VIP: Palace Of Versailles Tour With Private Viewing Of The Royal Quarters - Paris

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  • Duration: 8 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    7:50 AM
  • Departure Details :
    8 Place du Trocadéro et du 11 Novembre, 75016 Paris, France
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

See the Palace of Versailles (Chteau de Versailles) as French kings once did with this small-group tour that includes a once-in-a-lifetime private viewing of the palaces Royal Quarters. This exclusive tour gives you priority entrance to Versailles through a reserved door and provides you with unprecedented access to magnificent private rooms such as Louis XVIs library which are normally off-limits to the general public, allowing you to see a side of the Unesco World-Heritage-listed Palace of versailles that most never will.
This VIP experience also includes a tour of two rooms in the State Apartments and the famous Hall of mirrors as soon as the palace opens, before the majority of the crowd arrives. Your priority entrance ticket allows you to go straight inside the palace with your small group (maximum 16 people), beating most of the public to these rooms.

Highlights

Informative, friendly and professional guide

Perfect introduction for first-time visitors

Pickup from a centrally located meeting point

Skip the line

Small-group tour

Know More about this tour

Your VIP experience begins as you board a luxurious, air-conditioned minivan in central Paris and head wGare de l|est to the Palace of Versailles. On arrival in Versailles enjoy a coffee and croissant in a cafe close to the Palace. Next, meet your knowledgeable guide at the palaces reserved entrance, and go straight inside with your priority access ticket.

Follow your guide to the State Apartments, where youll see two of the 17 rooms the Kings Chamber and the Council Study. Then head to the fabulous Hall of Mirrors. Your group will be among the first of the general public to arrive at this famous room so you can enjoy the sumptuous setting in all its glory. Walk down the spectacular hall, lined with 357 mirrors that reflect the windows on the opposite wall.

Next, the exclusive part of your tour truly begins as you leave the crowd behind and pass through the velvet ropes into the palaces restricted area. See the following Royal Quarters of Louis XV and Louis XVI:

  • The library of Louis XVI, said to be one of his favorite rooms
  • The dining room where Louis XV held dinners for lords and ladies
  • The clock room with its clock that has a crystal globe showing the planets revolving around the sun
  • The corner room, which contains a cylinder desk belonging to Louis XV that is considered one of the most outstanding pieces of furniture in the world
You will then visit one of two additional royal sites, depending on daily availability: the Royal Opera House, built in 1770 to celebrate the wedding of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, or the Royal Chapel, where a series of paintings and sculptures depicts the notion that kings were chosen by God.

The guided portion of your tour now ends, and your friendly guide will answer any questions you have. From here, you have a few options to complete your Versailles experience. You can explore the other 15 rooms that make up the public State Apartments independently. You can enjoy lunch at Angelinas restaurant located inside the palace (own expense). Or you can head outside and enjoy the beautiful Gardens of Versailles a 1,977-acre (800-hectare) oasis of groves, sculptures, labyrinths and fountains. Depending on the day of the week that you are at the palace, you may catch one of the summer musical events either the Musical Gardens or the Musical Fountains Show (known as the Grandes Eaux musicales), both of which bring the gardens to life with classical music; see the Itinerary section below for more details.

The gardens are also home to La Petite Venise, a popular restaurant with a lovely terrace, located in the former stables by the Grand Canal. It is your choice if youd like to eat here, but you must make your way here to meet your guide for the drive back to Paris.

Itinerary:

Tuesday Versailles Gardens Ticket: Classical Music in the Groves
Musical Gardens – Explore the Gardens of Versailles and its groves to the sounds of classical music.

Saturday and Sunday Versailles Gardens Ticket: Summer Opening Fountains Show
Musical Fountains Show (Grandes Eaux musicales) – Watch fountains come alive and spray water in sequence to the Baroque music of Jean-Baptiste Lully, a French composer who served in the court of Louis XIV. The display finishes at the Bassin de Neptune, often considered the palace's finest fountain.

Inclusions

Small-group tour (maximum 16 people)

Breakfast at restaurant ORE by Alain Ducasse

Access to the private Royal Quarters

Professional guide

Transport by air-conditioned minibus with complimentary water for the journey

Entry/Admission - Palace of Versailles

Entry/Admission - The Trianons & The Hamlet

Entry/Admission - Grand Canal

Entry/Admission - The Royal Chapel

Entry/Admission - The Royal Opera (L'Opera Royal)

Entry/Admission - The Hall of Mirrors

Exclusions

Gratuities

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

Booking this tour gives you priority access to the Palace of Versailles. Please note: all visitors must pass through metal detectors at the security check point. Please expect to wait 10 minutes to clear security.

Food is not allowed inside the Palace of Versailles

This tour is not wheelchair accessible

This tour is not suitable for anyone with reduced mobility

Due to the nature of this special-access tour, the itinerary changes each time. Access to palace rooms varies and is based on availability. The order in which you visit the rooms may change and it is possible that you will see two of the 17 State Apartments plus the Hall of Mirrors at the end of your tour, not the beginning. On rare occasions, both the Royal Opera House and Chapel unexpectedly close due to private events or concerts. Because these itinerary changes are beyond our control, no refunds or discounts will be issued.

Please note: In the afternoon tour you have the option to visit the gardens or the Versailles castle first

This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Traveler Reviews

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  • 04-Nov-2019

    Wonderful - the guides were knowledgeable - could have very easily strayed longer. Would have liked to spend more time in the garden:

  • 15-Oct-2019

    This is a great tour for a more in-depth visit to Versailles without the hassle. The small group size was perfect. I loved avoiding the crowds and hassles. The local guide was very knowledgeable and spoke English well. The timing of the tour worked out well. After the chateau tour, we had plenty of time to see all the fountains going off to music and tour the grounds leisurely. Only issue was that the van to return us to Paris was delayed with another tour group

  • 15-Oct-2019

    You are paying for the drive to and from Versailles. The breakfast they offer is one shot of espresso and two small pastries.

    The tour of Versailles is AMAZING - but you can book that tour yourself directly from Versailles for 10 euros (plus 27 euros as an entry ticket).

    That being said, you'd think the additional $250 drive would be fabulous. They use the tour bus for another tour, and it was late picking us up. The tour guide did not tell us that it was late (just kept saying it was "too blocks away") when in fact the tour it as on was running behind. The drive back the tour guide spoke in french to the bus driver the entire time and did not give us any info.

    I recommend doing Versailles and a private tour, but do not waste your money on this.

  • 27-Sep-2019

    The tour itself was great. However, we had been given a meet time of 7:15 AM. We walked about 30 minutes, so left hotel very early. One other couple had same time. No van came, so I called the office, which was not open yet. About 7:30, several people showed up with a 7:40 meet time, and then two with 7:50. The van showed up at 7:45,with no idea we had been waiting 45 minutes. At the end of the tour, we had free time and were to meet at the entrance at 3PM. We got there at 3:03 shuttle back took longer than expected, and no one there. Walked around 5 minutes, starting to panic, then called office. While on hold, tour guide showed up. It was now almost 3:15. She had walked the group to the van and came back for us. But she should have left someone there to meet us. It was a long day!

  • 27-Sep-2019

    I want to say first that it was probably just a really bad day to go to the Palace, but when you are paying this amount of money, you have to clarify expectations or charge a smaller fee for days when things are obviously not open.
    First, we get to the palace and are brought in for breakfast. What breakfast meant was one cup of coffee, one of orange juice and three pastries.
    Afterwards, after a long wait for the guide, we finally begin the tour just to find out we were given the wrong tickets. It takes a good 15 minutes to get it all sorted so by the time we get to gallery of mirrors, it is already packed. My understanding was that we would have gotten a "before the crowd" view, but that is not what happened.
    We also learn a few things -
    1. our guide is not an official palace guide. She is usually a guide at the Louvre and is not fully trained to give the tour in English (her words, not mine).
    2. We learn that is "world heritage day" so a few rooms that are normally shown on this tour will be available for free to anyone.
    3. There are private rooms - like the library of the king and the bureau of the king that are closed for renovation.
    In total we saw 5 rooms.
    It is an extraordinary amount of money to pay to have a guide that was unprepared, that gave explanations worse than the audio guide the palace gives for free, and to see a handful of rooms.
    Would not recommend.

  • 30-Jul-2019

    I was very glad we had audio assistance on this tour. It really made a difference. Our guide was very informative.

  • 15-Jul-2019

    Nina and Julie were excellent in providing a great tour, no cues, no stress, public cues were miles long. I know it costs more but the time you save and the value you get is second to none.

  • 03-Jul-2019

    We were 5 friends visiting and really enjoyed this tour. Our guide was fantastic and the private rooms were absolutely worth the cost. We also hired golf carts to visit the gardens and it was perfect: highly recommend this tour!

  • 03-Jul-2019

    Be on time and the tour will start straight away. The leaders are friendly and excellent. The tickets issued to you give all access. If by chance you are stopped at one of the attractions, just ask for a supervisor. I had no issues anywhere. As the place is huge, use the train to get to the other end or rent a buggy. The train is more economical. Definitely a bucket list item.

  • 15-Oct-2018

    Wow! Well worth the extra price for this in just skipping the line alone! Much less the fact that the tour of the private quarters gets you out of the crush of tourists to be able to enjoy and appreciate the palace. Very knowledgeable guide who took exceptional care of us!

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