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- See and learn more with an extended tour
- Guided visits of the Grand and Petit Trianon
- Extraordinary examples of art and architecture
- Length: 08h00
- Language: English
- Type of Tour: Private Tour
- Group Size: 6 max
- Departure Time: 9am
- Cancellation: 10% fee up to 48 hours
Be sure not to miss out on the stunning Musical Fountain Show that takes place every weekend from April 1st to October 29th 2017. This delight will be part of the tour for those lucky enough to be around at that time!
Whoever said it was possible to have too much of a good thing had obviously never visited Versailles. The truth is some monuments are simply too expansive and rich in detail to be glossed over in an afternoon (especially one with 700 rooms!). That’s why we’ve crafted an extended tour designed to give you ample time to fully appreciate the magnitude of this 17th century masterpiece. Here our expert guides get to really spread their wings by showing you the full range of Versailles’ charms. If you’ve ever dreamt of fully immersing yourself in the splendors of the French royal court, this tour’s for you.
Starting as a humble country getaway for Louis XIII, Versailles came into its own in a big way when his son Louis XIV was handed the keys to the place. He set himself the task of creating the world’s most elaborate royal palace by corralling Europe’s premier engineers, architects, painters and gardeners to build a residence worthy of his immense ego. The result was a veritable explosion of French Baroque—a symphony of gold, silver, crystal and marble that wowed visitors back then and continues to do so today.
Not sure how to get out there? No sweat, our guide meets you in Paris and accompanies you to the chateau. Then our skip-the-line tickets will get you straight in. Soon you’ll be immersed in the luxury of centuries past, including period rooms from the monarchy’s glory days like the Hercules Salon and the Royal Bedchambers. As you step into the Hall of Mirrors you’ll be transported to a time of grand balls and soirées filled with frilly lace, powdered wigs and fake beauty marks. At each stop your knowledgeable guide will unravel the threads of French history to give you a clear view of life and customs in the chateau.
Solène was born and raised in Paris, and is ever keen to share her knowledge of her beloved home city. Even as a child, Solène knew that her future career would be not in an office but outside in Paris and beyond - meeting new people and discovering new places around her. Thanks to her passion for travel, Solène aims to provide for her visitors the same feeling of excitement she experiences when discovering new places.
Frédéric is a true Parisian who grew up in la région parisienne. An engineer by trade, Frédéric decided that his true passion lay in the rich history of Paris of its many historical sites. Becoming an official guide had enabled him to meet visitors from across the world and to share his love of Paris. Amongst Frédéric’s favorite experiences are introducing foreign visitors to Paris for the first time and enabling Parisians to discover new things about their city. Above all, he enjoys showing visitors the astonishing connections between the Paris of today and Paris throughout the ages.
Marion was born and raised in the South West of France in majestic Bordeaux, where she read Archaeology and Modern History before moving to Paris 3 years ago. For the past 2 years, Marion has been an official guide at the splendid Palace of Versailles, along with iconic Paris museums such as the Louvre. Marion’s favorite part of her career as a guide is the variety of her work and how her place of work (be it palace or museum) changes from day to day.
Jonathan is a history devotee who grew up in the Parisian suburbs. After studying History of Art at University he became an official guide, a true vocation which allows him to share the secrets of his city, and his passion for art and history. Jonathan is not only an art expert, but a guide who endeavors to present Paris and its treasures in a relevant way, always with a smile and with a good dose of humor!
Marie-Claire was born in the South West of France and raised in Toulouse. Before moving to Paris, she studied Linguistics and Art History in her home city, rich in artistic and cultural heritage. Marie-Claire now works as an official Art History Guide and a Picture Editor. If that wasn’t enough to keep her busy, she also teaches Art History at the prestigious Ecole du Louvre in Paris and loves the variety of her work and people she encounters day to day.
Born and raised in Paris, Astrid learnt foreign languages from an early age thanks to her international travels and was fluent in Spanish and English before the age of 6. Passionate about history and new cultural encounters, Astrid decided to study History, English and Communication in Paris before moving to New Caledonia, a small French island in the Pacific Ocean. In this fascinating new environment, she worked as a tour guide for children. On her return to Paris, she decided to become a professional family tour guide. As a qualified history tour guide, Astrid is able to share with others her passion and knowledge of her home city.
Oxana grew up in Moscow, and moved to Paris to study History of Art at the Sorbonne University. Since moving to Paris, Oxana considers herself a true Parisian, and feels fortunate to be living in her words, in ‘the most beautiful city in the world’. Oxana is a seasoned traveler, but Paris remains her favorite city due to its unique charm and extraordinary culture. She loves to share her passion for French history and culture with our visitors.
Born and raised in Paris, Cecile now lives in the Paris suburbs. Before becoming a tour guide, she studied History of Art and was particularly fascinated by gothic architecture in Europe, and 19th & 20th Century painting. Cecile began working as a guide in 2010 in a small medieval town called Provins, where her specializations were the Middle-Ages and military architecture. Cecile has also worked in Normandy and in the Champagne region. Her favorite place in France, aside Paris, is the Loire Valley due to its magnificent chateaux.
Marjorie was born in the North of France and developed a love of Paris from visiting as a child with her family. After working as a guide in the South of France, Marjorie returned to her much loved Paris where she adores to this day the way of life, the architecture, the atmosphere and of course the history! By becoming a guide, Marjorie is able to share her passion for history of art and for meeting new people, something for which she feels fortunate every day!
Born in Poland, Joanna moved to France with her parents as a teenager. Following her History of Art and Foreign Language studies (she speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese), it was a natural evolution for Joanna to become a guide and to share with visitors the secrets she’s learnt over her years in Paris. She is keen to share with you the mysteries of the Louvre, the secrets of the Palace of Versailles, and much more of the rich history of Paris.
Vanessa was born in Casablanca, Morocco; a country which for her holds beautiful memories, in particular the affectionate nature of the people and the beautiful smells and colors of the country. She has also lived in Italy, from where her family originates, where she returns often to further explore the country. For the past 10 years, Vanessa has been a resident of Paris’ 20th arrondissement. In her travels to Morocco, Italy, and further afield, Vanessa feeds her curiosity for the richness of other cultures, something which she shares in her role as a guide. Vanessa believes that being a guide enables her to understand the links between our different origins and respective cultures.
Murielle was born on the outskirts of Paris and has been fascinated by Art History and the history of Paris since she was a child. A passion for art runs in the family; her father was a curator - a career which meant he spent much of his time in museums across the globe. Murielle’s passion for art, architecture, foreign languages and travel developed at a young age. She studied English and Spanish at university followed by Art History. Above all, Murielle loves helping people discover the many secrets of Paris; its hidden squares and charming gardens and showing how the city has transformed over the centuries into the majestic capital of France.
Before becoming a guide, Hervé studied acting and has performed in small theaters across Paris. He began studying History of Art and decided to combine his love for History and Art with his acting skills. Hervé has lived abroad including in Atlanta USA and in London where he developed a deep understanding of the Anglo-Saxon culture. He is passionate about many periods of History but remains fascinated by the XVII and XVIII Centuries, hence why he’s so at home at Versailles! Hervé looks forward to sharing his passion for art history with you.
Jessica was born in Saint-Germain en Laye, the birth place of Louis XIV. From when she was child, she was fascinated by art and history and during her high school years realized that she wanted to make a career out of her passion. She settled in Paris at the age of 20 and fell in love with the romance, poetry and magic of the city. Jessica spent a year in New York City which opened her mind to the pleasure of meeting people from across the globe. Once back in Paris, she decided to combine her passion for communication and art history, allowing her to guide people from across the world through her beloved city.
Xavier hails from the beautiful Brittany region in the North-West of France. After studying Tourism & Culture in the city of Nantes, Xavier lived in both Spain and the US before returning to France to complete his studies. A specialist on the Chateau of Versailles, Xavier has spent the past few years introducing visitors to the hidden treasures of the palace and enlightening visitors on the life and times of Marie Antoinette. When not guiding at Versailles or in the many museums of Paris, Xavier likes to spend his time next to the Canal Saint Martin or the Jardins the Belleville, and is always in search of new places to go in his quartier and beyond.
- A special visit to the Grand and Petit Trianon mansions
- Instant access to the palace—no lines!
- Return train transport from central Paris, accompanied by your guide
- A pause for lunch with recommendations from your guide
- Playtime with a revolutionary guillotine (our insurance company would kill us)
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But the chateau is just the beginning. Another world awaits outside: the famous gardens of Versailles. Nothing pleased the king more than his royal romps through these gardens, and no expense was spared by their creator André Le Nôtre. After gliding among the sculpted fountains – in full splendor from April to October in the ostentatious Grands Eaux fountain shows - you’ll make your way passed the mirror-like basins to the hidden gems of Versailles: the Grand Trianon and the Petit Trianon.
These auxiliary mansions tucked away in the gardens— though small compared to the main residence—are certainly stunning in their own right. Used most famously by Marie Antoinette as a refuge from the stale and antiquated rules of court life, they offer a glimpse into the more intimate lifestyle the queen was constantly searching for. Your extended tour will allow you the time to explore these Trianon properties, a hidden bonus that few visitors experience.
Versailles may have not been built in a day but it can be visited in one…if you know what you’re doing. Follow us to get the most out of your visit and ensure that your memories will be made up of more than ticket lines and overlooked details. If ever there were a place to take your time and smell the roses, Versailles is it. Our full-day tour allows you to do just that.
A chauffeur driver tour can be arranged at extra charge.
If you had a 10 rating, we would give it to Herve! What a treasure he is and his knowledge of Versailles impressive. We have wanted to see the outdoor ballroom ever since watching "A Little Chaos" and Herve led us right to it after seeing the opulence of the palace. The visit to the Hamlet and the insights into the Queen by Herve made it all come to life for us. The eight hours we spent with him went by in a blink of an eye. He was so patient with us. His knowledge of the palace and the grounds were encyclopedic. His passion and knowledge of Marie Antoinette was moving. We didn't know a Louis from a George before and now we know about all of them and the palace and how their reigns affected France. How amazing it was to stand at the same spot the King and Queen faced the rabid crowds. We were the only ones that day who knew the history of that spot. Herve spoke in great detail of that day and showed us where the palace guards lost the fight on the staircase. He showed us Marie's beloved grotto and where she was when her servant informed her of the mob at the palace. Little did she know this was the last she would see of her beloved grotto. Not all was doom and gloom. On the way to the train station, Herve told us the intrigue of the Cardinal, Queen Marie, and the jeweled necklace. Herve is a jewel!
Dear Folks are Localers;
We enjoyed a delightful day with Solene! She was punctual and friendly.
She efficiently got us to and around all areas of Versailles, sharing her vast knowledge of your multi-layer French history of Rois,Emperors, and Republics, along with wives and significant children, family members, alliances, connections, and interesting tidbits of information. I soaked it all in as she struggled with the press of the crowds to be sure we could hear every bit of information she had to share. We enjoyed a delightful lunch, followed by a rousing romp through every delightful venue in the royal gardens and grand and petit Trianons. I felt like we did it ALL; And returned replete!
One recommendation, that we did request, as well at time of booking, was to arrive just before opening. There were great pressing crowds; it would have helped to avoid that had we gained earlier access.
Overflowing with wonderful memories,
Carol and Carroll