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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

Spend a full day exploring the historic grandeur of Versailles with a private tour from Paris. Skip the long lines at the Palace of Versailles and wander through the mesmerizing Hall of Mirrors and the fantastically ornate apartments where French royalty once lived. Stroll through the sprawling palace gardens, and visit the Grand Trianon palace and Queen’s Hamlet — a recreated country village built as a private escape for Marie Antoinette. Midday, take a break for lunch with a gourmet three-course meal near Versailles’ Grand Canal. 


  • 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

Discover the opulence and legends of Versailles on this full-day private tour. After morning pickup from your central Paris hotel, travel in a luxury minivan to the suburb of Versailles and enjoy skip-the-line access to the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Palace of Versailles. Constructed by King Louis XIV in the 17th century, the extravagant estate was home to several generations of French royalty until the collapse of the monarchy during the French Revolution. 

Walk through the glistening Hall of Mirrors and get a glimpse into palace life in the lavishly appointed state apartments, including the former bedroom of Marie Antoinette. During the 1-hour tour, your private guide will share tales of palace intrigue and elaborate court customs, as well as the history of the ill-fated Ancien Régime

Step outside for a walk through the remarkable Gardens of Versailles. Designed and built over a period of 40 years, the sprawling grounds encompass nearly 2,000 acres (809 hectares) of impeccably manicured orchards, flowerbeds, hedge labyrinths, fountains and pathways designed with the geometric flourish of the French Baroque style. Enjoy a gourmet three-course lunch at a restaurant near the Grand Canal that runs through the center of the gardens. See Itinerary below for a sample menu.

In the afternoon, tour the lavish Grand Trianon palace. Originally built as a personal retreat for Louis XIV, the chateau has been home to a series of royal residents and was renovated by Napoleon during the First French Empire. Continue on to the Queen’s Hamlet — a full-scale replica of a Normandy village and farm commissioned by Marie Antoinette as a private countryside escape.

After your full day of touring, relax on the return drive to Paris, where you’ll be dropped off back at your hotel in the late afternoon.


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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