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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

Tuesday Versailles Gardens Ticket: Classical Music in the Groves
Musical Gardens – Explore the Gardens of Versailles and its groves to the sounds of classical music.

Saturday and Sunday Versailles Gardens Ticket: Summer Opening Fountains Show
Musical Fountains Show (Grandes Eaux musicales) – Watch fountains come alive and spray water in sequence to the Baroque music of Jean-Baptiste Lully, a French composer who served in the court of Louis XIV. The display finishes at the Bassin de Neptune, often considered the palace's finest fountain.

Please note: These shows only run during the summer months from April to October. In the winter, you can still explore the gardens, but there will not be any musical or fountain displays. During the winter months (November to March) a ticket for the Trianon will be included in the tour so you can independently explore Marie-Antoinette's Estate.

Customer Reviews

Michael G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Fantastic guide and we enjoyed the entire experience!

Jennifer O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This tour was great from beginning to end. The trip in the bus to Versailles was easy and we immediately stepped into a coffee shop for coffee and croissants. They even had hot chocolate for my 11 year old son. Then it was off to Versailles. Our tour guide from Versailles, Ann, kept us moving and provided just the right amount of information. She took us to places that others not in a guided tour didn't get to go to. We didn't have to wait in lines either. After the tour, we had a few hours to roam the beautiful gardens and have a nice lunch. This tour was worth the cost in terms of what we were able to see, the great guides and no lines. I highly recommend the tour. It was one of the highlights of our vacation.

ec926

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Great tour! We were a small group of six so it was even better. We had a nice driver/guide who brought us to Versailles and turned us over to a really wonderful guide who shared his knowledge of the palace and France's history with us.

Stuart S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This tour was fabulous -- being able to see many rooms that are not open to the general public royal quarters, the opera, the chapel -- which can only be seen by the general public from behind a rope, while we were able to walk thru the chapel, up to the altar, etc. My only complaint was that it wasn't long enough -- I'd have liked to spent the entire day there, versus only a half day.

Robert E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This was worth every penny to skip the lines (which were enormous!) and have a small group tour with a docent who knew everything about Versailles! Highly recommend!

William F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Great tour with knowledgeable guides. First rate.

Renata S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Pricey, but worth it. Advice: take the morning tour - you will be one of the first people in the palace and you can enjoy the Hall of Mirrors without huge crowds. Then, you can skip the pick up at 2:30 and spend the whole day exploring the HUGE property. There is a train back or ask your guide.

Andy D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Very pleasant tour to the so many rooms inside the Palace which is not always open to public. Fast track entry saves a lot of time.

jean

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

In every way, this tour of Versailles was outstanding. The private viewing of the royal quarters as well as the chapel and opera hall was wonderful. It was a real treat to see so much of the palace and to escape the crowds. We also had the good fortune to visit on a Saturday when the musical fountain display occurred. I highly recommend this tour!!

Brent

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Saved hours by skipping line and guide very knowledgeable.

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