Meet your small group and a tour coordinator outside the Invalides metro station in central Paris, and then travel together by bus to Versailles. On arrival, you’ll join a guide for a behind-the-scenes tour of this exquisite royal château and its grounds.
Begin by bypassing the long lines and heading straight indoors through a reserved entrance, where you’ll find you're standing inside the King’s private apartments. Since your group will be the only one allowed in this room at the time, you’ll feel miles away from the palace’s other visiting tourists — many of whom are unaware that this concealed room even exists.
Your Versailles guide will regale your group with fascinating stories of how the royalty went about their daily lives behind closed doors. Learn how the King would go to bed in public, then retire to his private apartment for sleep and return in the morning so his court could watch him wake.
Hear stories of how Kings Louis XV and XVI and their queens (and mistresses) would come here to escape from the long rituals and prying eyes of the court of Versailles, while you marvel at your surrounds.
With 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.
Due to such restricted access, the tour’s itinerary will often change to includes either the Opera House or the private chapel, depending — though both remain off-limits to the general public. Then, when your VIP visit is through you will reappear through a hidden door in the public apartments to greet the crowds, just as the kings and queens once did.
This carefully designed itinerary also includes access to Versailles' main apartments, which include the spectacular Hall of Mirrors. Of course, no visit would be complete without a guided stroll in the magnificent gardens where you’ll learn about their sculptures, fountains, and incredible landscaping.
After your 4-hour tour concludes you are free to stay and wander as long as you like, returning unaccompanied to Paris with your included bus ticket.