Closing Time at Versailles: Small Group Versailles Tour After the Crowds with Gardens or Fountains Show

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Location: Paris
Category: Attractions / Museums
Duration: 4.0 hours
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Currency: EUR
Language: English
TimeZone: Europe/Paris
Highlights - Carefully-timed Versailles Palace tour, getting you inside at last entry time, after most of the crowds have left - for a more peaceful exploration.
- Small groups of only 19 people or fewer make for a more intimate experience.
- Enter through the Queen’s Gate for a fully-guided tour of the Gardens of Versailles - not just an introduction and free time as most tours include.
- Transport from and to central Paris makes for a more relaxed and reliable journey.
Summary
See the Palace of Versailles as it was meant to be experienced - in luxurious peace. Visiting after most of the crowds depart, we enjoy a more peaceful visit of the Palace, as well as a fully guided tour of the Palace Gardens, catching either the Garden or Fountains Show depending on the day. With small groups limited to only 19 people or fewer, we extend the relative ease of this tour to every element of the tour.
Description
Step inside one of Europe’s most opulent building on this fully-guided tour of the Palace of Versailles. From the immense fountains that punctuate Louis XIV’s gardens to the splendor of the King’s and Queen’s Apartments and the incomparable Hall of Mirrors, this tour immerses you in the sights, stories, gossip, and legends of France’s lost age of splendor.

Your day starts in central Paris, where you’ll meet your expert guide and small group of no more than 19 fellow travelers. From there you’ll make it to the outskirts of Paris, where Louis XIII first built a hunting lodge that was later extended by his son into the royal palace you see today. 

In order to retain some of the bucolic feel of his father’s lodge, the Sun King set aside nearly 2,000 acres for gardens and even sketched out a strict plan for how they should be visited. Your tour will begin these gardens, but don’t worry, you don’t have to follow Louis’ plan. Instead, you’ll learn how these came to be considered the epitome of the French style of gardens that you can still see all over the world. You’ll also get the story of how Louis snatched his garden designer off another project essentially out of jealousy. 

As you go, your guide will point out details like the various symbols of the Greek sun god, Apollo, which Louis used all over the grounds as a reference to, well, himself. The highlights of the gardens are the immense fountains, which are packed with beautiful statuary and run on a system of gravity-driven hydraulics that has not changed since they were first installed. If you are visiting during the week you’ll only see the architecture of the fountains but if you go on the weekend you’ll witness their full grandeur when they are turned on and water spouts from them just as it did over 300 years ago. 

After the gardens, you’ll enjoy skip the line entrance into the palace itself. It’s the final entrance of the day so Versailles will be as peaceful as you can get it without renting it for a private function (which you can do, actually, but as your guide will tell you, it’s pretty expensive).

This enormous palace wasn’t just a home for the King. In its heyday, it was a literal gilded cage for thousands of nobles whom Louis kept here for much of the year to make sure they weren’t plotting against him. As you go from one unimaginably decadent room to the next, your guide will bring the palace to life with stories of courtly intrigue and royal plots, while also giving you insight into the everyday lives of the people who lived here (it may not be as glamorous as you expect).

On your small group tour you will visit the most famous and impressive rooms in the palace, from the Royal private apartments, where the last of the Bourbon monarchs lived out their private lives; to the public state apartments, like the War Room and Peace room, which hosted balls, concerts and political functions. The most stunning of them all is the Hall of Mirrors, which is packed with so much art, symbolism and imagery, your guide will make sure to spend extra time there helping you decode it all. This is one of, if not the greatest and most ostentatious throne room ever created and it’s packed with diplomatic history. Be sure to ask lots of questions and soak it all up. 

Since you entered the chateau from the back, you’ll leave from the front, making your last view of Versailles also the most impressive. 


Commentary English: Guide
Included Full Versailles tour including palace and gardens (with fountain or music gardens show on certain days)
Transportation to and from Paris
Expert Guide
Headsets
Excluded Gratuities
Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off
Know before you book Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate guests with mobility impairments, wheelchairs or strollers on this tour.
Know before you go Please note that the tour meeting time is 15 minutes prior to the start time. No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no-shows after tour commencement or departure.
Comfortable walking shoes recommended. No High Heels allowed inside the Palace.
As with all museums, some galleries of the Palace of Versailles may be closed without prior notice. In this case, your guide will make an appropriate substitution.
Please ensure that all members of your party have a valid ID on them on the day of the visit. This is particularly important for guests who have qualified for child reduction.
To ensure the safety of visitors, French authorities enforce security measures upon entry to the attractions of the Palace of Versailles. Suitcases, luggage, and larger bags are not allowed inside. Only bags smaller than 55 cm x 35 cm x 20 cm are permitted. Please accept our apologies for any delay or inconvenience caused by extra security checks.
Additional Information
  • Gratuities to guides are appreciated but never obligatory.
  • If option booked with show, depending on the day you are visiting the Versailles and the gardens, you will either enjoy a Fountain Show or a Musical Gardens Show.
Required to bring: Valid ID
Health Items

Operating Info

Product Start Date 2020-03-01
Product End Date 2020-10-31
Booking Cut-off 2 hours
Minimum 1 guests per booking
Maximum 19 guests per booking
Valid Only on date on reservation

Availability Notes

From To Notes
September 01, 2020 October 31, 2020 Last Entry Versailles with Show Gardens at 1:45 PM - Tues, Sat
June 27, 2020 December 31, 2020 Last Entry Versailles Tour Only at 2:00 PM - Not Running
November 01, 2020 December 06, 2020 Last Entry Versailles with Show Gardens at 1:45 PM - Not Running
December 07, 2020 December 31, 2020 Last Entry Versailles with Show Gardens at 1:45 PM - Sat

Locations

Type: Starts location
Lat & Long: 48.8620965, 2.3124643
Address: RER Invalides station entrance at the Air France building, 2 Rue Robert Esnault-Pelterie, Paris, 75007, FR
Directions: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Air+France/@48.8620965,2.3124643,17z/data=!4m13!1m7!3m6!1s0x47e66fd6d4733755:0x5432442f57fc1ac9!2s2+Rue+Robert+Esnault-Pelterie,+75007+Paris,+France!3b1!8m2!3d48.8620965!4d2.314653!3m4!1s0x47e66fd12b2067fd:0x422ea55674f052e!8m2!3d48.8624072!4d2.3147397
Notes:
End Location Address Palace of Versailles, Place d'Armes, Versailles, 78000 , FR
Start Location Notes RER Invalides station entrance at the Air France building, 2 Rue Robert Esnault-Pelterie, Paris, 75007, FR
Type: Ends location
Lat & Long: 48.8048649, 2.1203554
Address: Palace of Versailles, Place d'Armes, Versailles, 78000 , FR
Notes:
End Location Address Palace of Versailles, Place d'Armes, Versailles, 78000 , FR
Start Location Notes RER Invalides station entrance at the Air France building, 2 Rue Robert Esnault-Pelterie, Paris, 75007, FR

Cancellation

Cancellation Policy: standard
Cancellation Cut-off: 72 hours
Cancellation Notes: Cancellations received greater than 72 hours prior to tour commencement are fully refundable. Cancellations received within 72 hours of tour commencement are nonrefundable. Amendment requests are subject to availability and price changes. Late arrivals and no shows are nonrefundable. This is applicable to any tour participant that fails to arrive, or arrives after tour departure.

Pricing

PRICING 2020 - LAST ENTRY VERSAILLES TOUR ONLY RETAIL PRICE NET RATE
Adult 15-99 years €85.00 Available on request
Child 2-14 years €80.00 Available on request
Infant 0-1 years €0.00 Available on request
PRICING MARCH 2020 - LAST ENTRY VERSAILLES WITH SHOW GARDENS RETAIL PRICE NET RATE
Adult 15-99 years €85.00 Available on request
Child 2-14 years €80.00 Available on request
Infant 0-1 years €0.00 Available on request
PRICING APR - OCT 2020 - LAST ENTRY VERSAILLES WITH SHOW GARDENS RETAIL PRICE NET RATE
Adult 15-99 years €99.00 Available on request
Child 2-14 years €94.00 Available on request
Infant 0-1 years €0.00 Available on request

Options

Option Name Pricing APR - OCT 2020 - Last Entry Versailles with Show Gardens
Option Description Pricing APR - OCT 2020 - Last Entry Versailles with Show Gardens
Option Name Pricing MARCH 2020 - Last Entry Versailles with Show Gardens
Option Description Pricing MARCH 2020 - Last Entry Versailles with Show Gardens
Option Name Pricing 2020 - Last Entry Versailles Tour Only
Option Description Pricing 2020 - Last Entry Versailles Tour Only

Other Information

Terms and Conditions

Before you travel, please read our important notes about possible disruptions & site entrance requirements.

Voucher Info

Mobile tickets will be accepted

FAQ Can I bring my bag on my tour?

To ensure the safety of visitors, French authorities enforce security measures upon entry to the attractions of the Palace of Versailles. Suitcases, luggage, and larger bags are not allowed inside. Only bags smaller than 55 cm x 35 cm x 20 cm are permitted. Please accept our apologies for any delay or inconvenience caused by extra security checks.

Is food & drink allowed inside the palace?

Closed bottled water is allowed, food is forbidden inside the visited sites.

Is photography allowed inside the palace?

Photography is allowed; however, selfie sticks nor professional photography equipment, such as tripods, are allowed.

Confirmation necessary? No
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