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Best of Versailles Domain Skip-the-Line Access Day Trip with Lunch from Paris

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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Delve into the Versaille’s visionary architectural array on a comprehensive full-day tour from Paris. Sail past long lines outside of the Palace of Versailles with your priority-access pass. Embark on a guided tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed wonder and see grand chambers like the Hall of Mirrors. Absorb the botanical beauty of the palace gardens, and then head to an esteemed restaurant by for a gourmet 3-course lunch (if option selected). Conclude with a visit to the Queen’s Hamlet and the Grand Trianon.
  • Full-day trip to Versailles from Paris with an expert local guide
  • Enjoy fast-track entrance to the Palace of Versailles with your skip-the-line ticket
  • Tour the State Apartments and gaze in awe at the Hall of Mirrors
  • Explore Versailles Gardens at leisure
  • Upgrade for a 3-course lunch in a restaurant near the Grand Canal
  • See the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Grand Trianon and the Queen’s Hamlet

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Bonus features of this Versailles tour include a Grand Trianon visit and an optional 3-course lunch.
Transport by air-conditioned minibus
Live guiding by a local professional art historian guide
Lunch (if option "With Lunch" selected)
All Fees and Taxes
Skip-The-Line Tickets
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Gratuities (optional)

Departure Point

41 Avenue de la Bourdonnais, 75007 Paris, France

Departure Time

8:20 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
After pickup from a central Paris location, relax in a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan as you travel southwest to the regal town of Versailles. Receive an illuminating introduction to the region from your guide and feel suitably impressed by the classical splendor of the Palace of Versailles as you arrive at the UNESCO-listed monument's entrance.

Sail past long lines of visitors with your priority-access ticket and embark on a guided tour of the resplendent residence. Listen to captivating tales of the palace’s former residents, Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, as you explore incredible chambers like the Queen’s Apartments and the Hall of Mirrors.

After thorough exploration, take a stroll around the beautifully manicured gardens and see an array of distinctive water features and exotic flowers. If you've selected the option, appease your appetite with lunch at an acclaimed local restaurant beside the Grand Canal (please see the Itinerary section for a sample menu).

Then, head to the UNESCO-listed monument of the Grand Trianon, a marble palace surrounding by verdant gardens. Admire its distinct pink marble colonnades and listen to tales of extravagant emperor, Napoleon, before concluding your tour at the Queen’s Hamlet, a serene retreat replete with charming thatched-roof cottages.

Return to your minivan for the relaxing journey back to central Paris, where the tour concludes.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Palace of Versailles
Leave central Paris and head southwest by luxury minibus to the historic town of Versailles, roughly 25 miles (40km) away. Famous as the home of King Louis XIV, the town’s palace, gardens and memorials all attest to the sheer grandeur of his ruling era. First stop is the Palace of Versailles, the town’s sprawling palatial compound where Louis XVI and his wife, Marie Antoinette, once lived. At the center of French royal power throughout 17th and 18th centuries, the building oozes royal elegance and, as such, draws visitors from all around the world.
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
The Hall of Mirrors
Head straight past the long lines of visitors outside the palace with your skip-the-line ticket, and head inside to experience the history and opulence of it. On a tour led by your expert guide, discover the stunning State Apartments that comprise the Hall of Mirrors and Queen’s Apartments. While walking, your guide will enthrall you with tales of the kings who lived there.
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Le Jardin de Versailles
After an hour of touring Versailles Palace, stroll out into the gardens to explore them at your leisure. Every bit as grand as the palace, the French Baroque-style gardens took nearly 40 years to complete with magnificent features like the Versailles fountains and the Orangery. After strolling around, meet your guide for lunch at a restaurant, close to Versailles' Grand Canal. Sample Menu (subject to change): First Course: • Tomato and goat’s cheese salad with basil Second Course (choice of one): • Sirloin steak with Béarnaise sauce and creamed potatoes • Roast salmon with butter sauce and creamed potatoes Third Course: • Seasonal fruit tart • Tea or coffee
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
The Trianons & The Hamlet
Your afternoon is spent at the estate of Trianon, which "is perhaps most closely associated with Queen Marie-Antoinette", where you will visit the Petit Trianon, the place where "The wife of Louis XVI regularly sought refuge." Marie Antionette’s Queen’s Hamlet is nearby, and this is the last Versailles sight to be seen before your journey back to Paris. Designed by the popular French architect Richard Mique, the retreat features a charming thatched-roof cottage, lakes, streams and even a little farmhouse. After exploring the Queen’s Hamlet, head back to your luxury minibus for the return journey to Paris.
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Paris TRIP

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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  • "Also, check your insurance to see if you are covered for selfie-stick stabbings." See review
  • "Going in November was so worth how less busy it was but Dress Warm the garden were really cold so didn't want to stay out to long." See review
  • "I do recommend a full day there as I am not sure if you get to the mini palace on a half day." See review

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Great Versailles tour. Bravo
Bradley_S
, Mar 2020
Richardo was well spoken, intriguing, polite and accommodative. Most importantly he k ew his stuff and knew how to share it with the people present. Bravo!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2020
Bonjour Bradley, Thank you very much for your comment regarding your tour with your guide Ricardo who is a really a great guide, really knowledgeable, polite and who does everything possible to accomodate people. As you said he "knows his stuff", does it well. Thank you so very much again for taking the time to share this with us, and for the "Bravo"! He surely will appreciate. The entire team at Paris TRIP is Looking forward to welcome you again on one of our tours in Paris. Warm regards. Arnaud B.
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Ricardo was Amazing
maryQ8968CK
, Sep 2019
Everyone told us to skip Versailles because the lines would be too long and it would be so crowded we would not enjoy it. So wrong!!! Our guide Ricardo was not only knowledgeable about the history, but he knew how to navigate the site so efficiently that not a moment was wasted on a line!!
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Not enough guidance
Geri T
, Sep 2019
There is so much to be seen at Versailles. It is a complex mixture of opulance, historic individuals and events right through WWI. Our group was small and very friendly. Our guide spoke with us about our destination on the 1hr drive there. He escorted us into the palace and stayed with us for about an hour and a half. Much of his talk was about the mythological figures in paintings...too much. We were then on our own for lunch for about an hour and a half. He then met us to escort us to "the little farm" Le petit Trianion. After about 40 minutes we were again on our own. "How long do you think you"'ll need?" He asked. Well our tour lasted 6 hours including lunch. 3 hours were on our own. This was the priciest tour we took in France and not worth the price.
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Truly the Best of Versailles
Adventure609626
, Sep 2019
It was our lucky day - this turned into a private tour as we were the only couple signed up that particular day. Our guide did a spectacular job of getting us to the gates and positioned for entry at our pre-assigned time. She then guided us well through the palace itself over about an hour's time. We then had time to peruse the gardens on our own before meeting at a pre-assigned time and location near the Grand Canal for a 3 course lunch. Following lunch, we were driven a short distance to the Grand Trianon an Petit Trianon. From there, I wandered on my own to Marie Antoinette's village before returning to the vehicle for return trip to Paris. Pick up was near the Eiffel Tower and very convenient to our hotel.
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Magnificent
designsbybelinda2
, Sep 2019
Guide was very knowledgeable. I wish she had slowed down her speech just a little. The perfect amount of time to see everything.
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Educational
Compass234358
, Aug 2019
I enjoyed all the knowledge out tour guide shares with us. She was able to answer all our question with great detail. After seeing the long lines I was very thankful to have the tickets to skip the line. There were only six of us during the walk through Versailles which made it easy to listen and stay in a group among so many people. I liked that our guide gave us an hour or so to walk the gardens. I was disappointed that I didn’t get to see more of them. That had nothing to do with our tour. The gardens are so big you would have to make another trip to see all of the grounds. The lunch was excellent! The little lady restaurant was beautiful and the staff was so friendly. Our guide was nice enough to suggest a few other places to see while in Paris. She accommodated is with a drop of where we could walk and visit a few other places in the evening. Thank you for a wonderful experience!
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Rainy day in Versailles
lusmiles2019
, Aug 2019
Versailles is a very enjoyable experience. From the hall of mirrors, the paintings, and the sculptures into to the gardens, statues, and fountains outside- it take a good couple of hours to make it through the tour. We had an amazing guide- Ellenor, who was a delight with an amazing amount of information. The only downside is the amount of people that they pack into the building. It also takes a while to even make it in the front door, so patience is required!
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Wonderful day at Versailles
Pablo Z
, Aug 2019
Great pleasure we experienced with this day trip. We were just 5 people and that gave us the opportunity of getting the most of the kindness and knowledge of Sara!! Even though it was a terribly hot day Sara did the best to make us enjoy. Privileged access to Versailles (the Queues were huge!!) best spots to take pictures !! Excellent guide and for the fact of being just 5 we got a lot of details and the chance of interacting with the knowledgeable Sara!! Congrats and thanks for a wonderful day !! Totally recommended!!
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star-4
Crowded, touristy, rushed, and wonderful !
NatDParis
, Aug 2019
This tour was absolutely worth the time and cost. Our guide was fabulous with our group of 8; very knowledgeable and personable. The crowds were intense, even the skip the line lines. I can't imagine going through the regular line. Lunch was very good with wine included. The only thing we could ask for, in retrospect, was a bit more time to explore the gardens. They are expansive and require time, especially if you would like to linger, as you should in a place like this.
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Very good
Dittas f
, Jul 2019
The tourist guide Oliver was very good. However the food was not up to par. The roasted salmon was dry. With the amount of this tour the food must be excellent.
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