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Versailles Palace and Gardens Tour with Gourmet Lunch by Chef Ducasse

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The Palace of Versailles is one of France’s top attractions, and widely considered the jewel in Paris’ crown. On this tour, explore the palace and grounds with your guide and gain insight into royal life in 18th-century France. The tour includes entrance fee, round-trip travel from central Paris, and a 3-course gourmet lunch with wine at the palace. You can upgrade to visit Marie Antoinette’s Petit Trianon.
Highlights
  • Visit the Palace of Versailles with your guide and learn of 18th-century royal life
  • Included 3-course gourmet lunch with wine inside the palace
  • Entrance fees and round-trip train travel from central Paris included
  • Optional upgrade to visit Petit Trianon
What to Expect
Meet your escort in central Paris in the morning, and take the 30-minute public train journey to Versailles to meet your palace guide. Then, head inside to begin your tour. Explore the beautiful hallways and state rooms, and follow in the footsteps of King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette in the Hall of Mirrors. Along the way, your guide shares details of 18th century life in the palace. Afterward, step onto the palace grounds and continue your visit in the gardens. Admire the manicured flower beds and lawns, and perhaps catch the Musical Fountain Show (depending on visiting time). The tour is followed by a 3-course lunch with wine inside the palace. To further explore the area, upgrade your tour to include a visit to the Petit Trianon—Marie Antoinette’s rural retreat deep in the palace grounds. Your tour ends with a return via public train to your starting point in central Paris.
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Important Information
Departure Point
1 Rue de la Convention, 75015 Paris, France
Duration
5h
Return Details
Château de Versailles, 78000 Versailles, France
Inclusions
  • Fully guided visit of the Palace and Gardens of Versailles
  • 3-course gourmet lunch with wine in the restaurant in the palace run by Chef Ducasse
  • Guided visit of the Musical Gardens or Fountain Show (depending on the day of the week)
  • Fully acredited English-speaking guide
  • Headsets when appropriate so you can always hear your guide
  • Fully guided visit to the Petit Trianon and Marie Antoinette’s hamlet (if option selected)
  • Take the Petit Train to and from the Petit Trianon (if option selected)
  • Entry/Admission - Palace of Versailles
  • Entry/Admission - The Hall of Mirrors
  • Entry/Admission - Le Jardin de Versailles
  • Entry/Admission - Le Petit Trianon
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
  • Guided visit to the Petit Trianon and Marie Antoinette’s hamlet (unless option selected)
  • Petit Train ride to the Petit Trianon (unless option selected)
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • This tour involves a reasonable amount of walking. Please wear comfortable shoes.
  • Due to ongoing restoration works some rooms in the palace may not be available to visit. Should this be the case, your guide will replace them with other rooms so that your visit is complete.
  • Lunch:
  • The menu changes with the seasons and in order to offer you a different experience each time
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Please advise local operator of any allergies or dietary accommodations no later than seven days prior to travel date
  • The minimum drinking age in France is 18 years. Participants under 18 will not be served wine with lunch.
  • Please note that for infants aged 0-3 who are free of charge on this visit, a meal will not be provided for them at the restaurant. If you wish to purchase any food for your infant you may do so on the spot.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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We found Marion sweet and passionate about Versailles. We had her for the morning and also the afternoon for the Grand Trianon, Petit Trianon and farm tour. I loved the farm tour the best because I’ve seen the castle before. We really enjoyed it all. We were late getting
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Response from Siobhan P, Guest Relations Manager at Versailles Palace and Gardens Tour with Gourmet Lunch by Chef Ducasse
Responded 8 Oct 2019
Thank you very much for your review of your tour of Versailles, which we have passed on to Marion. We are very pleased that you enjoyed your tour, and especially the afternoon visits at the Domain of Marie-Antoinette, one of our favorite parts of the palace and such a special place. We do apologize for the wait time for the late guests. It can be very tricky for us trying to balance helping guests who are very close by and almost arrived, and not making our other guests wait who have arrived on time. We know how upsetting it can be to miss a dream trip for a few minutes (I believe on the day of your visit their were some exceptional issues with the trains, so we tried to help these guests who had been caught up in that), but we also respect the fact that the majority of our guests arrive on time, and our tours also should always start on time. Our pre-reserved entrances mean that we do need to begin on time, and any lost time that may occasionally occur in exceptional circumstances should be made up for during the tour. We do hope that we'll see you again in Paris in the future!
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We were blown away by this tour. It was easy to meet our tour guide Rafael at the metro station. After a 20 minute or so train ride we then had a brief walk to Versailles. We toured the gardens first and they were spectacular. We were even able to see a fountain show. Then we
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Response from Siobhan P, Guest Relations Manager at Versailles Palace and Gardens Tour with Gourmet Lunch by Chef Ducasse
Responded 18 Aug 2019
Many thanks for leaving us such a detailed review! We are delighted to read that you enjoyed your tour, and that you chose the full day tour allowing you to really make the most of your visit to Versailles. There is such a lot to see there and such contrasts between the Palace and the private estate of Marie Antoinette - we are very glad that Raphaelle was able to make your day special for you. We do hope to see you again on future visits!
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If you want to immerse yourself in Versailles you must book a tour with Memories DMC. We hadn’t heard of it and booked through Viator. Our guide was Cristiana. Very personable engaging and informative. We skip the seemingly mile long entrance lines. She made every barrier
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Response from Siobhan P, Guest Relations Manager at Versailles Palace and Gardens Tour with Gourmet Lunch by Chef Ducasse
Responded 4 Aug 2019
Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us such a detailed review. We have passed your comments onto Cristiana and she was very happy to read them too. (You are not the first to say she somehow makes barriers disappear, and you're right it makes a big difference to the visit!) The full day in Versailles is easily one of our favourite ways to spend a day, we are always so pleased to read that our guests have enjoyed it as much as we do. There is so much to see there, and so much beauty hidden away that you could so easily miss. We do hope to see you again on future trips!
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Our guide, Elisa, was engaging, informative, and attentive as she led our group of 6 Americans to and through Versailles. We blew past the massive lines to a special entrance and private visit to the opera house adjacent to the palace. Although the palace was very crowded,
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Response from Siobhan P, Guest Relations Manager at Versailles Palace and Gardens Tour with Gourmet Lunch by Chef Ducasse
Responded 27 May 2019
Thank you so much for leaving us such a detailed review, we really appreciate you taking the time to do it. We are very happy you enjoyed your tour with Elisa, plus the extra treat of seeing the Opera House that we were able to get you that day! Whenever we have the chance to share special access like this we are always thrilled to do so. We have passed your comments on to Elisa, it's very rewarding for all of us to read them, and we are really glad that you spent a great day at Versailles (it's one of our favourite places..!) We hope to see you again in Paris in the future!
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The tour portion of this event was excellent. 5/5 stars. Easy meeting place. Trouble-free RT train transfers. Excellent skip-the-line tickets. And a great tour by an amazing guide. He was interesting, engaging, and very knowledgeable. Highly recommend. What was not
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Response from Siobhan P, Guest Relations Manager at Versailles Palace and Gardens Tour with Gourmet Lunch by Chef Ducasse
Responded 14 Apr 2019
Thank you very much for leaving us such a detailed review. We are delighted to read that you enjoyed your tour of Versailles. We are very disappointed to read however that the lunch was not what it should have been. As you say, previous guests have all had excellent experiences at the restaurant, and we followed up with the restaurant management regarding your comments. They too are disappointed to read your review, and offer you their apologies. They tell us that they will follow up with the staff to ensure that the food and service is as it should be for all future guests. The Ducasse restaurants have very high standards, and we are sorry that it seems to have slipped on this occasion. We choose our supplier partners very carefully and we are sure that future meals here will be a positive and memorable experience as they should be. We do hope that we will have the opportunity to welcome you in Paris again and we know that the Ducasse team would be very glad to have the opportunity to show you how good a meal can and should be in their restaurants.
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