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Half Day Versailles Guided Tour - From Paris

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Key Highlights

  • Discover the spectacular Palace of Versailles
  • Learn about France’s colourful history on an informative guided tour
  • Marvel at the ornate decoration in the Hall of Mirrors, King’s Grand Chambers and the Grand Trianon
  • Explore the extensive formal gardens used by Marie-Antoinette as her escape from regal duties
  • Tour operates in three languages – English, German and English
  • Transport from Paris in a luxury coach
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    Versailles With English Guide - Morning: Daily except Monday
    Versailles With German Guide - Morning: Tuesday & Friday
    Versailles With French Guide - Morning: Saturday
    Versailles With English Guide - Afternoon:
    01 Nov 15 - 04 May 16: Daily except Monday
    05 May 16 - 23 May 16: Daily except Monday & Thursday
    24 May 16 - 28 Jun 16: Wednesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday
    29 Jun 16 - 14 Jul 16: Daily except Monday & Thursday
    15 Jul 16 - 31 Oct 16: Daily except Monday
    01 Nov 16 - 31 Mar 17: Daily except Monday & Thursday

    Note: This tour does not operate on the first Sunday of every month.

    Duration

    4 hours approx.

    Start time

    Tour with English Guide: 8:45am & 2:00pm
    Tour with German Guide: 8:45am
    Tour with French Guide: 8:45am

    Meeting Point

    The start point for the tour is 2 rue des Pyramides, 75001, Paris.
    The closest metro station is Tuileries (line n°01), Pyramides (line n°14) or Palais Royal (line n°7).
    Please report at the meeting point 30 minutes before the start time for check-in. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.

    Ending Point

    The tour concludes at the original point of departure

  • Overview & Itinerary

    Overview

    Embark on a day out from Paris and discover the history of France on a Palace of Versailles tour. Travel in a luxury, air-conditioned coach to the awe-inspiring palace and witness its magnificence and pomp. This guided tour from Paris is conducted in three languages – English, German and French.

    The Palace of Versailles is the most famous palace in France and draws tourists from across the world to explore its richly decorated interiors and formal gardens. Built by Louis the XIV, it served as the seat of the royal court for more than a century. A tour of the palace is a memorable experience and offers a glimpse into the extravagant lifestyle of the French nobility. The King’s Suite is particularly lavish with frescoes, woodwork and marble and gilt embellishments. The Grand Trianon and Petit Trianon are two smaller palaces built by Louis the XIV for his family.

    You may also visit the beautiful gardens which are almost as impressive as the palace itself. Designed in the formal style, they have marble and bronze statues, fountains and geometrically aligned terraces.

    The grandeur of the Palace of Versailles and its splendid gardens will stay with you forever.

    Itinerary

    Accompanied by an English/German-speaking guide, you will travel in an air-conditioned coach from Paris to the Palace of Versailles which was built by Louis the XIV in the mid-17th century. It is the most famous palace in France and served as the political capital of the kingdom.

    The guide will lead the tour and take you around the vast palace. Visit the Royal Apartments, the King’s Suite and Queen’s Suite and see lavishly decorated rooms with frescoes, marble, gilt, woodwork and symbols from Roman and Greek mythology.

    You will have free time to explore the beautiful Gardens of Versailles at your own pace. In the summer, take a walking tour through the groves and in winter, take a small train ride and admire the breathtakingly beautiful gardens.

    After spending quality time at Versailles, reboard your coach for your journey back to Paris. The tour ends at original departure point.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • Transportation in luxury air conditioned coach from Paris
    • Priority access ticket for the Palace of Versailles and its gardens (except on certain dates for the gardens)
    • Driver-cum-guide, with individual headsets

    Exclusions

    • Hotel pick-up & drop off
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour to confirm the departure details.

    The entrance fee to the gardens is NOT INCLUDED in the tour price on the following days:
    • During Musical Fountain show that takes place in the gardens (Saturdays and Sundays from 5 Apr to 26 Oct, and on 18 April, 8 May, 29 May and 15 August)
    • On Music Gardens days (Tuesdays from 1 April to 13 May and 1 July to 28 October)
    • On bank holidays and exceptional days

    Pushchairs are not allowed inside Versailles palace.

    Unfortunately this tour is not suitable for those with mobility problems.

    Pictures without flash are permitted inside the palace.

    Please note that check-in will close 10 minutes before excursion start time.

    Voucher information: You must print and surrender a paper version of your booking voucher for this activity (showing your voucher on a smartphone is not accepted). No refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.
  • Reviews
    • Fantastic!!!

      This tour was unbelievable the castle was amazing inside and out....

      susan p neilson
    • Very pleased with this tour.

      Enjoyed this tour very much....

      Donna S Scarboro
    • This tour is the best way to see Versailles!

      Claire was a wonderful guide and so helpful. We did not have to wait in the long lines but went straight in. We did the morning half-day tour. This tour is the very best way...

      William B Roane Jr
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