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  • Location: Paris, France
  • Duration:  5 hours (approx.)
Discover the highlights of Versailles on this 5-hour trip to the UNESCO-listed site, from Paris. You’ll tour Marie-Antoinette’s hamlet and Le Petit Trianon. Follow your expert guide to the Palace of Versailles where you’ll learn about its rich history and witness its magnificent opulence firsthand. From there, enjoy free time in Versailles Gardens before returning to Paris in the early evening.

Highlights

  • A 5-hour tour of Versailles from Paris
  • See Marie-Antoinette’s fairytale hamlet and Le Petit Trianon
  • Visit the UNESCO-listed Palace of Versailles on a walking tour and see the Hall of Mirrors
  • Explore Versailles Gardens at leisure before your journey back to Paris

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What You Can Expect

Viator Exclusive: Versailles Palace and Marie-Antoinette's Petit Trianon from Paris

Explore the Gardens of Versailles during your half-day tour

Your 5-hour tour of Versailles begins with an early afternoon departure from Paris by bus. Relax on the 30-minute journey southwest of Paris.

After arriving in the town, head straight to Queen Marie-Antoinette’s idyllic hamlet. In 1682, the grounds were declared the official royal residence and Louis XIV eventually set up separate quarters for his wife, Queen Marie-Antoinette. Attesting to his elaborate tastes, her home resembles a fairytale village. You’ll have approximately an hour and fifteen minutes to explore the hamlet and farmhouse and visit Le Petit Trianon, her handsome personal palace.

Meet back at the bus and drive to the Palace of Versailles. Founded in the early 17th century, the showstopping palace was officially built as a royal hunting lodge for King Louis XIII. During Louis XIV’s reign, lavish wraparound gardens and a succession of extravagant additions to the lodge were added, transforming it into one of the world’s most decadent palaces. The sprawling Baroque chateau is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site with centuries of history to match its grandeur. Walk past the palace’s long entrance lines with your skip-the-line ticket and head inside for your walking tour. Explore public rooms like the chapel, the King’s Grand Apartments, and Hall of Mirrors – where crystal chandeliers hang from frescoed ceilings and the walls are covered with gilded mirrors.

Gaze at the plush interiors, and then head outside the palace to explore Versailles Gardens at leisure. Having strolled the gardens, meet your guide and travel back to central Paris where your tour finishes with a drop-off in the early evening.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

It was great. Highly recommend this tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Excellent excursion, the best tour guide as ever!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

It Was masterfully narrated by our tour guide and sprinkled with laughter by our bus driver.
I enjoyed every minute.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Tour was very good and the guide was interesting and knowledgeable. The time in the gardens could have been longer but overall it was very good.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Really enjoyed this trip. No one can prepare you for the splendor that awaits you at Versailles! Putting the history and physical location together gives you a greater perspective than you could otherwise obtain. After being there, I can truly say, I get it. Gwendolyn was a great tour guide because of her deep history and familiarity of all the rooms of Versailles. Also, her strategic placement of the van in relation to the sites visited was a plus. Make no mistake, tour requires a commitment to walking, but would have been more miserable if we had to trek back to the van.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

We had an incident with our bus not being allowed to drive into a certain areano fault of tour and the guide and driver handled it perfectly. I would highly recommend it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

The tour was good but rushed. Would recommend the full day for Versailles. Purely because there is so much to do and see! Do spend some time in the gardens. It is the most beautiful part of the palace

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Best tour guide I've ever had. She really made us feel like she loved the Palace. The combo tour was also great and some fantastic gems we would never have known about had we not gone to the Petit Trianon.

bethdomingue
United States of America

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

The tour was a lot of fun. Our guide, Me'eva, I think, was so much fun. It was a great introduction to Versailles. We hope to go again on our own, so we can spend more time. A half day tour is just not sufficient to take in everything the Palace had to offer and learn about.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was awesome, but even better, our Tour Guide was awesome! She was energetic and friendly, and even though I was traveling solo, she always made sure I felt included in the group. We even got free time at the end to go to cafes and explore the gardens towards the end of the tour! I highly recommend this tour!

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