Guided Tour of Versailles with Skip-the-Line Access in a Small Group, Lunch included

5/5 (43 reviews)
  • Description

Excursion available in a small group or on private basis

The Palace of Versailles was the residence of three kings of France: Louis XIV, XV, and XVI, from 1682 to 1789. Your guide will accompany you throughout the day as you discover the majesty of the Palace of Versailles and its most beautiful rooms. A symbol of royal power, admire the decoration, the palace's Baroque architecture, its works of art, and antique furniture. After your tour, spend time exploring the beautiful formal gardens at your own pace before enjoying lunch in a restaurant near the Grand Canal. In the afternoon, discover another part of Versailles on a tour of the Small and Large Trianons and the Queen's Hamlet, created especially for Marie Antoinette and located in a distant and peaceful corner of the grounds.

Set off from your Paris accommodation at 8 am for the Palace of Versailles. Relax during the minibus journey and listen to the first part of your guide's commentary about the history of the Palace of Versailles,which consists of more than 700 rooms! Follow your guide and head straight of the front of the line to see the Palace of Versailles's most beautiful rooms: the King's Apartments, with seven sophisticated salons, and the Queen's Apartments. You will also visit the magnificent Hall of Mirrors, a place to see and be seen, designed to amaze visitors to the Sun King with its marble decoration and gilded bronzes.

After an hour and a quarter of visiting time, explore Versailles's stunning gardens at your own pace and admire its artworks, fountains, pools, flowerbeds, and trees. 

After your walk, enjoy 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"*

Fresh starter of avocado, mango and sesame
Rigatoni alla Norma, tomato sauce, fried eggplants, Scarmoza
Molten chocolate cake, passion sauce and vanilla cream
1 glass of red wine of Pays du Gard or white wine on request
Coffee or Tea

* Example of menu, subjet to modification

Menu* in private basis tour at "La Petite Venise" restaurant

Starter at choice:
Cold seasonal vegetable soup
Arugula salad with Parmesan cheese
Main course at choice:
Poultry with sundries tomatoes, shoot of spinash, risotto al salto
Cod, squid and zucchini tempura, mayonnaise and aurora sauces
Spaghetti made with eggs and the Chef’s tomato sauce baked in the oven
Risotto of the day 
Dessert at choice:
Chocolate fondant, vanilla Madagascar ice cream
Fruits Salad
Strawberry and basil tartar, pistachio sponge cake
 Coffee or Tea
1/4 bottle of mineral water
1 glass of red wine du Pays de Gard

* Example of menu, subjet to modification

Menu Grand Café d'Orléans (January 6th - 22nd)

Sun Vegetables Terrine
Chicken with rice and vegetables
Lemon Pie
Water, 1 glass of red wine Pays du Gard
Coffee or tea

After lunch, your guide will take you on a 1 hour 30 minute tour of the royal family's secondary residences. Visit Louis XIV's palace, the Grand Trianon. This pink marble palace is surrounded by picturesque gardens and pools, making it one of the most elegant of all the buildings at Versailles. See the small apartment where Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte spent time after his divorce from Joséphine de Beauharnais. He restored the building and stayed there on several occasions with his wife, the Empress Marie-Louise. Enjoy a self-guided visit to the Small Trianon, Marie Antoinette's boudoir, and the Queen's Hamlet. Like a small Normandy village, the Hamlet is home to 12 cottages, a lake, rivers, and a farm. It was Queen Marie Antoinette's favourite place; she would come here with her children and friends to experience the charm of country life and to amuse herself. 

Return to Paris. Arrival scheduled for around 4 pm.

Please note:

  • 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 Trianons
  • Excursion not recommended for those with walking difficulties or reduced mobility: it includes around 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
  • On-site visit duration: 6h

    The price includes:

    • Minibus transfers to and from your Paris accommodation 
    • Services of a driver tour guide, with commentary through individual headsets
    • Priority access ticket to skip the line at the Palace of Versailles (Royal Apartments and Hall of Mirrors), the two Trianons, the Queen's Hamlet, and the gardens
    • Lunch at the "La Petite Venise" restaurant (drinks included)

    Further information on your confirmation voucher:

    You will receive your booking confirmation by email, as well as your voucher. Present it to the driver-guide who will pick you up at your accommodation within 30 minutes which follow the time indicated on the voucher. 

      • Duration 8 hour(s)
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      • Highlights
      • Enjoy a full-day excursion to the Palace of Versailles from Paris by minibus with one of our driver-guides
      • Small group tour (maximum of eight participants) to the Palace of Versailles
      • Priority admission to Versailles including a guided tour of the magnificent Hall of Mirrors and the Royal Apartments
      • Free time to explore the gardens, designed by André Le Nôtre
      • Feel like a king or queen with lunch included at the heart of the grounds of the Palace of Versailles, facing the Grand Canal
      • Afternoon guided tour of the Small and Large Trianons, plus the Queen's Hamlet

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      • Customer reviews
      Number of reviews : 43
      Average rating : 4.7 /5
      WOW, what a wonderful trip! Would definitely recommended to anyone visiting Paris, worth the money.
      Unfortunately we found this tour lacking, considering the $631.00 Cdn price-tag! Pick-up at the hotel was prompt. We arrived at Versailles gate only to find that we had 50 "free" minutes before was cold out so we ended up sitting in a nearby café for a coffee. Tour of the King's apartments/Hall of Mirrors was good, but we were of the understanding that we would be going in first thing to avoid some of the crowds but with the wasting of 50 minutes we were into huge crowds inside the palace. Lots of free time in the garden, followed by a lengthy (too long) lunch, and a short tour of Petit Trianon and gardens after that. The tour guide, while very good and knowledgeable, didn't really have to work too hard as most of the time was "free" time or lunch. Tour certainly did not equal such a huge pricetag. Was expecting much more given the cost. For the $630 CDN cost, we could have hired a car/driver and private tour guide! Felt ripped off.
      Picked up on time at hotel, tour guide was knowledgeable but mixing English and Spanish speaking tourists in one group shortened and duplicated communications but overall a good tour experience with the exception of lunch; lunch was not exactly as described and was disappointing - an avocado purée appetizer, a pasta main course that was bland, but a great dessert.
      Wonderful guide! Lots of fun and very knowledgeable.
      Good pacing throughout the day. Picked up exactly on time.
      I was not that impressed with our guide. He didn’t seem as knowledgeable as I would have like...I actually knew more than he did. Plus when I asked him a question, he made fun of the questions I asked and deflected them. I think he could have provided us in the bus on the way a bit of background about what we were going to see and do for the day. The lunch was excellent.