- We’ll tailor-make a VIP tour to match your interests.
- Our skip-the-line ticket will make you feel like royalty in this Versailles tour.
- You’ll be dazzled by the 357 separate panels in the Hall of Mirrors.
- Your Welcomer will give you the juicy details of French political intrigue!
Versailles Tour: the Sun King’s True Love (Private)
In 1682, Louis XIV settled his Court at Versailles: “forever in the fields” (as some courtiers reproached). He did so because he loved the location, surrounded by woods full of fierce and feral animals, ideal for a hunting enthusiast. But the main reason was the defiance he felt against the turbulent city of Paris, where he spent an insecure childhood and teenage years. Far from the agitated Parisians, far removed from the old and gloomy Louvre, Louis XIV made up his mind to create a new residence, where he would have absolute control of princes and aristocrats.
It’s a King’s dream come true the visit this tour offers you: Versailles Palace. In very exclusive company, you will learn about the King’s temper, his daily life, made of joys and sometimes harsh torments. Your private tour will allow spending the time you wish in the famous Hall of Mirrors, to delve deeper into the anecdotes that interest you. At your own pace, be the guest of the Sun King in this Versailles tour.
– 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 like to it in family, pleace check our awesome Versailles family Tour.
Four centuries ago, there was nothing here. Nowadays, stands – let’s remain modest ‑ the most beautiful palace in the world. As courtiers formerly rushed to Versailles to pay tribute to the King, modern visitors travel the world to see what he gave birth to, with the sheer strength of his royal will… Such a unseizable character, this Louis XIV! In this Versailles tour, you will have quite a long time with your Welcomer to become familiarized with this man, as secret as his life was public, loving women as much as he feared God.
In front of the Versailles Palace, the display of the outside courtyards makes you feel how high Louis XIV’s awareness of his role and position was. Your Welcomer will make you notice the primarily small brick-and-stone original mansion, and the two “arms” of architectures that open, and open again, maybe with the purpose of embracing the whole universe.
Inside Versailles, you will follow the progression through official rooms conceived by the King himself. This series of rooms composed of the Grand Apartment, where the King was supposed to live (in fact, he had a much more comfortable smaller dwelling behind the scene). In these Salons, each dedicated to a specific Greek or Latin god, the King organized receptions for his courtiers, providing drinks, sweet treats, games, music and dances.
Continue your Versailles tour in the hugest room of this suite is the Hall of Mirrors, framed to the north by the War Salon, to the South by the Peace Salon. The names remind you that Versailles took advantage of the spoils of war to expand and prosper. Along the impressive gallery, mirrors reflect any source of light. Imagine the bursting effect of the sunset, spread through the windows upon such a scenography!
To the South, the Queen Great Apartment generates a milder feeling. The prideful 17th century decoration gave way to a delicate 18th century style. In the bedroom, were born Louis XV, Louis XVI and numerous princes and princesses. In these salons, whose windows open onto a flower lawn, Marie Antoinette lived her better years as well as her last hours in Versailles, in October 1789.
The Palace of Versailles suffered greatly during the French Revolution but was saved from being turned into the Museum of the History of France.
Perhaps a stroll through Versailles Gardens? Your Welcomer will lead you to the best viewpoints: on the balcony above the Orangerie lawns, with their beautiful boxwood-made patterns; at the top of the “Green Carpet” perspectives, where you can embrace the horizon and see, in the distance, the water mirror of Apollo Fountain. Apollo, god of Fine Arts, Beauty and Light, who Louis XIV identified himself with.
Let’s remain modest, we said…
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)
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