This small-group tour is limited to 20 people to create a more laid-back, intimate experience.
- 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
Your knowledgeable guide will tell you about the history and construction of the town and Palace of Versailles and the lives of the four kings (all named Louis) who made Versailles their official residence. Hear amusing anecdotes about other famous figures in the history of Versailles as well, including Marie Antoinette, Lafayette and Napoleon.
Your guide will then concentrate on one of the two districts of Versailles, the Saint Louis district, and take you to several historic locations. Visit the Municipal Library, where the Treaty of Versailles ratifying the independence of the United States was signed in 1783, and see the Royal Tennis Court, where the French Revolution began in 1789.
You'll also view the King's Kitchen Garden, started by Louis XIV to provide fresh produce for meals at the Palace of Versailles, and admire Versailles Cathedral, the oldest church in Versailles. See the old market squares, Carrés St-Louis, developed during Louis XV's reign, and the house where he kept his mistresses. Also, discover the bakery where the 'Women's March on Versailles' over the scarcity of bread began in 1789 during the French Revolution.
Finish your 1.5-hour tour at Monument Café, where you can marvel at a scale model of the Palace of Versailles. Indulge in an all-you-can-eat French buffet lunch including snails and frog legs, plus one drink (your choice of a soft drink, hot drink, beer or wine). Your educational tour of old Versailles ends here, leaving you time to visit the Palace of Versailles on your own. Your guide can point you in the right direction and offer recommendations for getting the most out of your visit to the palace.