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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
  • 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

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

Sue B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Beautiful Versailles. How lucky were we , the sun shone and there was just us on the tour , heaven .

june chang

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Great experience with small group that allow us to skip the Q and also private viewing of the Royal Quarters.

Brian P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This is an amazing tour!!!!!!! The price is well worth the money. Our driver out to Versailles was fantastic. She was able to tell us a lot about the palace before we arrived. We had a light breakfast at a small cafe across the street which was a great way to start the day. This tour enables you to see areas of the palace that are not open to the public. Our tour guide was VERY knowledgable about Versailles and she was very happy to field questions along the way. After the tour, we were given three hours to roam the gardens. We thought that seemed like a long time, but there is so much to see outside of the palace. If you are even thinking about this tour DO IT!!!!!!!!!

applehazar USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Tour was fantastic. Pickup place looked a little seedy. no water as advertised Private tour is the only way to go. Crowds at the palace are overwhelming and the looks on their faces when our group was escorted through locked doors was priceless. We went to completely empty rooms no tourists

Richard M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

It was an amazing trip and the guide was fantastic. We loved every minute of it.

Marilyn M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

One of the best tours I have been on. Both the tour guide and the local guide were amazing. Loved that we could get into rooms not available to the general public. Easy access to Versailles without the lines. Best way to visit Versailles.

Susan D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Greats day at Versailles! Rent the golf carts and tour the gardens our other homes in the property! The tour guide got us into areas not accessible to the general public which made it special!

Robert L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This behind the scenes tour is worth every penny! Got to see parts of the Palace not open to the public. The narration offered by our guide offered unique insight into the history of the Palace as well as it's component parts that really added to the overall experience. Unforgettable.

Patrick M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This is a must see, and tour. Without our guide we would have missed so much. They know where to go, and how to do it, to miss the crowds! And, it is crowded! So very beautiful!

Terry

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great! Tour guide was the greatest.

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