Guided tour

Afternoon in the Petit Trianon & Estate of Marie Antoinette

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27 reviews

Activity provider: Memories France

Afternoon in the Petit Trianon & Estate of Marie Antoinette

Activity provider: Memories France

From US$ 53.95 per person

Visit the hidden jewel of Versailles, the private estate of Marie Antoinette. See her beautiful private mansion, gardens and Normandy village, all hidden away a short walk from the palace.

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Duration 2.5 hours
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Experience

Highlights
  • Visit the charming Petit Trianon, private mansion of Queen Marie-Antoinette
  • Stroll through the beautiful landscaped gardens of the Palace and the private gardens of Marie-Antoinete
  • Ride the Petit Train to and from the domain of Marie Antoinette
Full description
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. Over 4 million people annually visit the Palace of Versailles, but for nearly 90% of the visitors the experience is limited to the State Apartments and the distant perspective of the gardens. With your expert and entertaining guide, you have the rare opportunity to really make the period and the personalities come to life by continuing your visit into more exclusive areas. Upon leaving the main palace behind, explore the surprising atmospheres and art hidden in the garden’s many groves.  With a diamond-encrusted key, Louis XVI offered his wife Marie Antoinette an escape from the ritualized public life she found so suffocating. This key unlocked the small Petit Trianon palace, sheltered from gossip and criticism, where she could feel free. Follow in her footsteps, through her English gardens and into the place she called home. The furniture and decoration authentically represents the queen’s own taste and favored craftsmen. Y Just down the path from the richly adorned palace, Marie Antoinette commissioned a replica rustic village, evoking Normandy with its thatched cottages and dairy herd. Here she appreciated the informal atmosphere and healthy air, and indulged in pastoral amusements. No visit to Versailles is complete without a visit to the domain of Marie Antoinette. For your comfort, and to reduce the walking distance on the tour, take the Petit Train to and from the domain of Marie Antoinette.
Includes
  • Guided visit of Marie-Antoinette’s personal gardens, private hamlet, and private theater
  • Guided visit to the Petit Trianon
  • English-speaking guide
  • Headsets when appropriate so you can always hear your guide
  • Ride on the Petit Train to and from the domain of Marie-Anoinette
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Tips (optional)
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Meet your guide at the bottom of the gardens of Versailles, by the gate on the right-hand side by the Grand Canal. You can see the Grand Canal easily from the terrace behind the palace. Walk towards it on the right side of the gardens, and see a railing that separates the gardens from the park. Find your guide wearing their guide card around their neck on an orange lanyard.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • A reasonable amount of walking is involved, please wear comfortable shoes
  • This tour is not wheelchair accessible
  • You will need to purchase a ticket to enter the gardens of Versailles, as you need to cross the gardens to reach the gate that leads to the Domain of Marie-Antoinette. Please allow yourself plenty of time for ticket lines and to walk through the gardens to reach the gate
  • This tour is best suited to guests who are already in Versailles visiting the palace and gardens in the morning, or guests who have previously visited and know the palace and gardens and wish to explore more
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 27 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.9/5
  • Transportation
    4.2/5
  • Value for money
    4.6/5
  • Safety
    4.5/5

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Very friendly and knowledgeable guide. One regret: not having been able to enter one of the houses of the Hameau nor to have been able to go to the famous little cave where Marie-Antoinette liked to take refuge (and where she was, it seems, after midday of October 5, 1789...).

September 25, 2022

Valerie, our guide, was very perky and well read on Marie Antoinette's history. She even accompanied us to the RER station. She was hilarious with a great sense of humor and I never felt bored for even a second. The only negative point is that the whole tour felt a bit rushed and it lasted less than 3 hours. Otherwise, highly recommend!

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July 14, 2022

The best experience ever! Especially when the tour guide is so talented and knowledgeable in tour content! The tour guide Josephine was absolute star! Highly recommend her, as she prove herself to be an expert in all aspects of Marie Antoinette life, was so attentive to any detail in answering questions, ready to go extra mile in everything! Thank you Josephine!

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October 2, 2021

Product ID: 123719