Known for her fanciful fashions, bouffant hair and infamous maxim “Let them eat cake” (a line often mistakenly accredited to the queen), there are few more memorable French monarchs than Marie Antoinette. From her early days as Louis XVI’s much adored teen queen to her scandalous and untimely death by guillotine, the glamorous and enigmatic queen was rarely out of the spotlight. Even today, the elusive lifestyle of Marie Antoinette fascinates visitors to Paris, and walking in the footsteps of the one-time queen of France is an atmospheric way to discover Europe’s chicest capital.
Of course, the first stop on a Marie Antoinette-inspired tour of Paris is the majestic Palace of Versailles, an opulent royal retreat frequented by the queen in the late 18th century and now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Opt for an exclusive tour of Versailles and the Marie Antoinette Estate, and you can explore the King’s Grand Apartments, the famous Hall of Mirrors, Marie-Antoinette’s Hamlet and the fairytale gardens, all before dining on a Versailles-inspired feast at Dalloyau in Paris.
Discovering the extravagant royal residence isn’t the only way to get a taste of the high life—a series of unique tours also offer the opportunity to be Marie Antoinette for a day, experiencing first-hand the lavish lifestyles and glorious fashions of historic Paris. Indulge your wildest Marie Antoinette fantasies with an expert-led make-up class in Paris, where you’ll get to recreate the looks that wowed the 18th-century royal court, or get dolled up like a 19th-century Parisian cabaret dancer. Alternatively, flex your creativity with an accessory-making class in Paris and craft an Antoinette-inspired hair jewel, an elegant lace garter or a shimmering bracelet—a completely unique souvenir to remind you of your time in Paris.