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!
– 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!