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Closing Time at Versailles: Small-Group Palace Tour After the Crowds with Garden Show from Paris

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4 hours

Max 15

Why take this tour?

Spend time at the Palace of Versailles without any of the daytime crowds. Explore the famed gardens, take in the popular Musical Gardens show, and peek into the most revered rooms, galleries, and hidden spaces at Versailles. Led by a local expert and with roundtrip train transportation from Paris, there is no easier way to relax into the splendor of France's royal past.

Highlights

  • Created with Sketch.Enter Versailles for a fully-guided tour of the Palace and the Gardens
  • Created with Sketch.Walk the most significant rooms including the Hall of Mirrors and King's State Apartments
  • Created with Sketch.Learn the stories and symbolism hidden within the beauty that surrounds
  • Created with Sketch.Meet your guide in central Paris, traveling in comfort and ease by train with someone who knows Versailles inside and out

Health & Safety Standards

At Walks we take your health and the health of our community seriously. To accomplish this, we have set a series of standards that will be implemented across every tour;

  • Walks has been certified by SanseeShield.com
  • Walks Guides have received health & safety training, are self-monitoring temperatures daily, and trained in group social distancing practices
  • We ask our guides and guests to wash their hands regularly and carry hand sanitzier
  • Our guides and guests are required to wear masks in accordance with the local government regulations
  • If headsets are needed, they are disinfected at the beginning and end of your experience
  • All Walks tours are always small groups to give you the maximum comfort and safety

Take a peek into Paris' decadent royal history

COVID Update From July 21st, all sites visited on this tour require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test completed within 72 hours prior to entry. You will also be required to provide a legal form of ID matching the vaccination or test results. You can read more about it here.

Take a walk through France's decadent past on this fully-guided tour of one of Europe's most iconic buildings, the Palace of Versailles. Using last-entrance tickets to enter after most of the daily crowds have departed, see the gardens and most famous rooms while learning the story of the rise and fall of France's (c...

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COVID Update From July 21st, all sites visited on this tour require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test completed within 72 hours prior to entry. You will also be required to provide a legal form of ID matching the vaccination or test results. You can read more about it here.

Take a walk through France's decadent past on this fully-guided tour of one of Europe's most iconic buildings, the Palace of Versailles. Using last-entrance tickets to enter after most of the daily crowds have departed, see the gardens and most famous rooms while learning the story of the rise and fall of France's (cut-throat) monarchs and the lavish, courtly culture they created in this opulent royal redoubt.

Your Versailles tour begins in Paris's city center, meeting your guide and a small group of fellow travelers. Then hop on a train for a comfortable ride to the outskirts of Paris where Louis XIV renovated his father's hunting lodge into the gilded behemoth known today as the Palace of Versailles.

Just as important as the Palace are the 2,000-acre gardens that surround - still considered some of the finest in the world. We'll begin our time at the Palace in these gardens, learning the story of their creation and how Louis went to some very extreme (and slightly nefarious) lengths to employ the finest garden designer in Paris. Learn the various symbolism packed into the gardens - guessing why there are so many references to the Greek sun god - and marvel at the immense fountains which still run on their original hydraulics. Although the fountains are silent during the week, if you visit on a weekend, you'll enjoy them as Louis did - spouting thousands of gallons of water in one of the oldest and most impressive displays of aquatic engineering in Europe.

Then we'll head straight into the Palace to wander among the most famed rooms where the last entrance of the day ensures most of the bustling crowds have left. As you walk from one sumptuous room to the next, learn about the courtiers and courtesans who lived here and how their lives revolved around balls, backstabbing, and actually, a lot of boredom, as they vied for the king's favor. Highlights include the King's State Apartments, including the War Salon and Peace Salon, and of course, the Hall of Mirrors - still considered one of the most impressive single rooms in the world. With art, symbolism, and imagery tucked into every corner, the expert knowledge of your guide will enhance your experience immeasurably; don't be shy about asking questions.

Your time at Versailles ends on a high note! We will lead you into the front, giving you the best - and most famous - view of this fairytale palace. Your chariot, er, train will be waiting to take you back to Paris, where you'll arrive at 7:30 PM, the perfect time to get a few dinner recommendations from your guide and enjoy an evening in the City of Lights.

  • Sites Visited
  • Palace of Versailles
  • Gardens of Versailles
  • King's State Apartments
  • Queen's Apartments
  • War Salon
  • Peace Salon
  • Hall of Mirrors
  • Tour Includes
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Expertly guided walking tour
  • Last entry ticket for Palace of Versailles
  • Roundtrip train ticket to/from Versailles
  • Headset
Your tour starts in the gardens of Versailles
Your guide is a local expert with tons of passion for French history
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Our guide was wonderful! extremely hot day -- i think it was 46C during the summer heat wave. We were thinking of cancelling the morning of the tour as we weren't sure how we would make it in the heat but we didn't -- and I am so glad we didn't. Very informative, beautiful, an absolute must see when in paris. Our guide went above and beyond.

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