VERSAILLES TOUR FROM PARIS HALF DAY
Door to door private tour to Versailles from Paris. Experience a fascinating and memorable private tour to Versailles including a private guided tour of the Palace with our expert licensed tour guide who will explain you the history and the anecdotes of the Chateau. This private tour is given by an experienced guide who will walk with you inside the different sites to give you a personal and customized guided tour.
Meet your driver and expert guide in the lobby of your hotel or at your accommodation in Paris either in the morning (we recommend an early pick up at 8:00am to be among the first ones to enter the chateau of Versailles) or in the afternoon. If you wish to experience a pleasant visit, we usually do not recommend to book a tour on Tuesday morning, since it is one of the busiest time of the week at Versailles. Our English-speaking licensed tour guide will drive you in a private luxury van (pick up and drop off are included in all our private tours) from Paris to Versailles.
On the way to Versailles, your guide will point out sights of interest and will start to explain to you the history and the importance of the Royal estate. Avoid the packed trains (we often have train strikes in France) and enjoy the most comfortable ride with us. This visit of the castle of also includes the Versailles palace tickets (skip the line admissions) and the additional fee as well of the musical gardens or the water fountain show when they take place (extra fee with the Sprinter bus option). This tour is perfect if you are looking for a private half day Versailles guided tour with a friendly, knowledgeable and passionate tour guide who will share with you the secrets of the construction of the castle, the history and the anecdotes of the Chateau from Louis 13 up to the French Revolution.
During this private tour of Versailles, learn about the history of the Chateau, official residence of three Kings for 107 years, originally built for Louis XIV, the “Sun King “ learn about the every day life at the court, the etiquette, the personality an the more intimate life of our Kings and Queens, their hobbies, their passion, the entertainment at Versailles certain evenings, the symbols, what happened in the Hall of Mirrors etc.
When Louis XIV’s superintendent of Finances and wealthy Nicolas Fouquet spent huge amounts of money to build his castle in Vaux le Vicomte, commissioning André le Notre (landscape gardener of King Louis XIV and at the origin of the “jardins à la française”, the French formal garden style), the architect Charles Le Vau and the painter Charles le Brun, he was far from thinking that by doing so, he would trigger the King’s wrath and provoke his own downfall in 1661. Then King Louis XIV who became the absolute center of power, decided to put Fouquet in jail for the rest of his life and will require to have the same three artists work for him to build his new castle in Versailles.
Here is an extract from the list of the rooms you will be able to see during your guided visit:
- The Hercules room with fabulous paintings by Veronese and François Lemoyne
- The Salon of Abundance used as a refreshment room during evening gatherings
- The Venus room with its most baroque decoration, used to have tables offering rare fruits and candied fruits to the guests
- The Diana room formerly a vestibule to the Kings State Apartment and used as billiard room for King Louis 14
- The Mars room used as the Guard Room
- The Mercury room originally the Royal bedroom, replaced in the winter by game tables
- The Apollo room also known as the Ceremonial room was where the throne was placed with its ceiling dedicated to the Sun King.
Of course you will be able to walk through and admire the spectacular Hall of Mirrors (one the very best examples of the King’s obsession with grandeur and luxury) the idea was to pay tribute to the political, economic and artistic success of France and was also used for ceremonies, balls or games on rare occasions.
- The King’s Apartments:
- The King’s Guard Rooms: you will learn about the different King’s inner guards, the Swiss Guards and the Garde du Corps (bodyguards) who amounted up to 2960 at the end of King Louis XIV’s reign
- The Antechamber of Great Dining, used for dining after the Queen’s death (Maria Theresa of Austria)
- The Bull’s Eye Antichamber originally composed of the antechamber and the King’s chamber
- The King’s Chamber where the Sun King died after a reign of 72 years
- The Queen’s Apartments:
- The Queen’s Bedchamber where the Queen would spend most her time, receiving guests; it is also where she would give birth “in public” to the Princes and Princesses (actually in front of a limited circle of people from the court)
- The Salon of the Nobles was the place where Queen Marie Leszczynska held formal audiences and where the Ladies of the Court had their conversations.
- The Queen’s Antechamber ( Grand Couvert) is where the public meals were taken by the King and the Royal family
- The Queen’s guard room is (from all the other Apartments) the only one that kept its 17th century decoration. The room served as a guardhouse and this is where one of the Ladies received the information from a bodyguard that a group of rioters was trying to come in (in October 1789) and warned the Queen Marie Antoinette to escape as soon as possible.
The duration of our half day Versailles tour from Paris is 4 hours in total from pick up to drop off at your accommodation (we do not pick up clients outside of Paris unless you are staying in Versailles).
The Versailles estate is so vast that you can actually really spend an entire day if you wish to learn and discover more: if you would like to see the Royal Gardens, the water fountains, discover the hidden grottos and learn more about Marie Antoinette's private hideaways, enjoy a walk near the Grand Canal, discover the Petit and/or the Grand Trianon and visit Marie Antoinette’s Hamlet (especially if you have children) please contact us in order to book an all-inclusive private full day Versailles tour with Best of France Tours.
We can also combine this tour with a Giverny guided tour to make it a full day tour. Giverny is the village where the expressionist painter Monet lived half of his life, the village, it surroundings, his house, garden and pond were a great source of inspiration (the water lilies serie, the Japanese bridge).
On request, we can also offer a Versailles & Chartres full day tour to visit the masterpiece cathedral in Chartres, known for its 176 stain glass windows and described as “the high point of French Gothic art”.
We highly recommend you to book this tour early in advance in order to have the best experience.
Our Versailles guided tour includes:
- Private transportation including pick up & drop off at your accommodation in Paris
- Skip the line admissions and rights to speak for your licensed tour guide
- A guided visit of the magnificent state apartments
- Tour of the Hall of Mirrors
- A visit of the King and the Queen's apartments
- Your Paris to Versailles tour will end with a highlight of the gardens "à la française » if time permits.
On request, your licensed guide can meet you in front of the castle of Versailles and we can provide bigger vehicles/buses for up to 18 people.
What is not included:
- meals and personal expenses
- gratuities (discretionary)
- only if you book the Sprinter bus tour option tickets for the gardens water show/musical gardens are extra
The tour duration of our half day Versailles guided tour from Paris is 4 hours from pick up to drop off at your accommodation.
If you wish to receive more information about this tour please send us an email or call us directly at +33624892412 or at our US/Canada toll free number +1 888 988 77 66
If you prefer to book a longer tour, we also offer full day tours of Versailles here.
We only give private tours (no shared/semi-private tours)
This tour is not available on Mondays, nor on May 1st, Dec 25th & Jan 1st.