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Courtiers and Servants at the Palace of Versailles

Why you shouldn't miss it!

  • Benefit a VIP treatment with our skip-the-line tickets to the Palace of Versailles.
  • Rather than just visiting the Palace, be part of the History!
  • Relive the magnificence of the Court and discover its craziest jobs
  • Enjoy an intimate walking tour of 8 people maximum
In a nutshell

5 Hours

Group (8 max)

English

Wheelchair Friendly

Refund up to 72h

What's Included:   A skip-the-line ticket to the Palace & Gardens / Return train ticket from Paris
Milestones:  Palace of Versailles / Versailles Gardens
Overview

On this “Meet the Locals from the Past” Palace of Versailles Tour, you will experience more than a simple visit. Travel back in time and learn the delicate rules of the Court, and understand why Ladies and Noblemen would have killed for holding a position close to the King. This is how it works:

  • At the start of the tour, you’ll receive a Historical Character Card.
  • With your card, step into the shoes of the courtiers and servants that were living close to the King. (Don’t worry, you won’t have to do any acting)
  • Along the tour, your Welcomer will call your card. Just listen to the incredible life of your character!

In the 17th century, many Courtiers visited Versailles to pay tribute to the King, expecting from him favors and promotions. Today, visitors still travel the world to see the Palace of Versailles, the most beautiful castle in France, and learn about Louis XIV, the most famous King in French history.

While proceeding through the Palace of Versailles’ official rooms or private dwellings, discover the picturesque duties of those courtiers who chose to turn servants, such as the Official called the King’s Ear, who’s name’s origin will be revealed during the tour.

Funny stories about the Queen or the Princes are also part of this Historical tour. They had their own House, comprised of numerous “officers”. Among the Noblemen who served the Heir Apparent, the Menin held a major role. The reason of his position might make you laugh!

In the splendid Salons, the souvenir of Queen Marie-Antoinette lingers. When she used to cross these public rooms or the amazing Hall of Mirrors, she would never enter without a huge entourage, such as her Dames d’Honneur (ladies-in-waiting). You will be told about the exact duties of these high-ranking female aristocrats.

The Versailles Gardens are also part of this Tour. Engineers were working in the shadow to please the King who loved to see his gardens animated by water shows or musical entertainment. From the top of the  “Green Carpet”, facing the horizon, you will certainly feel yourself as the glorious French Sun King!

Important Remark:

– On the following days, your entrance ticket includes the access to The Musical Fountains Show:
Saturdays and Sundays from 31 March to 28 October 2018, on Tuesdays from 22 May to 26 June 2018 as well as on some additional dates (Friday 30 March, Tuesday 8 May, Thursday 10 May, Wednesday 15 August)
– On the following days, your entrance ticket includes the access The Musical Gardens:
Tuesdays from 27 March to 15 May (except Tuesday 1 May and Tuesday 8 May) and from 3 July to 30 October 2018, as well as Fridays from 6 April to 26 October 2018.

And if you would prefer a Palace of Versailles tour in private, please have a look at this activity!

FAQ

Is the Gardens Fountains shows included in my entrance ticket?

If you book on Tuesdays, Fridays or Saturdays from April 1st to October 31st, 2017 your entrance ticket will include the access to gardens shows, whether for The Musical Fountains Show or The Musical Gardens.

Do I have to go back directly to Paris after this Palace of Versailles tour?

You may remain in the Gardens of Versailles at the end of the tour, if you wish. Your access to the Gardens is available all day long. You may also stay longer in Versailles to explore this charming city and return to Paris whenever you want (your return ticket is included).

Is Marie-Antoinette’s Estate included in that tour?

This Palace of Versailles tour is dedicated to the Great Palace and the Gardens around. The Marie-Antoinette’s Estate needs more time and extra ticket. If you want to book for it or to have a combined visit of both sites, don’t hesitate to ask by emailing us: bonjour@meet-thelocals.com.

Price Details

  • 190€PER PERSON

Starting Point

Meeting Address: Travelex Gare St Lazare, Cour de Rome, Paris - In front of Travelex (the currency exchange office) located on the second floor (the upper floor). Closest metro station: Saint-Lazare (lines 3, 12, 13 & 14) / ENDING POINT: same as the meeting point
  1. :

    Our guide Sophie made our trip to Versailles a first class experience. She was great company, with an in-depth knowledge of the history and daily life of the court. She told entertaining anecdotes about the people who surrounded the royals and the roles they played. She has extensive knowledge of the art, decor and gardens of Versailles. I loved her personal touch! She didn’t just rattle off a list of facts but listened carefully to questions and answered them knowledgeably and conversationally. She made history come alive for us! If we ever go to Paris again, we will ask for her by name!

  2. :

    History with Amélie… the perfect match!

  3. :

    Not the very good chap, this Louis XIV. On the other hand, his castle : great !

  4. :

    We came to Versailles previously but a long time ago. The Palace didn’t change that much but the way to visit it with Amélie gave us a totally new insight. Very interesting. Too bad that the Queen’s Chamber was closed for working purpose. With the sun and the brand new vegetation, the gardens were a great experience too.

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