Behind the scenes at the Royal Stables of the Chateau de Versailles

Equestrian Arts Academy – Versailles

A unique experience, not only for horse lovers! The Royal Stables, commissioned by King Louis XIV, were the greatest royal construction project ever undertaken for housing horses. Come with us for a privately guided tour to discover this extraordinary venue, in intimate settings, away from the crowds of the Palace of Versailles.

Opening Days
4 days / week

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Meeting-Point
Your hotel or apartment

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Duration
1.15Hrs (without transport)
3Hrs (with transport)

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Access
Skip the Line

Transport
Executive car

Type of tour
Private, up to 17 people

Our Versailles tour: The Stables
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From 115€/pers for 6

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Driving a car and telling an interesting story requires different specific skills. For maximum enjoyment and safety, we propose you to be guided by an expert, licensed tour guide and driven by a specific chauffeur. By this way, your Versailles specialist guide will be completely dedicated to you with more time on his/ her hand to share entertaining stories and anecdotes. The meanwhile your safety and comfort will be taken care of by a professional driver.

What’s included?

  • Transport to/ from your hotel in our stylish Mercedes vehicle.
  • Privately guided tour, the tour guide is dedicated just to you.
  • No rush: we semi-privatize the Royal Stables & the National Equestrian Academy for you. 😉
  • Feel like a Queen: skip-the-line tickets.
  • Headsets, if your party includes more than 6 people.

Tour Highlights

  • Behind the scene tour of the Royal Stables that once housed the favorite Lusitano horses of King Louis XIV.
  • Learn about the fascinating history of horsemanship in the 17th century Monarchy.
  • Discover the stories of the National Equestrian Academy.
  • Immerse yourself in the beauty of the theater like Arena.
  • Get to know more about the unique shows and finest example of dressage, maybe even seeing the famous horses!

Learn about the fascinating history of horses at Versailles

The Great and Small Stables were constructed in the 17th century by Louis XIV’s famous architect, Jules Hardouin-Mansart. The Stables were executed within record time, in just three years, from 1679 to 1683. Their location was not a mere accident. Facing the Palace and in the direction of the King’s bedroom, demonstrates well the great importance of the horses to the Monarchy.

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View of the stables (the 2 half arc) from the King’s bedroom

 

At this time, horses were the only way of transportation. But not only. They were used by the Royal family, courtiers, visitors and they were essential part of festivities such as hunting. From 400 horses at the birth of Versailles, there were more than 2200 horses before the French Revolution in 1789.

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The Stables accommodated the King’s warhorses and hunting mounts, but they were also home to more than 1500 men working there, from coachmen, pages and squires to blacksmiths and musicians!

The stables today

Two hundred years later and after many years of being unoccupied, the great Stables finally returned to their original purpose: since 2003, they are home to the National Equestrian Academy of Versailles, under the management of Bartabas, the famous artistic director of equestrian theatre. The Stables were renovated by Patrick Bouchain, acclaimed French architect, in a contemporary style while preserving Mansart’s original features.

Bartabas’ s one of a kind theatrical and training company offers two spectacles per week, combining fine horsemanship with different artistic disciplines. Their number of spectators, more than 30.000 each year, speaks for itself. For horses’ lovers, it’s an experience that is unmissable!

What will your tour include?

During your private visit, you will hear about the history of the Royal Stables but not only that! The visit cannot be completed without seeing the horses themselves, including the famous Lusitano breed, favorite of Louis XIV. While exploring, immerse yourself in the ambiance of the great dressage ring, admiring the wooden horse arena, made in contemporary Italian style. If you are lucky enough, you might even catch a glimpse of the horsemen during their training session! During this visit we semi-privatize the rooms you visit. By this way you can fully take in the atmosphere at its best.

Price list for a visit from/to your hotel

Number of people Total Price
2 people 285 € / pers
3 people 215 € / pers
4 people 165 € / pers
5 people 135 € / pers
6 people 115 € / pers
More than 6 people On request

Price for an extra after a half day tour

Number of people Total Price
2 people 210 € / pers
3 people 145 € / pers
4 people 115 € / pers
5 people 96 € / pers
6 people 85 € / pers
More than 6 people On request

Customization for our VIP clients & special Requests-Events, Business

Are you a wedding planner, an event planner or a company wishing to organise an event ?
Then contact us directly, we can organise cocktails, dinners and organise privatized events.

If you are visiting during the week-end, why not treat yourself to one of the shows? Our special package includes tickets to the show and private transport to and from the venue. The schedule of the show is every Saturday at 6pm and Sundays at 3pm. On request, we can also reserve lunch or dinner at the prestigious ORE restaurant, owned by the Michelin starred chef, Alain Ducasse which is right in front of the Equestrian Academy inside the palace of Versailles. During Spring & Summer, we can even add one more extra activities after dinner! Please, contact us to get rates.

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✓ Your driver will be lead by one of our well experienced tour guide. That way, it is safer and more friendly.

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