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  • Location:Paris, France
  • Duration:6 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Viator VIP: Palace of Versailles Small-Group Tour with Private Viewing of the Royal Quarters

See the Palace of Versailles (Château de Versailles) as French kings once did – with this small-group tour that includes a once-in-a-lifetime private viewing of the palace’s Royal Quarters. This exclusive tour gives you priority entrance to Versailles through a reserved door and provides you with unprecedented access to magnificent private rooms – such as Louis XVI’s library – which are normally off-limits to the general public, allowing you to see a side of the UNESCO World-Heritage-listed Palace of Versailles that most never will.

This VIP experience also includes a tour of two rooms in the State Apartments and the famous Hall of Mirrors as soon as the palace opens, before the majority of the crowd arrives. Your priority entrance ticket allows you to go straight inside the palace with your small group (maximum 16 people), beating most of the public to these rooms.


  • VIP tour of the Palace of Versailles including a viewing of the private Royal Quarters
  • Experience the UNESCO World Heritage-listed palace like a royal insider!
  • Use your skip-the-line ticket for priority access to the palace, allowing you to enter through a reserved door
  • Receive exclusive access to the Royal Quarters – the private rooms of Louis XV and Louis XVI that are usually off-limits to the public
  • Enjoy a guided tour of two rooms in the State Apartments and the Hall of Mirrors (open to the general public) as soon as the palace opens
  • Wander through the Gardens of Versailles after your tour, and during the summer months enjoy the Musical Gardens or the Musical Fountains Show
  • Small-group tour limited to 16 people ensures a more intimate experience

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What You Can Expect

Viator VIP: Palace of Versailles Small-Group Tour with Private Viewing of the Royal Quarters

Viator VIP: Palace of Versailles Small-Group Tour with Private Viewing of the Royal Quarters

Your VIP experience begins as you board a luxurious, air-conditioned minivan in central Paris and head west to the Palace of Versailles. On arrival in Versailles enjoy a coffee and croissant in a cafe close to the Palace. Next, meet your knowledgeable guide at the palace’s reserved entrance, and go straight inside with your priority access ticket.

Follow your guide to the State Apartments, where you’ll see two of the 17 rooms – the King’s Chamber and the Council Study. Then head to the fabulous Hall of Mirrors. Your group will be among the first of the general public to arrive at this famous room so you can enjoy the sumptuous setting in all its glory. Walk down the spectacular hall, lined with 357 mirrors that reflect the windows on the opposite wall.

Next, the exclusive part of your tour truly begins as you leave the crowd behind and pass through the velvet ropes into the palace’s restricted area. See the following Royal Quarters of Louis XV and Louis XVI:

  • The library of Louis XVI, said to be one of his favorite rooms
  • The dining room where Louis XV held dinners for lords and ladies
  • The clock room with its clock that has a crystal globe showing the planets revolving around the sun
  • The ‘corner room,’ which contains a cylinder desk belonging to Louis XV that is considered one of the most outstanding pieces of furniture in the world
You will then visit one of two additional royal sites, depending on daily availability: the Royal Opera House, built in 1770 to celebrate the wedding of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, or the Royal Chapel, where a series of paintings and sculptures depicts the notion that kings were chosen by God.

The guided portion of your tour now ends, and your friendly guide will answer any questions you have. From here, you have a few options to complete your Versailles experience. You can explore the other 15 rooms that make up the public State Apartments independently. You can enjoy lunch at Angelina’s restaurant located inside the palace (own expense). Or you can head outside and enjoy the beautiful Gardens of Versailles – a 1,977-acre (800-hectare) oasis of groves, sculptures, labyrinths and fountains. Depending on the day of the week that you are at the palace, you may catch one of the summer musical events – either the Musical Gardens or the Musical Fountains Show (known as the Grandes Eaux musicales), both of which bring the gardens to life with classical music; see the Itinerary section below for more details.

The gardens are also home to La Petite Venise, a popular restaurant with a lovely terrace, located in the former stables by the Grand Canal. It is your choice if you’d like to eat here, but you must make your way here to meet your guide for the drive back to Paris.


Tuesday Versailles Gardens Ticket: Classical Music in the Groves
Musical Gardens – Explore the Gardens of Versailles and its groves to the sounds of classical music.

Saturday and Sunday Versailles Gardens Ticket: Summer Opening Fountains Show
Musical Fountains Show (Grandes Eaux musicales) – Watch fountains come alive and spray water in sequence to the Baroque music of Jean-Baptiste Lully, a French composer who served in the court of Louis XIV. The display finishes at the Bassin de Neptune, often considered the palace's finest fountain.

Please note: These shows only run during the summer months from April to October. In the winter, you can still explore the gardens, but there will not be any musical or fountain displays. During the winter months (November to March) a ticket for the Trianon will be included in the tour so you can independently explore Marie-Antoinette's Estate.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This tour was well worth the cost. Was able to go right in without any wait, had an excellent guide, and was able to see a lot more of the palace as well as get closer in the public places/rooms to get excellent pictures of the details. Awesome!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The queues are immense, this tour skips the queue and takes you away from the crowds and gives you a great view of the royal quarters

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

It truly was a great experience. The tour was on time and the guide on the bus and within the Palace was excellent and very good knowledge of the palace and the history of Versailles.
The ability to be part of a small tour made it even better to interact with the guide and the ability to skip the line and to go into places the general public was not able to visit made the tour even more special.
Overall it was very worthwhile and very good value.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

We had a wonderful tour of Versaille. The tour guide was very knowledgable and friendly. Great private access to rooms all over the palace. We recommend this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This was phenomenal. We got in early, skipped the line, and were able to see Versailles even many private rooms before the crowds got too big. It was very unique and special to be privately guided through rooms that are closed to the public, even going through spiral staircases and locked doors! Our tour guide did a great job of creating the narrative of Versailles as we made our way through. I would have liked more time to explore the gardens, but otherwise this was wonderful. Even the guide during the van ride offered great information and history to and from Versailles.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

very informative and comfortable excursion with extra viewing places in Versailles

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Shuttle van to and from was fine. Narrator was very pleasant. Guide in Palace was absolutely amazing and highly knowledgable. If you don't know the history of the palace itself, do not do a self guided tour, there is just too much to see. Suggest you do this tour on one day and the gardens on another because it is overwhelming!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This was amazing well worth the money. It was the best way to save time and skip the lines and have private access to the Kings rooms and Chambers. This is the only way to go see this amazing site. The van service was perfect

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This was an amazing tour and more than exceeded our expectations. The arrangements to get to and from Versailles worked well, and the guides were excellent. I would definitely recommend Viator and would certainly take another of their tours.

Michael Kurtz

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Exceptional! The tour guide was/is very knowledgeable and informative. The only way to see Le Palais de Versailles-otherwise, the alternative is a 3 hr line to get in and that's a self guided tour w/o the exceptionally knowledgeable guide detailing history, etc...

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