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Versailles Palace Skip the Line Audio Guided Tour & Access to Queen's Hamlet

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Versailles Palace Skip the Line Audio Guided Tour & Access to Queen's Hamlet

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Discover the golden age of French royalty on a full-day trip from Paris to the Palace of Versailles, with skip-the-line access and a self-guided audio tour. Explore the stunning chateau at your own pace, and enjoy time to visit the remarkable grounds and gardens, including access to the Grand Trianon, Petit Trianon and Marie Antoinette’s ‘hamlet,’ the queen's make-believe rural village and mill pond.
  • Self-guided tour offers flexibility and independence
  • Pre-booked transport from Paris lets you skip crowded trains
  • Included audio guide tells the stories behind the royal site
  • Avoid potentially long waits to enter the palace with skip-the-line entry
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Transport to and from Paris by air-conditioned coach
Hostess in coach
Skip the line entrance into the Palace (Hall of Mirrors, Queen's Apartment, State Apartments)
Individual audio guide in the Palace available
Access to the Gardens (Even during Water Fountain Show)
Access to the Trianons and the Queen's Hamlet
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks
Gratuities (optional)
41 Av. de la Bourdonnais , 41 Av. de la Bourdonnais, 75007 Paris, France

• Nearest metro station: Ecole Militaire - line 8 Take EXIT 1 (Tour Eiffel), Get onto Avenue Bourdonnais • Check-in Time: 15 minutes prior to departure

8:15 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 18 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.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Versailles Palace Skip the Line Audio Guided Tour & Access to Queen's Hamlet?
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 Palace Skip the Line Audio Guided Tour & Access to Queen's Hamlet?
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
See all safety measures taken by Versailles Palace Skip the Line Audio Guided Tour & Access to Queen's Hamlet.
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What is the social distancing policy during Versailles Palace Skip the Line Audio Guided Tour & Access to Queen's Hamlet?
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 Palace Skip the Line Audio Guided Tour & Access to Queen's Hamlet?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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  • "There are golf carts available to rent and appeared to be well worth the additional expense." See review

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star-4
Lots to see and explore
Richard_A
, Aug. 2022
The palace was stunning. The gardens huge and a lot of walking. We rented a golf cart and it helped give an understanding of the magnitude of the gardens. You could spend days exploring and still not see it all. That said it was very tiring and we felt that the tour could have been a little shorter. Full day was a little too much but the half day did not seem long enough. Would do again and the coach was convenient.
star-5
Great!
amandaford427
, Jul. 2022
Great tour! I booked this tour specifically for the transportation to the palace because we didn’t want to mess with the trains. The bus was running a little late but they were great explaining to this is and it wasn’t a problem. The only thing I will say is we had PLENTY of time, we actually left p palace about 4 hours before our departure time. This wasn’t an issue because we started walking and were able to stop in all the shops around the palace. All I did was call the company and let them know that we were walking home instead of taking the bus back and they were completely fine with that.
star-5
The battle paintings were...
Sara_K
, Jun. 2022
The battle paintings were phenomenal. The audio guide was excellent. In fact the live guides were kind of intrusive.
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-3
Not worth it
Sean_D
, Jun. 2022
We should have just done this on our own. This "tour" is essentially transportation and tickets. Probably my fault for now researching more before booking. Anyway, the tour was transportation to Versailles. We got dropped off around 9am and were provided timed entry tickets for 930am. We were given two options for return to Paris - roughly noon or 5pm. Versailles is so large that returning on the noon shuttle is too soon, but 5pm felt too late. By about 2pm we were exhausted and ready to return to Paris so instead of waiting for the 5pm shuttle we took an Uber back to our Paris hotel for about 35 euros. Next time I'd just get an uber to taxi to Versailles and buy entrance tickets in advance. This would save quite a bit of money and mean you are on your own schedule.
star-5
Great experience
DANIEL_M
, Sep. 2021
Really great way to experience Versailles. The tour is self guided, but the driver (Arnold) was really good to give us a history lesson on Paris and Versailles while en route and on the return. He was very nice and his English was superb.
icon Response from Host , Nov. 2021
Dear Danie, Thank you very much indeed for this review ! I am really thankful for your nice comment which are very important to us. Paris TRIP is a family business and as such we always work hard to deliver the best to our guests. I was delighted to be your guide on your Versailles Palace Skip the Line Audio Guided Tour & Access to Queen's Hamlet. Make sure to contact us next time you come to France and we'll be happy to welcome you on one of our other numerous tours, to visit other areas such as Normandy, Brittany, Burgundy, Loire Valley, or simply on a guided visit at the encounter of some hidden gems of our beautiful Capital City Paris. Thank you in advance for your recommendations to friends and relatives! All the best, Arnaud and the entire Team of PARIS' TRIP
star-5
Great way to see all of Versailles
Samantha_B
, Aug. 2021
Arnoo was awesome! We had a great tour and learned so much! Highly recommend! Great to see all of Versailles with this tour!
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
Exactly as advertised
buttersnotch
, Sep. 2019
All I wanted was a comfortable bus ride and a "skip the line" access to the palace for me, my daughter, and my elderly mother. Touring the palace on our own with the audio tour was the preferred method once inside. The meeting locaiton was easy to find, as I simply showed the taxi driver the confirmation email with the address. The bus was clean and on time. The guides did their jobs getting us into the palace as we queued up with the dozens of other "skip the line" groups waiting our group's turn to "skip the line."
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-4
Versailles was awesome!
laurie_k
, Aug. 2019
The trip to Versailles was wonderful. Easy place to meet. Very comfortable bus ride. Be careful to be back a bit early at meeting place at the end of the day because our guide was heading back to our bus a few minutes early and thankfully my husband spotted him. There are so many people and buses awaiting departure. I would recommend this trip because skip the line is still the best entry option.
2 travellers found this review helpful
star-5
Versailles Palace and Gardens
Steven_F
, Jul. 2019
We took the full-day audio self-guided tour and were glad we made that selection. Even though we had the “skip the line” feature, there was still a wait as we waited among other tour groups with the same feature. The palace is massive and the had-held audio device allowed us to tour at our own pace. The beautiful gardens are extensive, so we were glad we plenty of time to tour them. There are golf carts available to rent and appeared to be well worth the additional expense.
star-5
Wonderful Experience
Jeffrey_B
, Jul. 2019
We were hesitant to book the full-day tour due to the price, but it was worth every penny! The bus was comfortable and timely. When we arrived at Versailles, the line to enter was at least a quarter-mile or longer. However, due to our skip-the-line tickets, we were in the palace with our audio guides in under 10 minutes. I highly recommend doing the full-day tour in order to have time to explore the gardens and the Trianon. We booked the full-day tour and yet still could have stayed another few hours!
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-4
Waited too long to get in.
Karen_R
, Jun. 2019
Overall the visit was fun. We enjoyed the palace and audio tour. We had to wait close to an hour to get in because of a ticket problem. I thought we were supposed to skip the line. Because of this delay we ran out of time to go to Marie Antoinette castle. Access to carts was never discussed. I was a bit disappointed with the lack of this type of information.
star-3
Beautiful Palace, but a bit too crowded
Julie_Y
, May 2019
My experience at the Palace was negatively affected by the adverse weather. There was a hail storm (!) and freezing temperatures, and so we could not make our way to the Trianon. In addition, while the Versailles was as grandiose and interesting as I had expected, it was rather stifling to be in the rooms with so many other people - I believe there were at least 2-3 other tour groups at the same time. While that obviously could not be avoided, it did not add to the experience. Perhaps they should consider limiting the number of admissions per day, even if they had to raise the ticket prices.
star-5
There are no words to describe how...
Robert G
, Nov. 2017
There are no words to describe how amazing the gardens and how vast they are, it was absolutely breath taking, I did not expect it to be so overwhelming, this is a must see, pictures don't even do it justice
star-4
Our tour guide was great, she got us...
Ashley S
, Nov. 2017
Our tour guide was great, she got us on the bus and on our way to Versailles without any problems. She passed out audio tour headsets and sent us on our way. This is the full day tour with access to the Hamlet. The Grand and Petit Trianon are very cool to see, as was the Hamlet. Be prepared to WALK A TON! I clocked 18,000 steps at the end of our day. We passed on the opportunity to rent golf carts to take to the Trianons and Hamlet and after being exhausted at the end of the tour, we should have considered it. The bus was to pick us up at 4:45pm to take us back to Paris, but we were frozen and wet we traveled in early November and wanted to go home immediately. We ended up taking an Uber back to Paris. I'm not sure a full day is necessary. If we would have moved a little quicker and didn't stop for coffee and lunch, if we also rented a golf cart, we could have seen everything in half a day.
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
Really enjoyed our day at...
Kenneth_S
, Apr. 2017
Really enjoyed our day at Versailles! The audio guided tour was great because we could go at our own pace. We took the full day option, and were so glad we did, as there is so much to see! Since we were there in the middle of winter, the fountains were all frozen and the landscape was bleak, but still amazingly beautiful! The walk to the Queen's Hamlet and the Trianons was quite far, but worth it. We were blessed with an extra bonus- it snowed on us most of the time we were outside! The snowfall added an extra touch of beauty to the palace grounds and made the day even more special!
star-4
The Palace of Versailles is an...
James H
, Dec. 2016
The Palace of Versailles is an outstanding day trip from Paris! Be sure to allow 5 hrs to tour the complete complex.
star-4
We took the full day tour but left...
Dorothy M
, Oct. 2016
We took the full day tour but left with the half day tour as we felt it was too long but still worthwhile.
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
The best tour thank you so much for...
LenoraM_C
, Sep. 2016
The best tour thank you so much for making my trip to Paris Kevin was a wonderful tour host no line and I learned a bit of history the bus was clean, and driver knew were he was going and our tour was great I will tell all my friends ask for Kevin !
star-3
Audio guided was not a good way to...
Judy H
, Sep. 2016
Audio guided was not a good way to do this. I loved that we had some of the time on our own but I wish we had a little bit more guided. Rent the cart to see the grounds, much easier.
star-5
profesionalismo
Javier_G
, Aug. 2021
El servicio fue espectacular, todo a la hora acordada, y con los protocolos COVID. Tanto Arnaud y Olivier supieron aconsejarnos y entregarnos las informaciones adecuadas del tour que tomamos. Excelentes e impecables los automoviles que nos llevaron a Versailles Vale la pena esta empresa.
1 traveller found this review helpful

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