and XVI for a glimpse of their hidden rooms out of public sight.

Versailles Hall of Mirrors

See the Best of Versailles

Our expert, English-speaking guide will show you through the palace, pointing out its highlights, telling you about unusual court customs, and sharing stories about palace life. You’ll be amazed by how much you didn’t know!

Versailles Garden Path

Skip the Line Access

Our royal treatment 'grants' you a once-in-a-lifetime insider’s experience at Versailles. You won’t have to worry about waiting or crowds with Skip the Line Access and we include round trip transportation from Paris by private coach.


Whether you’re a new or returning visitor to fabulous Versailles, this unique tour will literally take you to places you’ve never been! Our tour of Versailles includes all the captivating highlights you’ve read about or seen in movies – gorgeous architecture and artworks, luxurious, ornate furnishings and lots of gold leaf. You’ll spend quality time in the famous Hall or Mirrors and explore the spectacular 1,800-acre gardens. Our expert guide will make these and other sights come alive with intriguing information and tales. All this plus a royal bonus!

Did you know that the Palace of Versailles is divided into public and private areas? The larger half of the Palace was where the Kings received their court and entertained guests. Here’s a stranger fact: not only did they eat and socialize here – they even slept in public. It was only when court members and visitors left that the Royals could escape to their private apartments and climb into their own beds, only to return the next morning so they could be seen rising from their public ones. (Maybe today’s celebrities shouldn’t complain about their lack of privacy!)

Very few people were allowed entrance into the royal private chambers. You will be among the privileged few, past or present, to explore the royal apartments beyond their golden doors - most other tour groups don’t include this part of Versailles. Much of the furnishings and accessories, stolen during the revolution, have been restored and returned to the palace, making it easy to visualize its glorious past.

This part of our tour will vary somewhat but always includes either the Royal Opera or the Royal Chapel. Here again, you’ll leave other tours behind when you walk into either the chapel to admire remarkable frescoes, exquisite carvings, and the remarkable organ, or alternatively marvel at the beauty of the Royal Opera House, still used for performances today. You will also see the opulent bedroom and the King’s private office and library as well as the private dining room and the music room where a 6 year old Mozart played before the King.

You’ll bid adieu to the royal apartments by a secret door, invisible from the outside. Once in the general access areas, you’ll experience the lavish sights that have amazed people for centuries, and imagine, with help from your guide, what it must have been like to have an audience with the Sun King, Louis XIV. Then, it’s outside for a relaxing stroll through the magnificent Gardens of Versailles with their verdant lawns and foliage, stunning statues, and fountains. If you’re touring on a Sunday, you’ll have an extra treat: the Fountains Show, when the fountains are timed to classical music.

Relax and feel like royalty on our VIP tour of Versailles. We’ve thought of all the little details, so you can relax and make the most of your time. With Skip the Line Access, round-trip transportation from Paris, small groups of up to 25 people, and audio headsets so you don’t miss a word from our expert guide, we offer you an experience you'll treasure.

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What's included

  • Expert, English-speaking tour guide
  • Small groups of 25 people or fewer
  • Entrance ticket and reservation fee for the Château de Versailles including the King's private apartments
  • Return coach transfer from Paris (accompanied by a City Wonders coordinator)
  • Headsets when appropriate, so you can always hear your guide

What's not included

  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up/drop-off
  • Food and beverages

Important notes

  • Tickets for the Musical Fountains Show or Musical Gardens are added automatically to the price when running. When not running a standard guided tour of the gardens is provided. 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.

Half Day Versailles Kings Private Apartments Tour from Paris Reviews

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Inna was great I wish I...

Inna was great I wish I could have taken her full day tour. She was full of knowledge and helped us to balance the rest of the afternoon on our own and how to get back to Paris on our own.

The only thing better...

The only thing better than seeing Versailles is doing so from an uncrowded, backstage perspective (i.e. the Secret Rooms tour.) The only thing better than both these things is being led on tour by a marvelously well-informed guide with a charming personality (i.e. Herve.) Thank you, Herve, for making us laugh and marvel in succession! Your enthusiasm for history is contagious.

Violette was well...

Violette was well organised and engaging, her commentary interesting.

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