Join us for a full day visit to the spectacular Chateau of Versailles, the most prestigious and famous royal palace in Europe. Walk the glittering Hall of Mirrors as Kings, Queens and courtiers used to. Explore the lavish state apartments and magnificent gardens, and learn how the glory of the Sun King shone throughout the world. Visit the beautiful gardens, once home to lavish balls and parties. Then experience Versailles as few do, and continue your tour to visit the private domain of Marie Antoinette. On this guided afternoon tour you will discover the exquisite Petit Trianon, her private mansion set in beautiful gardens. See the jewel of Versailles, the tiny theatre built specially for her, and end your visit at her picturesque Normandy village, complete with vineyard, farm and vegetable gardens. Including a visit to the hidden estate of Marie Antoinette is the only way to fully understand the history of Versailles.
Meet your guide in central Paris and enjoy a short, escorted train ride to Versailles. On arrival, let them take you on a journey in the footsteps of the Kings and Queens of France. During the reign of Louis XIV - the Sun King - Versailles was the place to be and to be seen. Nowadays visitors from all over the world still come to Versailles to marvel at the splendours of this incredible palace. Our skip the line access allows you to bypass the long lines that form each day, and our friendly local guides will steer you expertly through the crowds, bringing the famous figures who once inhabited this palace back to life, and making sure you don't miss a thing.
Learn how the Kings and Queens lived out their lavish lives in public, how they kept the gossiping courtiers under their thumb, and stole Italy's thunder by making Versailles the artistic center of Europe. Discover a typical day in the life of Marie Antoinette; you'll quickly understand why she hated the palace so much! Her opulent lifestyle here would ultimately lead to her tragic demise under the French Revolution; she left Versailles in 1789 never to return.
After visiting the royal apartments inside the palace, your guide will lead you through the spectacular gardens, once the setting of balls, parties and elaborate firework displays. On fountain show days you will discover the amazing waterworks, still running today as they did in the times of Kings and Queens.
We then invite you join us and discover the secret parts of this incredible place. After a break for lunch, spend an afternoon exploring the beautiful hidden treasures tucked away in the expansive gardens. Away from the crowds, see places that only Queens, Kings and their closest friends were allowed access to.
King Louis XVI gave a key encrusted with diamonds to his beloved wife Marie Antoinette. It opened the doors to a secret world, far removed from the public life at the palace and accessible to only a few. The palace of the Petit Trianon was her private world and the place where she was happiest. Follow in her footsteps, through the beautiful English style gardens, into the elegant and charming rooms of her home, furnished today as they were then. You will also see her tiny theater, built specially for her so she could perform on stage, to small audiences made up of a few friends and servants! This stunning theater is often called the hidden jewel of Versailles.
At Trianon Marie Antoinette lived a simple, country life. You will discover her perfect replica of a Normandy village, complete with thatched cottages and vegetable gardens where, far from the elaborate rituals of the palace, she would play at being a shepherdess surrounded by farm animals.
No visit to Versailles is complete without seeing the beauty of the Petit Trianon. At the end of your visit, your guide will escort you in a chauffeur driven car back to the train station to continue your journey back to Paris.
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