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Ophorus Tours - A Private Half Day Trip From Paris to Versailles Palace & Gardens

Paris Versailles

A Private Half Day Trip From Paris to Versailles Palace & Gardens

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A Private Small Group Half Day Tour from Paris to Palace of Versailles. With your skip the line tickets visit inside including the apartments, throne room, the hall of mirrors, the King's bedroom & chamber. Visit the Gardens, Petit Trianon.

Highlights

  • Time slot Versailles Palace & Gardens skip the line tickets included
  • Tickets to Musical Gardens or Musical Fountains included
  • Explore the French style Gardens designed by André Le Nôtre
  • English speaking licensed guides, Versailles experts
  • Tour can be customized to suit your interests
What is Included / Excluded for this tour

Program & Itinerary

In the morning we will come and pick you up at your centrally located accommodation in Paris. Meet your English speaking driver/guide who will go over the program and itinerary of this half day private tour with you. Then board your premium air-conditioned vehicle and depart for a half day trip that includes the Visit of the Palace & Gardens of Versaille.Here, you will have access to fast-track ...

Meet your English speaking guide

In the morning we will come and pick you up at your centrally located accommodation in Paris. Meet your English speaking driver/guide who will go over the program and itinerary of this half day private tour with you. Then board your premium air-conditioned vehicle and depart for a half day trip that includes the Visit of the Palace & Gardens of Versaille.

After a short drive from Paris, reach Versailles. 

Here, you will have access to fast-track priority access, allowing you to jump the queue. At last it will be time to begin your tour private tour of Versailles Palace and hear about the History & the many stories that have made Versailles Palace what it is while admiring the opulent decorations. 

The visit will take you through the State apartments and beautiful rooms of the King and Queen, the Royal Chapel and Hall of Mirrors and so much more. Outside, you will also have time to explore the French style Gardens designed by André Le Nôtre. The gardens of Versailles are considered to be the best example of French Style formal Gardens.

Château de Versailles Palace & Gardens 

Chateau de Versailles is without a doubt one of the most unique Chateau visits of France. This 3 star rated Michelin travel guide site is considered to be the symbol of perfection when it comes to Classical Architecture.

The largest known Palace in the world was, from the late 17th century until the French Revolution, a permanent construction site. The Chateau is also a symbol of the power of Royalty from Sun King Louis XIV to Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. Today, the Chateau as well as the whole domain are gradually regaining their original splendor thanks to immense restoration works.

Departing from Paris, head towards the Chateau de Versailles for an enjoyable private full day trip in one of our premium air conditioned vehicles. Upon arrival, you will have skip the line access to fast-track entry, allowing you to jump the long queue.

Thanks to your accompanying guide, you will also be able to start the visit rapidly. At last it will be time to begin your guided tour of the Palace and hear about the History of the Palace & the many stories that have made Versailles Palace what it is.

The visit will take you through the State apartments and beautiful rooms of the King and Queen, the Royal Chapel and Hall of Mirrors and so much more. Outside, you will also have free time to stroll and explore the French style Gardens designed by André Le Nôtre. The gardens of Versailles are considered to be the best example of French Style formal Gardens.

The Hall of Mirrors

The Hall of Mirrors, the most famous room in the Palace, was built to replace a large terrace designed by the architect Louis Le Vau, which opened onto the garden. The terrace originally stood between the King’s Apartments to the north and the Queen’s to the south, but was awkward and above all exposed to bad weather, and it was not long before the decision was made to demolish it.

Le Vau’s successor, Jules Hardouin-Mansart, produced a more suitable design that replaced the terrace with a large gallery. Work started in 1678 and ended in 1684.

The War Room

Hardouin Mansart started building the War Room in 1678. The decoration, completed by Le Brun in 1686, pays tribute to the military victories which led to the peace treaties of Nijmegen. The walls are covered with marble panels decorated with six trophies and weapons in gilded bronze. The wall adjacent to the Apollo Room bears an oval stucco bas-relief depicting Louis XIV on horseback trampling his enemies.

The Peace Room

The Peace Room is symmetrical to the War Room and contains the same marble panel decoration and chased trophies of arms in gilded bronze. Here, however, Le Brun decorated the cupola and arches on the themes of the benefits of peace brought to Europe by France. From the beginning of Louis XIV’s reign this room was separated from the hall by a movable partition and was considered part of the Queen’s Apartment, constituting the final room after the Queen’s Chamber.

Visit the Gardens

Visitors looking through the central window in the Hall of Mirrors will see the Grand Perspective stretching away towards the horizon from the Water Parterre. This unique east-west perspective originally dates from before the reign of Louis XIV, but it was developed and extended by the gardener André Le Nôtre, who widened the Royal Way and dug the Grand Canal.

Creating the gardens was a monumental task. Large amounts of soil had to be shifted to level the ground, create parterres, build the Orangery and dig out the fountains and Canal in places previously occupied solely by meadows and marshes. Trees were brought in from different regions of France. Thousands of men, sometimes even entire regiments, took part in this immense project.

After the visit, return to your departure point in Paris and end of our services. Please note that we also operate full day tours from Paris to Palace of Versailles for both large groups and small group tours. All our tours include live tour guide or audio guide.

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  • Pick up at your hotel or accommodation in Paris

  • Priority access to the Versailles Palace

  • Private tour of Versailles Castle

  • Free time for personal discovery of the Gardens

  • Return to Paris, drop off at your accommodation

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Ophorus Tours - A Private Half Day Trip From Paris to Versailles Palace & Gardens
Ophorus Tours - A Private Half Day Trip From Paris to Versailles Palace & Gardens

Know before you book

From April to October it is possible to see the water fountain show or musical garden show. We have included the tickets for you.

Musical Fountain Show:
Set out to explore the fountains and groves with their water features spouting to the rhythm of baroque music. Several circuits are available to enable you to enjoy the numerous masterpieces of the Gardens or lead you to their most secret spots.
  • Every Saturday & Sunday from April 1st to October 29th 2023
  • Every Tuesdays from May 2nd to June 27th 2023
  • On certain national holidays: April 7th, April 10th, May 8th, May 18th, May 29th, July 14th and August 15th

Musical Gardens Show:
Enjoy a musical walk during summer: a moment of discovery, in the heart of the French gardens, to discover the groves which are exceptionally open to the public (no water displays of fountains).

  • Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from April 4th to April 28th (except April 7th)
  • Every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from May 3rd to June 30th 2023
  • Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from July 4th to October 31st 2023 (except July 14th & August 15th)
Also good to know:
  • Tour available daily except Mondays and Dec 25th, Jan 1st
  • 4 hour Private tour to Versailles Palace & Gardens from Paris
  • Tour is operated in English, other languages on request
  • Price is based on the number of persons (from 2 to 7)
    Price is 180 euros per person based on a group of 7 persons
  • Tour is not wheelchair accessible

Meeting point

Your Hotel or Accommodation in Paris City Centre

Departure

We will come and pick you up at any central Paris Train Station, Hotel, AirBnB or accommodation in Paris.

To benefit from the complimentary pick-up, your accommodation / pick up point must be centrally located in Paris and have one of the following postal / zip code: 75001, 75002, 75003, 75004, 75005, 75006, 75007, 75008, 75009, 75015, 75016, 75017. The exact pick-up time will be confirmed by email

If you would like to be picked up directly at CGD or ORY airport, you can purchase a private transfer directly from our website during the booking process. A driver will be waiting for you as you exit the luggage claim area.

Return

Tour returns to your accommodation in Paris.

Included / excluded

Included

  • Time-slot Castle entrance fee included
  • Musical Fountains or Musical Gardens tickets included
  • English-speaking driver/guide
  • Travel in recent & comfortable minivan
  • Bottled water in the minivan

Excluded

  • Entrance fees unless mentioned
  • Personal insurance & expenses
  • Meals & drinks
  • Gratuities for the driver/guide

FAQ

  • Do you organize pick up and return at accommodation for your Paris Private Tours?

    Absolutely! We will come and pick you up at any Paris Train Station, Hotel, AirBnB or accommodation in Paris Center.

    To benefit from the complimentary pick-up at your hotel or private apartment, your accommodation must be centrally located in Paris and have one of the following postal / zip codes: 75001, 75002, 75003, 75004, 75005, 75006, 75007, 75008, 75009, 75015, 75016, 75017

    If you arriving in a Paris airport such as Charles de Gaulle or Orly, we have also made it possible for you to book your transfer to Paris directly on our website. 

    If you choose the Airport pick up option, we will transfer you to Paris and begin your Private Giverny tour strait away so that you do not loose any time. At the end of the tour, we will drop you off at your accommodation in Paris.
  • What type of vehicles are used during your Private Half Day Tours from Paris?

    Our company uses only Premium cars or minivans that are recent, comfortable and fully equipped including individual A/C, shaded windows, large leg space.
  • Who conducts your Private Half Day Trips from Paris?

    We only employ accredited and licensed tour guides that are also the drivers for all tours that need visits to be conducted by certified guides. Good examples are: the visit of museums, guided walking tours in cities, visit of historical monuments and so on.

    On this particular half day trip, your tour will be conducted by an English speaking local guide (other languages on request), Expert of Versailles.
  • Is the indicated price per person or per group?

    On this particular tour, the price is indicated as a per person price.
  • How long is the drive from Paris to Versailles?

    The distance between Paris and Versailles Palace & Gardens is of 36 kilometers (22 miles). Under normal traffic conditions, it will take about 45 minutes to reach Versailles from Paris. This means that you will spend about 2 and a half hours on site.
  • Is this Paris Half Day Trip to Versailles only available in English?

    No, our talented, in-house multi lingual guides will be happy to conduct the tour in French, Spanish, German, Italian. You will be asked in which language you would like to take the tour during the booking process. If you do not see your language, don't hesitate to reach out to our team of travel experts for availability.
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