An English-speaking licensed guide
Virtual Tour of Palace and Gardens
Q&A with an expert on French History
Detailed History of Hall of Mirrors and Royal Apartments
Hear the stories of the French Revolution
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Virtual Tour of Versailles Palace and Gardens with Expert Guide
What you can expect
All Start times are in Eastern Standard Time (EST).
What is a Virtual Guided Tour. It is not virtual reality. It is a licensed guide led webinar packed with photos, videos, polls and a fully interactive chat function which makes this anything but a lecture video. There is also a live Q&A at the end satisfying all your questions about Versailles and France. Whether you’ve never been abroad or spent every summer in France, enjoy this exciting, interactive experience from the comfort of your home.
The History of the Palace
An inspiration throughout its history, the Palace of Versailles is one of the finest examples of Baroque architecture in the world. Louis XIII once used these grounds as his personal hunting resort, but it was remade by his son Louis XIV into the lavish palace that we see today. It was built as a luxurious getaway from the hustle and bustle of Paris, and is now recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Where the Royals Lived
We’ll be focusing on the two most important spaces in the Versailles palace: the Grand Apartments and the Hall of Mirrors. Decorated with 357 mirrors, this hall is seventy meters long, and designed to be lit by only a few candles. This was where, in 1919, the famed Treaty of Versailles was signed, ending the brutal World War I.
With your guide you’ll explore the Grand Apartments and the dramas that once played out there. These apartments were where the King of France once rested his head. This was also where his daughters lived in absolute splendor before the upheaval of the French Revolution.
It took a literal army to build these lush gardens, and it was certainly worth it. Transported from all across France, the trees that decorate this sprawling garden are some of the finest kept in the world. Containing over 1,400 fountains and 400 sculptures, these gardens stretch out over 2,000 acres. With your guide, explore these gardens as if you were really there.