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Versailles Full Day Private Tour

Versailles Full Day Private Tour

8 hours From
AU$1,526 Per couple
 
  • Tour Type
    Private tour Private tour
  • France Region
    Paris
  • Duration
    8 hours
  • Tour Code
    PTP-18-MAN19
  • Capacity
    8 passengers
  • Operating Days
    Daily
8 hours From
AU$1,526 Per couple
 
  • Tour Type
    Private tour Private tour
  • France Region
    Paris
  • Duration
    8 hours
  • Tour Code
    PTP-18-MAN19
  • Capacity
    8 passengers
  • Operating Days
    Daily
Description 
  • Tour Highlights
    AdmissionAdmission All entrance fees includedEscorted tourEscorted tour Experienced private English speaking guideTransfersTransfers Transfers from/to your Paris accommodation

Summary

Embark on a full day journey that will introduce you to Versailles which is known as the most famous and largest royal residence in the world. Visit the King's Grand Apartment, the magnificent hall of mirrors, charming gardens., the Grand Trianon, Petit Trianon and Marie-Antoinette's Estate. 

Meeting Point: From your hotel in Paris

Itinerary

Your private, licensed driver-guide will pick you up at your hotel (or apartment) in a very comfortable, air-conditioned mercedes minivan (or similar). On the way to Versailles (the drive lasts about 30 minutes), he will give you an introduction to the history of the palace and the century of the sun king. Upon arrival, he will pick up your reservation (that the company has done previously) and tickets (no lines) and enter with you through a special entrance to start your private guided visit that initiates with the royal chapel, followed by the visit of the king’s grand apartment: this prestigious seven-room enfilade served as a parade apartment. It was therefore sumptuously decorated and was reserved on 3 evenings a week for the court:

Hercules salon  (reception and ball room), Abondance Salon, Venus Salon (where buffet tables were arranged to display food and drink for the king’s guests), Diana Salon (that served as a billiard room.), Mars Salon (that served as a ballroom.), Mercury Salon (that served as a gaming (cards) room), Apollo Salon (that served as a concert or music room).

The visit of the King’s Grand Apartment will lead you to the magnificent Hall Of Mirrors (La Grande Galerie des Glaces as it was called in the 17th c, that served daily as a passageway and a waiting and meeting place frequented by courtiers and visiting public), the war room, the queen’s grand apartment (guard’s room, salon des nobles - when not used for audiences it was used as antechamber to the queen’s bedroom, the queen’s bedchamber), the peace room and the hall of french history and hall of battles.

After the visit of the chateau, your guide will take you for a stroll into the gardens todiscover the planted architectural patterns and the groves and fountains. Water in all its forms is the favored ornament of the french style gardens: water cascading in some groves (Queen’s Grove, Ballroom Grove, Girandole Grove, Colonnade Grove, Grove Of Domes, Encelade Grove, water spraying from fountains (Latona Fountain, Apollo Fountain, Bacchus Fountain, Saturn Fountain, Mirror Fountain, Flora Fountain), the calm water of the vast sheet of artificial lakes reflecting the sky and the light such as the Water Parterreand the Grand Canal.

After the visit of the gardens, it is time for lunch (not included in the price - your guide will find a place that will suit your expectations-)

The rest of the afternoon will be dedicated to the visit of the park and the private guided visit of its jewels:

The Grand Trianon, probably the most refined group of buildings in the domain of versailles, elegantly proportioned, radiating a sense of coziness, sweetness and grandeur all at once. Louis xiv had it erected to escape the rigid pomp of court life with his mistress madame de montespan, napoleon occupied on many occasions with marie-louise before charles de gaulle had it restored as a guesthouse for presidents of france.

The Petit Trianon and Marie-antoinette’s Estate (Queen’s Hamlet And Garden),  linked to the memory of the queen marie-antoinette, that’s swept away the old court and its traditions, finding at the petit trianon the heaven of privacy that enabled her to escape from the rigors of court etiquette (nobody could come there without her invitation ). You will find at the petit trianon the eclectic and refinement of marie-antoinette, an art of living linked to free thinking... She loved this place where she could return (especially at the hamlet) to the pleasures of more simple pursuits.

At the end of this quite busy, interesting and enjoyable day, your guide will bring you back to your hotel.

Inclusions

  • Pick-up/drop off at your hotel in Paris
  • Private, licensed driver-guide
  • Entrance tickets

Exclusions

  • Lunch

Important Notes

The security measures are reinforced in Versailles. The security control may take more time than usual, especially during the high season. The first security check is outside Versailles ground.

Moreover due to the closure in the Palace  (works) of the Queen’s bedroom and its four adjoining salons, the route of your guided tours of the Grand Apartments will be modified. It will lead you to explore the salon du Grand Couvert and the salle des gardes du Roi, open to the public and refurbished for the occasion.

Then, you can continue your visit to the Mesdames' apartments, recently restored and refurnished.

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