The HALF DAY VERSAILLES TOUR will embark you on a journey that will introduce you to the splendor and tragedy of the most famous and largest royal residence in the world : VERSAILLES the symbol of absolute monarchy for more than a century.
Your private, licensed driver-guide will pick you up at your hotel (or apartment). On the way to Versailles (the drive lasts about 30 minutes), he will give you an introduction to the history of the palace and the century of the Sun King. Upon arrival, he will pick up your reservation (that the company has done previously) and tickets and enter with you through a special entrance to start your private guided visit.
The visit initiates with the ROYAL CHAPEL, followed by the visit of the KING’S GRAND APARTMENT, with its sumptuously decorated rooms (Hercules Salon, Abondance Salon, Venus, etc).
The visit of the King’s Grand Apartment will lead you to the magnificent HALL OF MIRRORS (La Grande Galerie des Glaces as it was called in the 17th C, that served daily as a passageway and a waiting and meeting place frequented by courtiers and visiting public) , the WAR ROOM, the QUEEN’S GRAND APARTMENT(GUARD’S ROOM, SALON DES NOBLES – when not used for audiences it was used as antechamber to the queen’s bedroom, QUEEN’S BEDCHAMBER –birthplace of the Royal children in front of the court-), the PEACE ROOM and the HALL OF FRENCH HISTORY.
After the visit of the Palace, your guide will take you for a stroll into the GARDENS to discover the planted architectural patterns and the groves and where you will look down on the grand perspective that leads the gaze from the Water Parterre along the Grand Canal to the horizon, before heading back to Paris.
(Entrance tickets included).
The security measures are reinforced in Versailles. The security control may take more time than usual, especially during the high season. The first security check is outside Versailles grounds.
Moreover due to the closure in the Palace (works) of the Queen’s bedroom and its four adjoining salons, the route of your guided tours of the Grand Apartments will be modified. It will lead you to explore the salon du Grand Couvert and the salle des gardes du Roi, open to the public and refurnished for the occasion.
Then, you can continue your visit to the Mesdames’ apartments, recently restored and refurnished.