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Small Group Versailles Palace, Gardens & Fountains, Hamlet, Day Trip Guided Tour

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Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

Go back in time to experience the opulence of the Palace and Gardens of Versailles on this small-group tour from Paris. Walk through the glittering Hall of Mirrors, see the Royal Apartments, and admire the enormous gardens and beautiful fountain displays. Weekend visitors from April to October can see the famous fountain shows. Choose either a half-day independent tour in either the morning or afternoon, or a full-day guided tour. Pick-up and drop-off at central Paris hotels is included to make everything hassle-free.
  • Versailles small-group day trip from Paris with hotel transfers
  • Choose from a half-day audio tour or a full-day guided tour
  • Smaller group tour ensures a more personalized experience
  • Transportation and pre-purchased entry tickets included

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

A great option for people who don't like big group tours. You get transport and admission and the option to explore Versailles on your own or take a guided tour with a very small group.
Half-Day Tour: Select either a morning or afternoon tour and depart from your Paris hotel bound for Versailles. Your host for the trip gives you recommendations about planning your Versailles visit and provides you with an audio guide for a tour of the palace and gardens. The guide is available in multiple languages, so you can explore Versailles without a tour guide.

The half-day tour includes time to see Louis XIV’s Royal Apartments, the apartments of the Dauphin and Dauphine, as well as the often-photographed Hall of Mirrors.

Full-Day Tour: The full-day experience starts with a guided tour of the Palace of Versailles. See the lavish Royal Apartments, the Queen’s Bedroom, the Gallery of Battles, and the famous Hall of Mirrors. After the tour, stop for a 3-course lunch at La Petite Venise restaurant (included).

Following lunch, head into the expansive gardens of Versailles. On Saturdays and Sundays from April to October, watch a show of the garden’s fountains set to music. Make a brief detour to the Queen’s Hamlet, a private retreat for Marie-Antoinette in the 1780s. Then, join your guide for a tour of the Grand Trianon, the private palace retreat for both Louis XV and Louis XVI.

Hotel pickup and drop-off from selected hotel is included for both tours.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
1st Arrondissement
Pick up from your central located hotel inside Paris
Stop At:  
Monument a Louis XIV
Discover the equestrian Statue of Louis XIV standing in front of the Palace on the Place d'Armes at Versailles.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Palace of Versailles
Half-day: Choose from a morning or afternoon departure from Paris. Your hostess will provide advice to help you plan your time at Versailles.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
The Hall of Mirrors
An audio guide is available in 8 languages. Your tour of the Palace of Versailles will be independent without a tour guide. Then enjoy the gardens by strolling the meticulous manicured lawns : a complete picturesque setting
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Le Jardin de Versailles
You'll take time to stroll through the gardens conceived for the pleasure of a king, with magnificent water features, grand avenues...now a world heritage site.End of the tour for those having half day option.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Grandes & Petites Ecuries
Enjoy lunch at La Petite Venise Restaurant.( if you select the full day option) After lunch, it's time to explore the palace gardens and take a visit to the Queen's Hamlet, where Marie-Antoinette played at being a shepherdess in the 1780s
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
The Trianons & The Hamlet
Full-day: Your full day tour begins with a fully-guided tour of Versailles (1-hour) including the Royal Apartments, Hall of Mirrors, Queen's Bedroom and the Gallery of Battles.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Le Grand Trianon
You'll then take a guided tour of the Grand Trianon (1 hour), a mini palace where Louis XV and Louis XVI liked to lead a quiet life outside the court of Versailles( when full day option is selected
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Grand Canal
Louis XIV used to sail small craft, including gondolas, on the canal.
Pass By:  
8th Arrondissement
At the end of the day , drop back to your hotel inside Paris.
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Small Group Versailles Palace, Gardens & Fountains, Hamlet, Day Trip Guided Tour?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Small Group Versailles Palace, Gardens & Fountains, Hamlet, Day Trip Guided Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Small Group Versailles Palace, Gardens & Fountains, Hamlet, Day Trip Guided Tour?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Small Group Versailles Palace, Gardens & Fountains, Hamlet, Day Trip Guided Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Small Group Versailles Palace, Gardens & Fountains, Hamlet, Day Trip Guided Tour?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Small Group Versailles Palace, Gardens & Fountains, Hamlet, Day Trip Guided Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Small Group Versailles Palace, Gardens & Fountains, Hamlet, Day Trip Guided Tour?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Small Group Versailles Palace, Gardens & Fountains, Hamlet, Day Trip Guided Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Small Group Versailles Palace, Gardens & Fountains, Hamlet, Day Trip Guided Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Small Group Versailles Palace, Gardens & Fountains, Hamlet, Day Trip Guided Tour.

Traveler Tips


  • "DISCLAIMER Versailles is extremely popular, even in the low season so be mindful that it will be crowded." See review
  • "Vacationing can be physically demanding, by utilizing the pick up/drop off portion of this excursion, we saved considerable steps getting to/from."

Reviews

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Reviews by Viator travelers
star-3
This was a very poor tour.. would NOT recemmend it.
dhaymann
, Feb 2020
We were meet by the Tour at the pick up point, but from the moment our driver picked us up, he had a very unpleasant demeanor. He saw some of the group had a few snacks, and stated there was to be no drinking or eating in his vehicle. There were two other passengers, and he did not say one word about anything we were driving past on the way. On arrival he separated the two groups, and told us, he would not be doing any explanations or giving any comments. We requested to pay extra for a guided tour and he said NO.. would not discuss it. there were few people at the location so if he had wanted he could have arranged it. We offered to pay to join the other couple, again NO, NO,NO
star-4
Versailles Small Group Tour
Afner247Texan
, Dec 2019
Tour was good but still crowded during the afternoon time slot. Traffic was bad getting back to Paris, but our guide Jose was.Great! He ended up taking us through Paris as well pointing out several sights to visit that we had not yet seen as we worked our way through traffic. Jose was knowledgeable advice well explaining Versailles history on the way out for the tour.
star-1
Viator mistake
karenbX8068UQ
, Jul 2019
I booked a whole day tour which included the palace of Versailles, le petit Trianon, le grand Trianon, the hamlet, and gardens. The driver came on time and confirmed our reservation but when he dropped us off he said he would be back in 2.5 hours to pick us up. I showed him our confirmation for the trip which included everything and he said no that he couldn’t stay that long- there was a mistake. He was going to message the office and I sent a message to Viator and no response! Rip-off!!!!
star-4
Hotel pick up was on time. There were 7...
Mark B
, Sep 2018
Hotel pick up was on time. There were 7 of us and it was a hot day. We had time to walk around the gardens before our skip the line start time, which was 10am. We actually got into the palace about 10:50 as there were other groups a head of us. Just beware that there are massive amount of people inside the palace all trying to do the same thing, which is take pictures and slowly shuffle along.
star-4
They picked us up from our hotel in...
Joanna P
, Jul 2018
They picked us up from our hotel in a nice van. We were seated in back since we were the last pick up. Paris was having record high temperatures and the back of the van did not cool off at all. Because they do not have a lot of hot weather there, no one seems to know how to operate the AC correctly we are from Texas. It was extremely hot and uncomfortable the whole ride there. The palace is beautiful and the audio and headsets were nice. But it was so hot, it was oppressive. There was no way to cool off in any way. I recommend going any other month than July. The palace is stunning, but are thousands of tourists are there with you, so know that going in.
star-5
Wonderful Tour
Jeanette H
, Jul 2018
Best driver and tour guide...Dario. On time for pick up and knowledgeable about history of Versailles.
star-5
Great Experience
PNL18
, Jul 2018
Joel was a great guide. He made the trip relaxing, fun, and informative. Very friendly - made everyone on the tour comfortable.
star-5
Awesome 1/2 Day Trip to Versailles
Robyn C
, Jul 2018
Highly recommend this small group tour to Versailles. You will not be disappointed. To see the grounds and the Palace of the “Sun King” was quite an experience and education in understanding why people revolt when they’ve had enough.
star-1
Unorganized and rushed
Sarah2379
, Jul 2018
We booked what we thought would be a relaxing afternoon at Versailles. We booked a tour where the driver would pick us up at our hotel. As this was the last day of a busy trip we decided to sleep in a little. Woke up with plenty of time to grab a quick bite from one of the local shops and head back to the hotel to be picked up in the lobby. We waited in the lobby for almost 40 minutes.Called the tour agency and they said that the time had been changed and that they are on time.We were not notified. Had we been we would have enjoyed a much more relaxed morning with a nice lunch at a local brasserie. But not knowing we had extra time we just had a quick sandwich. Not what I would have liked to have had on my last afternoon in Paris. The
star-4
I opted for the half day tour...
Trixie
, Jun 2018
I opted for the half day tour without a guide. The driver was great and gave us some valuable information. If you only want an overview of the palace and gardens, this is fine. Several of the group felt as though they were rushed especially those who paid for a personal guide. It was quite crowded, but still amazing to see. As a member of the older generation, I cannot understand spending 99 your time taking pictures which will be mostly unidentifiable later when you could actually use your eyes to take in the opulence. Buy a book with better pictures and text to explain the location and history of each one!

Product code: 2050PLUSVR_VE

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