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Versailles Best of Domain Skip-the-Line Access Day Tour with Lunch from Paris
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Overview

Delve into the Versaille’s visionary architectural array on a comprehensive full-day tour from Paris. Sail past long lines outside of the Palace of Versailles with your priority-access pass. Embark on a guided tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed wonder and see grand chambers like the Hall of Mirrors. Absorb the botanical beauty of the palace gardens, and then head to an esteemed restaurant by for a gourmet 3-course lunch (if option selected). Conclude with a visit to the Queen’s Hamlet and the Grand Trianon.
  • Full-day trip to Versailles from Paris with an expert local guide
  • Enjoy fast-track entrance to the Palace of Versailles with your skip-the-line ticket
  • Tour the State Apartments and gaze in awe at the Hall of Mirrors
  • Explore Versailles Gardens at leisure
  • Upgrade for a 3-course lunch in a restaurant near the Grand Canal
  • See the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Grand Trianon and the Queen’s Hamlet

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Bonus features of this Versailles tour include a Grand Trianon visit and an optional 3-course lunch.
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Transport by air-conditioned minibus
Live guiding by a local professional art historian guide
Lunch (if option "With Lunch" selected)
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Skip-The-Line Tickets
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Gratuities (optional)
41 Av. de la Bourdonnais , 41 Av. de la Bourdonnais, 75007 Paris, France

Please check-in inside the Paris TRIP Store Closest Metro station: "Ecole Militaire" (Line 8) Check in time : 15 minutes prior to departure

8:15 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
After pickup from a central Paris location, relax in a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan as you travel southwest to the regal town of Versailles. Receive an illuminating introduction to the region from your guide and feel suitably impressed by the classical splendor of the Palace of Versailles as you arrive at the UNESCO-listed monument's entrance.

Sail past long lines of visitors with your priority-access ticket and embark on a guided tour of the resplendent residence. Listen to captivating tales of the palace’s former residents, Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, as you explore incredible chambers like the Queen’s Apartments and the Hall of Mirrors.

After thorough exploration, take a stroll around the beautifully manicured gardens and see an array of distinctive water features and exotic flowers. If you've selected the option, appease your appetite with lunch at an acclaimed local restaurant beside the Grand Canal (please see the Itinerary section for a sample menu).

Then, head to the UNESCO-listed monument of the Grand Trianon, a marble palace surrounding by verdant gardens. Admire its distinct pink marble colonnades and listen to tales of extravagant emperor, Napoleon, before concluding your tour at the Queen’s Hamlet, a serene retreat replete with charming thatched-roof cottages.

Return to your minivan for the relaxing journey back to central Paris, where the tour concludes.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Palace of Versailles
Leave central Paris and head southwest by luxury minibus to the historic town of Versailles, roughly 25 miles (40km) away. Famous as the home of King Louis XIV, the town’s palace, gardens and memorials all attest to the sheer grandeur of his ruling era. First stop is the Palace of Versailles, the town’s sprawling palatial compound where Louis XVI and his wife, Marie Antoinette, once lived. At the center of French royal power throughout 17th and 18th centuries, the building oozes royal elegance and, as such, draws visitors from all around the world.
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Stop At:  
The Hall of Mirrors
Head straight past the long lines of visitors outside the palace with your skip-the-line ticket, and head inside to experience the history and opulence of it. On a tour led by your expert guide, discover the stunning State Apartments that comprise the Hall of Mirrors and Queen’s Apartments. While walking, your guide will enthrall you with tales of the kings who lived there.
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Le Jardin de Versailles
After an hour of touring Versailles Palace, stroll out into the gardens to explore them at your leisure. Every bit as grand as the palace, the French Baroque-style gardens took nearly 40 years to complete with magnificent features like the Versailles fountains and the Orangery. After strolling around, meet your guide for lunch at a restaurant, close to Versailles' Grand Canal. Sample Menu (subject to change): First Course: • Tomato and goat’s cheese salad with basil Second Course (choice of one): • Sirloin steak with Béarnaise sauce and creamed potatoes • Roast salmon with butter sauce and creamed potatoes Third Course: • Seasonal fruit tart • Tea or coffee
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The Trianons & The Hamlet
Your afternoon is spent at the estate of Trianon, which "is perhaps most closely associated with Queen Marie-Antoinette", where you will visit the Petit Trianon, the place where "The wife of Louis XVI regularly sought refuge." Marie Antionette’s Queen’s Hamlet is nearby, and this is the last Versailles sight to be seen before your journey back to Paris. Designed by the popular French architect Richard Mique, the retreat features a charming thatched-roof cottage, lakes, streams and even a little farmhouse. After exploring the Queen’s Hamlet, head back to your luxury minibus for the return journey to Paris.
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers
  • OPERATED BY Paris TRIP
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Versailles Best of Domain Skip-the-Line Access Day Tour with Lunch from Paris?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitisation during Versailles Best of Domain Skip-the-Line Access Day Tour with Lunch from Paris?
A:The policies on sanitisation are:

  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
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What is the social distancing policy during Versailles Best of Domain Skip-the-Line Access Day Tour with Lunch from Paris?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Versailles Best of Domain Skip-the-Line Access Day Tour with Lunch from Paris?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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  • "Pick up was near the Eiffel Tower and very convenient to our hotel." See review
  • "The gardens are so big you would have to make another trip to see all of the grounds." See review

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star-5
Awestruck by lavish beauty if Versailles
Miriam_L
, Jun. 2022
Lucille our guy was very informative with lots of stories about the Kings, the wives, the mistresses of Versailles. The attention paid to the design & purpose of Palace was expressed by our guide & we came away knowing so much more. Lunch was good too.
star-5
Versailles…great day with Michele!
Ben_G
, Jun. 2022
What a great day! Michele was the best guide we’ve had as she knows France 🇫🇷 And her English is good. She was considerate of our needs and took care of us. We were made aware of interesting details that we would not have heard without a guide. Thank you Michele.
star-5
Wonderful Full Day Trip
Laura_A
, May 2022
Lucille was our wonderful guide for a full day trip. We were treated first rate. Tour of castle had 10. Then we walked through gardens on our own after Lucille pointed out highlights. We included the lunch which was in a lovely restaurant BUT in retrospect we could have booked independently and saved a lot of $ and had more selections. After lunch we were driven to Marie Antionettes village. We had another smaller group tour of the home and village and gardens. That was very special. Lucille answered any questions about all of French history and helped put the kings and revolution in a wider perspective. It was an excellent way to see Versailles and all it has to offer.
star-5
Our guide Michelle gave us the most memorable day of our trip!
Robin_B
, May 2022
Our guide Michelle was fantastic! Best tour we did the whole trip! She was friendly and knowledgeable and skipping the lines was worth every penny! Also the lunch was great which is an add on but I highly recommend it. Wear comfortable shoes the place is huge.
star-5
Great Experience!
Kimberly_B
, May 2022
Christoff was a wonderful tour guide. He was very knowledgeable and shared a lot of interesting historic information. We had a wonderful time on this tour. I would highly recommend this tour.
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
Great time in Versailles
LeslieAaron_B
, Mar. 2022
Our semi-private tour of five was one of the best I’ve had. Our guide Michelle was fantastic. She really brought to life King Louis the 14th, Marie Antoinette, and others. Understanding them helped bring Versailles to life for us. We all especially loved hearing about the village Marie created.
icon Response from Host , Mar. 2022
Bonjour Leslie, Thank you very much for your post regarding your Versailles Best of Domain Skip-the-Line Access Day Tour with Lunch from Paris organized by our agency Paris TRIP! We are glad to read that you enjoyed Michelle's way to bring to life King Louis the 14th, Marie Antoinette, and others during her guided tour of Versailles. A semi-private small group guided tour of the palace really is a great way of visiting Versailles and we are truly delighted you chose to do it with our agency. Do not hesitate to contact us the next time you come to Paris and we will be delighted to have you on one of our many other tours, to visit other regions such as Normandy, Champagne, Burgundy, the Vallée de the Loire, or quite simply on a guided tour to meet some hidden gems of our beautiful capital Paris. Thank you very much for your recommendations to your friends! Sincerely yours, Arnaud and the entire PARIS 'TRIP team
star-5
Love this tour!
Abigail_P
, Oct. 2021
Isabelle was the best! So knowledgeable and so patient with all our questions. An excellent tour guide. We had so much fun with her showing us Versailles and Queens Hamlet. It was a beautifully done job. Highly recommend this tour. Lunch was also very very delicious!
star-5
Amazing!!
Danielle_V
, Sep. 2021
This tour was awesome! Isabelle was so professional and knowledgeable. My family of 4 were picked up in a very nice van with a couple. We were very comfortable on the ride there. My dad asks a lot of random questions, and Isabelle was able to answer them all! Lol Once there, Isabelle guided us through the palace then let us explore the gardens at our own pace. After, we had a fantastic lunch at one of the cute restaurants in the garden. We finished the day with visiting the queen’s hamlet. Isabelle was kind enough to drop us off near our hotel. Excellent service and highly recommend this tour.
star-5
Comprehensive, Wonderful Versailles
Roy_B
, Sep. 2021
We met our personal guide, Isabelle, at the tour office. If you can, you MUST request Isabelle! From the moment we clicked on our seatbelts, our tour began - she has a friendly, conversational style that immediately draws you in and fills your imagination with the spectacular imagery of Versailles and (you don’t even know this part is happening) a thorough, historically accurate account. The day is over before you know it, and you come away with new perspectives and appreciation. This is the tour you want and need for Versailles.
star-5
Great Versailles tour. Bravo
Bradley_S
, Mar. 2020
Richardo was well spoken, intriguing, polite and accommodative. Most importantly he k ew his stuff and knew how to share it with the people present. Bravo!
icon Response from Host , Apr. 2020
Bonjour Bradley, Thank you very much for your comment regarding your tour with your guide Ricardo who is a really a great guide, really knowledgeable, polite and who does everything possible to accomodate people. As you said he "knows his stuff", does it well. Thank you so very much again for taking the time to share this with us, and for the "Bravo"! He surely will appreciate. The entire team at Paris TRIP is Looking forward to welcome you again on one of our tours in Paris. Warm regards. Arnaud B.
star-5
Ricardo was Amazing
maryQ8968CK
, Sep. 2019
Everyone told us to skip Versailles because the lines would be too long and it would be so crowded we would not enjoy it. So wrong!!! Our guide Ricardo was not only knowledgeable about the history, but he knew how to navigate the site so efficiently that not a moment was wasted on a line!!
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-2
Not enough guidance
Geraldine_T
, Sep. 2019
There is so much to be seen at Versailles. It is a complex mixture of opulance, historic individuals and events right through WWI. Our group was small and very friendly. Our guide spoke with us about our destination on the 1hr drive there. He escorted us into the palace and stayed with us for about an hour and a half. Much of his talk was about the mythological figures in paintings...too much. We were then on our own for lunch for about an hour and a half. He then met us to escort us to "the little farm" Le petit Trianion. After about 40 minutes we were again on our own. "How long do you think you"'ll need?" He asked. Well our tour lasted 6 hours including lunch. 3 hours were on our own. This was the priciest tour we took in France and not worth the price.
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
Truly the Best of Versailles
Sandra_C
, Sep. 2019
It was our lucky day - this turned into a private tour as we were the only couple signed up that particular day. Our guide did a spectacular job of getting us to the gates and positioned for entry at our pre-assigned time. She then guided us well through the palace itself over about an hour's time. We then had time to peruse the gardens on our own before meeting at a pre-assigned time and location near the Grand Canal for a 3 course lunch. Following lunch, we were driven a short distance to the Grand Trianon an Petit Trianon. From there, I wandered on my own to Marie Antoinette's village before returning to the vehicle for return trip to Paris. Pick up was near the Eiffel Tower and very convenient to our hotel.
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
Magnificent
designsbybelinda2
, Sep. 2019
Guide was very knowledgeable. I wish she had slowed down her speech just a little. The perfect amount of time to see everything.
star-5
Educational
Compass234358
, Aug. 2019
I enjoyed all the knowledge out tour guide shares with us. She was able to answer all our question with great detail. After seeing the long lines I was very thankful to have the tickets to skip the line. There were only six of us during the walk through Versailles which made it easy to listen and stay in a group among so many people. I liked that our guide gave us an hour or so to walk the gardens. I was disappointed that I didn’t get to see more of them. That had nothing to do with our tour. The gardens are so big you would have to make another trip to see all of the grounds. The lunch was excellent! The little lady restaurant was beautiful and the staff was so friendly. Our guide was nice enough to suggest a few other places to see while in Paris. She accommodated is with a drop of where we could walk and visit a few other places in the evening. Thank you for a wonderful experience!
star-4
Rainy day in Versailles
lusmiles2019
, Aug. 2019
Versailles is a very enjoyable experience. From the hall of mirrors, the paintings, and the sculptures into to the gardens, statues, and fountains outside- it take a good couple of hours to make it through the tour. We had an amazing guide- Ellenor, who was a delight with an amazing amount of information. The only downside is the amount of people that they pack into the building. It also takes a while to even make it in the front door, so patience is required!
star-5
Wonderful day at Versailles
Pablo Z
, Aug. 2019
Great pleasure we experienced with this day trip. We were just 5 people and that gave us the opportunity of getting the most of the kindness and knowledge of Sara!! Even though it was a terribly hot day Sara did the best to make us enjoy. Privileged access to Versailles (the Queues were huge!!) best spots to take pictures !! Excellent guide and for the fact of being just 5 we got a lot of details and the chance of interacting with the knowledgeable Sara!! Congrats and thanks for a wonderful day !! Totally recommended!!
star-4
Crowded, touristy, rushed, and wonderful !
Nathalie_D
, Aug. 2019
This tour was absolutely worth the time and cost. Our guide was fabulous with our group of 8; very knowledgeable and personable. The crowds were intense, even the skip the line lines. I can't imagine going through the regular line. Lunch was very good with wine included. The only thing we could ask for, in retrospect, was a bit more time to explore the gardens. They are expansive and require time, especially if you would like to linger, as you should in a place like this.
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-4
Very good
Dittas f
, Jul. 2019
The tourist guide Oliver was very good. However the food was not up to par. The roasted salmon was dry. With the amount of this tour the food must be excellent.
star-5
Excellent service, worth the money
fkafood
, Jul. 2019
We enjoyed the trip it was well organized, the guide was friendly and he provided a good information the food was great

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