“MY wife believed that this was our best tour of time in Paris. We liked the Palace, but really loved the gardens. We will return and spend a day or more in the gardens. Hall of Mirrors was our favorite room. ...Michael M., Korea – See more reviews
What To Expect
Our representative will meet you in central Paris where your experience will begin with a swift, escorted train ride to Versailles. We'll arrive in no time and meet our expert local guide at the entrance.
We'll go straight past a reserved entrance, from where we'll take our first steps into this hidden world, as we suddenly find ourselves standing in the King's private apartments. You'll soon learn that appearances can be deceiving, and the royalty that once graced the halls of Versailles was no exception. In secret rooms, behind closed access doors not normally open to the general public, Kings and Queens once set about their daily private lives. Here Kings Louis XV and XVI and their queens (and mistresses!) would escape from the long rituals and prying eyes of the court of Versailles.
You'll feel miles away from the throngs of tourists visiting Versailles outside these walls, almost completely unaware of the existence of these concealed rooms.
You'll discover how the royalty went about their daily lives when nobody was watching. Learn how the King would go to bed in public, then wait for everyone to leave, before retiring to his private apartments to really sleep, making sure of course to return to the public bedroom before sunrise so that the court could watch him wake up! With such restricted access, and none of the crowds of the main rooms, these apartments remain as lavishly furnished as they would have been in the King's time. You'll encounter family portraits, personal furniture and art collections.
Access is so restricted that the itinerary will adapt and change each time, to include either the stunning Opera House or the private Chapel, both closed to the public. At the end of our visit we'll reappear through a hidden door into the public apartments to find the crowds there again, just as the Kings and Queens would have in their day!
Our itinerary also includes access to the main apartments of the Chateau, including the spectacular Hall of Mirrors. Of course, no visit would be complete without a guided stroll in the magnificent gardens.
At the end of the visit you will be free to wander as long as you like. Your return train ticket is included and you'll be able to return to Paris at your leisure. As the train chugs along, you'll have time to reflect on a day of pure indulgence and to slowly drag yourself back through the centuries to modern-day Paris.
Expert, English-speaking tour guide
Small groups of 20 people or fewer
Entrance ticket and reservation fee for the the Chateau de Versailles including the King's private apartments
Return train ticket
Hotel pick-up and drop-off
Meals and drinks
Tips and gratuities
Children 1 year old and below are free of charge.
Tour will include either a visit into the Royal Chapel or the Opera House, both closed to the general public. Access is restricted, and we'll never know ahead of time which site we will visit.
Tour will be operated as a guaranteed Small Group Tour with a maximum of 20 guests.
We regret that we are unable to accommodate guests with wheelchairs or any impairments requiring special assistance. We are also unable to accommodate strollers or baby carriages on our group tours.
This tour involves a fair amount of walking, and stairs; comfortable shoes are recommended.
Non-flash photography is permitted throughout the tour.
Some sites visited lack shade and can be hot under direct sunlight. We recommend bringing a hat, sunscreen and a bottle of water in warm weather.
France's tourist sites are among the most popular in the world. Skip the Line Access and careful planning limit our crowd exposure, but please be aware that some locations may be unavoidably busy during standard hours.
Please note that the palace is not air-conditioned (as A/C is not standard practice in France)
Tour takes approximately 4 hours, including travel time from Paris, and 3-hours guided tour in Versailles. Tour ends at the Palace of Versailles.
Booking modifications made within 72 hours of tour date will be charged an amendment fee.
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3 hours and 30 minutes