Duration: 4,5 hours
Monument, Day Trip
Group Size: 6 max
Refund up to 48h
- Skip-the-line access to the Palace of Versailles
- Exclusive access to the kings' private apartments (closed to regular visitors)
- Comprehensive tour of other must-sees of Versailles: State Apartments, Hall of Mirrors, Royal Chapel or Royal Opera, gardens
- Gourmet stroll through the historic neighborhood of Notre-Dame
- (On demand) Transfer from/to Paris by car or by train
- (On demand) Restaurant reservation (see the FAQ below)
This VIP tour of Versailles takes you backstage, to the private apartments of the kings and queens of France. If you ever wondered what this gorgeous architecture, refined furnishings,and ornate gold-leaf adornments looked like to the most privileged residents… this is your chance to find out!
Due to restricted number of visiting slots allocated by the Chateau de Versailles, we might not be able to accommodate for short-term bookings. Please consider contacting us before you book.
About the tour
What’s better than seeing the fabulous royal splendor of Versailles? Seeing it from an uncrowded perspective, with the comfort of a VIP access!
Versailles VIP Tour in the Privacy of the Kings
The secret passage from Marie Antoinette’s library. Louis XVI’s scientific lab. The Porcelain room where the king held a little Christmas market of his own… Behind the parade rooms dedicated to their public life, the kings also had a private area, where they could escape the pompous and rigid ceremonial of Versailles. In these rooms, the royal family had private suppers, played board games, and enjoyed themselves away from the heavy etiquette of the court. These apartments are hidden behind the official ones and stand out as a private mansion within the palace.
Naturally, only the happy few were–and still are–admitted to this private haven. During this VIP tour of Versailles, you will be one of them. Most of the furniture, dispersed in the years of the French Revolution, have been brought back or restored; the immersion into the royal past will be complete.
This part of the tour also includes either the Royal Chapel or the Royal Opera house, both still used today for concerts and plays.
Back to Royal Exuberance
We’ll get back to the parade rooms through a secret door and explore the lavish galleries were the kings received ambassadors and entertained the court—more of a duty than an ego trip! The State Apartment and the Hall of Mirrors, built for the ‘Sun King’ Louis XIV, will offer a dazzling contrast to the quietness of the private rooms.
We’ll then step out into the magnificent French gardens adorned with statues and fountains—one of the must-sees of Versailles.
The Final Touch: a Gourmet Walk
The exclusive VIP tour of Versailles will be complete with a leisurely stroll through the lively neighborhood of Notre-Dame next to the Château. This historic area is brimming with gastronomic temptations— chocolate and pastry shops, cheese shops, bakeries, a 300-years-old local market… A variety of places to make your taste buds tingle with sweet and savory delights.
This tour is available for parties of 2-8 guests. If you wish to book it for a larger party (9-25 guests), please contact us for a customized offer.
This tour can be extended or modified to include a visit to Marie-Antoinette’s Estate (Petit Trianon). Please contact us for a customized offer.
Where is the meeting point?
We will email you the meeting point and other details of the tour upon booking. By default, the tour doesn’t include a transfer from/to Paris. Don’t worry, we will provide detailed instructions on how to get there! Alternatively, let us know when booking if you wish us to arrange a pick-up and drop-off at your hotel and a transfer by train or by car.
What is the best day/time to visit?
Tuesdays and weekends are usually the busiest days. During the summer, we can adjust the tour times on specific days, so that you could enjoy the Fountains Show. Do not hesitate to contact us before booking.
Any food options on-site?
There are several cafés and more formal restaurants within the domain of Versailles. We can adjust the tour to include a snack or lunch (not included in the price) and/or make a reservation for a meal in town after the tour. We can reserve you a table at La Table du 11, the Michelin star restaurant adjacent to the palace, or one of our other recommended restaurants. Please contact us when booking to arrange it.
Is the tour suitable for young children / seniors / turbulent teenagers / guests with disabilities?
This tour is recommended for guests over 12 y.o.
Strollers and baby carriers with a metal frame are not allowed in the Palace rooms and can be left at the luggage desk.
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