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

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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

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Your VIP experience begins as you board a luxurious, air-conditioned minivan in central Paris and head west 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.

Inclusions for Viator VIP: Palace Of Versailles Tour With Private Viewing Of The Royal Quarters

  • Small-group tour (maximum 16 people)
  • Breakfast at restaurant ORE by Alain Ducasse
  • Priority entrance ticket to the Palace of Versailles
  • Access to the private Royal Quarters
  • Professional guide
  • Entrance to Versailles Musical Gardens (Tuesday) or Fountain Display (Saturday and Sunday) from April to October only
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan with complimentary water for the journey

Exclusions for Viator VIP: Palace Of Versailles Tour With Private Viewing Of The Royal Quarters

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

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.

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability

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

A moderate amount of walking is involved

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

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.
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  • This was awesome way to see Versailles and see areas I had not seen before. No waiting, lots to see and a great amount of time to roam the grounds afterwards. bring lots of water!

  • Awesome! This was a great tour, especially being able to see some of the private areas not open to the general public. The guide was helpful, and the croissants at the restaurant were amazing, and the best we have had. An excellent tour.

  • Very custom experience. Knowledgeable guide. Didn't have to wait in the long line. Personalized experience for my son who's a Marie Antoinette fan.

  • Excellent tour! Jumping the line is a must, and absolutely go in the morning. By noon the lines stretch to the parking lot. The private quarters were the highlight of the tour. Highly recommend!

  • If you want to see the best of Versailles, then this is the way to go! We were only 4 on the VIP tour and we got to access rooms/halls that is not open to other visitors. We don't have to fall in line unlike the other visitors so we have the Hall of Mirrors by ourselves. If you'd have other tour than this, it can get extremely crowded since there are literally thousands of visitors per day and you'd want to appreciate and take in the beauty of the Palace but you can't do that when you are restricted to do so because of the huge number of people inside. For me, the only way you can truly appreciate the exquisiteness of the Palace is through this tour. Thanks to our guide as she answered my questions well.

  • Only way to experience Versailles, no lines, no waiting, just amazing to jump back in history.

  • As with the other 4 days we were directed around all of the long lines and went behind the scenes to areas restricted from normal tours. The guide was a Versailles guide who provided a lot of history which actually helped prepare for the visit to the Louvre.

  • our driver seemed very shy and hardly spoke to uswas not fluent in english on the drive to versailles Once we arrived we had a cappuccino and croissant while we waited for the tour guide to meet us. Our tour guide was named Plum she was very pleasant but her english was limited and it was especially apparent when she was trying to answer questions that were not part of her script
    the actual private tour was two hours and then we were free to wander the grounds
    couple of suggestions that would have been helpful
    1. there were two restaurants for lunch that we were directed to and both were full by the time we got there ...would have been helpful if we were told to make a reservations soon as we got there that morning
    2. timing became an issue since the grounds were large and it was far to walk we were discouraged from going to see the Petite Trianon because of the distance turns out you can rent a golf cart or a bike which would make visiting them much more doable ...again it would have been a nice tip to have
    over all for the price we paid 300 per person i was disappointed and would not recommend

  • A little hard to find where the bus left from meaning we almost missed it but once onboard we had a lovely driver Julian who told us all about Versailles and the Louis' on our trip. Once we arrived we skipped the VERY long line and went straight in to breakfast and then met our tour guide. The tour was good but busy during the middle of summer, highly recommend a tour as opposed to just self guided as our tour guide led us away from the crowds and behind the scened to see areas the general public can't just wander through.
    We got to go inside the Chapel and the Opera house which was our personal highlight that we wouldn't have otherwise seen.
    The gardens were absolutely amazing, sadly none of the fountains were on although they were supposed to be but honestly it didn't really matter. The only thing I would say is you really need the whole day to do the Palace and Gardens as it is so big. We ran out of time and didn't see all of the gardens an didn't get to the stables at all which looked amazingso I would really recommend a full day tour rather than the half day.

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