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“Horrendous queueing nightmare at Versailles Palace”

Easy Versailles Touring Private Tours
Ranked #250 of 560 Tours in Paris
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Reviewed 11 May 2014

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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Reviewed 7 May 2014

Our National Coach holidays trip to Paris, included admission to Palace of Versailles. We know now that if we had paid independently then an overpriced waste of money visit. First impressions on approach were exciting. Beautiful building with lots of gold iron work. Inside was a different matter. Only a few rooms open. Other travellers told us that on previous visits they were able to see much more. Not even one fountain was working and do not expect to see flower gardens. We discovered later that gardens are free admission. Crowds there but we were the only ones in the Orangery which we found more interesting. Cross your legs or find a toilet beforehand because only port-a-loos when we were there. Surely with all the money they take they could build a decent toilet block. Compared with English country houses where you can see how the people lived and servants quarters and kitchens, Versailles for us was a disappointment. Pleased to discover later on that Tightwads were not the only moaners !

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Reviewed 29 April 2014

We had only scheduled half a day, ended up spending the entire day and wished we had time to go back another day. Get there early to get tickets because the lines do get long. We took the train from Paris, which is fun, and got there just as it was opening. Make sure you walk the garden and take the tram to the English Garden.

1  Thank Mark K
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Reviewed 24 April 2014

We visited Paris in April 2014 for the first time. Paris has a very easily accessible metro and train system. a 5 day metro pass for zone 1 to 5 is 59.50 euros which covers Versailles on the west and disney on the east. If only zone 1 to 3 it is 34.70 euros that basically covers all the city areas and can bring you to all attractions. The metro and train maps from meto station are super easy to follow. Instead of joining hop on and hop off we did everything on our own on metro. It made us feel good to travel like the locals. Palace of Versailles is a must to see. We had seen the palaces in St. Petersburg, Russia, so we did not waste time lining up for the security check to get in Versailles Palace. We visited the gardens in Versailles palace for two afternoons. The gardens are free and you will be very impressed by the manicured lawns and the space. bring comfortable walking shoes. Other than the Eiffel Tower and the Arch of Triumph, please visit an areabcalled Montmartre. The main attraction there is the Basicilica but the whole area is full of small shops and restaurants . There are many talented artists painters in this area. Despite the weather forecast of cloudiness and rain for April we in fact had a very comfortable visit. It was about 15 C on average. Even if it rained, it only lasted for a short time and the sun came out quickly. I believe it is better than hot summer sun with a super large crowd every where you go.

3  Thank Jetsetter101432014
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Reviewed 13 April 2014

This amazing palace doesn't cease to please! The grounds themselves are astonishing, with so many fountains, grottoes, private gardens, theaters and so much more! The lovely architecture of the palace is enough to make your jaw drop! The hundreds of gilded and baroque rooms make the banks seem poor! 2 billion dollars from the French Treasury made this unique and unforgettable masterpiece possible! There won't be a single inch of this wonderful place that doesn't have any sort of amazing architecture or art! I would definitely recommend a tour of this amazing historical, artistic, and esthetically pleasing palace!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank Collin B
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