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How to Spend 1 Day at Versailles

How to Spend 1 Day at Versailles

Once frequented by King Louis XIV and Marie Antoinette, the Palace of Versailles is one of the world’s largest and grandest historic royal residences—little wonder it’s one of the most popular day-trip destinations from Paris. Here’s how to spend a day at the landmark, from its iconic Hall of Mirrors to its sweeping gardens and fountains.

Morning: Discover the Palace

Hop aboard an early morning train from Paris, or, if you sign up for a private or small-group tour, travel in the comfort of a private vehicle. It's a quick trip to the Palace of Versailles, 10 miles (17 kilometers) southwest of the French capital. Upon arrival, soak in the palace’s grandeur before heading inside for a tour. Whether you explore with a guide or with an audio tour, you can walk through the chandelier-filled Hall of Mirrors, Royal Apartments, Apollo Room, and more. For a splurge, enjoy a decadent lunch at Ore, Alain Ducasse’s on-site restaurant.

Afternoon: Explore the Gardens and Grounds

Though sprawling and lavishly decorated, Versailles’ main palace building is just one of the palace complex's many highlights. Save time to stroll its sweeping gardens, designed by landscape architect André Le Nôtre in the classical French style—they cover a vast expanse of 1,976 acres (800 hectares). Seek out the Grand and Petit Trianons—two separate, on-site palaces—and venture to a bucolic retreat once favored by Marie Antoinette, the Hamlet. Alternatively, bike or Segway tours provide a zippy way to navigate the grounds.

Night: Fountain Show

Cap off your day of regal decadence with one final flourish: a Versailles fountain show. Held on select days between April and October, the performances see the palace’s grand fountains “dance” in time, accompanied by a musical soundtrack (separate, music-only garden walks are also hosted in the same time period). Alternatively, venture into the charming town of Versailles for a traditional bistro dinner before returning to Paris proper.

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Versailles Domain Guided Day Bike Tour with Palace Entrance from Paris by Train

Versailles Domain Guided Day Bike Tour with Palace Entrance from Paris by Train

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Experience the magnificence of Versailles on a fun full-day bike tour, including round-trip transfers by train from Paris. Meet your guide on arrival and spend the day pedaling around the beautiful parks, royal gardens, and forest trails. Stop to explore Marie Antoinette’s hamlet, snap photos of the grandiose palace from unique viewpoints and enjoy a picnic (own expense) along the Versailles' Grand Canal.
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Versailles Palace and Gardens Skip-the-line Tour from Versailles

Versailles Palace and Gardens Skip-the-line Tour from Versailles

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Versailles, once home to French kings, is among the world’s largest and most opulent palaces. On this small-group tour, see the ever-popular landmark without the hassle. Upon meeting your guide, you’ll head straight inside with skip-the-line tickets. Explore the Hall of Mirrors, State Apartments, Versailles' gardens, and other highlights, and learn more from your guide’s commentary (headsets are provided so you can hear every word). This flexible tour gives you the chance to pick from different departure times, and opt to dine in the elegant, on-site restaurant.
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  • 3 hours
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Versailles Gardens Segway Tour

Versailles Gardens Segway Tour

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Explore the enormous Versailles Park with ease on a 1- or 2-hour Segway tour. Glide along the Grand Canal to see the Grand Trianon, Petit Trianon, Queen's Hamlet and more. Take in magnificent views of the Palace of Versailles. Listen to stories about the UNESCO-listed site from your guide and cover a large swath of ground easily with a fun Segway ride. During the 3-hour tour, extend your reach to see some of the city of Versailles, too. Group size is limited to 14, ensuring more personalized attention from your guide.
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  • 2 hours
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Versailles Palace & Gardens Tour from Versailles - Optional Fountain Show

Versailles Palace & Gardens Tour from Versailles - Optional Fountain Show

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Witness the opulence of one of Europe's most magnificent royal residences on a guided tour of the Palace and Gardens of Versailles. Skip the long lines with priority entrance, and explore the decadent salons and chambers where kings and queens of France once held court. Stroll through the expansive, World Heritage gardens, and add a regal flair to your visit with an optional fountain or music show on certain days.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Versailles Marie Antoinette Afternoon Guided Tour with Petit Trianon & Hamlet

Versailles Marie Antoinette Afternoon Guided Tour with Petit Trianon & Hamlet

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See another side of Versailles—and venture to parts of the palace grounds that few visitors explore—on this afternoon tour of the Petit Trianon. Located in Versailles’ sprawling gardens, the Petit Trianon is a private palace, once favored by Marie Antoinette. See the landmark and its companion gardens, visit the Queen’s Hamlet (a replica rustic village), explore the elegant Queen’s Theatre, and learn more about the controversial Marie Antoinette and her life at Versailles.
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  • 3 hours
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Versailles Palace Skip the Line Guided Tour with Gardens, Trianons & The Hamlet

Versailles Palace Skip the Line Guided Tour with Gardens, Trianons & The Hamlet

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Make the most of your visit to the incomparable Versailles Palace and Gardens with a full-day tour. Stroll through the Gardens of Versailles (Jardins de Versailles) with your guide, who helps bring the history of the UNESCO-listed site to life and offers insights into Marie Antoinette's Estate. Tour the opulent Palace of Versailles (Chateau de Versailles). Visitors on Sunday can take advantage of the weekly spectacular fountain show in the gardens.
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  • 7 hours
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