1. France
  2. Ile-de-France
  3. Paris
  4. Palace of Versailles

2-hours VIP Guided Tour of Versailles & its Secret Rooms

Product ID: 73982
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On this exclusively designed, behind the scenes tour you’ll have the incredible honor of exploring rooms of Versailles that seem frozen in time. Prepare to be bowled over by the beauty and elegance of the rooms you'll have the pleasure of entering.
About this activity
Duration 2 hours
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Go through the reserved entrance to hidden rooms closed off to the general public
  • Visit the Royal Chapel or the Opera House, both closed to the general public
  • Access on your VIP experience to the famous sights open to the public like the Hall of Mirrors
  • Learn about Versailles royalty's colorful past
Full description
In secret rooms, behind closed doors not normally open to the general public, kings and queens once set about their daily private lives. Your representative will meet you in Versailles where your experience will begin with an expert local guide at the entrance. Your privileged group of 25 people or fewer will be the only ones allowed into each of these rooms. You will go straight past the famously long lines and through a reserved entrance, from where you’ll take your first steps into this hidden world, as you suddenly find yourselves standing in the king’s private apartments. You’ll feel miles away from the throngs of tourists visiting Versailles outside these walls, almost completely unaware of the existence of these concealed rooms. Here Kings Louis XV and XVI and their queens (and mistresses) would escape from the long rituals and prying eyes of the court of Versailles.

With the precious insights and fascinating stories of your local Versailles guide, you’ll discover how the royalty went about their daily lives when nobody was watching. Learn how the King would go to bed in public, then wait for everyone to leave, before retiring to his private apartments to really sleep, making sure of course to return to the public bedroom before sunrise so that the court could watch him wake up! With such restricted access today, and none of the crowds of the main rooms, these apartments remain as lavishly furnished as they would have been in the King’s time. You’ll encounter family portraits, personal furniture and art collections.  Access is so restricted that the itinerary will adapt and change each time, to include either the stunning Opera House or the private Chapel, both closed to the public.

This carefully designed itinerary also includes access to the main apartments of the château, including the spectacular Hall of Mirrors. Of course, no visit would be complete without a guided stroll in the magnificent gardens. Your guide will of course accompany you, as the gardens were equally as important as the palace in the days of the royal court, and then at the end of the visit you'll be free to wander as long as you like. At the end of your visit you’ll re-appear through a hidden door into the public apartments to find the crowds there again, just as the kings and queens would have in their day. Back in the day, you could only enter these private apartments with the permission of the king. Courtiers would do almost anything for an invite!
Includes
  • Expert, English-speaking tour guide
  • Small groups of 25 people or fewer
  • Entrance ticket and reservation fee for the Château de Versailles, including the king's private apartments
  • Headsets when appropriate, so you can always hear your guide
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up/drop-off
  • Food/beverages

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Meeting Point: Meet your guide by the statue of Louis XIV (the bronze horseman statue in the Place d’Armes, the square in front of the palace). Meeting Point Details: By the statue of Louis XIV (the bronze horseman statue in the Place d’Armes, the square in front of the palace). Arriving by train: Take the RER C to Versailles Château Rive Gauche. On exiting the station follow the signs for the Palace of the Versailles. The statue is directly in front of the Palace. GPS coordinates: 48.803383, 2.125610

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Important information
Know before you go
• Regrettably it is not possible to accommodate guests with wheelchairs or any impairments requiring special assistance
• It is not possible to accommodate strollers or baby carriages on the group tours
• This tour involves a fair amount of walking; comfortable shoes are recommended
• Non-flash photography is permitted throughout the tour
• Skip-the-line access and careful planning limit crowd exposure, but please be aware that some locations may be unavoidably busy during standard hours
• Everything will be done as much as possible to ensure timings and itineraries are respected. However, due to occasional extenuating circumstances, timings and sites are subject to last minute changes on rare occasions