Tour code: 6128OLDVERSAILLES
Versailles is a town, not just the famous palace, and with this 1.5-hour walking tour you'll see a side of the village many people miss. Follow your guide to sights like the Royal Tennis Court, the Municipal Library and the King's Kitchen Garden, hearing  historic tales that help make that bygone era come to life. At the conclusion of the tour, sit down to an all-you-can-eat buffet-style lunch at the Monument Café near the palace, where you can even sample traditional French dishes like frog legs and escargot. Group size is limited to 20 for a relaxed tour experience.

Highlights

  • 1.5-hour walking tour of Versailles followed by a buffet lunch at Monument Café
  • Visit the King’s Kitchen Garden, the Municipal Library, the Royal Tennis Court and other historic locations
  • Hear stories of the royalty who once lived in Versailles Palace from your enthusiastic guide
  • Savor an all-you-can-eat buffet lunch including French specialties such as snails and frog legs
  • Small-group tour limited to 20 people ensures more individualized attention from your guide

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

There's more to see in Versailles than just the palace, and this walking tour is a great way of learning about the rich history of the town. A buffet lunch full of French specialties will set you up for the rest of your afternoon in Versailles.

What You Can Expect

Walking Tour of Historic Versailles Plus French Buffet Lunch

Walking Tour of Historic Versailles Plus French Buffet Lunch

Begin your visit to historic Versailles by meeting your guide at the town's train station. From there, you'll walk toward that palace that is one of the country's most visited attractions, but you'll stop in the square in front of the Chateau, the Place d'Armes, at the base of the statue of Louis XIV.

While you look toward the opulent palace, your guide will give you some context for how the town and palace were built. Learn about the four different kings – all bearing the name Louis – who made this palace their home. Hear charming stories of some of the other famous historic figures who lived or spent time in the palace, too, including Napoleon, Lafayette and Marie Antoinette.

Continue your tour in one of the town of Versailles' historic neighborhoods, called the Saint Louis district. There, you'll visit the Royal Tennis Court, the setting for the start of the French Revolution in 1789, as well as the Municipal Library. The latter is where the Treaty of Versailles was signed in 1783, establishing the independence of the United States.

Pay a visit to the King's Kitchen Garden, created by Louis XIV to furnish fresh produce for the palace kitchen. Take in the beauty of the oldest church in Versailles, the Versailles Cathedral. Walk through the Carrés St-Louis, the town's old market square built under Louis XV, and see the house where that king's mistresses lived. Your guide will also point out the bakery where a demonstration march known as the 'Women's March on Versailles' began in 1789 during the French Revolution, protesting the scarcity of bread.

At the conclusion of the 1.5-hour walking tour, join your guide at the Monument Café near the palace for an all-you-can-eat buffet lunch. Choose from a variety of French specialties, including frog legs and escargot, plus one drink (beer, wine, a hot drink or a soft drink). While you dine, you can gaze in wonder at a scale model of the palace.

This is where your tour ends, and after your meal you're free to visit the Palace of Versailles and its expansive gardens on your own. Ask your guide for tips about visiting the palace or for directions before you part ways.

Customer Reviews

Matthew T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

This tour was great! Our guide was very nice and very knowledgeable about Versailles. Also the team at the Monument cafe were awesome and accomadating. I would definitely do this again if given the chance

Maureen T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Great personal tour of king's garden.

John C

1 star rating: I do not recommend this September 2015

The tour guide did not show up. Called the local contact and was advised he took a Holiday

Pradeep G

1 star rating: I do not recommend this July 2015

The tour was awful. A big big disappointment. Felt cheated. I'll never book by Viator in future. Why you people fleece tourists who come with a great hope to understand the rich cultural heritage of France. The guide was was also sluggish and disinterested in the job. Why you can't be professional?

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