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Cité de l'architecture et du patrimoine, 1 Place du Trocadéro et du 11 Novembre, 75016 Paris, France
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Stop At: Palace of Versailles, Versailles, Yvelines, Ile-de-France
Arriving from Paris in a comfortable private bus, accompanied by your expert guide, youll strut past the lines outside the Palace of Versailles in true royal fashion. As your guide shows you around a carefully curated selection of the palaces 700 rooms, youll hear stories of the Sun King, Louis XIV, his successors, their queens, mistresses, and courtiers including Marie Antoinette and other notable figures. Versailles had its heyday in the 17th and 18th centuries, when the Sun King elevated Louis XIIIs humble hunting lodge into the official seat of the French court and 300 years later, the palace has lost little of its glamorous excess.
The Gardens of the Palace of Versailles were designed by master gardener Andr Le Ntre and court painter Charles le Brun, not as a respite from the palace, but as an extension of it with every bit as much opulence (and intrigue) as the interior. Depending on the day, your tour of the Gardens may include the Musical Fountain Show (where fountains dance in perfect time to classical music) or Musical Gardens (where music accompanies your tour through the idyllic glades). Even if not, with your guides help, youll discover fountains, statues and secret groves scattered throughout the vast French formal estate.
Following the guided tour, youll have a free hour to revisit the most captivating sights or find new ones just for yourself. Surrounded by luxury, the only hardship is deciding how to follow an experience this spectacular.
Duration: 2 hours
Itinerary:Versailles Palace Walking Tour includes but is not limited to:
• Palace of Versailles + Gardens – King and Queen's Apartments, the Chapel, the 17th century galleries and 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, King's bedroom, Queen's bedchamber, Salon of the Nobles, Coronation Room, Royal Chapel
• Palace of Versailles + Fountain Display – See the magnificent Versailles fountain show, known as the Grand Eaux. It’s a wonderful live concert held in the exclusive groves, designed by André Le Nôtre, where you can watch the fountains explode to the sounds of music. No show on Thursday.
• Palace of Versailles + Musical Gardens Show – Be enchanted by the musical gardens event –the Jardins Musicaux, as it’s known. Enjoy the simple beauty of classical music played in the beautiful surroundings of the Versailles Gardens. The musical gardens event runs on Tuesday. No show on Thursday, Saturday or Sunday.
Headsets to hear the guide clearly
Small groups tour
Escorted round-trip transfer by bus
Small groups tour : maximum passenger capacity per tour is 25 passengers.
Entry/Admission - Palace of Versailles
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Not wheelchair accessible
Near public transportation
Most travelers can participate
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
Traveler ReviewsSee all reviews
It’s historical and culturally how a king’s living style as money is not a concern. Despite the rain there’s no lacking of American tourists. Our guide is okay. Maybe anxious to share her knowledge; talking more than we can absorb.
Great tour led by Manny! Only issue was waiting in the rain for the Skip-the-Line tickets, but I believe it was due to the fault of the palace staff. Manny was excellent and would definitely recommend this tour to others!
Overall experience was good, but still had to wait in line to enter for over an hour in the rain. Our tour arrived early and then had to wait for other groups to enter, that arrived after their appointed times. With that said, Skip the Line was certainly faster the general population. Due to rain, the headsets worked inconsistently.
Our tour guide, Christina, was excellent. She got us through a crowded venue with ease. Her knowledge of the palace was impressive and her stories very entertaining. We highly recommend her
My wife and I along with two couples from New York and London were at the location at least an hour ahead of the appointed time for the Versailles tour with City Wonders. The tour guide never showed up. There was also a couple there for another City Wonders tour. Their guide did not show up either. All of us called our booking agents, who then called City Wonders and were told that we were not there when the tour started. There was no question that we were in the right place to meet.
The tour was just ok. The guide was late and we had to wait for headsets and again for tickets; things best prepared ahead of time. That said, she was knowledgeable about Versailles.
The guide spent too much time discussing the history of what is being depiicted in each painting. For one painting, at least 20 minutes had lapsed, and the group had not moved on. Several tour groups had arrived and left way before the group. As a result, we didn't have enough time to see the gardens at Versailles.
The tour guide Manuel is very informative. It would be great if we can have at least 30 mins - 45 mins more to spend in the garden in order to be able to catch the ride back, especially if it is summer and is peak period. Even though we were given the option to stay behind and enjoy at our own pace, but we will need to manage our own ride back.
Indispensable for a Versailles trip.not only skip the line, but a knowledgeable guide. Christine our guide was excellent and helpful. She stood her ground when another guide got pushy. Thank you!!
This summer (July 2019) I went on Vacation in Edinburgh, London, and Paris. I booked many tours through but after the Versailles Experience i think I may start to work locally with other tour companies moving forward. This tour was by far the worst I have ever been on, the guide was almost 30 min late, spoke english very poorly, read information about the palace off of a pamphlet and just seemed unaware of what she was doing the entire tour. There was a point in the tour where we decided to turn our headset audio dials to another guides channel because she seemed to have no idea what she was doing or saying. The name of the company was City Wonders LTD beware and after I complained directly to the people no one seem to care. Do Not use "Tania" you will be disappointed. The only part that was worth it was the fact that we were able to avoid a long line to get in but other than that they failed miserably, the "gude" was not a local and the part of the tour that was meant to be "guided" served no purpose since she new nothing about Versailles. I would love a refund since we spent over $2000 in tours through Viator. Big Disappointment