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  • Location:Paris, France
  • Duration:8 hours (approx.)

Private Tour: Best of Versailles Day Trip from Paris Including Skip-the-Line Palace of Versailles Tour and Grand Canal Lunch

Experience the best of Versailles on this full-day private tour from Paris. After traveling to the must-visit town by luxury minivan, head straight past the entrance lines with your skip-the-line ticket and then explore the Palace of Versailles. Stroll through the State Apartments to see the ornate Hall of Mirrors, and then explore Versailles Gardens. Savor a 3-course restaurant lunch near the Grand Canal and then visit the Grand Trianon palace and the Queen’s Hamlet.


  • Full-day private Versailles tour from Paris with a knowledgeable local guide
  • Enjoy priority entrance to the Palace of Versailles with your skip-the-line ticket
  • Head inside the State Apartments and stroll through the Hall of Mirrors
  • Explore Versailles Gardens independently and savor a 3-course lunch near the Grand Canal
  • See the Grand Trianon palace and the Queen’s Hamlet – former home of Marie Antionette

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Private Tour: Best of Versailles Day Trip from Paris Including Skip-the-Line Palace of Versailles Tour and Grand Canal Lunch

Private Tour: Best of Versailles Day Trip from Paris Including Skip-the-Line Palace of Versailles Tour and Grand Canal Lunch

Meet your friendly private guide and leave central Paris by luxury minivan to travel to the historic town of Versailles. Famous as the home of King Louis XIV from 1682 to 1789, the town’s elaborate palace and intricately designed gardens bear testament to his extravagant tastes during his reign.

First stop of the day is the Palace of Versailles, the incredible palatial estate where Louis XVI and his wife, Marie Antoinette, once lived. The building oozes grandeur both from the outside as well as its inside.

Skip past the lines outside the palace with your skip-the-line ticket, and straight inside to explore. On a tour led by your private guide, discover the palace’s intriguing State Apartments and see the Hall of Mirrors and Queen’s Apartments. While walking, your guide will keep you entertained with tales of the aristocrats who held court there.

After an hour inside Versailles Palace, walk into the gardens and explore them at leisure. Every bit as elaborate as the palace, the French Baroque-style gardens took nearly 40 years to complete with eye-catching features like the Versailles fountains. After ambling around, enjoying its resplendent features, meet your guide for a 3-course lunch at a restaurant close to the Grand Canal. Please see the Itinerary below for your sample menu.

Your afternoon continues at the Grand Trianon -- the UNESCO World Heritage-listed palace in the center of the gardens. Marvel at its pink marble colonnades with your guide and hear tales of Napoleon who revamped it after after Louis XIV and his family left. The Queen’s Hamlet is nearby, and so head over to visit this next. Created by the esteemed French architect Richard Mique, the countryside retreat boasts a charming little cottage, lakes, streams and even a small farmhouse.

After exploring the Queen’s Hamlet, head back to your luxury minivan for the return journey to Paris.


Sample Menu (subject to change):

First Course:

• Tomato and goat’s cheese salad with basil

Second Course (choice of one):

• Sirloin steak with Béarnaise sauce and creamed potatoes
• Roast salmon with butter sauce and creamed potatoes

Third Course:
• Seasonal fruit tart
• Tea or coffee

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

5 out of 5!! Couldn't have been better!! Jean was factual and fun, the best combination!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

This tour was absolutely fantastic. Our family had unusual needs and time constraints, but Viator and our tour guide Jean met them happily and graciously. We would not otherwise have been able to see Versailles. Being able to skip the lines also made a huge difference in what we were able to accomplish that day. Jean was extremely personable and knowledgable. He went out of his way to accommodate our requests, and truly went above and beyond what we expected. This was a fantastic experience, and worth every penny.

4 star rating: Recommended September 2014

We had done quite a bit of exploring of the city center before we went on this tour, but we still enjoyed the tour. However we felt that maybe the name of the tour was misleading as it isn't really a ghost tour. Our tour guide was excellent and we appreciated all the information he had to impart. Susan Cockcroft

4 star rating: Recommended August 2014

Great tour with a wonderful guide

1 star rating: I do not recommend this April 2015

Though we booked a private tour, the local partner sent us in a shared car which is completely unacceptable and not correct. I hope you will take note of this and action on same.

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