We believe that travel in today’s world should mean more than just passing through, skimming the surface, snapping a photo. Here, at Memories France we are a team of guides and tourism professionals, with different backgrounds but a same passion: connecting with people from around the world, exchanging with each other in an authentic and human way, and offering the best possible experiences in our city to our visitors.
Join us for a 3 hour guided visit to the Chateau of Versailles, the most opulent and renowned royal palace in Europe. Walk the glittering Hall of Mirrors as Kings, Queens and courtiers used to. Explore the lavish state apartments and magnificent gardens, and learn how the glory of the Sun King shone throughout the world. Your expert English-speaking guide will bring the extravagant lives of the royal family and the French court at Versailles to life.
Meet your guide 15 minutes prior to the starting time of the tour at the bronze statue of Louis XIV on horseback situated directly in front of the Chateau de Versailles.
Directions: Meet your guide at the statue of Louis XIV on horseback. The statue is on the esplanade directly in front of the palace. It faces the main Avenue de Paris with the palace behind it.
Once you reach the Chateau, you’ll begin your trip through time as you gain a vivid understanding of the royal personalities who inhabited the site. Versailles was the most splendid capital in the world during the 17th century reign of Louis XIV. Courtiers and diplomats came from all over Europe to admire the decor and curry favor with the king. Crowds are still lining up at the gates today, but our pre-booked entrance tickets will guarantee you direct access, and your friendly local guide will ensure you see all these rooms and halls have to offer.
You’ll hear about how the royal family was continuously on display, how they subjugated the proud nobles, and recaptured preeminence in fashion and art production from Italy back to France. Enjoy astonishing anecdotes about the lavish lifestyle of Marie Antoinette, and you’ll understand how uncomfortable she was at this public palace, preferring her private domains. Her excesses at Versailles failed to impress the French people, and in 1789 she fell from power never to see the palace again.
Upon completing your tour of the royal apartments, your guide will accompany you through the luxurious gardens of Versailles, the setting for promenades, performances, and pyrotechnics! On days when the fountains are active, you’ll appreciate the added value of the elegant and omnipresent bubbling jets of water.