- 4 hours
- Versailles Palace
- Versailles Gardens
- Car Service from Paris to Versailles
- If you're booking a small-group tour, the group will meet at a centralized point in the city center
- If you're booking a private tour, the car service will depart from your accommodations in central Paris. Please provide your address when booking.
- Skip-the-line entry tickets into Versailles Palace and grounds
Next, we'll proceed inside for our Versailles Palace Tour, discussing the château's successive architectural evolutions during the reigns of Louis XIII to the 19th century, including Louis XIV’s addition of more wings, the marble court, and the famous Hall of Mirrors.
Throughout the tour, we’ll immerse ourselves in the lavish narrative of Versailles, and as our walk comes to a close, come away with a better understanding of Le Nôtre’s innovative designs and their relationship to Louis XIV's commitment to maintaining his image as the Sun King.
Interested in a longer version of this itinerary? Check out our Full-Day Tour of Versailles.
Our Private tours will begin with car service pick-up from your accommodations in Paris. Please let us know where you'll be staying.
Our small group tours begin from a centralized meeting point. Your tour confirmation will have the exact meeting point and details.
Where does the tour end?
Unless you've booked a private car transfer back to Paris with us, your tour will end in Versailles. You can return to Paris at your leisure by train or taxi.
Do you reserve headsets for this tour?
We don't necessarily recommend one over the other. The morning start time allows you to stay on for the rest of the day to explore the rest of the grounds independently. The afternoon tour offers less time for this depending on seasonal opening hours (in the summer, the gardens are open quite late!), but you also have the benefit of slightly reduced crowds.
Yes, please contact us to discuss in more detail your mobility concerns so that we can best advise.
The daughter of a sculptor, Marie has been surrounded by art ever since she was born. A native Parisienne, she holds an undergraduate degree in history and art history, with a specialty in iconography and French and Flemish paintings from the 16th to the 18th centuries. She also holds a Master's degree in museology from the Ecole du Louvre and one in Art History from the Sorbonne. She currently works for the French National Art History Institute on special cultural events. Since she loves literature, ballet, theatre, opera, jazz clubs, and classical concerts—she has been playing the piano since she was 9—Paris and its artistic life are a perfect fit.
Marie Theres is a painter who has made Paris her home for more than two decades. She works in her studio in Montmartre and shows her paintings in galleries in Europe and the United States. She studied history at the University of Cologne, Germany and painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia before coming to Paris to study art history at the Ecole de Louvre. Her knowledge of art history is enhanced by her practical painting experience. Beyond a purely academic approach, this enables her to convey the emotional dimension of the artwork and to focus attention on the act of creation. She loves to share her passion for art and painting and is fascinated by the 19th-century artistic heritage of Paris, its art movements, and urbanism.
Caroline is an adoptive flâneuse and has been wandering Paris' narrow streets and leafy boulevards since 2003. She holds an undergraduate degree in French and Art History with a specialty in 19th-century art and literature, and pursued graduate studies in Art History at Paris IV La Sorbonne, writing a thesis on popular imagery and caricature in Revolutionary and Napoleonic Paris. Her research was published in the journal European Comic Art. She also writes exhibition reviews and features. Her writing has been published in Apollo Magazine, the TLS, Condé Nast Traveler and WSJ Magazine.
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