Marie Antoinette tour
3 days in the foosteps of the Queen.
3 days to discover Marie Antoinette in the different places where she lived, was imprisonned and executed. Then where she was eventually buried.
Marie-Antoinette is probably the most renowned queen of France, an iconic woman, who brought thousands of people to Versailles, the palace where she resided for almost twenty years. The French Revolution changed the rules : she had to live in Paris, at the Tuileries palace, and was then imprisoned in two different jails. She was put in La Conciergerie, two months before being executed on the Concorde Square. Buried for a short period in a cemetery nearby, her brother-in-law, Louis XVIII, decided to build a chapel on her grave, named « Expiatory Chapel« . Many years later, the sovereign ordered the transfer of his brother Louis XVI and his wife, Marie-Antoinette to Saint Denis Basilica outside of Paris.
This special tour is for sure essentially focused on Marie-Antoinette but many other characters will be mentioned.
3 days : 2 full days of 8 hours and one half day more.
It is possible to split this special tour into several half days.
For example : you may choose to take only one full day tour or two only, even in a different order.
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Day 1 Versailles
Full day visit at Versailles : follow Marie-Antoinette in the palace, at the Petit Trianon and the Queen’s Hamlet.
Day 2 paris
Full day in Paris : Beginning at the Conciergerie, then, continue through the Tuileries gardens, and finish with the Expiatory Chapel.
Day 3 Saint Denis
Half day at Saint Denis : the basilica, outstanding abbey located in the outskirts of the French capital, is really a worthwhile place to visit for its large number of royal tombs.
Fees and conditions
Most tours require an extensive walk and few steps. Possibility of hiring a coach.
Price : 500 € for 8 hours (one full day tour) or 300 € for 4 hours (half day tour), 50 € for each extra hour. Add 2€ per person for an audio device (highly recommended).
No entrance fee, meal or tranport included. Groups limited to 25 people at the Louvre and 30 people at Versailles per guide.
Suggestions of shops related to Marie Antoinette
Exhibitions, films and books about Marie-Antoinette
Films and books :
- Sofia Coppola, 2006, film about Marie Antoinette.
- Antonia Fraser’s book, Marie Antoinette, the journey.
- Becoming Marie Antoinette, Juliet Grey.
- Confessions of Marie Antoinette by Juliet Grey.
- The bad Queen, Carolyn Meyer.
- Marie Antoinette a life from beginning to end.
- Stefan Zweig, Marie Antoinette
- Marie Antoinette at Versailles by Cecile Berly.
- Recent exhibition at la Conciergerie : Marie-Antoinette, metamorphosis of an image.
- « Marie-Antoinette, former exhibition at the Grand Palais« . Dossier de l’art n°150, (in French)
My favorite tours
Join me on one of my favourite tours about women. Go back in time to put yourself in the shoes of Parisian women during the French Revolution.
Learn much more about Marie-Antoinette following her steps at Versailles palace, the Petit Trianon and the Queen’s hamlet. Then continue the journey in Paris to admire her furniture at the Louvre, to see where she lived and died and where she was eventually buried.
Or visit in the outskirts of Paris, la Malmaison the splendid house where Napoleon and Josephine resided during the Consulate.