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 lair-conditioned coach and listen to your guide's introduction to the history of Versailles.

Versailles Palace
Garden and Palace 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"*

Rocket salad with parmesan
Chicken supreme, mashed potatoes with oil oliv
Fondant chocolate
1 glass of red wine of Pays du Gard or white wine on request
Coffee or Tea

* Example of menu, subjet to modification

From January 8th to 22nd, restaurant "Café Bleu Roi"

Terrine made of 3 fishes
Boeuf Bourguignon
Chocolate eclair
1 glass of wine at choice OR beer OR 1 soft OR mineral water + coffee OR tea

12 year old child menu:
Paris ham
Nuggets french fries
Ice cream
Soft drink

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. 

Versailles Petit Trianon
Trianon of the Palace of Versailles

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

Please note :

  • 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
  • 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

The price includes:

  • Transport to and from Paris by 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 tour 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.

  • Duration 9 hour(s)
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  • Highlights
  • Enjoy a full-day excursion to the Palace of Versailles from Paris by 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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Address : PARISCityVISION Agency
2 rue des Pyramides 75001 Paris
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Metro: Tuileries , Pyramides


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  • Customer reviews
Number of reviews : 40
Average rating : 4.8 /5
A perfect day with excellent guides even though it was the coldest day in Paris this year at -6!
Florence, our guide for the afternoon, was fantastic. Very informative, yet personable.
Relaxing and enjoyable.
The main Palace tour was fantastic but the afternoon tour of the Summer Palaces was the icing on the cake. Our guide for the afternoon was excellent.
Absolutely wonderful and Stephanie our guide is a gem
Our tour guide Joanna was excellent. She was friendly, interactive and well informed. Overall, great tour.
I really think this is the best way for a first-timer to see the whole of the Versailles estate (Kings Apartments, Gardens, Trianons and Marie Antoinette's Hamlet, with a lovely 3 course lunch and wine halfway through the day), though it is quite pricey.The Paris City Vision offices are centrally located and easy to find on Rue des Pyramides and it is great to be able to get onto a coach in central Paris and step off calm and fresh 40 minutes later at the Chateau rather than taking the train - especially when you have about 7 hours of quite full-on walking ahead of you.The coach transported English, Spanish, German and Japanese speaking tourists to Versailles and each had their own guide. The groups once we got off the coach were small - our English speaking group comprised about 10 people for the Chateau tour in the morning and 7 for the rest of the day so we really built up a good rapport with our guide, Leonor. I have to say a huge Thank you / Merci / Gracias to Leonor who was so knowledgeable, enthusiastic and funny in spite of the torrential rain showers and breakdown of her radio pack in the afternoon. Versailles is wondrous and breathtaking in itself but Leonor really made the tour extra special for us. Stunning as the Chateau is (especially the Galerie des Glaces), the highlight of the day for us was the Hameau de la Reine - Marie Antoinette's rural village escape from court life. This was a welcome chance for us to escape the throng at the Chateau and in the trianons, so we got a bit of a sense of what a retreat it must have been for the Queen.The only part of the tour I can find fault with was the amount of time allowed for looking around the gardens. After we arrived we had around half an hour to explore before our time slot for entry to the Chateau. It was only really long enough to see the (beautiful) outdoor ballroom and to look out over the gardens nearest the Chateau. Although we walked down past the Apollo fountain and down the length of the Grand Canal to the trianons, we did not feel we had seen enough of the enclaves in the gardens. That said, Versailles is so vast that it would be impossible to see the entire estate in one day, so this would still be the best way of doing most of it in one go