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Versailles Half Day Trip from Paris with Audio Guided Visit

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Versailles Half Day Trip from Paris with Audio Guided Visit
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icon4 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
iconOffered in: English and 10 more

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Overview

This tour allows you to explore Versailles independently and includes round-trip transportation from Paris to help make things easier for you when traveling. Skip the hassle of figuring out your own transport and settle in for the ride to Versailles, listening to recorded audio commentary about the French landmark as you relax on the way over, with priority access admission to the palace and gardens included.
  • Explore the palace, the gardens, and the Grand Royal Apartments
  • Choose between multiple departure times to suit your schedule
  • Round-trip transportation is included
  • Audio commentary is available in 10 languages
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Entrance ticket to Versailles Palace (priority access)
Entrance ticket to the Gardens with priority access, even on Musical Fountains' days
Audioguide available in 10 languages via mobile app
Service of a multilingual hostess
Hotel pickup and drop off
Gratuities
Licensed Guide interpreter
Rue Jean Rey , Rue Jean Rey, 75015 Paris, France

Meeting time 30 minutes prior to the departure, in front of the HOTEL PULLMAN PARIS TOUR EIFFEL 18 avenue de Suffren, 75015 Paris - Meeting point 22 Rue Jean Rey with our representative with a Paris City Vision sign, outside the hotel.

This activity will end right where it started.
Begin your tour of the Palace of Versailles with pickup at a central Paris location (Métro Bir Hakeim). Board a comfortable tour vehicle to the French landmark, located about 13 miles (22 km) outside of Paris. 

During the relaxing ride, listen to recorded audio commentary that will introduce you to the history, art, and architecture of the palace. Commentary is available in 10 languages. Learn about the origin of the palace, built under orders of King Louis XIX in 1661. Famous architects and decorators, including Le Notre, Mansart, and Le Vau worked together to construct this opulent building. The palace became one of the most prestigious residences in Europe, and its splendor is still on display for visitors today. 

Once you arrive on the premises, you'll be equipped with the knowledge to spend a few hours on a self-guided tour. Explore the palace, the gardens, and the Grand Royal Apartments, which are all included in your entrance fees.

Afterward, relax on the return trip to central Paris, where you'll be dropped off at your original departure point.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Paris
Meet up in Paris to redeem your voucher and board the coach. Meeting time 30 minutes prior to tour departure.
Pass By:  
Domaine National de Saint-Cloud
After one hour drive through the suburbs of Paris (15 miles away approx.), you will enter Louis XIV's Kingdom.
Pass By:  
Monument a Louis XIV
Spot the Sun King Statue before you enter the Palace.
Stop At:  
Palace of Versailles
During the coach drive to Versailles, you will be able to download the interactive comments on a mobile app to make your experience more enjoyable and funny (available in French, English, Spanish, Germany, Italian, Portuguese,Korean,Russian, Japanese and Chinese-Mandarin) describing the various facets of court life under the reign of Louis XIV, the "Sun King". It will help you through the unguided visit to the Chateau and the gardens.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
The Hall of Mirrors
Admire the stunning Hall of Mirrors during your visit.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Le Jardin de Versailles
Stroll through the well-manicured gardens and admire its spectacular fountains which were installed to entertain the guests.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Grand Canal
Spot the Grand Canal One mile long where The Sun King used to sail Gondolas.
Pass By:  
Arc de Triomphe
Back to Paris at the end of the tour
Pass By:  
1st Arrondissement
Drop back to Paris, at the departure point.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Baby strollers are forbidden inside Versailles palace
  • This tour is not suitable to clients with walking difficulties
  • Photos without flash allowed inside the castle
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • You will receive by email your visit kit giving you access to your digital experience of the Palace of Versailles. Your email will contain a link to your personal access to download the application and your e-ticket.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travellers
  • OPERATED BY Paris CityVision
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.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Versailles Half Day Trip from Paris with Audio Guided Visit?
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
See all safety measures taken by Versailles Half Day Trip from Paris with Audio Guided Visit.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitisation during Versailles Half Day Trip from Paris with Audio Guided Visit?
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 Half Day Trip from Paris with Audio Guided Visit.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Versailles Half Day Trip from Paris with Audio Guided Visit?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Versailles Half Day Trip from Paris with Audio Guided Visit.

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star-2
Getting to Versailles was...
Kathryn_M
, Jul. 2022
Getting to Versailles was great. We have been here before and had a wonderful time. The downfall was the time of year. It was insanely crowded. We could not see anything. This is Nit Viator’s fault. I would never come back in the summer.
star-5
Wonderful experience
Richard_J
, Jul. 2022
The audio guide in my opinion was a little weak, mainly because Versailles didn’t really have clear markers for the locations. Other than that, I wish we booked the full day there because 4 hours wasn’t enough time. This place screamed opulence throughout!
star-1
Awful. Waste of money.
Amanda_W
, Jun. 2022
Versailles itself was great but the tour was awful! Viator said it was English only, it was in fact in Spanish. I would have booked a different tour. Like the tour operator that picked us up spoke in Spanish. They gave us no direction. Like “pick up the better maps after security”. “You’ll still have to go through a line for the audio guides”. “Keep your tickets for the garden”. We also ended up with only 2 hours at Versailles, so it’s hardly a half a day tour. I ended up taking a taxi back to enjoy it and make up for a crappy morning.
star-1
Make refund policy more fair
Bruce_V
, Jun. 2022
Our family of 6 was very much looking forward to the Versailles expedition, but two of us came down with covid on the day of the trip, so we couldnt go. Viator and the excursion company refused a refund
star-3
Tour very disorganized....
Susan_M
, May 2022
Tour very disorganized. Had to wait on bus for almost 30 minutes when leaving Versatile. Do not know why?? Paris Vision did not seem to know what they were doing from start to finish.
star-5
The time the place and...
Louis_D
, May 2022
The time the place and the independence are correct. Love the tour with the electric cars. The place is "magnifique."
star-4
Opulence!
Renee_G
, Apr. 2022
Such a gorgeous palace - half day not enough time. We enjoyed the recorded descriptions in each room.
star-1
Versailles was lovely,...
Michelle_H
, Feb. 2022
Versailles was lovely, but the guide was very unhelpful. To start we weren't given tickets for entry and had to purchase more there. We were given audio guide map that didn't match the audio device, so we walked blindly through. So basically paid a ton for a bus ride.
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-4
Fun but chilly
MarkWRoperIII
, Feb. 2022
We went on a chilly Sunday morning. Was a smaller group. Pickup was easy to find. Guide and driver were informative and helpful. Trip was short to the Palace. Due to covid we practically had a private tour. It was my third time visiting and it just gets better. Plenty of time to sight see. Quick trip back to Paris and managed to see a few more things later that day.
star-3
Versaille
Y9005OUjohnf
, Sep. 2019
We had to wait too long to get into the palace and my wife’s audio pointer malfunctioned halfway into the tour
star-3
Average
narenctrivedi
, Aug. 2019
Guide has to spend more time with us, not just take you to your destination and bring you back. Give us more attention and service with the smile was missing.
star-4
Five stars to the tour agency
Sigrun_E
, May 2019
The tour was very accurate and on time for leaving and returning. The guides vere great but we did an audio tour and the palace was so crowded that other guests almost pushed us from room to room and that gave us a very limited time to enjoy all the splendor. Not a chance to listen to the whole audio commentary in any of the rooms. Confusing at times and we felt a bit like sheep being hearded. Beautiful gardens and not as crowdy there. Five stars to the tour company, less for the Versailles experience itself.
star-5
Comfortable air conditioned coach...
EverettM_M
, Jul. 2018
Comfortable air conditioned coach. Guided through the entry process....very fast and efficient....thanks to the tour operator.. Plenty of time to marvel at the wonder this palace is.....massive beautiful gardens.....hard to comprehend that someone used of such a work of art as a home.....something everyone should see in their lifetime if they have the opportunity to do so. It was another unbelievable day that helped to make this bucket list checkmark well worth the experience.
star-1
The bus was late arriving at...
Maryvonne_M
, Jul. 2018
The bus was late arriving at Versailles at 10:20am instead of 9:30m We has to wait 4 minutes under full sun, because our group was late. When we started the visit at 10:45, we only had one hour instead of 2, and therefore did not have a chance to see and do the gardens. All the bus passengers complained to Paris City Vision upon return, but they showed no concern at all. This was a very expensive booking for 5 people, for what was a terrible experience!!! You should not contract with Paris City Vision, or they should plan their tour differently not to cheat tourists in this fashion! They seemed not to care at all!!!
star-1
Our headset did not work and we...
Rachel_A
, Apr. 2018
Our headset did not work and we could not find the guides anywhere to exchange them. Not a good experience
star-5
Tour is great but be prepared to...
Andrew_S
, Mar. 2018
Tour is great but be prepared to squeeze through the crowds.
star-4
Great staff, very friendly and many...
Stuart R
, Dec. 2017
Great staff, very friendly and many languages spoken. The four hour tour advertised isn't exactly true, after the hour bus ride there and back we had 1:45 on site so just be aware you will only have two hours. There was a long site induction and instruction brief that really should have been done on the trip out they just needed to sit the different groups together on the bus to do this. It's a good trip and it gets you in as quick as possible.
star-4
Great short half day trip and easy...
tracie.jones
, Nov. 2017
Great short half day trip and easy to see the palace and grounds on your own. Great options for lunch are available, just ask if you don't see the signs.
star-5
This is a great tour - very informative...
Rhonda_A
, Nov. 2017
This is a great tour - very informative and wonderful experience.
star-5
Shorter 4 hour tour, which worked...
Lauren G
, Nov. 2017
Shorter 4 hour tour, which worked for teenagers. Audio, self paced was good. Given how quickly we moved through one section, I think they could have added additional audio tour to the time spent there.

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