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    "The tour of the gardens was amazing and the 'behind the scenes'
    portion of the Chateau was the best money we spent the entire trip."

    Amy, United States

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    "The tour of the gardens was amazing and the 'behind the scenes'
    portion of the Chateau was the best money we spent the entire trip."

    AMY, UNITED STATES

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  • Skip the Line
  • Fat Tire Favorite
  • Expert Tour Guide

Join the Behind the Scenes at Versailles Private Residence Tour.

After a short train ride to Versailles, you will spend the morning learning the history of the palace while walking in the beautiful Royal Gardens, your tour timed perfectly to catch the fountain show. Then your guide will lead you to the Grand Canal for some free time where you can have a picnic lunch or visit the local palace café (cost of lunch not included). Following lunch, we will skip the line to the world famous Palace of Versailles through a special side entrance.

You will explore the fascinating history of life at the royal court with just our small group and Versailles-licensed guide. While other hallways in the museum are crowded with thousands of tourists, you will enjoy the serenity of being in the King & Queen's private residence including Louis XVI's library, the royal dining hall, the chapel or the opera house, and the luxurious private game room. This area is past the velvet rope line and is inaccessible to the general public. Of course, you don’t want to miss the Hall of Mirrors! This tour includes access to the public sections of the palace, which you can explore at your own pace following the private royal apartments.

  • Approximately 7 hours
  • Monument / Museum
  • Leisurely
  • All Day
    • Round-trip Train Tickets from Paris
    • Guided Tour of the Versailles Royal Gardens
    • VIP Skip-the-line Entry to the Private Apartments of Louis XV and Louis XVI
    • Experienced Versailles Tour Guide
    • Skip-the-line Entry to the Public Section of the Versailles Chateau
  • Adults €125.00
    Students (ID needed) €125.00
    Children (4-11) €125.00
  • We meet at 1, Rue de la Convention, 75015 Paris. The Cafe is called "Cafe Regalia" and has an orange awning. The closest metro station is Javel-Andre Citroen (line 10). Please use exit 2 (sortie 2, left side) saying Rue de la Convention. You will find the Cafe to the left when exiting the metro.

  • English
    • This tour includes a considerable amount of walking, so please wear comfortable shoes. 
  • Approximately 7 hours
  • Monument / Museum
  • Leisurely
  • All Day
    • Round-trip Train Tickets from Paris
    • Guided Tour of the Versailles Royal Gardens
    • VIP Skip-the-line Entry to the Private Apartments of Louis XV and Louis XVI
    • Experienced Versailles Tour Guide
    • Skip-the-line Entry to the Public Section of the Versailles Chateau
  • Adults €125.00
    Students (ID needed) €125.00
    Children (4-11) €125.00
    • Skip-The-Line Access

    • Guided Tour of Royal Gardens

    • Versailles Chateau

    • Hall of Mirrors

    • Behind-The-Scenes Access

    • Versailles Licensed Guide

  • We meet at 1, Rue de la Convention, 75015 Paris. The Cafe is called "Cafe Regalia" and has an orange awning. The closest metro station is Javel-Andre Citroen (line 10). Please use exit 2 (sortie 2, left side) saying Rue de la Convention. You will find the Cafe to the left when exiting the metro.

  • English
  • 9
    • This tour includes a considerable amount of walking, so please wear comfortable shoes. 
  • Approximately 7 hours
  • Monument / Museum
  • Leisurely
  • All Day
    • Round-trip Train Tickets from Paris
    • Guided Tour of the Versailles Royal Gardens
    • VIP Skip-the-line Entry to the Private Apartments of Louis XV and Louis XVI
    • Experienced Versailles Tour Guide
    • Skip-the-line Entry to the Public Section of the Versailles Chateau
  • Adults €125.00
    Students (ID needed) €125.00
    Children (4-11) €125.00
    • Skip-The-Line Access

    • Guided Tour of Royal Gardens

    • Versailles Chateau

    • Hall of Mirrors

    • Behind-The-Scenes Access

    • Versailles Licensed Guide

  • We meet at 1, Rue de la Convention, 75015 Paris. The Cafe is called "Cafe Regalia" and has an orange awning. The closest metro station is Javel-Andre Citroen (line 10). Please use exit 2 (sortie 2, left side) saying Rue de la Convention. You will find the Cafe to the left when exiting the metro.

  • English
  • 9
    • This tour includes a considerable amount of walking, so please wear comfortable shoes. 

Tour Highlights

  • Guided Tour of Versailles Royal Gardens
  • Musical Fountain Show
  • Skip-the-Line Access to Château de Versailles
  • Versailles Licensed Guide
  • Exclusive Access
  • Private Royal Apartments
  • Hall of Mirrors

FAQ

  • Expand/Collapse Where is the meeting point?

    We meet outside Café Regalia located at 1, Rue de la Convention, 75015 Paris. The closest metro station is Javel-Andre Citroen (line 10). Please use exit 2 (sortie 2, left side) saying Rue de la Convention. You will find the café to the left when exiting the metro. 

  • Expand/Collapse Is this tour wheelchair accessible?

    Unfortunately this tour is not wheelchair accessible. Many of the paths in Versailles are unpaved and rough, and may present difficulty for wheelchair users.

  • Expand/Collapse How many minutes prior to tour time should I meet?

    We request that all guests arrive no later than 15 minutes before the scheduled start time. Due to the exclusive and timed nature of our entries, it's imperative that all guests arrive on time. We do not have the luxury of waiting for guests who are running late, or catching them up after the fact. 

     

  • Expand/Collapse Does this tour include lunch?

    Lunch is not included in the tour price. For lunch, your guide will lead you to the Grand Canal for some free time where you can hire a rowboat, have a picnic lunch or visit the local palace cafe.

  • Expand/Collapse What is the easiest way to get to the meeting point by Metro or RER?

    Catch métro line 10 to Javel.  

  • Expand/Collapse How many people will be in my tour group?

    We limit the group size to 20 guests per tour guide on this tour.

     

  • Expand/Collapse Does this tour include entry to the Trianons and/or Marie Antoinette's Hameau?

    No, this tour concentrates on the formal gardens directly behind the palace so that we can enjoy the fountain show as much as possible. We then spend our afternoon enjoying the sumptuous interior of the chateau. 

  • Expand/Collapse What is your cancellation policy?

    We are happy to offer full refunds for our Skip the Line - Behind the Scenes Versailles Chateau & Gardens Tour if the reservation is cancelled more than 72 hours (3 days) before the scheduled tour. Bookings of 10 or more passengers require seven days notice for cancellations or rescheduling.

    SKIP THE LINE VERSAILLES TOUR RESCHEDULING POLICY

    • Reservations may be rescheduled subject to availability.
    • Fat Tire Tours will reschedule reservations free of charge for requests submitted at least 72 hours in advance. 
    • For requests submitted within 72 hours, the following fees will apply:
      • 15% rescheduling fee for requests submitted within 48 to 72 hours of the scheduled tour departure time
      • 25% rescheduling fee for requests submitted within 24 to 48 hours of the scheduled tour departure time
      • 50% rescheduling fee for requests submitted within 24 hours of the scheduled tour departure time

     

  • Expand/Collapse What is your weather policy?

    All of our tours operate rain or shine. If rain is in the forecast, please plan accordingly and bring rain gear with you.

     

  • Expand/Collapse Are children allowed on the this tour?

    Of course! We are always eager to host families on our tours.

     

  • Expand/Collapse Is there a reduced price for kids/students/infants/seniors?

    Unfortunately, because the entrance tickets we reserve are at an adult rate, we don't incur a discount to pass along to our guests. Infants (ages 0 - 3) are free of cost on all tours.

     

  • Expand/Collapse Are there group discounts available for this tour?

    We would love to work with you in reserving an entry time for your group in Versailles. There are several options to consider and we ask that you contact us directly for more details.

     

  • Expand/Collapse I am not accustomed to walking long distances or I have impaired mobility. Can I still attend the tour?

    Apart from the train ride to Versailles and an hour for lunch, you will be spending most of your time on the tour on your feet. The gardens of Versailles are a highlight of the visit and we will be strolling through as many of the best sections as possible in the morning section of the tour. In the afternoon you will be touring the palace where there are very limited opportunities to sit down. For this reason we recommend you wear appropriate footwear and that you are comfortable walking 8kms/5miles over the course of the tour.

     
  • Expand/Collapse My group size is larger than the dropdown menu allows, how can I book?

    If you would like to book a larger group, please contact our Private Tours team at [email protected].

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Behind the Scenes at Versailles Private Residence Tour Reviews

VIP Behind-the-Scenes Versailles Tour   is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 129.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellant Elizabeth was so knowledgeable. She made the experience fun as she was teaching us all about Versaiiles with facts you would have missed on your own. Thanks!!!!!
Date published: 2017-09-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good tour! This tour was recommended to me by a friend in Orlando, FL who took it with you. Was very pleased with the recommendation. *Note: Our tour was small but would still strongly recommend headsets for the entire tour. We did not have them outside, and I feel like I missed out on some commentary.
Date published: 2017-09-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fat Tire's part was great! I highly recommend engaging Fat Tire Tours in Paris. Our guide Elizabeth was friendly, helpful, engaging and very, very knowledgeable about the places we visited. The part of the tour she was responsible for was fabulous. Unfortunately, the "behind the scenes" guides at Versailles decided to go on strike the day of our tour. Elizabeth did a wonderful job of getting us past the crowds and into the public tour of the palace. Fat Tire Tours immediately apologized and refunded the "behind the scenes" oration of our tour.
Date published: 2017-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Elizabeth was AMAZING! Learned so much! Great tour! Started by meeting us in Paris, getting us to Versailles, walking through the gardens, lunch, private tour of private apartments of the king, and then back to Paris. Elizabeth had so many different history lessons spread throughout the tour, I've been to Versailles no less than 5 times and I still learned so much from her! Florence from Versailles who took us through the private apartments was hard to understand, her accent was very thick, but she still gave us a great tour, and even surprised us by taking us into the Opera! I highly recommend this tour but more so I recommend Elizabeth! She made it fun and interesting and at the end we were like best friends!
Date published: 2017-08-25
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