$35 USD per device. This program is 60 mins, including time for discussion to ask questions and exchange ideas. Suitable for all ages, no background required.

  • Sunday, May 23, 2021 at 10:00 am EST
  • Tuesday, June 15 2021 at 11:00 am EST

Visitors to Versailles often prefer to explore the majestic gardens over battling the crowds inside the château. The natural worlds here are a living form of French history, spread over 800 hectares of land. It all began in 1682 when Louis XIV decided to move his royal court from the Louvre to Versailles. He then hired André Le Nôtre to imagine one of the most ambitious gardens ever made. Landscaping was a metaphor for the Sun King’s power and grandeur. Lavish garden parties dazzled thousands of visitors during summer nights at Versailles, with a backdrop of fountains, parterres, grottos, and outdoor art. Explore this fantastic world of nature and horticulture with a seasoned Versailles guide, joining you live from France.

You will:

  • Hear the history of Versailles’ majestic gardens: a sublime combination of nature and culture.
  • Get ready for an in-person Versailles visit with an overview of what to see outside.
  • Understand how and why Louis XIV used gardens to showcase his power.
  • Learn about the designs of André Le Nôtre and how they combined horticulture, engineering, surveying, architecture, with a bit of diplomacy.

Your educator, Julien Savadoux, studied both history and art history at Paris’ Sorbonne University, and graduated with a degree in cultural mediation. Julien has shared his passion for his hometown of Paris, as both guide and educator for several decades.  

You can also sign up for our series French Gardens.

Any questions? Check out our FAQs.

Image: View of the Orangerie, Chateau of Versailles.

Reserve Tour Now

Watch Tour Highlights

More Tours You Might Enjoy