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- Rare one-on-one interaction with an expert guide
- Relive the lavish lifestyle of the kings of France
- Explore the world’s most luxurious palace from top to bottom
- Length: 05h00
- Language: English
- Type of Tour: Private Tour
- Group Size: 8 max
- Departure Time: 9am or 1pm
- 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!
Sometimes to see the best of Paris you have to go outside of Paris, and nowhere is this more evident than at the Palace of Versailles. A must-see by any traveler’s standards, this fascinating monument will transport you to a time of cobblestone courtyards and gilded gates, to an era where luxury and extravagance were the order of the day. So tighten your corset, powder your wig and hike up those tights because your royal journey starts now.
What started out as a simple hunting lodge outside the city limits took on a whole new slant when King Louis XIV—never known for his modesty—transformed it into an in-your-face, all-you-can-eat buffet of Baroque flair. From its grand hallways to its vast gardens and fountains, the best artists and architects converged to build a residence of unsurpassed beauty which conveyed a clear message to the rest of the world: France was top dog and had stacks of money to prove it.
Our Private Tour is designed to show you the true Versailles, far from the standard cookie-cutter visitor package. Your Localers tour begins with your guide meeting you in Paris to accompany you to the chateau, making your trip completely hassle-free. Once you’ve arrived we’ll whisk you past the long lines and get you straight to the good stuff, letting you relive the glory days of the French monarchy by exploring sumptuous interiors as they were centuries ago. Having a guide to yourself means you’ll get in-depth, personalized descriptions and explanations of everything you see.
The regal State Apartments will offer a look into the frilly distractions of court life where nobles gathered to drink tea, shoot billiards, and gamble the citizens’ tax money away (which, by the way, didn’t work out so well for them in the end). You’ll feast your eyes on the gilded Hall of Mirrors; a shining example of over-the-top ornamentation packed to the brim with crystal chandeliers and breathtakingly painted ceilings.
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.
Elisabeth is always searching for unusual places place in her home city of Paris - hidden courtyards, serene spaces and secret hideaways little know to its inhabitants. Spanish Andalusian on her mother’s side, Elisabeth adopted her mother’s love for finding the connections between Spanish culture and civilization and French history. Following her Master’s degree in Iberian studies Elisabeth became a teacher but later decided that what she wanted to become, above all, was a guide. Now an official guide she shows visitors her much-adored city with engagement, fun and dose of humor.
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.
Born in Italy, Cristiana fell in love with Paris on her very first visit to this magnificent city. Following her studies in Architecture and History of Art, Cristiana decided to begin a career as a professional tour guide. She particularly loves to work with children, finding their fresh and honest outlook on the museums of Paris ever-inspiring! Cristiana endeavors to provide for all of our visitors both young and old a truly unforgettable experience.
Originally from the South of France, Gwennaëlle has been living in Paris for the past 12 years and working as a guide for over half that time. Since childhood she has been an ardent lover of art and knew from a young age that she wanted to become a guide. After studying English at university, she joined the Ecole du Louvre to learn to become an art history guide. Alongside working as a guide, Gwennaëlle teaches art history to French and foreign students. Paris is to her the most enchanting city in the world, and she loves to share the secrets of the Parisian museums and monuments with her visitors.
Hélène grew up in Lyon; famous for its rich cultural heritage and vibrant gastronomic scene. She has also lived in England and Germany, before settling in Paris to work as an official guide. Hélène wanted above all to turn her passion for art history into a career and she adores sharing the artistic heritage of Paris with our visitors. Hélène is passionate about art in all its forms.
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.
- Your own personal guide to do your bidding (well, within reason!)
- Skip-the-line tickets for quick chateau access
- Expert historical breakdowns of what you’re seeing
- Return train transport from central Paris, accompanied by your guide
- A night’s sleep in the king’s four poster bed
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You’ll saunter through the King’s bedrooms where dignitaries crammed in by the dozens to watch the royal couple fall asleep and awaken the next morning. Other highlights of the chateau will include a peek inside the royal chapel and up-close views of artistic masterpieces such as Bernini’s marble “Bust of Louis XIV” and David’s “The Coronation of Napoleon”.
But why stop there? The building’s interiors are only half the story; a promenade through the gardens is a must for the complete Versailles experience. Designed by jardinier extraordinaire André Le Nôtre, this former playground for France’s cultural elite is a symphony of sculpted shrubs, bubbling fountains and tree-lined vistas. It’ll be the perfect ending to an enchanting visit.
If you’re looking for a personalized experience without the headache of large groups and long lines, this is the place for you. Give yourself the royal treatment and visit Versailles one-on-one with an expert in the field. Because let’s face it--that’s how King Louis XIV would have visited this place.
If you’d like to stay and further explore Versailles following your tour, your tickets will be valid for the rest of the day.
Great tour. Jessica was terrific.
Astrid was great, we would request her again on our next visit.
Oxana did a wonderful job with the tour. I'd recommend her to others. David
Christiana was a wonderful tour - able to engage both parents and our teenage kids throughout the day with a great mix of facts, humor and context that made our trip to Versailles incredibly special. Well worth the investment and would look forward to using the team for other tours.
Our trip to Versailles was exceptional. Marie Claire is a brilliant tour guide.
I must say your company made our trip to Paris a positive and memorable experience.
Great experience, Herve was outstanding he was excited to share his knowledge,
We had a wonderful tour. Joanna spoke perfect English and was both very knowledgeable about Versaille and we loved her interactivity. It was great to share our understanding of history from our different perspectives. Joanna was also very cogniscent of our time frame and our capacities as older visitors. Overall she was very friendly and ... though we partially booked her to avoid the queues - which we did ... she gave us a completely new understanding and perspective of Versaille and a part of French history. Great to have known her.
I'm so glad we booked a tour with Gwennaelle. She was very knowledgeable and it was nice to be able to go at our pace. She was able to provide us with a lot of history about Versailles. I will book again with your company.