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Versailles Palace & Gardens Full Acces Ticket & Audio Guided Tour from Paris

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Versailles Palace & Gardens Full Acces Ticket & Audio Guided Tour from Paris
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Gain entry to the famous Palace of Versailles without waiting in line with this 5-hour skip the line tour from Central Paris. With priority access to the UNESCO World Heritage site, don your audio tour (available in eleven languages) to listen as you walk through the legendary State Apartments and the Hall of Mirrors. Stroll through the lush gardens, designed by André Le Nôtre, and learn about Louis XIV, the flashy king who once inhabited this opulent residence. Round-trip transportation from 3 departure points in Paris via air-conditioned bus is included.
  • Skip the line for priority access to the Palace of Versaille
  • Listen to an audio guide in your choice of 11 languages
  • Pickup at 3 central locations in Paris
  • Travel via air-conditioned coach
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Multilingual tour escort/host for the departures
Transport by air-conditioned coach from several departure points in Central Paris
Visit with an informative audio guide available in 11 languages (English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Russian, Korean, Polish and Mandarin Chinese)
Musical Gardens" and "Fountain Show" included on selected dates (Tuesdays, Fridays, Weekends and special dates)
Food and drinks
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • 8 Pl. de l'Opéra , 8 Pl. de l'Opéra, 75002 Paris, France

    Departure at 09:45. Next to Lancel shop

  • 14 Rue Jean Rey , 14 Rue Jean Rey, 75015 Paris, France

    Departure at 10.10am. Between the Pullman and the Mercure Hotel.

  • This activity will end right where it started.
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Musical show of the gardens of Versailles is available only on Tuesdays and Fridays (Not available from November to March)
    • Fountains show of the gardens of Versailles is available only Saturdays and Sundays (Not available from November to March)
    • 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
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Daily except Mondays and 14th of July
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
    • OPERATED BY Magic Ways
    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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    What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Versailles Palace & Gardens Full Acces Ticket & Audio Guided Tour from Paris?
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    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
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    • "Choose a day that the fountain show is available , hint it’s not available on Wednesday." See review
    • "Skipping the line is highly recommended and so is this tour." See review
    • "Bring earphones to plug into the portable audio guide so you don't have to continually stick the device to your ear." See review

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    star-5
    Versailles is Great!
    Trish_P
    , Jun 2022
    Versailles is not to be missed. Incredible opulence. The gardens are huge and so impress and if you go on Saturday or Sunday you can see the carriages the royals rode around in. That was cool! Loved it!
    star-2
    Beautiful gardes and Palace. Poorly trained and inexperienced staff.
    Timothy_C
    , Jun 2022
    Gardens were beautiful. Palace was extraordinary. Guides did not explain our options for the trip well. They didn't inform us that we could rent carts to explore the garden. Didn't tell us which line we should be in to enter the Palace. Wasted 30 minutes in the wrong line. Poor communication
    star-2
    Don’t book this
    Burcu_G
    , Jun 2022
    Versailles itself was impressive. The tour service on the other hand was disorganized. Instructions were not clear about what “redeeming entry tickets” meant. There were no signs at the pick up place for the bus. Everyone there were asking each other in doubt. When the bus came there were two guides handing out tickets and they appeared to be doing this for the first time. Handing out tickets, bus pass,…etc took an hour. It wasn’t resolved even when we got to Versailles. We were there waiting, not sure of what the next step was. Guides did not gather people and announced things. We were all waiting in anticipation of some concrete instructions like how do we get back; where do we gather for our return by bus. We waisted time there too. So for a tour that starts with pick up at 10:10 am from Eiffel, we made it inside Versailles at noon!!! We had to gather at 3:30pm for our return by bus. There was also no skipping the line etc with this purchase of the tour. I recommend anyone thinking of this tour to buy their own ticket ($20 for the buildings, $10 for the gardens), you can take the metro there from Paris -pretty convenient actually. It may take an hour to get there but you won’t necessarily save time by buying the whole lot more expensive tour. They also just announced on the bus that we needed to download an app on your phone (which is free to download for anyone) for our audio tour. This is something that should be communicated at the time of purchase because you need Wi-Fi and data to fully download all the maps and audio. Reception at Versaillas was not good so we couldn’t even listen the audio. I don’t recommend this tour.
    star-2
    Chaos
    Pia_A
    , Jun 2022
    The organization of the tour was very poor. Was it the first time you organize it? It was chaos and it effected our time. We had less time to explore the palace and gardens.
    star-1
    Magic ways tour operator unprepared for this tour
    Andrew_C
    , Jun 2022
    The tour operator didn't have multiple busses. We were asked to arrive at certain times but o ly half the group would go on the bus the other half would wait an hour for the return bus. This led to only having 90 minutes in the garden and rushing out of the palace...to then wait an hour outside the grounds while once again two groups were put on one bus with an hour wait. Book directly through french govt site and take a train there or taxi.
    star-5
    This is a bucket list place to see
    Darryl_K
    , Jun 2022
    Great day. Perfect amount of time. Did not feel rushed. Had lunch. The transportation was very comfortable
    star-4
    Beautiful Versailles
    Bridget_K
    , Jun 2022
    The bus guides were friendly, patient and knowledgeable. Versailles was amazing. Bring food if you are there for the day. Lines were long.
    star-2
    Extremely late tour, lacks integrity
    Zane_A
    , Jun 2022
    Bus was 1.5 hours late. Entire bus load of people wasting the morning waiting on the side of the road. Then they lied to Viator stating they were less than an hour late denying any partial refunds. Versailles is beautiful though, just use a company with integrity.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-1
    Very Disappointed
    Alane_B
    , Jun 2022
    This was a very disappointing and very unprofessional from the start to finish. It started with the bus showing up at pickup point 20 Minutes Late. We purchased skip the line tickets, when we reached the palace we were informed that we had to stand in line which took us over an hour to reach the entry point. When we submitted our tickets which were given to us by the tour guide on the bus 2 of the tickets were declined by the entrance staff said they were invalid and no one was with us (Tour Guide) to help solve the issue. We had to call the tour company ourselves and try to get the situation resolved the tour company text us 2 tickets however the entrance staff to the palace said that texted tickets would not be accepted. The 2 people (which were elderly) that did get to enter was very late entering and had to do the tour on their own. This is very unacceptable and over 90 minutes of time at the palace and gardens was lost due to late pick up and NO SKIP THE ACCESS had to stand in a very long line. Expecting a full refund on this excursion I have purchased many excursions over the last 3 weeks through Viator and by far Im sure this tour did not meet your standards. Very Disappointed Alane
    3 travelers found this review helpful
    star-3
    Selling options that don't exist
    Donald_S
    , May 2022
    The experience was advertised as skip the line and had an increased price because of that. There were lower priced options but we bought the higher one because of skip the line. When we get there, there was no skip the line option. The tour operator said "they really need to take that out of there", we agree. I really feel I deserve a refund of the higher rate I paid for something that does not exist!
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-3
    It was a nice idea but...
    Shelly_W
    , May 2022
    It was a nice idea but they gave us the wrong tickets to view the gardens of Versailles. We ended up purchasing tickets for our family of 4 and buying an uber after. Could have saved money by doing this on our own. It was fairly easy meet up and comfortable bus.
    star-3
    Employee afford is fantastic, prices are greedy
    David_S
    , May 2022
    Of course the palace and gardens were absolutely beautiful but this experience was lacking for a number of reasons. The amount of people they try to cram into lines and buses is inefficient as it uncomfortable. Too many people there to enjoy it especially in a reasonable amount of time. Any food services you have, the wait was 50 minutes. This was not from the lacking of effort of employees but the amount of people that are being allowed through. The experience can not truly be appreciated while being crammed into halls and having children run into you the entire time.
    2 travelers found this review helpful
    star-1
    Worst experience ever
    Natasha_B
    , May 2022
    Coach was late no excuses By 50 min Very rude driver And we hadn't enough time to look around gardens Had to rush everything because of latest of this company will no book anything with this company again
    2 travelers found this review helpful
    star-4
    Beyond your Expectations!
    JoAnn_M
    , May 2022
    Versailles is beyond your expectations. We did not have a guide, it was audio. Therefore you can get transportation to Versailles and not be rushed. Be sure and make a reservation at Alain Ducasse's restaurant. Don't miss the gardens and the Hall of Mirrors!
    star-3
    A Spectacular Palace
    MarthaR_D
    , May 2022
    Being inside an actual palace and seeing the opulence first hand. The audio tour was well done and easy to understand. However!! Our reservation made it sound like we needed to pick up our tickets ahead of the actual starting time - the words in our information say ""Before your tour/activity begins, please go to the starting point to redeem this ticket for your entry ticket. That is incorrect as most of the time, no one is at that starting point. It should read "your entry ticket will be given to you when you redeem this ticket at the beginning of our tour. We arrived early at Versailles and were told we could go into the gardens twice, so we could fill some time until our entry to the palace. It turns out that you must re-enter the gardens through a different entry point, and we spent 20 minutes of walking to get to the next entry. We would liked to have had the golf cart, but they are only available at one gate. On the return it was not made clear that the drop-offs would not be the same as the pick-up points. I understand having other options to leave the tour, but the pick-ups should remain an option. It turns out the pick-up was at our hotel, and we expected to be returned there. The bus was very comfortable.
    star-5
    Wonderful day trip
    Katie_I
    , Apr 2022
    Versailles was incredible, and this trip made the experience so easy. There are many queues and I feel this would have been a bit overwhelming without a tour guide. The queues were quick and although the palace was very busy you were still able to see everything. I highly recommend the free audio guides, we learnt so much. If you have time, also take a trip down to the grand canal and go on the boats or have some ice cream and admire the views up to the palace.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-3
    The Palace and Gardens...
    Joseph_D
    , Apr 2022
    The Palace and Gardens were beautiful and a must see. However you can buy tickets and take a taxi for much cheaper and get the exact same experience. Audio guides come free with the tickets.
    icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
    Dear costumer, Thank you for your comment and for taking your time to share it. Nevertheless, we would like to inform that our tour counts with a shuttle transfer from Paris to Versailles (from two different meeting points in the city) + the visit of the Versailles Palace, the visit of the Gardens and, of cours, the shuttle transfer from Versailles to Paris. Apart of all these services, our tour counts with a host/ess speaking three languages (French, English and Spanish). Have a nice day, Magic Ways Team
    star-5
    Great Trip
    WilliamB_J
    , Apr 2022
    This was a last minute booking for us, we booked this particular tour because the pick up location was close to our hotel in Montmartre. The tours guides were professional and were very helpful. The experience at Versailles was great, we enjoyed the inside and loved finishing the day with at walk in the beautiful gardens. Would recommend the tour.
    icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
    Dear costumer, Thank you for sharing your opinion with us. We are happy that you enjoy your tour to Versailles. Kind regards, Magic Ways Team
    star-2
    Not what expected
    Omar_B
    , Apr 2022
    I don't understand why I had to pay for a ticket for my daughter who was free, if it was for transportation I wish it would have stated for transportation and other people thought it was a guided audio tour not a self tour.
    icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
    Dear costumer, Thank you for your comment and for taking your time to share it. Nevertheless, we would like to inform that our tour counts with a shuttle transfer from Paris to Versailles (from two different meeting points in the city) + the visit of the Versailles Palace, the visit of the Gardens and, of cours, the shuttle transfer from Versailles to Paris. Apart of all these services, our tour counts with a host/ess speaking three languages (French, English and Spanish). Have a nice day, Magic Ways Team
    star-1
    They did not show up
    Cary_G
    , Mar 2022
    Do not book this one. Guide did not show at the meeting point and they refused a refund. Used the subway to get there and paid for tickets again. Do not book.
    icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
    Dear customer, Thank you for taking the time to share your opinion with us. We are sorry that your experience in Versailles was not satisfactory. We can assure that our shuttle has been in the three different meeting points in Paris and our hostess could do the check-in of the other customers. Thank you for your opinion. Kind regards, Magic Ways Team

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