Palace of Versailles with Skip the Line Audio Guided Tour and Access to the Queen's Hamlet
You will be guaranteed fast-track entry, allowing you to jump the queue and travel in comfort on one of our fully air-conditioned coaches. You will marvel at the breathtaking royal chateau, transformed by the ‘Sun King’ Louis XIV in the 1660s from a hunting lodge. Playground of the French monarchs, Versailles was the centre of royal and political power until the French Revolution in 1789 which saw Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette forced to return to the capital.
Your audio guide will enable you to discover the State apartments of the King and Queen, the Royal Chapel and Hall of Mirrors, the epitome of French opulence: three hundred and fifty-seven mirrors line the gold-adorned hall and crystal chandeliers hang from the ceiling.
You will also have free time to explore the famous gardens à la française ; a 2,000 acre park designed by André le Notre with its magnificent groves, statues, and fountains. The grounds of Versailles boast two smaller, but equally beautiful palaces which are also well worth a visit.
The Grand Trianon was built for King Louis XIV to enjoy with his mistres Madame de Montespan and later by Napoleon Bonaparte and Empress Marie-Louise. The elegant, single-storey palace with pink marble radiates cosiness, sweetness and grandeur all at once.
The Petit Trianon, a small chateau in the grounds of Versailles used by Marie Antoinette for festivities and to escape the overwhelming court etiquette. You will also discover the Queen’s Hamlet, a stylised Norman village and farm built for Marie Antoinette where she retreated with her closest friends to enjoy an intimately rustic life. Completed just a few years before the Revolution, the Hamlet remains a testiment to the Queen’s desire for a simpler life over the cold marble vaults of the main palace.
- Transport to and from Paris by air-conditioned coach
- Hostess in coach
- Skip the line entrance into the Palace (Hall of Mirrors, Queen's Apartment, State Apartments)
- Individual audioguide in the palace available in: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Russian, Korean, Polish and Mandarin Chinese
- Access to the Gardens (Even during Water Fountain Show)
- Access to the Trianons and the Queen's Hamlet
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Food and drinks
- Gratuities (optional)
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair
- Not wheelchair accessible
- It is strongly advised not to wear high-heeled shoes (parquet flooring in the rooms and cobblestones in the courtyard)
- Strollers are not permitted inside the palace.
We took the full-day audio self-guided tour and were glad we made that selection. Even though we had the “skip the line” feature, there was still a wait as we waited among other tour groups with the same feature. The palace is massive and the had-held audio device allowed us to tour at our own pace. The beautiful gardens are extensive, so we were glad we plenty of time to tour them. There are golf carts available to rent and appeared to be well worth the additional expense.
There are no words to describe how amazing the gardens and how vast they are, it was absolutely breath taking, I did not expect it to be so overwhelming, this is a must see, pictures don't even do it justice
Really enjoyed our day at Versailles! The audio guided tour was great because we could go at our own pace. We took the full day option, and were so glad we did, as there is so much to see! Since we were there in the middle of winter, the fountains were all frozen and the landscape was bleak, but still amazingly beautiful! The walk to the Queen's Hamlet and the Trianons was quite far, but worth it. We were blessed with an extra bonus- it snowed on us most of the time we were outside! The snowfall added an extra touch of beauty to the palace grounds and made the day even more special!
The Palace of Versailles is an outstanding day trip from Paris! Be sure to allow 5 hrs to tour the complete complex.
We took the full day tour but left with the half day tour as we felt it was too long but still worthwhile.