See Versailles, a unique estate that was made to owe and impress with its sheer size, stature and magnificence. Walk through its many rooms and corridors, especially the well-known Hall of Mirrors, and find out first-hand about the most extravagant and decadent period of the entire French history. The true value of this visit, however, is the domain; as it is more important that the castle. The garden and the estate of Versailles, more so than the chateau, were made to impress with its many fountains, alleys, separate gardens and artificial lakes. They are there to be admired and that is exactly what we are going to do. The duration of the tour is barely enough to go through all of the domain's layered and interesting history.
Take an insider view into the dwelling quarters of the France's most famous and quite likely most ego-maniacal king, Louis the XIV. Also, visit the official receiving quarters where the actual life of the court, with its many intrigues and conspiracies, took place.
This 6-hour tour not only gives you an overview of the domain’s history; the castle, the gardens, the fountains; it also helps you to understand the differences between the Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louis XVI. These kings were very, very different in nature as well as in rule ; comparing them is very interesting and rewarding. We will also compare the difference in their respective styles and see how their politics and different manners of rule were reflected in the different aesthetic their eras are associated with.
If you would wish to learn about the final days of the French monarchy and what led to its downfall; witness one of the most luxurious places in the world (still); admire the sheer insanity of the Sun King materialized in the form of the chateau and an esteta; this visit is not to be missed. The story of the creation of Versailles is surely even more over-the-top and insane than the building or the Sun King themselves. Even if you only have a couple of days to spend in Paris, spend one in Versailles.