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Versailles Palace Small Group Gardens & Fountains Hamlet Day Trip Guided Tour
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Overview

Go back in time to experience the opulence of the Palace and Gardens of Versailles on this small-group tour from Paris. Walk through the glittering Hall of Mirrors, see the Royal Apartments, and admire the enormous gardens and beautiful fountain displays. Weekend visitors from April to October can see the famous fountain shows.
  • Versailles full-day guided tour from Paris
  • Smaller group tour ensures a more personalized experience
  • Transportation and pre-purchased entry tickets included

Why Travellers Choose This Tour

A great option for people who don't like big group tours. You get transport and admission and the option to explore Versailles on your own or take a guided tour with a very small group.
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Transport by air-conditioned minivan
Service of an experienced guide
All day tour includes access to the Trianon , Queen's Domain , the Palace & the gardens
3 Course Lunch at Versailles with drinks
Visit in small group up to 15 people
Guided tour of the Petit and Grand Trianon + Queen's hamlet
Guided tour of the gardens even on days of fountains display
Gratuities
Food and drink, unless specified
Hotel Pick-up & Drop-off in Paris
22 Rue Jean Rey , 22 Rue Jean Rey, 75015 Paris, France

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

8:15 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
This full-day experience starts with a guided tour of the Palace of Versailles. See the lavish Royal Apartments, the Queen’s Bedroom, the Gallery of Battles, and the famous Hall of Mirrors. After the tour, stop for a 3-course lunch at La Petite Venise restaurant (included).

Following lunch, head into the expansive gardens of Versailles. On Saturdays and Sundays from April to October, watch a show of the garden’s fountains set to music. Make a brief detour to the Queen’s Hamlet, a private retreat for Marie-Antoinette in the 1780s. Then, join your guide for a tour of the Grand Trianon, the private palace retreat for both Louis XV and Louis XVI.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Paris
To discover the Versailles estate in its entirety, choose the intimate guided tour of the palace in combination with the Grand and Petit Trianon, small group tour with 15 people max. Begin your day with a guided morning visit of the Great Royal Apartments, Hall of Mirrors and the Queen's Bedroom. Your journey will take you through Paris and its suburbs.
Pass By:  
Versailles
Passing near St Cloud until Louis XIV's Kingsdom; Versailles. It will take around 45 minutes to one hour (according to the traffic)
Stop At:  
Monument a Louis XIV
Discover the equestrian Statue of Louis XIV standing in front of the Palace on the Place d'Armes at Versailles.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
The Hall of Mirrors
One of the stunning room at the Palace. The mirrors are unusually built in such a way as to radiate the light. Then enjoy the gardens by strolling the meticulous manicured lawns : a complete picturesque setting.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Palace of Versailles
Explore the palace of Versailles with your guide and small group, discover the Royal Appartements during your visit.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Grandes & Petites Ecuries
Enjoy lunch at "La Petite Venise" Restaurant. After lunch, it's time to explore the palace gardens and take a visit to the Queen's Hamlet, where Marie-Antoinette played at being a shepherdess in the 1780s
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
The Trianons & The Hamlet
In the afternoon you will continue with a guided visit of the Trianons which are vast mansion style lodges where Louis XV and Louis XVI liked to work and retire from court life. Take a discovery tour of the Queen's Hamlet where from 1783 Marie Antoinette played as a shepherdess. Versailles Fountain Show Special Program: April to October (Saturdays & Sundays) and mid-May to the end of June (Tuesdays). For a selected time you have the option to see the magnificent fountain displays, which reveal the skill and artistry of 3 centuries of French garden design and engineering. The display is accompanied by music composed at the time of Louis XIV's court. Entrance fees are included in the cost of the tour.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Grand Canal
Louis XIV used to sail small craft, including gondolas, on the canal.
Pass By:  
Paris
Back to Paris at the end of the tour , you will be dropped at the departure point.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Baby strollers are forbidden inside Versailles palace and the 2 Trianon Palaces
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Photos without flash allowed inside the castle
  • Unique entrance: any exit is final
  • This tour is not suitable for clients with walking difficulties
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 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 Palace Small Group Gardens & Fountains Hamlet Day Trip Guided Tour?
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 Palace Small Group Gardens & Fountains Hamlet Day Trip Guided Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitisation during Versailles Palace Small Group Gardens & Fountains Hamlet Day Trip Guided Tour?
A:The policies on sanitisation are:

  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
See all safety measures taken by Versailles Palace Small Group Gardens & Fountains Hamlet Day Trip Guided Tour.
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What is the social distancing policy during Versailles Palace Small Group Gardens & Fountains Hamlet Day Trip Guided Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Versailles Palace Small Group Gardens & Fountains Hamlet Day Trip Guided Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Versailles Palace Small Group Gardens & Fountains Hamlet Day Trip Guided Tour?
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 Palace Small Group Gardens & Fountains Hamlet Day Trip Guided Tour.

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  • "The palace is stunning, but are thousands of tourists are there with you, so know that going in." See review
  • "Just beware that there are massive amount of people inside the palace all trying to do the same thing, which is take pictures and slowly shuffle along." See review

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star-5
Excellent tour day!
Jacqueline_d
, May 2022
Fantastic day, our tour guide provided tons of interesting information. We had free time to explore after each guided portion. The audio equipment was excellent, although my husband couldn't hear through his as well as I could. Lunch was outstanding and luckily we had beautiful weather in the afternoon (chilly and cloudy in the am). The only tricky part was the directions on where we would meet up after each free time portion. The walk to the meeting place for lunch was easily 15 min from the castle and we were told the guide would not wait if we were late. Also, the final meeting place was vague but we saw others in our party and eventually saw the guide. Otherwise it was a fantastic day!
star-3
This was a very poor tour.. would NOT recemmend it.
dhaymann
, Feb. 2020
We were meet by the Tour at the pick up point, but from the moment our driver picked us up, he had a very unpleasant demeanor. He saw some of the group had a few snacks, and stated there was to be no drinking or eating in his vehicle. There were two other passengers, and he did not say one word about anything we were driving past on the way. On arrival he separated the two groups, and told us, he would not be doing any explanations or giving any comments. We requested to pay extra for a guided tour and he said NO.. would not discuss it. there were few people at the location so if he had wanted he could have arranged it. We offered to pay to join the other couple, again NO, NO,NO
star-4
Versailles Small Group Tour
Afner247Texan
, Dec. 2019
Tour was good but still crowded during the afternoon time slot. Traffic was bad getting back to Paris, but our guide Jose was.Great! He ended up taking us through Paris as well pointing out several sights to visit that we had not yet seen as we worked our way through traffic. Jose was knowledgeable advice well explaining Versailles history on the way out for the tour.
star-1
Viator mistake
Kenrick_H
, Jul. 2019
I booked a whole day tour which included the palace of Versailles, le petit Trianon, le grand Trianon, the hamlet, and gardens. The driver came on time and confirmed our reservation but when he dropped us off he said he would be back in 2.5 hours to pick us up. I showed him our confirmation for the trip which included everything and he said no that he couldn’t stay that long- there was a mistake. He was going to message the office and I sent a message to Viator and no response! Rip-off!!!!
star-4
Hotel pick up was on time. There were 7...
Mark B
, Sep. 2018
Hotel pick up was on time. There were 7 of us and it was a hot day. We had time to walk around the gardens before our skip the line start time, which was 10am. We actually got into the palace about 10:50 as there were other groups a head of us. Just beware that there are massive amount of people inside the palace all trying to do the same thing, which is take pictures and slowly shuffle along.
star-4
They picked us up from our hotel in...
Joanna P
, Jul. 2018
They picked us up from our hotel in a nice van. We were seated in back since we were the last pick up. Paris was having record high temperatures and the back of the van did not cool off at all. Because they do not have a lot of hot weather there, no one seems to know how to operate the AC correctly we are from Texas. It was extremely hot and uncomfortable the whole ride there. The palace is beautiful and the audio and headsets were nice. But it was so hot, it was oppressive. There was no way to cool off in any way. I recommend going any other month than July. The palace is stunning, but are thousands of tourists are there with you, so know that going in.
star-5
Wonderful Tour
Jeanette H
, Jul. 2018
Best driver and tour guide...Dario. On time for pick up and knowledgeable about history of Versailles.
star-5
Great Experience
Paul_L
, Jul. 2018
Joel was a great guide. He made the trip relaxing, fun, and informative. Very friendly - made everyone on the tour comfortable.
star-5
Awesome 1/2 Day Trip to Versailles
Robyn C
, Jul. 2018
Highly recommend this small group tour to Versailles. You will not be disappointed. To see the grounds and the Palace of the “Sun King” was quite an experience and education in understanding why people revolt when they’ve had enough.
star-1
Unorganized and rushed
Paul_K
, Jul. 2018
We booked what we thought would be a relaxing afternoon at Versailles. We booked a tour where the driver would pick us up at our hotel. As this was the last day of a busy trip we decided to sleep in a little. Woke up with plenty of time to grab a quick bite from one of the local shops and head back to the hotel to be picked up in the lobby. We waited in the lobby for almost 40 minutes.Called the tour agency and they said that the time had been changed and that they are on time.We were not notified. Had we been we would have enjoyed a much more relaxed morning with a nice lunch at a local brasserie. But not knowing we had extra time we just had a quick sandwich. Not what I would have liked to have had on my last afternoon in Paris. The
star-4
I opted for the half day tour...
Trena_P
, Jun. 2018
I opted for the half day tour without a guide. The driver was great and gave us some valuable information. If you only want an overview of the palace and gardens, this is fine. Several of the group felt as though they were rushed especially those who paid for a personal guide. It was quite crowded, but still amazing to see. As a member of the older generation, I cannot understand spending 99 your time taking pictures which will be mostly unidentifiable later when you could actually use your eyes to take in the opulence. Buy a book with better pictures and text to explain the location and history of each one!
star-5
This tour is amazing and our tour...
Lana_W
, Apr. 2018
This tour is amazing and our tour guide was fantastic. She picked us up at our hotel in a van, drove to Versailles, gave us time to walk around the gardens for about 45 minutes. Then we got our self-guiding headphones and experienced the beautiful of the Palace before she drove us back to our hotel. On the way to Versailles, she told us the applicable history that helped the visit to be much more meaningful. This is the best!!
star-3
Did the PM tour, not enough time for...
Stephen R
, Apr. 2018
Did the PM tour, not enough time for both the Gardens and the Palace
star-5
WOW. This is a MUST SEE if you want to...
Jim_R
, Mar. 2018
WOW. This is a MUST SEE if you want to learn about the history of Paris.
star-4
Our family of 5 and just 2 others...
Valerie B
, Mar. 2018
Our family of 5 and just 2 others were on this trip. We enjoyed the day, but somethings were not as advertised... We were not able to contact anyone the day before our trip and it says that the trip might be canceled if they are not contacted. So, when our driver was over 15 minutes late, we were worried that we had been canceled! The driver had a very thick accent and the kids couldn't understand him. Then, we were supposed to be able to get a choice of a meal at lunch and we did not. The driver ordered our meal and drinks without any input from anyone. It was a beautiful day, but could have been better with a few changes.
star-2
This is not worth it at all. The...
Laurie_L
, Mar. 2018
This is not worth it at all. The driver and guide were nice. We were deposited at the door and given a set time to go through with a self guide. So we went room to room with 150 or so people trying to see the things being pointed out on the tape. Very crowded and we were there in the off season. I cant imagine what this would be like in the summer. I did not find this all that grand. There are so many other palaces out there that are much better. Check out the apartment at Louvre or Musée dOrsee to see grand rooms. Do not spend this much money here.
star-5
Great tour ! Pedro was amazing with...
Andrea D
, Jan. 2018
Great tour ! Pedro was amazing with details and we could walk around after the tour itself.
star-5
An excellent tour guide !!!!!! I was...
Geoff B
, Jan. 2018
An excellent tour guide !!!!!! I was lucky that on this small group tour, the 2 Canadians cancelled at last moment and I got the t/guide all to myself. Communications was excellent his english better than mine ?, knowledge and history/culture all top-marks. Notable extra exhibition on at Versailles and he recommended I do it too .......was time pushed but did it. Was most worthwhile.
star-5
Our guide Christophe was great. He...
maggi h
, Jan. 2018
Our guide Christophe was great. He was on time and guided us well through the massive crowds!
star-5
This is a fantastic tour! We booked...
Gavin A
, Dec. 2017
This is a fantastic tour! We booked the full day trip and it was worth it! We arrived early enough to have a walk around the beautiful gardens before we started our tour, which consisted of my wife and I and two other couples. Our guide was fantastic and extremely knowledgeable. His enthusiasm for history was evident in the way he spoke and additional contextual information he provided to help provide a better picture of what the world was like when Versailles was the seat of power. We then were taken to eat a beautiful restaurant on the grounds followed by a tour of Marie Antionette's private palace and farmhouse. This tour is a must. DISCLAIMER Versailles is extremely popular, even in the low season so be mindful that it will be crowded.

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