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Overview

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.
  • 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
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.

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H
, Oct 2018

Wow! Well worth the extra price for this in just skipping the line alone! Much less the fact that the tour of the private quarters gets you out of the crush of tourists to be able to enjoy and appreciate the palace. Very knowledgeable guide who took exceptional care of us!

R
, Aug 2018

The tour was very good. The tour guide is very knowledgeable and you do not have to wait in line. When we were there, the crowds were crazy, so skipping the lines was a big plus. A few tips if you choose to take this tour: 1. Eat before you go - all they serve is a croissant, coffee1 cup and juice. We felt it was a waste of time and was not a positive addition. 2. The fountains were not running when we were there - the fountain show starts at 3:30 but the tour boards the bus at 3pm. That was very upsetting - because part of this package states that the fountain/music tickets are included. Honestly - I would choose a different, less expensive tour - this one was not worth the price for what we were able to see.

A
, Jul 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.

M
, Jul 2018

To start off our morning, due to Bastille Day coming up the road where we were supposed to meet up was closed down by police for preparations. I understand this is out of Viator's control, however, we were only given a phone number to Versailles palace in case of emergency, not a Viator rep. We spent 30 minutes walking up and down streets trying to find the marked van. We eventually found an unmarked van and workers who did not have any badge or anything showing Viator. Our group size was over the 16 people limit stated in the description. We got to the palace at 8:45 a.m. where we were supposed to be able to immediately enter and have breakfast at this renowned restaurant. The door to the restaurant was locked, of course, because they don't actually open until 9 a.m. which is when we were let in. The so called breakfast was a dry croissant and a cup of coffee, from which the people in our group only had time to take a couple of sips and bites before we had to insist on our guide taking us on because the HUGE line out front was already being let in. So much for early access. By the time we actually entered, it was beyond packed with people, 2 people in our group actually got lost in the crowd. We were NOT able to see the chapel, the opera house, or the Musical Gardens show as stated because of Versailles's hosting some event, the description says this is a rare event, but I wouldn't count on being able to view these things. The actual tour guide was pleasant and knowledgable. After the guided tour, we were supposed to have access to the gardens included in our tickets. However, every person in our group was initially denied access. We had to argue and ask to speak with a supervisor. Some in our group weren't granted access at all, so they were left to sit at the front of the palace, with no rep around to provide assistance. Our Viator rep that rode with us/walked us to the gate gave us incorrect information all day and was no where to be found when needed. For instance, she told us the walk from the palace to Petit Trianon was a short 15 minute walk when in actuality it is a mile and a half away. The Orangerie, which was one of the major things we wanted to see, only 2nd to the Hall of Mirrors, was closed off.
Versailles palace itself is beautiful. Do yourself a favor, don't spend so much money on this tour, get there super early by 7:30 or 8 to be at the front of the line and rent the golf cart available in the garden to save the miles of walking.
This tour was supposed to be the highlight of our time in Paris but turned out to be a major let down.

R
, Jul 2018

Great tour for the money. They allow a lot of free time but its not nearly enough given the size of this place! not their fault though, the tour was great as was the Palace. The breakfast was a bit of a joke as it was really just coffee - but outside of that we were very satisfied.

P
, Jun 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.

S
, 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.

T
, 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.

J
, Apr 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.

M
, Mar 2018

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