- 8 hours
By the end of our full-day excursion, we’ll have a sense of the estate’s beauty and importance and understand how Versailles became the envy of kings and queens throughout Europe.
Miscellaneous Notes About Our Tour
During the summer, there is a special music & fountain show on Saturdays and Sundays. On Tuesdays and Fridays, there is music, but no fountain show. On these days, the bosquets and groves are all open. On the other days of the week (Wednesday, Thursday), and in the winter months, they are not open, nor are the fountains on. Much of the site is closed on Mondays.
Interested in a shortened version of this itinerary? Check out our Half-Day Tour of Versailles here.
What is included in the cost?
The price of the tour, expert guide, hotel pick-up and transfer from Paris to Versailles as well as the entrance to the Palace, the Gardens, and the Trianon estate. We purchase dated and timed reservations which offer priority access to the Palace. Your guide will have them on hand. If you choose to take the train to Versailles, the cost of tickets is not included. The cost of lunch is not included.
Where does the tour end?
Unless you've booked a return transfer to Paris with us, the tour will end in Versailles. You can take a train or a taxi and return to Paris at your leisure. Your guide will help you with directions. If you've booked a return transfer from Versailles to Paris with us, your guide and driver will drop you off at your hotel.
We don't necessarily recommend one over the other. The half-day tour allows you to visit the palace and the gardens with an expert and explore the rest of the grounds independently after the tour. The full-day tour offers an in-depth visit of the whole Versailles estate with an expert and includes the palace, the gardens, the park, the Petit and Grand Trianons and the Queen's Hamlet, as well as a local lunch (at your own expense).
Yes. However, the trains are often delayed or crowded. Please note that the time to travel from Paris to Versailles is longer than by car, which means that you'll spend less time with the guide on site. Note that train tickets (approx. 10€ round trip per person) are not included in the price of the tour. It is a good idea to have some cash on hand for these or to purchase them in advance of the tour.
Can we meet the guide in Versailles?
Yes. Please contact us in advance of the tour to discuss the logistics of the tour and we will update your itinerary with a meeting point in Versailles.
Please contact us to discuss in more detail your mobility concerns so that we can best advise. We can arrange a car service for visitors with mobility concerns. We don't recommend using public transportation to travel to and from Versailles. Not all of the RER stops are wheelchair accessible.
Yes. Our expert guides have experience working with children and can tailor the tour to your needs.
There are 9 in my family but your website won't allow me to include more than 8 participants. Can't you make an exception?
The daughter of a sculptor, Marie has been surrounded by art ever since she was born. A native Parisienne, she holds an undergraduate degree in history and art history, with a specialty in iconography and French and Flemish paintings from the 16th to the 18th centuries. She also holds a Master's degree in museology from the Ecole du Louvre and one in Art History from the Sorbonne. She currently works for the French National Art History Institute on special cultural events. Since she loves literature, ballet, theatre, opera, jazz clubs, and classical concerts—she has been playing the piano since she was 9—Paris and its artistic life are a perfect fit.
Marie Theres is a painter who has made Paris her home for more than two decades. She works in her studio in Montmartre and shows her paintings in galleries in Europe and the United States. She studied history at the University of Cologne, Germany and painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia before coming to Paris to study art history at the Ecole de Louvre. Her knowledge of art history is enhanced by her practical painting experience. Beyond a purely academic approach, this enables her to convey the emotional dimension of the artwork and to focus attention on the act of creation. She loves to share her passion for art and painting and is fascinated by the 19th-century artistic heritage of Paris, its art movements, and urbanism.
Caroline is an adoptive flâneuse and has been wandering Paris' narrow streets and leafy boulevards since 2003. She holds an undergraduate degree in French and Art History with a specialty in 19th-century art and literature, and pursued graduate studies in Art History at Paris IV La Sorbonne, writing a thesis on popular imagery and caricature in Revolutionary and Napoleonic Paris. Her research was published in the journal European Comic Art. She also writes exhibition reviews and features. Her writing has been published in Apollo Magazine, the TLS, Condé Nast Traveler and WSJ Magazine.
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