Private Chateau de Versailles tours are the best way to experience the largest and most opulent palace ever built. Versailles is immensely popular and there are always long lines of people waiting to get in.
The other thing we like about private tours is that your transportation is taken care of.
You are picked up at your hotel and whisked to this opulent royal estate. No Metros, no trains, no waiting in line. Perfect.
ersailles tours give you a chance to explore France's royal history — the decadent Grand Apartments, the dazzling Hall of Mirrors, the opulent Royal Quarters and the formal French gardens.
There are a number of tours to choose from. Here are our favorites —
See the Palace of Versailles on an exclusive private tour. You visit the restricted living areas of the French kings and queens, which are revealed for the first time on this VIP tour.
It starts with a priority entrance to the Palace of Versailles before the crowds arrive. You glide past the velvet ropes to areas previously seen only by dignitaries. Enter through a reserved door for a private viewing of Louis XVI's apartments including his personal library, his favorite dining room, the clock room and the corner room with his famous cylinder desk.
See the Royal Opera House and Royal Chapel built for the wedding of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. You will see a side of this World Heritage Site that most will only ever dream of!
There are a very limited number of spaces on the VIP tours, and they sell out quickly. So be sure to book early.
Instead of worrying about trains, brochures and guide books, we prefer to go the "royal route" with a private van and a guide to add illuminating details and make the past come alive with stories of palace life.
Here's what these Versailles tours include:
After lunch your guide leads you to the magnificent gardens and the Queen's Hamlet, Marie Antoinette's private rustic farm. You also visit the Petit Trianon, the mini-palace where Louis XV and Louis XVI liked to relax and escape hectic court life.
You have free time on the Chateau de Versailles tour to wander through the French gardens surrounded by statues, fountains and marble vases made by teams of artists supervised by the King's favorite painter, Charles Le Brun.
From spring until autumn you have the opportunity to see the stunning fountain displays at Versailles, which demonstrate the artistry and skill of three hundred years of French garden design.
You catch the tour bus in central to Versailles where you enjoy a guided visit of the royal apartments and a stroll through the Palace Park.
In the summer, from April to October, you have a chance to see the magnificent fountain show — Saturdays & Sundays, from April 3rd to October 31st, plus on Tuesdays from May 18th to June 29th.
In the winter there's a horse-drawn carriage ride! Lunch is at La Petite Venise, after which the tour continues.
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