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Versailles----guided tour or solo?

Any rec's on whether I should buy a guided tour with a company to visit Versailles, or is it just as good using the Rick Steves audio tour? I will have museum pass, so hopefully the line won't be as bad.

Posted by
2945 posts

Good question and I would guess that's largely a personal preference.

We went with a tour leaving from Paris due to not wanting to deal with the train strike. (I know the bus still runs. We chose the tour for the convenience.)

Looking forward to other responses.

Posted by
1716 posts

We did solo and it was fine. We could do our own pace. A lot of redundant looking rooms. Very big place and the lines for just security were very long in July.

Posted by
16894 posts

I would not buy a guided tour with an outside company, if that's what you mean. The Private Apartments Tour offered by the Chateau itself allows you to see a few extra rooms and to enter through a different, shorter security line.

Posted by
408 posts

Solo for the most part, but I recommend the King's apartments guided tour.

Posted by
598 posts

We went the "do-it-yourself" route. We didn't rush in the morning, arrived around 10:00 am or so. Spent the morning in the gardens, Made our way to the Grand Trianon by noon. Had lunch in the gardens, then returned to the chateau/palace in the afternoon and found the crowds practically non-existent.

Posted by
101 posts

We also did the Rick Steves audio tour. It worked well.