My experience at the Palace was negatively affected by the adverse weather. There was a hail storm (!) and freezing temperatures, and so we could not make our way to the Trianon. In addition, while the Versailles was as grandiose and interesting as I had expected, it was rather stifling to be in the rooms with so many other people - I believe there were at least 2-3 other tour groups at the same time. While that obviously could not be avoided, it did not add to the experience. Perhaps they should consider limiting the number of admissions per day, even if they had to raise the ticket prices.
Our tour guide was great, she got us on the bus and on our way to Versailles without any problems. She passed out audio tour headsets and sent us on our way.
This is the full day tour with access to the Hamlet. The Grand and Petit Trianon are very cool to see, as was the Hamlet. Be prepared to WALK A TON! I clocked 18,000 steps at the end of our day. We passed on the opportunity to rent golf carts to take to the Trianons and Hamlet and after being exhausted at the end of the tour, we should have considered it.
The bus was to pick us up at 4:45pm to take us back to Paris, but we were frozen and wet we traveled in early November and wanted to go home immediately. We ended up taking an Uber back to Paris.
I'm not sure a full day is necessary. If we would have moved a little quicker and didn't stop for coffee and lunch, if we also rented a golf cart, we could have seen everything in half a day.
Really enjoyed our day at Versailles! The audio guided tour was great because we could go at our own pace. We took the full day option, and were so glad we did, as there is so much to see! Since we were there in the middle of winter, the fountains were all frozen and the landscape was bleak, but still amazingly beautiful! The walk to the Queen's Hamlet and the Trianons was quite far, but worth it. We were blessed with an extra bonus- it snowed on us most of the time we were outside! The snowfall added an extra touch of beauty to the palace grounds and made the day even more special!