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Last Entry: Versailles Tour After the Crowds

4.5 / 5

30 reviews

Activity provider: Walks

Last Entry: Versailles Tour After the Crowds

Activity provider: Walks
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Likely to sell out

From US$ 103.19 per person

See the Palace of Versailles as it was meant to be experienced—in luxurious peace— and with a fully guided tour of the gardens.

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Duration 5 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Audio guide included
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Avoid the crowds by visiting at the last entry time
  • Enter through the Queen’s Gate for a fully-guided garden tour
  • Benefit from transportation to and from central Paris
  • Enjoy unique experiences that many Versailles tours don't include
Full description

Covid-19 Update

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Step inside one of Europe’s most opulent buildings on this fully-guided tour of the Palace of Versailles. From the immense fountains that punctuate Louis XIV’s gardens to the splendor of the King’s and Queen’s Apartments and the incomparable Hall of Mirrors, this tour immerses you in the sights, stories, gossip, and legends of France’s lost age of splendor. Head to the outskirts of Paris, where Louis XIII first built a hunting lodge that was later extended by his son into the royal palace you see today.  In order to retain some of the bucolic feel of his father’s lodge, the Sun King set aside nearly 2,000 acres for gardens and even sketched out a strict plan for how they should be visited. Your tour will begin these gardens, but don’t worry, you don’t have to follow Louis’ plan. Instead, you’ll learn how these came to be considered the epitome of the French style of gardens that you can still see all over the world. You’ll also get the story of how Louis snatched his garden designer off another project essentially out of jealousy. As you go, your guide will point out details like the various symbols of the Greek sun god, Apollo, which Louis used all over the grounds as a reference to, well, himself. The highlights of the gardens are the immense fountains, which are packed with beautiful statuary and run on a system of gravity-driven hydraulics that has not changed since they were first installed. If you are visiting during the week you’ll only see the architecture of the fountains, but if you go on the weekend you’ll witness their full grandeur when they are turned on — water spouts from them just as it did over 300 years ago.  After the gardens, you’ll enjoy skip-the-line entrance into the palace itself. It’s the final entrance of the day so Versailles will be as peaceful as you can get it without renting it for a private function (which is possible, but as your guide will tell you, it’s pretty expensive). This enormous palace wasn’t just a home for the King. In its heyday, it was a literal gilded cage for thousands of nobles whom Louis kept here for much of the year to make sure they weren’t plotting against him. As you go from one unimaginably decadent room to the next, your guide will bring the palace to life with stories of courtly intrigue and royal plots, while also giving you insight into the everyday lives of the people who lived here (it may not be as glamorous as you expect). On your small group tour you will visit the most famous and impressive rooms in the palace, from the Royal private apartments, where the last of the Bourbon monarchs lived out their private lives; to the public state apartments, like the War Room and Peace room, which hosted balls, concerts, and political functions. The most stunning of them all is the Hall of Mirrors, which is packed with so much art, symbolism, and imagery, your guide will make sure to spend extra time there helping you decode it all. This is one of, if not the greatest and most ostentatious throne room ever created, and it’s packed with diplomatic history. Be sure to ask lots of questions and soak it all up. Since you entered the chateau from the back, you’ll leave from the front, making your last view of Versailles also the most impressive.
Includes
  • Fully-guided Versailles tour, including the palace and gardens
  • Transportation to and from Paris
  • Expert guide
  • Headsets
  • Tips
  • Hotel pickup or drop-off
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Masks are required while indoors

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Meeting point

Please meet at the rhinoceros statue in front of the Musée d'Orsay (left of the main entrance when facing the museum).

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • High-heeled shoes
  • Baby strollers
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • Areas visited during this tour are subject to closure. Your guide may need to modify areas visited on the day of the tour
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 30 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Transportation
    3.5/5
  • Value for money
    4.5/5
  • Safety
    5/5

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This was a very well organized trip and definitely one of the highlights of our trip. Gemma was the lovely host who got us from Paris to Versailles where we were handed over to our tour guide, Adam. Even though he originates from Canada, this bright, funny, entertaining and knowledgable young man, fluent in four languages (not to mention a PhD in nuclear medicine!) literally made Versailles come to life for us all as we toured the gardens and the castle. Rather than just talking at us, he engaged with each of us by asking us questions about the history of Versailles and its monarchy and nobility. The stories he then painted for us with his wit and impressive knowledge made this tour the best we have ever taken. I heard other participants saying the same thing. What could have been a stale, boring tour was made exciting and relevant by Adam's thorough account of French history and its place in the world at the time of Versailles.

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May 30, 2022

Amazing experience! The last entry definitely lets you see the palace with less people around and Versailles is normally packed! However; in hindsight - you can definitely spend the day here!! So if you’re confident in getting to Versailles unassisted, which truthfully isn’t hard.. go all day. Rent a golf cart in the gardens to explore because the place is massive and elaborate! Even rent a small row boat. It’s truly magical. That said, our guide was absolutely Incredible. He was hilarious and extremely knowledgeable which was preferred to renting a head set. But the choice is yours! I still give this 5/5 stars. Just depends on how much time you want to spend and the experience you want to have while at Versailles!

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May 18, 2022

Pauline was amazing! She knew all the history and answered all our questions! We loved the pace of the your and all the locations we visited. The 4 stars has nothing to do with Pauline she was amazing, the reason is because the tour did not include the grand canal. It was so close and it would have been great if that was included in the tour. It looks so beautiful. Anyway Pauline was great!

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April 26, 2022

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