• Location: Paris, France
  • Duration: 8 hours (approx.)
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Tour the Palace of Versailles (Château de Versailles) in royal style with a small-group tour that includes a private visit to the Royal Quarters. These rooms are typically off-limits to the public, but with this exclusive VIP tour you'll see Louis XVI's private library and enter the palace through a reserved door to bypass the lines. Additionally, explore the famous Hall of Mirrors and two of the State Apartments when Versailles first opens, before it gets too crowded. Group size is limited to 16 and comes with priority entrance.

Highlights

  • VIP tour of the Palace of Versailles including a viewing of the private Royal Quarters
  • Receive exclusive access to the Royal Quarters – the private rooms of Louis XV and Louis XVI that are usually off-limits to the public
  • Small-group tour limited to 16 people ensures a more intimate experience
  • Use your skip-the-line ticket for priority access to the palace, allowing you to enter through a reserved door
  • Enjoy a sweet break at the restaurant ORE by Alain Ducasse
  • Wander through the Gardens of Versailles after your tour, and during the summer months enjoy the Musical Gardens or the Musical Fountains Show
  • Experience the UNESCO World Heritage-listed palace like a royal insider!
  • 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

What You Can Expect

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

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

Climb aboard a comfortable, climate-controlled minivan in central Paris to begin the drive west to for a private tour of the Palace of Versailles. Upon arrival, stop for a coffee and croissant in a nearby cafe (included) before meeting your guide at the reserved entrance to the palace. There, you'll get to bypass the long lines and go right inside thanks to your priority access ticket.

Begin your visit to the Palace of Versailles by seeing two of the 17 rooms of the State Apartments – the Council Study and the King's Chamber – before they get too crowded. Next, visit the Hall of Mirrors, which you'll also get to see before the bulk of the crowds. Take in the extravagance of the hall, lined with 357 mirrors on one wall and windows on the other.

After seeing these highlights, follow your guide beyond the velvet ropes to the Royal Quarters which are usually off-limits. The rooms of Louis XV and Louis XVI that you will see are:
  • Louis XVI's library, reportedly a favorite room of his
  • The formal dining room in which Louis XV held important dinners for nobility
  • The clock room, where you'll see a clock with a crystal globe depicting planets revolving around the sun
  • The 'corner room,' in which Louis XV's roll-top desk is located, thought to be one of the finest pieces of furniture on earth
After this visit to the Royal Quarters, your tour continues to one of two additional attractions at Versailles, depending on availability. You will either see the Royal Chapel, in which much of the artwork is focused on the theme of kings being divinely chosen, or the Royal Opera House. The latter was built in 1770 to commemorate the marriage of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.

This marks the end of the guided tour of Versailles. There will be an opportunity to ask your guide any follow-up questions or recommendations for the remainder of your visit to the palace and gardens.

The rest of your visit can be spent in a variety of ways. You can go back to see some of the other 15 rooms in the State Apartments or take a break for lunch at the restaurant inside the palace, Angelina's (own expense). You can venture out to explore the vast Gardens of Versailles – or at least some of its 1,977 acres (800 hectares). Depending on the day of your visit, you may be lucky enough to see one of the special summer events in the garden – the Musical Gardens or Musical Fountains Show (Grandes Eaux Musicales in French). See the Itinerary section below for more details.

Also in the gardens is a popular little restaurant, La Petite Venise, set inside what were once the palace's stables near the Grand Canal. This is where you'll meet your guide for the return trip to Paris at the conclusion of your tour, and of course you're welcome to eat at the restaurant before that, too.

Itinerary

Customer Reviews

Amber C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

The tour was lovely. The tour guide was awesome. I personally got really sick when we got to this tour so I didn't get to fully enjoy it and we had some rude people that wrecked the beginning part of the tour for us not the tour's fault...and actually the guide was quite nice to them. Versatile was a dream...just wish my body would have cooperated.

PAM United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2018

This was so much more than I was expecting, and I expected a lot! Everyone told us not to bother with Versailles because the crowds were unbelievable. This is true, but this VIP tour removed the crowd problem so you can just enjoy the AMAZING palace.

Sherry W M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

I would highly suggest this tour especially if you want a very extensive, private tour. Comfortably transferred to Versailles in a van with guide. You are met at Versailles by an museum employee that gives an incredible tour of places not visited by the regular ticket, PLUS you skipped that line which was HUGE advantage. The only thing I would mention was the personal Versailles guide did not wait long enough at some palace places to take pictures....it was a fast paced but indepth. At least an hour with a personal guide in the private apartments and palace. We then had enough time to rent the electric cars outside the palace and travel the grounds comfortably. It is ACRES and ACRES so if you would like to see the other palace buildings on the other side of the grounds, I would suggest this extra option because walking would take hours to and fro.

Todd B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

This tour was a wonderful way to see Versailles. We had plenty of time to see the palace and also all the gardens, fountains and The Trianon Estate. Our guide shared so much interesting history with us and the transportation was very convenient. It was so nice seeing parts of the palace not open to everyone and not packed full of other tourists.

Joshua G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

The tour was excellent - our guide (in period dress no less) was excellent, very informative and entertaining. The tour of the palace itself was great and the palace guide timed it perfectly so that we were often the only group in the area - nice when there's only ten people in the Hall of Mirrors. Definitly good value for money. The instructions for pick up were easy to follow and the booking process was smooth and trouble free. Thanks for a great day.

MIGUEL T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

The best

Andree United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

This was awesome way to see Versailles and see areas I had not seen before. No waiting, lots to see and a great amount of time to roam the grounds afterwards. bring lots of water!

Jessica B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Awesome! This was a great tour, especially being able to see some of the private areas not open to the general public. The guide was helpful, and the croissants at the restaurant were amazing, and the best we have had. An excellent tour.

Nichole L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Very custom experience. Knowledgeable guide. Didn't have to wait in the long line. Personalized experience for my son who's a Marie Antoinette fan.

Pat E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Excellent tour! Jumping the line is a must, and absolutely go in the morning. By noon the lines stretch to the parking lot. The private quarters were the highlight of the tour. Highly recommend!

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