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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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Duration: 9 hours
Product code: 4007
Overview

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 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"*

Rocket salad with parmesan

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Chicken supreme, mashed potatoes with oil olive

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Fondant chocolate

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

* Example of the menu, subject 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 favourite 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 coach for your journey back to Paris. Arrive back in Paris at around 5:45 p.m.

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
Good to Know
  • Scheduling Scheduling: Shared Tour
  • Languages offered on activity/tour Languages offered on activity/tour: English, German, French, Italian
  • Duration Duration: 9 hours
  • Printed Voucher Accepted Printed Voucher Accepted
  • Easy Cancellation Easy Cancellation
    Free cancellation up to 3 calendar days before departure (Central European Time). Beyond that period, the following fees apply: 2 calendar days prior service: 50% of tour price (Central European Time) 1 calendar day prior service: 100% of tour price (Central European Time)
  • Instant Confirmation Instant Confirmation
Inclusions
  • Transport to and from Paris by air-conditioned coach
  • Lunch at the
  • Services of a tour guide with individual headsets
Exclusions
  • Transfers to and from your accommodation
Meeting Point
Address: PARISCityVISION Agency, 2 rue des Pyramides, 75001, Paris

Please print your voucher and redeem it to the PARISCityVISION office on the day of your departure.

Know Before You Go
  • In Winter: Ride the mini train across the gardens to the Trianon/ In Summer: walk through the gardens to the Trianon.
  • Strollers are not permitted in the palace or the two Trianons
  • 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
  • Excursion not recommended for those with walking difficulties or reduced mobility: it includes about three hours of brisk walking.
  • Flat shoes are highly recommended (parquet flooring in the palace's rooms and cobblestones in the courtyard)
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Reviewed by E.Elizabeth AU   August 22, 2018
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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.
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Reviewed by H.Jay GB   August 07, 2018
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The travel to Versailles was great. Our guide Agnes was very knowledgeable and helpful with many details. The tour was first class!! The lunch was enjoyed very much as well.
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Reviewed by M.Fraser CA   June 18, 2018
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Great tour, disappointing that fountains were not running. Caroline was a most excellent host, very informative and approachable really made the whole tour enjoyable but especially the afternoon part which alone with the wonderful lunch really made for a wonderful day and well the money.
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Reviewed by Pascal B BE   June 17, 2018
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Pascal, our guide, was a knowledgeable and professional guide. She made our day enjoyable and memorable.
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Reviewed by D.John US   May 29, 2018
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The day excursion is a must, our guide was very informative and our lunch was fantastic.
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Reviewed by S.Teresa CA   May 07, 2018
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Enjoyed the excursion and tour guide presentation. Versailles was very crowded but our tour guide moved us through at a good pace. Her familiarity helped us see more than we would have on our own.
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Reviewed by E.Scott GB   April 18, 2018
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The whole tour was great. The bus was clean and comfortable. Our guide did a wonderful job with the audio tour.
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Reviewed by L.Philip FR   March 08, 2018
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Absolutely wonderful and Stephanie our guide is a gem
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Reviewed by C.Lisa GB   February 06, 2018
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A perfect day with excellent guides even though it was the coldest day in Paris this year at -6!
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Reviewed by J.Kelsey AU   January 27, 2018
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Florence, our guide for the afternoon, was fantastic. Very informative.
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Reviewed by V.Brittney GB   November 15, 2017
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amazing tour and an amazing experience. Got to see the palace and the Queen's Hamlet which was awesome. Also, the lunch provided was excellent.
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Reviewed by R.Vivian US   November 14, 2017
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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.
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Reviewed by J.P Philip US   October 22, 2017
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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.
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Reviewed by S.Paul IE   October 20, 2017
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Relaxing and enjoyable.
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Reviewed by G.Gary GB   October 16, 2017
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Very amazing.
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Reviewed by K.Susan GB   October 14, 2017
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Excellent tour and our guide was terrific.
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Reviewed by W.Vickey NO   October 12, 2017
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The experience was excellent; however, more choice in the menu for lunch would be appreciated. Perhaps being able to select from the menu at the time of purchase would improve the experience. Otherwise, the tour was great, and the guide was fantastic.
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Reviewed by J.Debra GB   October 06, 2017
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Very good, had a wonderful day
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Reviewed by P.beth US   August 24, 2017
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The tour guide was exceptional as was the food
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Reviewed by M.Jennifer NL   August 22, 2017
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Our tour guide Joanna was excellent. She was friendly, interactive and well informed. Overall, great tour.
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