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Skip-the-line Full-Day Excursion to Versailles: Guided Tour of the Palace and the Trianon with Lunch at the Grand Canal

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Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Palace of Versailles was the residence of three French kings, Louis XIV, Louis XV, and Louis XVI, their courts, and the French government from 1682 to 1789. Your guide will stay with you throughout the day as you discover the majesty of the Palace of Versailles and its most beautiful rooms (guide commentary will be played through individual headsets). The supreme symbol of royal power, admire the sumptuous decoration, the palace's Baroque architecture, its works of art, and period furniture, all created by skilled craftsmen. After your tour, spend time exploring the beautiful formal gardens before enjoying lunch in a restaurant near the Grand Canal. The second part of your visit includes an afternoon tour of the Small and Large Trianons and the Queen's Hamlet, located in a distant and peaceful corner of the palace's grounds.

Set off from our agency at 8:45 a.m. for a Paris to Versailles tour. Make the most of the 45-minute journey by luxury air-conditioned coach and listen to your guide's introduction to the history of Versailles.

The Palace of Versailles covers an area of over 721,000 square feet and has more than 700 rooms. Follow your guide right to the front of the line with priority access to the palace's most beautiful rooms: the King's Apartments, with seven elegant salons all dedicated to a different god, and the Queen's Apartments, including the Queen's Bedroom, where Marie Antoinette once slept.  Also, marvel at the majestic Hall of Mirrors, a large reception room in which to see and be seen, dreamt up by the  architect Jules Hardouin-Mansart. Designed to leave visitors to the Sun King speechless, this huge hall with marble and gilded bronze decoration was somewhere to stroll and meet. It was also the setting for sumptuous receptions and royal wedding balls. 

After visiting the palace, make the most of your free time to explore the gardens: admire the many works of art (including more than 200 statues), fountains, ponds, flower beds, and trees. 

After your stroll, enjoy an included lunch at the "La Petite Venise" restaurant in a peaceful spot right in the heart of the palace's grounds, near the Grand Canal.

Menu restaurant "La Petite Venise"*

Arugula salad with parmesan
Chicken breast, mashed potatoes with olive oil
Chocolate fudge cake
1/4 bottle of mineral water
1 glass of red wine du Pays de Gard

* Example of menu, subjet to modification

In the afternoon, your guide will take you on a tour of the royal family's secondary residences, including the large Trianon Palace of Versailles, a palace built for Louis XIV in the grounds. This pink marble palace is surrounded by delicate gardens and pools, making it one of the most elegant of all the buildings at Versailles. Also visit the Small Trianon, including Queen Marie Antoinette's boudoir, and the fairy-tale setting of the Queen's Hamlet. Like a small Normandy village, the Hamlet is home to 12 cottages, a lake, rivers, and a farm. It was Marie Antoinette's favorite place; she would come here with her children and friends to experience the charm of country life and to amuse herself. 

After visiting the Hamlet, return to your luxury coach for your journey back to Paris. Arrive back in Paris at around 5:45 p.m.

Please note :

*Special Offer

When you purchase one (1) qualifying Versailles Tour (codes : VAM, VAP, VT, VS)*, you will get one Versailles Palace Souvenir Book for FREE** upon presentation of your voucher at the agency, 2 rue des pyramides 75001 Paris * 1 Versailles Palace Souvenir Book (English language only) per voucher. This offer is available until August 31st at 0:00 am CES time within the limits of available stocks. This offer is subject to change or discontinuation without notice. This offer is not redeemable for cash. The Versailles Palace Souvenir Book is not available for sale.

- Important: Closing of the Queen’s State Apartment for renovation works
- In Winter: ride the mini train across the gardens to the Trianon/ In Summer: walk through the gardens to the Trianon
- Flat shoes are highly recommended (parquet flooring in the palace's rooms and cobblestones in the courtyard)
- Strollers are not permitted in the palace or the two Trianons
- Excursion not recommended for those with walking difficulties or reduced mobility: it includes about three hours of brisk walking
- The 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. 

The price includes :

* Transport to and from Paris by luxury air-conditioned coach
* Priority access ticket to skip the line at the Palace of Versailles, the two Trianons, the Queen's Hamlet, and the gardens
* Lunch at the "La Petite Venise" restaurant (drinks included)
* Services of a driver-guide, with individual headsets

The price does not include :

* Transfers to and from your accommodation

Further information on your confirmation voucher :
You will receive your confirmation and your voucher in 2 separate emails. Please print your voucher and redeem it to the PARISCityVISION office on the day of your departure.

  • Enjoy a full-day excursion to the Palace of Versailles from Paris by luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Discover the history of the Palace of Versailles with our guide
  • Priority access ticket with a guided tour of the majestic Hall of Mirrors and the Royal King's in the morning
  • Free time to explore the gardens, designed by André Le Nôtre
  • Feel like a king or queen with an included lunch in the grounds of the Palace of Versailles, facing the Grand Canal
  • Afternoon guided tour of the Small and Large Trianons and the Queen's Hamlet
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Skip-the-line Full-Day Excursion to Versailles: Guided Tour of the Palace and the Trianon with Lunch at the Grand Canal
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Code : VT


Address : PARISCityVISION Agency
2 rue des Pyramides 75001 Paris
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Metro: Tuileries , Pyramides


9 hour(s)



Travelers reviews

Number of reviews : 22
Average rating : 4.9 /5
We did a full day tour of Versailles with Linda who was a fantastic and personable guide. I would definitely recommend her to anyone! She speaks 3-4 languages which would be very helpful for tourists. Our morning group was only 7 people which was so much better than the large group we were in (with Paris Cityvision) about 3 years ago. LInda gave us information about Versailles history that we hadn't had before. She was fantastic!
More walking than I had imagined
Excellent package. A sample of everything yet our guide gave us all the highlights with a good pace and lunch was a welcome and delicious stop.
Our tour was INCREDIBLE! It was the favorite part of our trip to Paris. Can't speak high enough about this excursion! Our tour guide was personable and knowledgeable, our destination was astounding and the provided accommodations were above par. Thanks ParisCityVision!
An all-encompassing overview of Versailles. See Trianon and getting a perspective of these residence's role in life at Versailles was brilliant. Again, the knowledgeable guide trumps all else when visiting such an important historical place!
What a fantastic day!! Particularly enjoyed the second part at the trianons where our group was smaller. Joelle was a fabulous guide, she provided so much detail. I would highly recommend this tour.
amazing tour and amazing experience. Got to see the palace and the Queen's Hamlet which was awesome. Also, the lunch provided was excellent.
Outstanding! The most perfect day and the ONLY way to truly see and learn about Versailles and the life and times of the royals. Our guide was fabulous and knew how to navigate through the vast grounds. Lunch was a delight. The bus in and out of Paris was great. Take this tour; you won't be disappointed!
Very Good
Really fun and interesting. The guide was so nice and filled the day with interesting and insightful facts. I learned so much. What a treat.
Excellent, definitely a recommendation. Take an additional day after the tour to spend more time in the gardens.
Tour guide was exceptional as was the food
detailed explanations were given!Great tour!
Our guide was Helene and she demonstrated a deep knowledge of the Palace and grounds as well as the history of the time period. Lunch was at La Petite Venise. The food and wine were very good and it was a nice break between tours of the Palace and Trianon.
Amazing full-day tour, though there is a lot if walking around, so be prepardd
What a delightful, knowledgeable, and fun tour guide Sandrine was. If you are lucky enough to be assigned to Sandrine, your tour of Versailles will be a great experience.
My 18 year old son and I did the full day Versailles tour. Before lunch we were lumped in with the tour group there for the half day tour. It was raining when we arrived, there apparently was an issue with our groups entry time so we waited outside in the rain for at least a half hour in line as other groups arrived and entered. The snafu was apparently not Paris City Visions fault. Rating would have been 5-star without the delay. We were met by our afternoon guide (Clair?) just before lunch and walked half a block to a nice restaurant together. My son and I were the only people signed up for the full day tour that day so we had our guide all to ourselves for the entire afternoon! Having our own personal tour was amazing. We got so much more out of the afternoon and were able to set the pace. Honestly we hadn't planned on the full day tour but it was the only Versailles tour available when we booked just a few days prior. We both loved the full day tour! After being in the unique position of seeing the 4 hour tour in the morning I can honestly say that it is not nearly enough time to experience Versailles. The full day tour is the way to go for such a once in a lifetime destination.
This tour was amazing and the guide was so informative and funny.