Viator Exclusive: Versailles Palace and Marie-Antoinette's Trianon from Paris
After arriving in the town, head straight to Queen Marie-Antoinette’s idyllic hamlet. In 1682, the grounds were declared the official royal residence and Louis XIV eventually set up separate quarters for his wife, Queen Marie-Antoinette. Attesting to his elaborate tastes, her home resembles a fairytale village. You’ll have approximately an hour and fifteen minutes to explore the hamlet and farmhouse and visit Le Petit Trianon, her handsome personal palace.
Meet back at the bus and drive to the Palace of Versailles. Founded in the early 17th century, the showstopping palace was officially built as a royal hunting lodge for King Louis XIII. During Louis XIV’s reign, lavish wraparound gardens and a succession of extravagant additions to the lodge were added, transforming it into one of the world’s most decadent palaces. The sprawling Baroque chateau is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site with centuries of history to match its grandeur. Walk past the palace’s long entrance lines with your skip-the-line ticket and head inside for your walking tour. Explore public rooms like the chapel, the King’s Grand Apartments, and Hall of Mirrors – where crystal chandeliers hang from frescoed ceilings and the walls are covered with gilded mirrors.
Gaze at the plush interiors, and then head outside the palace to explore Versailles Gardens at leisure. Having strolled the gardens, meet your guide and travel back to central Paris where your tour finishes with a drop-off in the early evening.
- Round-trip transport from Paris to Versailles
- Professional guide
- Entry/Admission - Palace of Versailles
- Entry/Admission - The Trianons & The Hamlet
- Entry/Admission - Grand Canal
- Entry/Admission - The Royal Chapel
- Entry/Admission - The Hall of Mirrors
- Entry/Admission - Le Jardin de Versailles
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Food and drinks
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Not recommended for anyone with mobility problems
- Near public transportation
- Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 18 travelers
More impressive than I thought it would be. Now we know where Henry VIII got all of his ideas.
Highly recommend. You do not want to go to Versailles and not have a guide. This is such a busy place and to have a guide take you through the grounds and provide you with the history of the palace is well worth taking this trip. Marie-Antoinette's Trianon was amazing. A little oasis not too far from the Palace. The Palace itself was a Cinderella story on steroids. The opulence and decadence is beyond words. The grounds, fountains were breathtaking. Everything about this trip was amazing. Versailles is about 25 to 30 minutes from Paris. This tour with Viator is done so well. You have a professional guide, who was amazing! She knew how to traverse the Palace, she took photos for us in the Hall of Mirrors and she knew her history. This was an exceptional tour and using Viator made it so great! Recommend 100
This is an excellent tour especially for a person with a time limit. You take a van to the Petit Trianon and have time to tour the building and the gardens on your own. You do need to walk down the driveway and back so people with mobility issues would find the time constraint a problem. You then reboard your van and go to Versailles proper and tour with a guide. There is a small time at the end to see the gardens etc. I would recommend that people with the time and ability to tour on your own do so but this is a wonderful option for those for whom figuring out the train schedules and tour schedules on their own would be problematic.
So our guide was full of positive energy but seemingly not as much French History. It was more of a monologue of her life, sort of a one woman show. We had a bus trip out of Paris - very little information delivered - missing a great opportunity as we drove past a number of monuments. Versailles was pretty crowded - definitely avoid Saturday's if you can. But besides the occasional Buzzfeed like factoids there was no history, no story and no real value add of a tour guide. The priority access helped but I left knowing almost nothing more than quick glimpses in the palace provided. Having just been on a different tour that AM with a great tour guide the difference was all too apparent. This guide talked more and delivered far less. We also were pretty rushed - not sure how much of that is normal which they should plan for and how much was unique.
We were a group of 3 women. We loved the tour but there was not much time to see the Trianon. By the time we got back there it was time to catch the bus again. The guide was good but I think she took all of her information from the Versailles series. She was distracted. I got the impression she had just broken up with her boyfriend.