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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

Melissa Rush

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Our guide was fabulous!!! She had so much personal information about many different places in Versailles. There is so much to look at and to learn about it's a bit overwhelming. We had our 3 older children with us. It's a great tour, worth every penny!

Claire R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

I loved this tour, so much I recommended this to all my friends and family. The local guide was amazing, the driver brilliant and the overall service could not have been higher.

However, and it is a big however, I will never use Viator again after today and I will be advising everyone to use other tour operators. Having booked a different tour in October 2016 for February 2017 and planning a whole long weekend around it, including flights and Hotels, we found out from the local operator not Viator itself that the tour wasn't running. I had to call America as my request for them to call me did not receive a response, I receive no form of apology, no explanation, the only alternative offered was after I asked if they could help and I was offered a different tour for almost twice the price. Needless to say, I declined and I will now be as vocal about avoiding Viator as I was pro them until today. Furious.

cmhelm7 United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Great experience. Got to know an great group of people on the tour and during lunch. Bypassing the long lines allowed us more time and the behind the scenes tour was definitely worth it.

Kenton P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Awesome guide and day at the Castle. Highly recommend this to all!

Gary R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Excellent tour. Our guide was wonderful. He whisked us up into the Hall of Mirrors so we would get there early. When our group arrived there were only 2 other people there. Perfect! We came back later by ourselves and it was very busy. He was incredibly well informed, a true enthusiast and very French, which all added to the experience. We visited in December so I wasn't sure we really needed 3 hours int he gardens, it turned out that 4 hours would have been better! This is the wa to see Versailles.

michellelewien

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Our tour guides were absolutely amazing..! Loved this trip! Worth every cent, highly recommended.

dianeronshelton

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Fantastic! What a place, what a story. But it wouldn't have been that outstanding without the history behind this beautiful castle. So much history, so wonderfully told. Can't say enough about our viator tour to Versailles...professional through out , right on time, knowledgeable, very experienced, even accomodated us with a different, closer drop-off point for our way to our home. Highly recommend this tour.

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!!!!!!!!!

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