5 star rating: Highly Recommended 287 Reviews

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

Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Viator VIP: Palace of Versailles Small-Group Tour with Private Viewing of the Royal Quarters. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.

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Lisa M
United States of America

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2015

This was the BEST tour we have ever taken and I do not say that lightly. We have taken some great expensive tours. Kevin was a wonderful narrator and guide on the trip out to Versailles. We left on time but be warned that you have to travel to the Place de la Concord to meet the group so just take a cab and get there on time since you leave pretty early. When we arrived at the Palace we were served a light breakfast of croissants and coffee which were excellent. Paris is not the time or place to be dieting so just try it! It was free and yummy and the server was very sweet.

We were then walked to the Palace and we waited for our Palace guide. She had a skeleton key which opened EVERY door - it was so cool. She worked there and she was very knowledgeable. We were the ONLY ones in the Palace for quite a while and it was so quiet so she could tell us all the details. We got to go into most of the private rooms and we were able to go to the Opera house AND the Chapel which were both incredible! The general public was allowed in a t some point and the halls were jammed but we were in our own little world. As we exited the Chapel one lady who was viewing it from 60 feet or so away asked me just how we got to go in there and I said VIP TOURS! I don't know what we missed on the general tour but the rooms we saw were exquisite.

After the tour we rented a golf cart to see the grounds, fountains, sculptures and had so much fun. Yes you have to pay extra but come on, how many times are you going to see this place.

I would highly recommend this tour and in fact HAVE to 2 friends who are traveling there next month. My husband and friend thought this was one of the highlights to our trip to Paris. It was my favorite! Do it! You won't be sorry. It is a VIP experience.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2015

This tour was fantastic, very personal and informative. Kathryn was a superb guide. The group was only 16 people so it was very initament and personal. We would strongly recommend!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2015

Quite breathtaking.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2015

This tour was amazing!!! No regrets at all only praises. Had the best tour guide - Kevin- to and from paris. He made the trip effortless for us and gave us tips that made our Parus trip perfect. The tour guide at Versailles was so very knowledgeable. The behind the scenes for two hours was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2015

Loved our tour guide and loved the tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2015

Kevin was a wonderful host and took care of our group all along the way. He made a point to introduce everyone and made the trip itself exciting. He was very knowledgeable about Paris and offered several pointers both generally and individually based on people's needs. Our guide at Versailles was absolutely wonderful. She not only knew he various rooms but brought the history behind them to life as she explained various aspects. The access to areas not generally open to regular tours was awesome and added a significant value to the tour. The music in the gardens was nice as well. The only wish would be that the fountains had been running, but they were being repaired.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2015

Our guide at Versailles was so knowledgable. He actually lives on site. It was so wonderful not to have to deal with all the crowds! We were ushered in and out of areas while everyone else was kept out. Great tour! Worth the extra money.

Cadence D
Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2015

This was a great tour from start to finish. Our experience on the minivan with Kevin as our guide was very entertaining. Once we got to the Palace Kevin handed us over to our guide who took us through the Royal Quarters. Our guide for the Royal Quarters was excellent. It was great to skip the line and to have a small group. Highly recommend this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2015

The trip exceeded expectations. The Hall of Mirrors and the water show were eye stoppers. Even though it rained we had the time of our lives. I would love to steal Kevin and put him in charge of my sales force at home. What an ambassador for France and Viator.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2015

Fantastic! A great way to see the palace and avoid the overbearing crowds!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2015

The tour guide on the way to and from Versailles was fantastic. She provided a great deal of background information which enhanced the tour at the palace. The tour guide at the palace knew her stuff. The small-group touring was really appreciated once we caught up with the masses. Great tour!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2015

Fabulous tour guide. Skip the line -true VIP experience with plenty of time and opportunity to explore gardens etc on our own. A must do!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2015

Incredible guides! The private viewing was worth it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2015

My tour was simply amazing and I am so looking forward to redo it one day! Our guide Stephanie was simply hilarious and everyone was simply so nice and welcoming! 6 on 5 honnestly worth every penny!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2015

I almost didn't show, because I was really tired. Do not miss this. It's so exclusive. So amazing... One of my biggest surprises. Of course we we lucky too. 3 people didn't show, so there were only 3 of us. Inside alone before opening.. Then led to see the open items before the public... And so many private rooms not open to the public. Words cannot even say how amazing it was. We took turns being completely alone in The Hall of Mirrors

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2015

Excellent! Our tour guides were amazing.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2015

What a great day! Our guide Steph was incredibly knowledgeable and truly witty and clever. Once we reached Versailles, our guide Alain was phenomenal. Having the opportunity to visit the private quarters was fascinating and most importantly it wasn't crowded! After our guided tour, we had plenty of time to get to the Petit Trianon and the Hamlet which we visited on our own. The bus was clean and prompt, everyone was courteous and friendly. Thank you!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2015

Excellent tour! Tour guide was very informative and well spoken on all things Versailles. Got to go into areas the general public wasn't able too and treated like VIP's with our own tour guide inside the castle. Really fabulous day and would highly recommend to do when on Paris.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2015

Worth every penny!!!! One of the best things we did on our trip! We saw so much more than just the regular tour. And the best part was when all the other people had to stand behind a red rope, and we walked into the chapel and stood in the middle of the church. AMAZING!!! WORTH THE MONEY!!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2015

We had the best day. Stephanie is a great guide. Lots of laughs and she is very knowledgable re the history of Paris. We will recommend this tour ...well done Viatour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2015

Excellent small group tour . Our guide Stephanie was superior . The in-house guide at Versallies took us places the regular tours are not permitted and provided us information we would not have heard otherwise.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2015

Well this was a fantastic day. Our tour guide Stephanie Paul was perfect - incredibly knowledgable and interesting and also entertaining. Worth every cent. Highly recommended.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2015

Palace was amazing and this was a great way to seeit and avoid the crowds

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2014

If you can afford the cost or you only plan on seeing Paris once this tour was worth the cost. Private coach pick-up at the hotel, commentary of the history of Paris and Versailles on the drive over was thorough and fun. We were dropped off right in front of the Palace where we saw a mass of people waiting in line to enter. We were then escorted to a private side entrance and greeted by our guide and were taken to the private rooms and bedrooms, and the cathedral of the King and Queen where no one else were permitted to go into. The tour was excellent. It was very quiet, peaceful and the pace unrushed. Definitely worth doing to avoid the hoard of the crowd and the noise and jostling that go with it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2014

This tour was amazing. Stephanie Paul our guide was excellent. We are so glad we booked the small group tour and paid the extra as the place was like a zoo for those who came through the gates. The crowds and the pushing and shoving were all avoided by taking the small group tour. I think Versailles needs to think about how it manages people. Having the toilets on the other side of a crowded cafe was just stupid. People had to push through to get to the toilet. Apart from this the place was amazing and the small group tour got us into places that others did not go - the chapel and the opera theatre for example. We also some private quarters that others did not see. Thoroughly recommended.

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