Versailles Palace Skip-the-Line Tour with State Apartments

Cultural & Theme Tours in Bas-Languedoc

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Go behind closed doors and see the hidden side of Versailles on this VIP guided tour of the King’s Private Apartments. Not only will you visit the lavish State Apartments, including the glittering Hall of Mirrors, but you will have privileged access to the private rooms of the Kings and Queens, closed to the general public. Let your guide take you behind the scenes and away from the modern day crowds, into the intimate, refined apartments where once only the royal family and their closest friends were allowed. The tour also includes the gardens with their beautiful fountains and round-trip escorted train transport from Paris.
ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Palace of Versailles, Versailles, Yvelines, Ile-de-FranceMeet your expert local guide in a central location in Paris and enjoy a short, escorted train ride to the royal city of Versailles. On this special access tour, you will not only skip the long lines that form daily outside the Palace, but also be granted privileged access to rooms where only a few small groups are allowed to enter.Did you know that the royal family lived out their lives in public? In the magnificent State Apartments you will learn how the Kings and Queens dressed, ate and even went to bed watched by hundreds of courtiers. But there is a secret side to the Palace of Versailles; rooms where they would escape to once they were alone, sneaking out of their public beds after everyone had left! Smaller and more intimate, but no less magnificent, many of these rooms are still furnished today, with exquisite furniture that escaped the ravages of the revolution.See one of the most beautifully adorned rooms in the palace, where a young Mozart played the harpsichord for the royal family. Marvel at Louis XV’s incredible clock that shows the actual position of the planets in the solar system and still shows the correct date after two centuries - leap years included! This special tour will also grant you access to either the Royal Chapel or the Royal Opera House, two of the jewels in the crown of Versailles, also closed to the general public. Your expert local guide will bring the Kings, Queens and their courtiers back to life as they lead you through both the public and private rooms of this incredible palace.At the end of the tour there are many options to choose from! Return to Paris and continue your afternoon there, or spend some free time exploring more of the royal city of Versailles. You can also choose to add extra options to your tour during the booking process.Choose to enjoy a delicous 3 course lunch with wine in the restaurant in the palace run by Chef Ducasse. Extend your visit into the afternoon to include the beautiful personal mansion of Marie-Antoinette, her gardens and private Normandy style village. During this three-hour tour you’ll visit the Petit Trianon, an exquisite private palace set in a luxuriant garden where Marie Antoinette spent much of her time. Upon leaving the main palace behind, distance the crowds and access areas reserved for the private lives and loves of the royalty.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: The Hall of Mirrors, Versailles, Yvelines, Ile-de-FranceMarvel at the glittering Hall of Mirrors as your guide tells you the stories of the Kings, Queens and courtiers who once walked this dazzling room.Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Le Jardin de Versailles, Versailles, Yvelines, Ile-de-FranceYour tour includes a visit to the magnificent gardens, once the setting of balls, parties and lavish festivities. Laid out for the Sun King Louis XIV, these French style gardens impress as much nowadays as they did then, and will include beautiful fountain displays set to music.Duration: 1 hour

What’s included

  • VIP access to the Private Apartments of the Kings
  • Go inside the Royal Opera House or Royal Chapel, normally closed to the public
  • Enjoy a guided tour of the King's and Queen's State Apartments including the spectacular Hall of Mirrors
  • Tour the gardens with your guide and enjoy the Musical Fountain show or the Musical Gardens during your visit (depending on day of visit)
  • Expert English-speaking guide
  • Headsets when appropriate so you can always hear your guide
  • Savor a 3 course gourmet lunch with wine in the restaurant of Chef Ducasse (if option selected)
  • Discover Marie Antoinette’s Estate wtih a visit to her Petit Trianon and hamlet (if option selected)
  • Entry/Admission - Palace of Versailles
  • Entry/Admission - The Hall of Mirrors
  • Entry/Admission - Le Jardin de Versailles

What’s not included

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuties (optional)


  • Choice of several departures throughout the day
  • All entrance fees included
  • Led by a local guide
  • Round-trip train fares