Tours offer "tickets included - save you queuing", however this merely saves you time queuing for entrance tickets - you still have to join an enormous queue which zig zags qround the open courtyard and will take at least an hour just to reach the single entrance point.These queues are poorly controlled (easy queue jumping by yobs) and entirely without protection from the weather, with no chance to buy any food or water. After passing through the entrance point you will join a further queue in the inner courtyard to access the building. At this point we were so tired and fed up we gave up on the building and went straight through into the gardens. These were truly spectacular but no maps were available unless you'd queued for the buildings!
Basically the only way to avoid this debacle seems to be booking a private group tour if you can afford it.
(Note: Be warned that Paris has become surprisingly expensive)
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