Heritage catalog – private tour

Versailles

Step into the splendor of the Versailles estate and relive 400 years of history.

Versailles – From 180€

To impress, and always to innovate. This was the wish of Louis XIV, who, after years of construction work, moved the court to Versailles and gave birth to French luxury. Who was this king ? How did the court live ? Which queens lived here ? Who were his successors, and what changes did they make ? I suggest several visits to appreciate the estate, depending on the time you have available.

The Palace of Versailles (2h)

An emblematic tour of the château, the ceremonial apartments of King Louis XIV are sumptuous reception rooms whose décor is inspired by Italian palaces and solar myths. Magnificent murals and furniture testify to the refinement of the period. From the Salon de Mars and the Galerie des Glaces to the Queen’s bedroom, each room holds its own secrets and anecdotes…

Castle and gardens (3h), from June 2024

After a visit to the château, discover the gardens, fountains and groves, André Lenôtre’s masterpiece, a mecca for strolls, shows and sumptuous parties.

The Estate of Marie Antoinette/Trianon (2h)

Far from courtly etiquette, Marie-Antoinette created a place of intimacy for herself and her closest friends at the Petit Trianon and the Hameau de la Reine. Take a trip back in time to the sweet, innocent and pastoral atmosphere that reigned there on the eve of the Revolution…

Sensory tour of Marie-Antoinette’s estate (2h)

The fabrics, the smells of the garden and kitchens, the melodies of the courtyard as if you were there… this tour appeals to your five senses to share a playful moment with your loved ones.

(Only available as a private tour).

Access

Château de Versailles
Place d’Armes,
78000 Versailles

Ticket price

From 21€/adult
Price varies according to tour
Free for children under 18

Group size

1 to 10 people maximum
Beyond 10 people,
please contact me

Duration of the visit

The tour lasts
is between 2 and
3 hours, depending on the tour

Included in this tour

- A certified tour guide
- An experience tailored to your desires
- A moment of sharing with you
- A private visit with your family or friends
- Audiophones are provided for the tour

Tips for visiting Versailles

- Buy your tickets in advance : Versailles is a tourist destination. Buying your tickets online will save you time and avoid queues at the ticket office.
- Choose the right time : Avoid weekends, Tuesdays and public holidays if possible, as the château is often busiest on these days.
- Wear comfortable shoes : The tour involves a lot of walking, so make sure you have shoes you feel comfortable in.

Book your private tour

FAQ

Frequently asked questions

What is a private tour ?

A private tour is a visit during which you are only with people you know. Before contacting me, you will have formed a group (of less than 6 people, but this can vary depending on the tour). This allows you to experience a special moment with your loved ones, just you (and me !). You choose a visit from the catalog and the time slot that suits you, according to my availability. I'll adapt to your wishes, your parents or children, and your pace, to create a unique experience. One price per visit, bookable online, for up to 6 people. If you are a larger group or a company, please contact me directly. This will also be a private tour, but with more people.

What is a shared visit ?

A shared visit is a visit scheduled by Marbre & Pastel. You can sign up as an individual or as a group. Monument, district, temporary exhibition, thematic tour or visit to the permanent collections... you can enjoy a guided tour with a group of curious people like you (and me !). The price is the same per person, for up to 20 people. Of course, all shared tours can also be private visits !

Why this price for a visit ?

The profession of tour guide requires a wealth of knowledge, which in turn calls for in-depth study and an insatiable curiosity to share the best anecdotes with you. It takes several days, even weeks, to create your tour ! The tour may have to be adapted to suit the visitor's profile, which requires additional work. What's more, it's often necessary to scout the area the day before, as the works of art in museums change a great deal, so this is extra time. Finally, we manage the logistics of the visit, and over and above the taxes we pay as a contractor, we pay a fee to the museum for each visit (between 0 and 300€).

Is online payment secure ?

Yes, online payment at marbreetpastel.com is completely secure. Advanced encryption protocols guarantee the confidentiality and security of your financial information.

I'm breast-feeding my baby. Can I take a guided tour ?

This is entirely possible, as you are allowed to breastfeed at the museum ! For a private visit I'll make sure you're comfortable if you need a break, for a shared visit I'll show you the best places and then you'll have to join the group.

How do I buy museum admission ?

The price of the guided tour does not include the entrance fee (except in exceptional circumstances). You must therefore purchase your tickets at the time of the tour. To do so, go to the museum's website ! If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me by phone or e-mail.

Who can attend a private tour ?

All audiences are welcome for a private tour : children of all ages, parents, the elderly or those with reduced mobility. It's important for me to know the composition of your group before the visit, so that I can prepare it in the best possible way (content and logistics).

How to book a tour ? (private or shared)

To book a private tour, you can check my availability on the tour presentation site and pay directly online. I'll get back to you within 48 hours to discuss the details of the visit, your wishes, your constraints... Please note that the price of admission to the museum is not included, so you'll need to buy a ticket at the same time. You can also contact me by telephone or via the contact form. For shared tours, you can book a visit by purchasing a place on the tour presentation web page. For further information, I can always be reached by telephone or via the contact form.

Why take a tour with an official tour guide ?

The profession of tour guide is a regulated one, requiring a state diploma, and only authorized guides can guide you in museums or national heritage sites. We benefit from solid, comprehensive training and know how to handle groups, different types of public and special situations.

How do I book online ?

Go to the page of the tour you'd like to take ! For a private tour, you choose a time slot, then pay for the service. For a shared tour, choose the tour you want and reserve your place by paying directly on the site.

Can I cancel my visit ? How soon can I cancel ?

It is possible to cancel up to 7 days before the visit. Up to 5 days in advance, you will receive a 50% refund, after that there is no refund unless you find someone else to do it for you.

Can I pay by bank transfer ?

Yes, it is possible to pay by bank transfer. Please contact me by email helene@marbreetpastel.com so that I can send you my bank details. Your registration will be processed as soon as payment is received.

Can I book a tour if I've already paid for my tickets ?

It's not easy, but it's not impossible! It depends on the place, date and time, because your guide has to book a speaking slot at the museum in advance in order to have the right to guide you. Please contact me via the contact form.

Are private tours suitable for children ?

Private guided tours are intended for adults, but can be adapted for children (over 8) if I am informed well in advance. However, children of all ages are welcome and I'll make sure they have the best possible visit ! (Please let me know if you are bringing strollers).

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