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
**
Water
1 glass of red wine of Pays du Gard or white wine on request
Coffee or Tea

* 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. 

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)
  • Tour language
  • 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 : 62
Average rating : 4.8 /5
5/5
The tour guide was very helpful.
5/5
Our tour guide was great and provided excellent information during by the course of our trip. Though the lunch was a fixed menu, it was a nice a break during by the middle of our visit. I would recommend the whole day tour if you have extra time during your visit to Paris.
5/5
Very good, had a wonderful day
5/5
Very nice day, lots to see, lunch was amazing and a nice way to meet others. It is a beautiful place to enjoy and learn about.
4/5
We arrived at Versailles slightly late and was therefore getting into the grounds. This meant there was just over an hour to explore the garden before lunch and that really wasn’t enough time. The tour guide was lovely and explained everything well. However my only criticism is that it would have been useful for her to inform us that because of the limited time renting a golf cart may save some time in covering the grounds. Also the musical fountains were on that day, it would also have been useful if she advised us of that and to cover the fountains that were running first as we had limited time.
5/5
The tour to Versailles was great. The guide was extremely knowledgeable. We took the English language tour, and two Spanish speaking persons joined our group in the afternoon for the full-day tour. At that point, the guide seemed to speak more in Spanish to them than speaking English to us. The reason we took the tour in English was to be informed about the Trianons and the Hamlet. This did not happen.
5/5
Excellent tour and our guide was terrific.