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An Afternoon in the Private Estate of Marie Antoinette: Petit Trianon and Hamlet

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    Stop At: Le Petit Trianon, Porte de la Reine, 78000, Versailles France

    Millions of visitors come each year to marvel at the glory the Palace of Versailles, but for most of them the experience is limited to the State Apartments and the distant perspective of the gardens. With your expert and entertaining guide, you have the rare opportunity to really make the period and the personalities come to life by continuing your visit into more exclusive areas. Explore the surprising atmospheres and art hidden in the garden’s many groves.  Distance the crowds and access areas reserved for the private lives and loves of the royalty.

    With a diamond-encrusted key, Louis XVI offered his beloved wife Marie Antoinette an escape from the ritualized public life she found so suffocating in the Palace. This key unlocked the small Petit Trianon palace, sheltered from gossip and criticism, where she could feel free to be herself. Follow in her footsteps, through her English gardens and into the place she called home. The furniture and decoration authentically represents the queen’s own taste and favored craftsmen. You won’t forget Marie Antoinette’s private theatre, a hidden jewel of Versailles, installed so the queen herself could star in popular plays applauded by her fashionable ladies-in-waiting!

    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Hameau de Marie Antoinette, Palacio de Versailles No Territorio Do Palacio, Ao Lado Dos Jardins, 78000, Versailles France

    Just down the path from the richly adorned palace, Marie Antoinette commissioned a replica rustic village, evoking Normandy with its thatched cottages and dairy herd. Here she appreciated the informal atmosphere and healthy air, and indulged in pastoral amusements with her closest friends and confidantes.

    The Petit Trianon is a world away from the main Palace at Versailles. Make the most of your visit and spend an enchanting afternoon in the private world of Marie Antoinette. 

    Please note we will use the 'Petit Train' to take us to and from the Petit Trianon, to ensure your visit is comfortable and to reduce the amount of walking. From the drop off at the Palace it is just a short walk back to the RER train station for your direct train back to Paris.

    Duration: 1 hour
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    Departure Point
    Pabellón Dufour, 78000 Versailles, France
    Duration
    3h
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • Guided visit of the Petit Trianon, Marie-Antoinette’s private mansion
    • Guided visit of Marie-Antoinette’s gardens and private hamlet
    • Peek into her personal theatre, known as the ‘jewel of Versailles
    • Ride on the 'Petit Train' to and from the Petit Trianon
    • Expert, English speaking guides
    • Small groups limited to 25 people or fewer
    • Headsets when appropriate so you can always hear your guide
    • Entry/Admission - Le Petit Trianon
    • Entry/Admission - Hameau de Marie Antoinette
    Exclusions
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • A reasonable amount of walking is involved, please ensure you wear comfortable shoes
    • This tour is not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
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    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 8 July 2019

    Our guide Mariella was excellent, she knew the history and little tidbits that made what we saw come to life. Loved the hamlet. Everything shone in the afternoon light. Nice to have an outside and inside tour.More

    Date of experience: June 2019
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    Siobhan P, Guest Relations Manager at Memories DMC France, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2019

    Thank you for your review! We're very happy to read that you liked Marie-Antoinette's hamlet, we love it there! It really is a world away from the splendour of the palace and seeing bothis the best way to understand the lives of those who lived...More

    Reviewed 26 June 2018

    Herve Rudrauf from Memories DMC France is amazing! Extremely knowledgeable and gifted in his delivery. Our family thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this private opportunity to be with Herve at beautiful Versailles and her amazing Hamlet !! thank you Herve for your time and expertise!!!More

    Date of experience: June 2018
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    Siobhan P, Guest Relations Manager at Memories DMC France, responded to this reviewResponded 3 July 2018

    Thank you for leaving us a review! We are really happy to hear that you and your family enjoyed your visit of Versailles with Hervé, and that you liked the hamlet of Marie Antoinette, which is so special and beautiful. We hope to have the...More

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