30 reviews of Viator VIP: Palace of Versailles Small-Group Tour with Private Viewing of the Royal Quarters
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Reviewed by Elizabeta P, August 2012
This was an absolutely amazing tour. It was a very small group, so we were able to talk to the guides, and ask questions about things we saw, and the history of the palace and France. Talking to the guides, I felt as if I got to know the palace simply by being able to see things from their perspective. We had access to the roped off areas of the palace, and skipped all the queues. It really was a VIP experience that I would recommend to anybody who would like to do more than simply tick the "I went to Versailles" box on their itinerary. This tour offers depth, with style.
Reviewed by dizzledorf, USA, August 2012
Reviewed by Todd P, August 2012
Well worth it to avoid the queues and get access to a part of the palace no one else did. Highly recommend it.
Reviewed by toadstri, August 2012
Was excellent. My mother and I just loved Versailles. Recommend to everyone to see this palace.
Reviewed by Holly F, April 2013
This is the way to see Versailles! We skipped the lines and went right in. We were meet by another guide who took us through the Palace. She was ver knowledgeable. We then had a few hours to wander around the gardens and have lunch. It was a chilly overcast day when we were there and Paris was just starting to get green so I can imagine the gardens would have been gorgeous a week or two later. Still a nice pleasant few hours walking around the gardens and seeing all of the fountains.
Reviewed by Caryn S, April 2013
Loved the Palace of Versailles and the small group tour of the Palace was very enjoyable. Our main guide, Kevin, had not been to the gardens and could not provide any information about the musical water fountains. This was a disappointment because it took longer to figure out where to go and I missed some due to time restrictions.
Reviewed by Barry S, USA, April 2013
Why in the world would we spend so much money for such a tour? We concluded that we were only going to Versailles once and we wanted to see as much as possible. Two things were working against us on the day we chose: there was a morning strike in the Palace; and it was periodically raining. It turned out that neither got in the way too much. Once we got into the building, our guide was so excellent that we forgot the delays. The public rooms were so crowded that we appreciated even more the private rooms not open to the public. We had time to see and experience those spaces. We could actually hear our guide and didn't have others stepping into our pictures and pushing us on. After other European palaces including Russian ones, Versailles seemed small. None of the smaller palaces on the grounds were open that day. Due to the weather we 'ran' through the gardens between raindrops (which were disappointing this early in the season) rather than taking a gracious stroll. We did have a wonderful quick lunch at the fine restaurant in the Palace. It was had to find, but worth the look...the pastries were a feast for the eye!
Reviewed by Marijana R, November 2012
Amazing place recommend the trip but not during winter/
Reviewed by Fae E, October 2012
Excellent tour. Really felt like a VIP when we were shown into areas not available to the general public.
Reviewed by snap, October 2012
This was well worth the extra money - absolutely no queues and the guide was excellent. The downside was the early morning start then an hours wait in a Versaille coffee shop for no good reason. Also, the information are the Fountains was confusing so we missed the most of the Musical show.
Reviewed by Robert P, September 2012
The bus driver showed up, but the guide did not. We had difficulty figuring out where we were supposed to pick up the "tour." Once we got directed to the correct door and picked up the wonderful woman who actually provided the tour it was WELL worth it. The transition from bus to tour was very messy and frustrating.
Reviewed by Lynette, Australia, September 2012
Well worth doing the tour. Got to see a lot more than the average tourist
Reviewed by philippa, April 2013
Good trip however bus had no identification as advised it would so difficulty establishing it was our bus. Alexi (our Viator guide just new and learning the ropes). Advised to meet at Italian restaurant at the end but turned out there were two. Not clear instruction. Versailles guide replacement as designated guide didn't show was amazing. Worth doing but very expensive.
Reviewed by Harley M, September 2012
Tour at Versailles was wonderfull. Our tour guide form Viator did not make it to the bus that morning. We were left on our own to finde our guide at the palace. It worked out, but was not smooth.
Reviewed by Alexandra S, April 2013
I was so disappointed with this tour, particularly given the incredibly high price. The tour promised a fluent English-speaking guide at Versailles, but instead we had to deal with 2+ hours of a poor woman struggling through broken English. It was incredibly difficult to understand what she was saying, and given that so much of the tour involved her speaking, I easily grew restless and bored. I also felt that the tour itself was disorganized, there was quite a bit of waiting around before and after the guided tour bit. The only thing that met my expectations on this tour was being able to go behind the ropes to see the royal quarters- that was very cool. But at the price, and with the annoyance of having to deal with a disorganized tour group and a Versailles guide who was struggling with her English the entire time, I definitely do not recommend.