Skip the Line - Palace and Gardens of Versailles for Small Groups

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Skip the line at Versailles Palace and let your expert English-speaking guide lead you from one marvelous room to the next. On selected days, you can watch the Versailles Fountain Show or Musical Gardens with your pre-booked ticket!

Description

There is a certain magic that fizzes through the air in the Palace and Gardens of Versailles. Hidden away from the modern world, this majestic European castle on the outskirts of Paris is a perfectly preserved example of the reckless extravagance of the French monarchy. This is Paris life at its most luxurious and just as you imagined it with gold brushed furniture, quilted four-poster beds and lush rolling lawns that stretch as far as the eye can see.

With a maximum of 20 people per group, your tour of Versailles will be intimate, unhurried and enjoyable. Your English-speaking guide will meet you in Versailles and lead you through the Gardens and Palace. We will Skip the Line to Versailles and your guide will lead you from one marvelous room to the next, pointing out where Louis XIV tormented his friends and family with long, boring ceremonies and where it was that Marie Antoinette ate her cake.

Marvel at the sheer size of the Palace of Versailles, one of the largest and most beautiful castles in the world with a whopping 700 rooms. Peruse its incredible array of fine art and the intricate design of its 1250 fireplaces as you work your way through the highlights of the castle including the King and Queen's apartments, the Chapel, the Coronation Room, the Hall of Mirrors and the Salon of Abundance - how many residences can boast one of those? This list of rooms your guide will show you goes on and on, each one an entirely different and unique experience from the Peace Room to the Queen's bedchamber.

And just when you think that you have seen all that the Palace of Versailles has to offer, you'll burst into the sunlight and encounter its dazzling manicured gardens, over 1,800 acres in size. On Thursdays we'll give you a tour of the gardens and give you some free time to wander, but we suggest choosing a date when either the famous Versailles Fountain Show or Musical Gardens are running. The Versailles Fountain Show is a wonderful live concert held in the exclusive groves, designed by André Le Nôtre. Watch fountains explode to the sounds of a cello at the Fountain Show or just be enchanted by the simple beauty of classical music played in beautiful surroundings during the Musical Gardens event.

Relax and reflect on your day of luxury as the train chugs back towards Paris and back to the real world. As the saying goes, all good things must come to an end.

Highlights

  • the King and Queen's apartments,

  • the Chapel

  • the 17th c. galleries

  • the Hall of Mirrors

  • Hercules Drawing Room

  • Salon of Abundance

  • Venus Room

  • Diana Room (with a bust of Louis XIV by Bernini),

  • Mars Room

  • Mercury Room-

  • Apollo Room,

  • War Room

  • Peace Room,

  • Salon of the Nobles

  • Coronation Room,

  • Royal Chapel

  • Gardens, and more!

Includes

  • Headsets

  • Return train ticket from Paris accompanied by a coordinator

  • Admission

  • English-speaking guide
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Versailles Palace & Gardens Tour
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On Thursdays or Sundays, you will have a tour of the gardens and some free time to wander.

Duration: 4:30 hour(s)
Available: Sat
Pick-up: Not available
Inclusions: Headsets / Return train ticket from Paris accompanied by a coordinator / Admission / English-speaking guide

Christine was a wonderful and very informative guide. We selected the tour ba<x>sed on reviews we read and were not disappointed! The pacing, content and assistance with the Metro were just perfect. Her knowledge and ability to share it with us made this a really special experience. We have done a number of tours with your company and added an additional one at the last minute in this trip ba<x>sed on our very good experiences. We did a couple of tours with another company that I would never use again. I will highly recommend Dark Rome and My Parisian Tour to our family and friends.

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Schedule

Starting time: 08:45 - 13:15 (Show more)
  • 08:30

    Check-in

  • 08:45

    Tour departs

    Meet at a central location in Paris where a coordinator will greet you and accompany you on the train to Versailles (return ticket price included). You’ll meet your expert, English-speaking guide in Versailles where they’ll begin a tour of the Gardens and Palace of Versailles.

  • Entry to Versailles Palace

    Skip the Line via pre-booked entrance to Versailles and your guide will lead you from one marvelous room to the next, pointing out where Louis XIV tormented his friends and family with long, boring ceremonies and where it was that Marie Antoinette ate her cake.

  • Marvel at the sheer size of the Palace of Versailles

    One of the largest and most beautiful castles in the world with a whopping 700 rooms. Peruse its incredible array of fine art and the intricate design of its 1250 fireplaces as you walk your way through the highlights including the King and Queen’s apartments, the Hall of Mirrors and many more.

  • Gardens of Versailles

    You’ll burst into the sunlight and encounter its dazzling manicured gardens, over 1,800 acres in size. On Thursdays there is a tour of the gardens and some free time to wander – but we suggest choosing a date when either the famous Versailles Fountain Show or Musical Gardens are running.

  • 12:45

    Tour Ends

  • 13:00

    Check-in

  • 13:15

    Departure to Versailles

    Tour Start and Skip the Line via pre-booked entrance to Versailles

  • Gardens and Palace of Versailles visit

    Marvel at the sheer size of the Palace of Versailles, one of the largest and most beautiful castles in the world with a whopping 700 rooms.

  • 17:15

    Tour Ends

  • (For Check-In) Metro Invalides (rue de l'Université, 75007 Paris) Time: 08:30:00

  • (For Check-Out) Château de Versailles Time: 12:45:00

Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In) Metro Invalides (rue de l'Université, 75007 Paris) Time: 08:30:00

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) Château de Versailles Time: 12:45:00

  • (For Check-In) Metro Invalides (rue de l'Université, 75007 Paris) Time: 13:00:00

  • (For Check-Out) Château de Versailles Time: 17:15:00

Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In) Metro Invalides (rue de l'Université, 75007 Paris) Time: 13:00:00

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) Château de Versailles Time: 17:15:00

Price & Options

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Notes

Additional Note(s)
  • Non-flash photography is permitted throughout the tour.

  • Return Train ticket to Versailles is included in the tour price.

  • The activity schedule is subject to change or cancellation due to weather or traffic conditions.

Booking Requirements (# of participants, vehicles, hours, etc.)
  • You can book a maximum of 20.

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Reviews

Christine was a wonderful and very informative guide. We selected the tour ba<x>sed on reviews we read and were not disappoi...nted! The pacing, content and assistance with the Metro were just perfect. Her knowledge and ability to share it with us made this a really special experience. We have done a number of tours with your company and added an additional one at the last minute in this trip ba<x>sed on our very good experiences. We did a couple of tours with another company that I would never use again. I will highly recommend Dark Rome and My Parisian Tour to our family and friends. more

CityDiscovery

Raphaelle was fantastic and had great stories to bring to life the history of Versailles. She expertly navigated our little group ...through the crowds and made sure we all got the most from our tour. Perfect day! more

CityDiscovery

Eugenie and Adam were great. They made everything smooth, easy, and informative. I would take the tour with then again anytime.

CityDiscovery

Our tour guide, Christine, was extremely personable as well as knowledgeable. She was very informative and presented the history ...of the Palace of Versailles in an interesting and entertaining way. Good balance between having some time to do a self-tour of the gardens and the tour of the key rooms within the Palace. We also very much appreciated meeting in Paris at the Musee d'Orsay and being escorted out to the Palace via the train. All the staff were very customer focused and the organization and tour exceeded our expectations. more

CityDiscovery

Eugenie's knowledge of French history was of University standard. She was telling us way more than the other guides. She was ...very friendly and thorough......and Versailles itself.....what can I say. It speakes for itself. Absolutely stunning for a traveler from the Antipodes. more

CityDiscovery

he was very informed, pleasant and accommodating! We totally enjoyed her tour and her company. She gave us an opportunity to ask q...uestions and was every informative with her answers. I has been a life long dream to see Versailles and its gardens and she made it a wonderful experience for me! Thank you so much so is a credit to your company! more

CityDiscovery

When we got off the train and saw Versailles and the Gardens we were really glad we had booked a tour as there is just no way you ...could appreciate the history and get the insights we got without a tour guide. Catherine was brilliant! more

CityDiscovery

Deborah is outstanding, good knowledge without being pedantic and we especially liked her meeting us at Musee Orsay to get the tri...p started on the train to Versailles. Deborah could answer any question a person might have and was very courteous and accommodating. We liked that our group was only 8 persons, affording us intimate contact with Deborah, which we appreciated very much. more

CityDiscovery

My feedback is 5 of 5. I like the professionalism, knowledge and preparedness at the same time I love her keenest to show us littl...e surprises and her passion to preserve the grandest chateau for future generations to come. There is one improvement I would like to suggest and it is to show people the Neptune pool during the fountain show. We missed the Neptune pool during the garden tour and came back the next day (on a Monday) to visit the gardens. I realized how beautiful it is and how it would look like when the fountain show is on, I was sorry we missed it. Nevertheless, I was happy with the tour. more

CityDiscovery

The tour was wonderful! We were lucky enough to have Ange as our guide and he did a wonderful job. So knowledgeable and enthusias...tic. Very personable and made good eye contact throughout and answered all questions. We were lucky to have him and to enjoy the tour with only three other guests-the Sanborns of Berkeley who were delightful. Our escort to and from Versailles-Anna- was very friendly and helpful too. The tour was the highlight of my trip to Paris and Ange was excellent. Thank you! more

CityDiscovery

Ange was excellent and provided a strong narrative for the tour. He knew his stuff and gave us a good overview and lots of details.... If anything, he could have included more general context but provided good insight into the cultural and historical significance of Versailles more

CityDiscovery

Our guide was the best! He was so informative he made the tour even more enjoyable.

Dianne

This small group tour had been recommended to us and once we saw the long lines, we were so thankful we had heeded the advice. Ou...r guide, John, was most helpful in navigating us to Versailles while our on-site tour guide, Catherine, was extremely knowledgeable and fun. Her explanations of the palace and gardens were entertaining and educational. Had it not been for our guides, we could have easily wasted time and not seen the best of Versailles. Being in a small group with the microphone/earbuds was a great way to experience the vastness of Versailles' beauty. We highly recommended this tour. more

Phil

Tour guide was Knowledgable but he his English has a french accent which made some of his words are not easy to understood.

Mina

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