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Skip-the-Line: Small Group Guided tour to the Palace of Versailles (morning)

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Duration: 4 hours
Product code: 3951
Overview

Leave your Paris accommodation at 8 a.m. for a minibus journey to Versailles; arrival scheduled for around 9 a.m. The number of participants is limited to a maximum of eight to allow you to enjoy a tailor-made excursion with your driver-guide.

One of the most famous historical monuments in the world, the Palace of Versailles was the official residence of the Kings of France Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louis XVI and their courts from 1682 to 1789.

Your guide will show you the majestic Palace of Versailles, a symbol of the king's power. Its Baroque architecture, sumptuous decoration, works of art, and furniture were all created by the greatest artisans of the age. After touring the palace, explore the magic of its formal gardens and exceptionally beautiful grounds.

The Palace of Versailles has more than 700 rooms and stretches for over 721,000 square feet. Follow your guide straight to the front of the line to visit the palace's most beautiful rooms: the King's Grand Apartments, with seven rooms dedicated to different gods (Apollo, Mars, Mercy, Venus, etc.), and the Queen's Grand Apartments, mirroring those of the king, which include the Coronation Room and the Queen's Bedroom, once occupied by Marie Antoinette, among others.

Also, admire the grandeur of the Versailles Hall of Mirrors, a unique room in which guests were received and impressed, designed by the famous architect Jules Hardouin-Mansart. Almost 240 feet long, it was created to dazzle visitors to the Sun King, Louis XIV; it is lit by 17 windows and some 350 mirrors and overlooks the palace's breath-taking gardens, the second part of your visit.

In 1661, Louis XIV commissioned the landscape architect André Le Nôtre to lay out the grounds and gardens, something that was just as important to the king as the construction of the palace itself. Enjoy your free time strolling through the Gardens of Versailles and admire the 386 works of art (including more than 200 statues), fountains, flower beds, ponds, and trees.

During the Summer months, a range of activities is organized, such as the Grandes Eaux Musicales, when the fountains are made to dance to music.

Highlights
  • Morning excursion to the Palace and Gardens of Versailles
  • Included priority access ticket with a guided tour of the Hall of Mirrors, the Royal Apartments plus free time to explore the gardens
  • Small group tour (maximum of eight people) with a driver-guide
  • Minibus transfers to and from your Paris accommodation
Good to Know
  • Scheduling Scheduling: Semi-Private Tour
  • Languages offered on the Activity / TourLanguages offered on the Activity / Tour: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Duration Duration: 4 hours
  • Printed Voucher Accepted Printed Voucher Accepted
  • This tour is not available on Mondays or the first Sunday of the monthThis tour is not available on Mondays or the first Sunday of the month
  • Strollers are not allowed inside the palaceStrollers are not allowed inside the palace
  • The Queen’s State Apartment is currently for renovation works.The Queen’s State Apartment is currently for renovation works.
  • Pick-up service Pick-up service
    Pick up from your hotel or apartment in Paris.
  • 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
  • Priority access ticket for the Palace of Versailles and its gardens
  • Services of a driver-guide from our team
  • Minibus transfers to and from your Paris accommodation
Exclusions
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities
Meeting Point
Pick up from your hotel/accommodation in Paris.

You will receive your confirmation and your tour voucher in 2 separate emails. Please print your tour voucher and give it to the driver-guide on the day of your departure.

 

Know Before You Go
  • The itinerary and schedule may be modified depending on traffic or changes of opening hours at the sights.
  • Flat shoes are highly recommended (Versailles has parquet floors in its rooms and cobblestones in its courtyard)
  • 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.
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Reviewed by Tiffany W US   September 14, 2018
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The tour guide was amazing and our group was so small and personal. We got to see so many things and he had great command of the language. Highly recommended.
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Reviewed by Jean de baptiste BE   July 22, 2018
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Excellent, on time, very knowledgeable, very polite. The tour was exactly what we were hoping for. Will recommend to all my friends.
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Reviewed by Lynn M GB   June 07, 2018
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Exceeded expectations! Fabulous guide!
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Reviewed by Karen R GB   May 23, 2018
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very informative driver, good tour, a little rushed, but that is the nature of Versailles with the incredible crowds. small group, 8 max, gave a great overview, I have already recommended the morning tour.
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Reviewed by Paul W CH   May 11, 2018
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Clem was an excellent guide with a great knowledge of the history of France and of the historical details of Versailles. Our group was small, only four people, and we very much enjoyed the tour. The ability to skip the lines made for a very pleasure able experience on a crowded day. We had the opportunity to tour the gardens first when the crowds were considerably less and that was very pleasant as well.
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Reviewed by Martha Suk_yee FR   May 07, 2018
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1. The scheduled pickup time is about 8 am for this tour. We are impressed by the driver/guide making a phone call to the hotel and telling us his being late for the pickup. He is responsible and reliable. 2. The commentary that the driver/guide made on the mini-van and in the Versailles Palace is detailed, vivid, and clear. Thus, we are willing to offer tips to him even none of the other customer paid to him. 3. The driver/guide was nice and considerate to his customers. For example, when we were on the way back to Paris, two of the customer suddenly asked him to stop in front of Tour Eiffel without advance request made. The driver/guide responded quickly to satisfy those two customers. I'm not encouraging such behaviour but I'm glad to see your staff's professionalism. 4. This morning tour is good for those who want the "essence-type" mode with time pressure. If people who want to take a picture or walk around the famous garden, it's recommended to join a day tour instead. 5. We are impressed by the driver/guide to make consideration on my mother's minor mobility impairment.
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Reviewed by P Roberto IT   March 17, 2018
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This tour was fantastic. Our guide Christophe was great. Very knowledgeable about Versailles. I definitely recommend the small group tour. We had 6 people in our group and got right into Versailles. The line for people going to Versailles on their own was at least an hour long and this was at 9 am.
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Reviewed by Connie L BE   February 14, 2018
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This tour to Versailles was really worth the price! The driver was great. Our tour guide made the tour entertaining and educational. We skipped the horrible lines too!!!
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Reviewed by Elke H CH   January 25, 2018
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This tour was excellent. Our guide, Jean, was very knowledgeable. It was great to be in a small group with a good guide since there were so many, many tourists. I highly recommend this tour.
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Reviewed by Priscilla B NL   October 24, 2017
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We covered a lot without feeling rushed.
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