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Versailles Palace & Gardens Guided Tour from Paris with Optional Fountain Show

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Versailles Palace & Gardens Guided Tour from Paris with Optional Fountain Show

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Immerse yourself in the opulence and drama of Versailles Palace and Gardens on a fully guided small-group tour from Paris to Versailles. With your skip-the-line ticket, breeze past the queue and join your expert guide for a fun and informative walk through the castle and gardens. Witness the extravagance of Louis XIV—the Sun King—who built up the massive 700-room complex, adorning the space with luxuries fit for the French monarchy.
  • Half-day, fully guided small-group tour with skip-the-line access to the Palace & Gardens of Versailles
  • Guaranteed to skip the long lines at Versailles
  • The tour also includes the famous Versailles fountain show or musical gardens on selected days
  • Small-group tour ensuring a more personalized experience

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This tour is perfect for those short on time who want the ease of transport and skip-the-line access.
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Skip-the-Line Access to the Palace of Versailles
Skip-the-Line Access to the Gardens of Versailles (if option selected)
Small group of 25 people or less
Expert, English speaking guide
Headsets to hear the guide clearly
Escorted train travel from central Paris and round-trip train ticket
Musical Fountain Show or Musical Gardens (on selected days)
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

107 Rue de l'Université, 75007 Paris, France

Meeting point is outside the Metro stop Invalides on the rue de l'Université, 75007 Paris Your guide will be standing in front of the metro exit with a sign.

Return Details

Place d'Armes, 78000 Versailles, France

This tour ends at the Palace of Versailles. You will be provided with a return train to Paris.

Choose one of the three tour options (listed in the itinerary below) and make your way to central Paris to board your transport to the palace. Upon arrival, join your friendly guide for a small-group tour. 

Once inside, explore the lavish design and ornament that adorns every room of the enormous complex. Marvel at the more than 13,000 pieces of art and fine furnishings, the sumptuous private chambers, and the elaborate gardens. With your pass, view the King’s and Queen’s luxurious apartments, the Royal Chapel, the Hall of Mirrors, the Coronation Room and the Hercules Drawing Room—a reminder that King Louis XIV glorified himself as a deity.

As you walk, enjoy your guide’s colorful commentary. Hear about the eccentricity and ambition of the French monarchy from the mid-17th century until the French Revolution. Discover the exciting details of the day in 1789 when Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette were dragged from Versailles by an angry mob, to be eventually beheaded in Paris. 

Finish your tour with a stroll through the gardens, covering more than 1,800 well-manicured acres. Depending on the day and your tour option, catch the Fountains Show or the Musical Gardens show before departing.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Palace of Versailles
The Palace of Versailles in true royal fashion. As your guide shows you around a carefully curated selection of the palace’s 700 rooms, you’ll hear stories of the Sun King, Louis XIV, his successors, their queens, mistresses, and courtiers – including Marie Antoinette and other notable figures. Versailles had its heyday in the 17th and 18th centuries, when the Sun King elevated Louis XIII’s humble hunting lodge into the official seat of the French court – and 300 years later, the palace has lost little of its glamorous excess.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
The Hall of Mirrors
Visit the breathtaking Hall of Mirrors inside Versailles while our passionate English-speaking guide marvels you with stories of the excesses of royal life, peaking under the Sun King, Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
The Royal Chapel
Visit the opulent Royal Chapel during your tour of the Palace of Versailles.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Le Jardin de Versailles
The Gardens of the Palace of Versailles were designed by master gardener André Le Nôtre and court painter Charles le Brun, not as a respite from the palace, but as an extension of it – with every bit as much opulence (and intrigue) as the interior. Depending on the day, your tour of the Gardens may include the Musical Fountain Show (where fountains dance in perfect time to classical music) or Musical Gardens (where music accompanies your tour through the idyllic glades).
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY City Wonders Ltd

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Versailles Palace & Gardens Guided Tour from Paris with Optional Fountain Show?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Versailles Palace & Gardens Guided Tour from Paris with Optional Fountain Show.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Versailles Palace & Gardens Guided Tour from Paris with Optional Fountain Show?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Versailles Palace & Gardens Guided Tour from Paris with Optional Fountain Show.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Versailles Palace & Gardens Guided Tour from Paris with Optional Fountain Show?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Versailles Palace & Gardens Guided Tour from Paris with Optional Fountain Show.

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Traveler Tips


  • "I would recommend that you make sure to bring lots of water to keep you hydrated as the lines in the cafes can be quite long!" See review
  • "It would be great if we can have at least 30 mins - 45 mins more to spend in the garden in order to be able to catch the ride back, especially if it is summer and is peak period." See review

Reviews

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star-4
Day in Versailles
Hasan_I
, Sep 2021
The tour was great. Alex, our guide was friendly, entertaining and knowledgeable. We had plenty of time to see the castle. Due to a delay in the trains, we could not initially have the complete time that was scheduled for the gardens. However Alex got us back in after the tour so that we could explore them at our pace which was really nice. Overall I would recommend this tour to anyone who wants to visit the palace.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Love love loved it
Danny_T
, Sep 2021
This place is huge. We loved the decor inside and out. The garden is beautiful. I would recall the tour package because you learn so much. I liked that they have a place to rent golf carts to drive through the garden. I recommend this because it is a very large garden.
star-5
First trip to Versailles
Linda_T
, Sep 2021
Mustafa was a wonderful guide! Very informative, funny and personable. He made us feel so comfortable on our first trip to Paris. Definitely recommend!
star-5
Beautiful palace and great tour guide!
Scott_M
, Aug 2021
The tour guide Ferret was awesome! He really explained the palace, it’s history, and the beautiful gardens in a fun and memorable manner. Thank you Ferret!
star-5
Palace of Versailles
Tamara_W
, Aug 2021
The most memorable part of the tour was the Wall of Mirrors and the Garden. It was Breathtaking!!! Our private tour guide Katrina was pleasant, knowledgeable, and informative. What an AMAZING Day!!
star-5
Breathtaking and overwhelmingly beautiful
Liz_C
, Aug 2021
Absolutely loved this tour! Our tour guide was amazing!! His English accent added to the experience. He was fun to listen to, knew what he was talking about from start to finish. He even brought a tablet with him to put a face to the name when speaking about someone. My husband doesn’t get impressed easily and let me tell you that he was! Now for the actual palace… it was amazing!! We walked the entire garden and even rode the row boats. We were there All day and enjoyed every minute of that beauty. We finished the tour loving the history of it all just a little more than we already did. Definitely recommend it.
star-5
Great time!
marsha20202019
, Dec 2019
Everything ran very smoothly and our guide Silvie was fantastic! I would recommend this tour to anyone that wants to see Versailles for a half day trip with a guide and tickets in hand.
star-2
Great Tour Guide, But Poorly Planned by Company
ABBIE C
, Dec 2019
We visited Versailles on our honeymoon. Only had a few days in Paris, so thought skipping the line would save us time. Instead, we found ourselves stuck, waiting outside in the cold and rain for the greater part of over an hour to get in. We were soaked by the time our tour commenced, and our poor tour guide was trying to manage the crowds and maintain a positive attitude. Kudos to him, but really disappointed in overall experience.
star-4
Historical structure
yeel2013
, Nov 2019
It’s historical and culturally how a king’s living style as money is not a concern. Despite the rain there’s no lacking of American tourists. Our guide is okay. Maybe anxious to share her knowledge; talking more than we can absorb.
star-5
Awesome job by Manny!
664vidhib
, Nov 2019
Great tour led by Manny! Only issue was waiting in the rain for the Skip-the-Line tickets, but I believe it was due to the fault of the palace staff. Manny was excellent and would definitely recommend this tour to others!

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