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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 August 2015

If you have limited time available and want to see the highlights this is the tour for you. If you want free time and to see more detail I'd book a whole day tour or make your own way there. For us this was perfect. Our guide was fantastic and he gave us a very detailed guided tour of the palace itself which was no mean feat considering how packed it was. While it would have been nice to spend more time there it was time we simply didn't have. This tour showed us everything it could in the time available.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Our tour guide was excellent! She deftly guided us through heavily crowded locations, and made sure we received all of the information. Her story telling is first rate - she left us feeling as though we knew the historical figures. The bus was comfortable and the driver was excellent.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Highly recommend this tour, Lucille was informative and a great guide.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Totally worth it. Just sit back, have the wonderful guide give you all the info as you are driven in a small open coach with just a small group to the trianon and palace. Skip the line and inside guided tour. Our guide was so great, and it was just the right length didn't suck up the entire day!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Excellent guide helped us navigate Versailles through crowds, always trying to find cooler, less crowded places to gather and give us lessons. Great day!

Chris A.
United States of America

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Our awesome guide on this tour remains one of our highlights from the entire trip. The van ride from Paris to Versailles was clean and comfortable, and Keith was awesome as both a driver and a guide. He gave us a good balance of time to explore on our own and guided tour time, and was kind enough to drop everyone off near their final destinations rather than back at the tour's origin. In Versailles Palace where pushy tourists are elbow to elbow, having a tour guide that is aggressive and knowledgeable makes all of the difference.

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.

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