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Last Entry: Versailles Tour After the Crowds

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Last Entry: Versailles Tour After the Crowds

From $116.14 per person

See the Palace of Versailles as it was meant to be experienced—in luxurious peace— and with a fully guided tour of the gardens.

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Duration 4 hours
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Live tour guide
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Audio guide included
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Experience

Highlights
  • Avoid the crowds by visiting at the last entry time
  • Enter through the Queen’s Gate for a fully-guided garden tour — a unique experience that many Versailles tours don't include
  • Benefit from transportation to and from central Paris
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Due to health and safety regulations, this itinerary may change. See Know before you go for the latest updates.

Step inside one of Europe’s most opulent buildings on this fully-guided tour of the Palace of Versailles. From the immense fountains that punctuate Louis XIV’s gardens to the splendor of the King’s and Queen’s Apartments and the incomparable Hall of Mirrors, this tour immerses you in the sights, stories, gossip, and legends of France’s lost age of splendor. Head to the outskirts of Paris, where Louis XIII first built a hunting lodge that was later extended by his son into the royal palace you see today.  In order to retain some of the bucolic feel of his father’s lodge, the Sun King set aside nearly 2,000 acres for gardens and even sketched out a strict plan for how they should be visited. Your tour will begin these gardens, but don’t worry, you don’t have to follow Louis’ plan. Instead, you’ll learn how these came to be considered the epitome of the French style of gardens that you can still see all over the world. You’ll also get the story of how Louis snatched his garden designer off another project essentially out of jealousy. As you go, your guide will point out details like the various symbols of the Greek sun god, Apollo, which Louis used all over the grounds as a reference to, well, himself. The highlights of the gardens are the immense fountains, which are packed with beautiful statuary and run on a system of gravity-driven hydraulics that has not changed since they were first installed. If you are visiting during the week you’ll only see the architecture of the fountains, but if you go on the weekend you’ll witness their full grandeur when they are turned on — water spouts from them just as it did over 300 years ago.  After the gardens, you’ll enjoy skip-the-line entrance into the palace itself. It’s the final entrance of the day so Versailles will be as peaceful as you can get it without renting it for a private function (which is possible, but as your guide will tell you, it’s pretty expensive). This enormous palace wasn’t just a home for the King. In its heyday, it was a literal gilded cage for thousands of nobles whom Louis kept here for much of the year to make sure they weren’t plotting against him. As you go from one unimaginably decadent room to the next, your guide will bring the palace to life with stories of courtly intrigue and royal plots, while also giving you insight into the everyday lives of the people who lived here (it may not be as glamorous as you expect). On your small group tour you will visit the most famous and impressive rooms in the palace, from the Royal private apartments, where the last of the Bourbon monarchs lived out their private lives; to the public state apartments, like the War Room and Peace room, which hosted balls, concerts, and political functions. The most stunning of them all is the Hall of Mirrors, which is packed with so much art, symbolism, and imagery, your guide will make sure to spend extra time there helping you decode it all. This is one of, if not the greatest and most ostentatious throne room ever created, and it’s packed with diplomatic history. Be sure to ask lots of questions and soak it all up. Since you entered the chateau from the back, you’ll leave from the front, making your last view of Versailles also the most impressive.
Includes
  • Fully-guided Versailles tour, including the palace and gardens
  • Transportation to and from Paris
  • Expert guide
  • Headsets
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up or drop off
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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Meeting point

2 Rue Robert Esnault-Pelterie (Invalides train station). Please meet at the entrance to the station on Rue Robert Esnault-Pelterie just across from 1 Rue Robert Esnault-Pelterie, under the "RER" sign.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • High-heeled shoes
  • Baby strollers
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • This is a small group tour, with a maximum of 20 people
  • Comfortable walking shoes recommended
  • NO high heels allowed in the palace
  • Unfortunately, this is not a fully accessible tour and wheelchairs or strollers cannot be accommodated
  • Areas visited during this tour are subject to closure. Your guide may need to modify areas visited on the day of the tour
  • Please note, from July 21st 2021, all sites in Paris require guests to provide proof of vaccination or a negative test result within the past 48-hours in order to enter. You can read more about it on the French Government's website (https://www.gouvernement.fr/en/coronavirus-covid-19). If you have any questions regarding how this may affect your tour, please reach out to the local partner
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 18 reviews

Review summary

  • Value for money
    4.6/5
  • Safety
    5/5
  • Service
    5/5
  • Organization
    4.9/5

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Excellent Guide...Need more time

Oliver was an amazing guide and was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. He had real passion for the history and we really enjoyed his narrative. Areas of improvement: start the tour earlier to give more time. This tour was extremely rushed. I would suggest doing the palace portion of the tour first, then go into the gardens where you can do your normal garden tour but then that would give us time to explore further on our own since this tour skips half of the gardens, which is the best part. Make sure to give all tour guests their train pass back so we can go back when we want. Another issue is when we signed up for this tour in December, the website said it was a bus ride to Versailles but we wound up taking the train, which was a bit of a commotion and not what we had paid for.

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May 31, 2019

Worth your while!

This was a very well organized trip. Easy enough instructions to follow where to meet the guide. I had a much better appreciation of the Palace of Versailles because of the commentary by our tour guide Violet. There were 10 of us in our group. Not too big to be a crowd. We were met first Lily at the Museé de Orsay to take the train to Versailles and picked up again after the tour. I highly recommend this company.

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May 3, 2019

Excellent! Well worth going out of hours, our guide Pauline was very knowledgeable and conscious of us having a good experience even in the extreme heat! transport to and from is by train.

June 28, 2019

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