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We loved this tour! Our guide during the bus ride (I can't remember her name) was delightful. She came dressed as Marie Antoniette and was extremely knowledgable and entertaining. Our two teenage girls commented that they learned more in the time on the bus with our guide than they did in an entire year of history class. Versailles is amazing and having the ability to skip the lines and gain access to portions of the Palace not open to other groups was well worth the money. Everywhere we looked the crowds were huge and "suffocating". With our private guide we were able to avoid the crowds and actually spend some time in the rooms without being shoved and stepped on. Would highly recommend this tour - it was well worth the money!
The tour was great--did not see the Hall of Mirrors alone but the private apartments and lack of crowd and no waiting in line was terrific. Rented a gold cart to see the gardens and it was great. Steph our tour guide was
TERRIFIC--some of the group was not very polite and very demanding and she handles it very well. Her historic tale was perfect and she had local knowledge too. All in all very worth it--no hassle and saw a great site. Our Guide in Versailles--Ann Marie was also very knowledgeable and answered questions easily. She was good at getting the group through the crowded parts and moving along. Great tour.
The Guides were excellent - on the bus to and from and while at Versailles. The private tour was worth the extra cost as no lines. When you finish the private tour go directly to the fountains rather than back into the Palace for 30 minutes as you will see essentially the same thing but with many more people. The gardens are large so you will need all the time to see everything.
This was an amazing tour and well worth the price. Everything from the pickup point to drop off was perfection. The bus driver was excellent and charming. The bus tour guide was so knowledgeable and interesting to listen to as we hung on to her every word. Upon arrival we knew we had done the right thing by booking this tour as the wait line looked impossible. When turned over to the Versailles docent we were once again very pleased. She was most knowledgeable and her English was quite good. The audio system was excellent in that we could hear her from any position we found ourselves. It was wonderful as she weaved us through the crowds into doorways for the most wonderful view of times gone by. This tour gave us a solid historic review and a better appreciation for France in her struggle as a nation. Thank you Viator for assisting us with this fantastic experience!
Sincerely, The Atkinson's, USA
Well this was a great experience from start to finish. The two guides we had both in the bus and at the Palace were fantastic and their knowledge boundless and entertaining. "Boy" The four kings that lived there, Louis 13, Louis 14, Louis 15 and Louis 16 certainly new how to live. This was a jaw dropping experience and just has to be on your "Bucket List" if you are going to Paris
Fantastic, on time, great tour guide, great bus, no lines and access to many rooms that the general public did not have access to - I would highly recommend
THis tour is well worth it. We were there on a a day when all the fountains were also active and playing to the music. Being in a small group made the visit that much nicer, since we were the only ones in some rooms. Avoiding the crowd was a must! We recommend that you rent a golf cart to see the gardens better, since they are such a large thing to see. We definitely recommend this tour!!!
By the way, we had 9 people in our family group, and the total size of the tour was only 16 people. You felt really special going to places where most people could not go in the palace.
Well this certainly did bypass the queues. Great to view areas of this stunning location without the crowds. Just managed the 'Hall of Mirrors' before the crowds arrived so we were able to take some beautiful photo's before retreating once again to the private apartments. Certainly worth what we paid highly recommended excellent tour guide. Jenny Anderson
Th tour was great but the palace was disappointing to me. I guess I had buit up a grandiose visage in my mind and the reality was not up to my vision. The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and we were able to see all the highlights and get an insight in to the history of the Palace.
I have been to Versailles on two previous occasions, but his tour was really special! First, the guide who brought us to Versaille was excellent. She was knowledgeable, witty, and made the trip most enjoyable. The guide in Versaille was excellent and we were able to see and do things I never expected. For example, we were able to actually go into the Chapel rather than just look over a railing. We were able to go into the Hall of Mirrors when it was virtually empty. I hightly recomment this tour.
This was the best tour we did. Steph was great, wish she did most of are tours.