Skip-the-Line: Small Group Guided tour to the Palace of Versailles (morning)

5/5 (35 reviews)
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Excursion available in a small group or on private basis

Leave your Paris accommodation at 8 a.m. for a minibus journey to Versailles; arrival scheduled for around 9 a.m. The number of participants is limited to a maximum of eight to allow you to enjoy a tailor-made excursion with your driver-guide.

One of the most famous historic monuments in the world, the Palace of Versailles was the official residence of the Kings of France Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louis XVI and their courts from 1682 to 1789. Your guide will show you the majestic Palace of Versailles, a symbol of the king's power. Its Baroque architecture, sumptuous decoration, works of art, and furniture were all created by the greatest artisans of the age. After touring the palace, explore the magic of its formal gardens and exceptionally beautiful grounds.

The Palace of Versailles has more than 700 rooms and stretches for over 721,000 square feet. Follow your guide straight to the front of the line to visit the palace's most beautiful rooms: the King's Grand Apartments, with seven rooms dedicated to different gods (Apollo, Mars, Mercy, Venus, etc.), and the Queen's Grand Apartments, mirroring those of the king, which include the Coronation Room and the Queen's Bedroom, once occupied by Marie Antoinette, among others.  Also, admire the grandeur of the Versailles Hall of Mirrors, a unique room in which guests were received and impressed, designed by the famous architect Jules Hardouin-Mansart. Almost 240 feet-long, it was created to dazzle visitors to the Sun King, Louis XIV; it is lit by 17 windows and some 350 mirrors, and overlooks the palace's breath-taking gardens, the second part of your visit.

In 1661, Louis XIV commissioned the landscape architect André Le Nôtre to lay out the grounds and gardens, something that was just as important to the king as the construction of the palace itself. Enjoy your free time strolling through the Gardens of Versailles and admire the 386 works of art (including more than 200 statues), fountains, flower beds, ponds, and trees. During the Summer months, a range of activities are organized, such as the Grandes Eaux Musicales, when the fountains are made to dance to music.

You will return to your Paris accommodation at approximately 12 noon.

Please note :

  • Important: Closing of the Queen’s State Apartment for renovation works
  • The itinerary and schedule may be modified depending on traffic or changes of opening hours at the sights
  • Flat shoes are highly recommended (Versailles has parquet floors in its rooms and cobblestones in its courtyard)
  • Strollers are not allowed inside the palace
  • he skip-the-line access is subject to the Versailles Palace procedures: The Vigipirate plan, the security control or an unforeseen crowd can slow down the entrance
  • On-site visit duration: 2h

The price includes :

  • Priority access ticket for the Palace of Versailles and its gardens
  • Services of a driver-guide from our team
  • Minibus transfers to and from your Paris accommodation

Further information on your confirmation voucher :

You will receive your confirmation and your tour voucher in 2 separate emails. Please print your tour voucher and give it to the driver-guide on the day of your departure.

  • Duration 4 hour(s)
  • Tour language
  • Highlights
  • Morning excursion to the Palace and Gardens of Versailles
  • Included priority access ticket with a guided tour of the Hall of Mirrors, the Royal Apartments plus free time to explore the gardens
  • Small group tour (maximum of eight people) with a driver-guide
  • Minibus transfers to and from your Paris accommodation 

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Departure

Address : From your hotel or apartment in Paris
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Duration

4 hour(s)

Return

To your hotel or apartment in Paris

  • Customer reviews
Number of reviews : 35
Average rating : 4.8 /5
5/5
Great tour, getting picked up and dropped off made it easy, tour guide was quite knowledgeable and skip the line was definitely worth it
5/5
The guide, Jo El, was excellent. Very personable & knowledgeable! Highly recommend.
4/5
very informative driver, good tour, a little rushed, but that is the nature of versailles with the incredible crowds. small group, 8 max, gave a great overview, i have already recommended the morning tour.
5/5
Sylvain was an excellent guide. Very knowledgeable and professional also.
5/5
Guide was amazing! Knowledgeable , fun, and organized!!! Great experience !
4/5
My tour was on 30-May-2018. I found the hotel pickup to be very convenient as my accommodation was near the Eiffel Tower rather than the Paris City Vision office. The tour guide was great and I thoroughly enjoyed the tour. It was a bit rushed but gave enough to get a good taste of the Château, the gardens and we saw the Kings apartments as the Queen’s apartments are currently closed for renovations and are not expected to re-open until January 2019. While the half day tour is good, if you have the time, I’d recommend the full day tour so you can take your time. Beware of the African souvenir sellers outside the Château gates. They are at most tourist attractions in Paris (most prevalent at the Eiffel Tower). If you engage with them you will likely be ripped off or hounded by the others who realise they’ve got a gullible tourist to take advantage of. They are mostly illegal immigrants who are hurting the legitimate souvenir shops in Paris. One all but followed an American couple into our mini van in the car park in a desperate attempt to get them to buy something. Security is also tight at most tourist attractions. You can expect to have to present any bags for inspection and to go through scanners like you would at the airport.
5/5
Andre was an excellent guide. Knew a lot about Versailles and kept us entertained during the drive as well. Would definitely recommend his tour, as that was a very long line and I wouldn’t have appreciated what I was looking at as much without the guide.