- Discover the Palace of Versailles and the Court of Scents on this Viator Exclusive tour
- See the UNESCO-listed palace and Versailles Gardens at your own pace, using an innovative audiopen guide and interactive map
- Explore Versailles’ Court of Scents on a walking tour, a unique experience only available with this exclusive tour
- Hear about perfume use in 17th and 18th century Versailles and visit luxury boutiques like Guerlain, Diptyque and Maison Fabre
- Visit the Royal Tennis Court and learn of the oath that sparked the French Revolution
Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour
Step back in time with this exclusive tour and discover the role that French perfume played in the lives of the monarchy and early days of the French Revolution. It's a fantastic new take on a traditional Versailles tour!
What You Can Expect
All of the palace’s sites of interest appear on your map, so simply press your audiopen against the room you are in to hear a unique description. Explore the King’s Grand Apartments as you hear tales of King Louis XIV, for whom the Baroque palace was built, and walk through the lavish Hall of Mirrors to admire its incredible mirrors and chandeliers.
After exploring the palace, head into the grounds or Versailles old town for lunch (own expense). Then, meet your guide and start your Court of Scents walking tour, discovering the importance of perfume throughout Versailles’ history. Personal hygiene in the 16th century was poor by today’s standards, so noblemen and ladies turned to decadent scents to mask unpleasant smells. An expensive commodity, perfume became a sign of wealth and extravagant King Louis XIV was an eager consumer.
Today, the Court of Scents is home to three big-name luxury brands: Guerlain – the perfumery – plus Diptyque and Maison Fabre. Another luxury boutique inside the site is Lenôtre, a famous confectioner that sells high-quality chocolates, macaroons and pastries. Your guide will point out the shops and you can return when your tour has finished to browse for souvenirs, if you wish.
Another highlight of the courtyard is the Royal Tennis Court, a 17th-century building where the Royal Tennis Court Oath of 1789 was signed. Here you'll learn about the historic oath that ended the monarchy and sparked the French Revolution.
Return to the palace estate and explore Versailles Gardens at leisure with your audiopen. The extensive gardens emulate the palace’s opulence with miles of parkland. If you visit on a Saturday and Sunday, enjoy the fountain show accompanied by music. Similarly, if you visit on a Tuesday, enjoy a classical music broadcast as you amble around the palace gardens. The tour finishes when you hand your audiopen back at the Court of Scents.
The skip the line aspect of the tour was huge at Versailles. It is so crowded and waiting in the line to get in would be extremely frustrating. The audio guide was the way to go. It was simple and easy to hear.
The Court of Scents tour was a great way to end the day. It was a short tour and the Guide was outstanding giving us some interesting facts on Perfume and the Revolution. Highly recommended.
This is an excellent tour. Our tour guide did an amazing job explaining the history. The experience is a lot richer with a tour guide. Also, we didn't have to stand in line. Court of Scents was nothing special.