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From Paris: Versailles Skip-the-Line Tour & Gardens Access

1. From Paris: Versailles Skip-the-Line Tour & Gardens Access

Travel from Paris on this half-day trip to Versailles. Save time with skip-the-line tickets, a convenient return transfer, and an engaging tour of Versailles Palace and its historic rooms and chambers. Start by meeting at a central point in Paris and transfer by bus to Versailles. Upon arrival, access the palace through a separate entrance. Then, discover the opulence, beauty, and history of the palace on an interactive guided tour. During the 90-minute tour, see the State Apartments, the King's Bedroom, and the emblematic Hall of Mirrors. Learn about the main figures of the French monarchy, from King Louis XIV to Marie Antoinette. Hear about the many fascinating historical events that took place in the palace's rooms. After your tour of the palace, take some free time to stroll around the beautiful French Gardens. After some time exploring the gardens by yourself, hop back on the bus for your journey back to central Paris.

Paris: Versailles Palace and Gardens Full Access Ticket

2. Paris: Versailles Palace and Gardens Full Access Ticket

Visit the Palace and Gardens of Versailles with a pre-booked 1-day or 2-day full access pass. Explore the ornate State Apartments and breathtaking Hall of Mirrors inside the official residence of the French monarchy from 1682 to 1789. Learn more about Louis XIV and other French royals. Get a sense of life in the French court as you take a walk through the glittering Hall of Mirrors. Stroll through the legendary gardens at your own pace, and admire fountains, sculptures, and beautifully manicured lawns. Enjoy access to the Grand and Petit Trianon in their own grounds. See where the “Sun King” would entertain in private, and where he would go to escape the rigors of court life. Then, go to Marie Antoinette’s Estate, and discover where she would seek refuge in private.

Versailles: Palace of Versailles Night Fountain Show

3. Versailles: Palace of Versailles Night Fountain Show

Prepare to be whisked away to the fairytale world of the Palace of Versailles with tickets to the Night Fountain Show as the groves and fountains are decorated with a thousand lights, surreal illuminations, and wonderful bubbles. The Sun King's music follows you all along your stroll. At the Grand Perspective, admire the elegantly lit statues, topiaries, and pools. From the Green Carpet vibrating in the light of monumental torches to the Ballroom Grove where you can dance a few steps surrounded by thousands of candles, magic is everywhere. See the Mirror Pool where you will be surprised by modern water jets mingling, crossing and embracing to the lights of the Colonnade Grove and the Encelade Grove where you will discover the buried giant  Apollo's Bath. For a perfect ending to this evening watch as the fireworks magicians offer a royal fireworks display from the Grand Perspective, dazzling you with luminous beauty. To get the best views of the fireworks, sit in the middle of the Garden stairs, in front of the chateau. 

From Paris: Palace of Versailles & Gardens w/ Transportation

4. From Paris: Palace of Versailles & Gardens w/ Transportation

Stroll the expansive royal gardens, see yourself in the 357 mirrors of the glittering Hall of Mirrors, and learn about France’s monarchical history on this visit to the Palace of Versailles. Skip the hassle of getting to the palace from Paris with pre-booked transportation and admission.  Imagine yourself a member of the French court as you peruse the ornate state apartments that housed the French monarchy from 1682 to 1789. Get the details on palace gossip and France’s revolutionary history with an included audio guide. Spend hours exploring the legendary gardens. Admire the pristine fountains, sculptures, and beautifully manicured lawns. Discover Marie Antoinette’s private estate and controversial hamlet by choosing the full-day option.

From Paris: Versailles Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry

5. From Paris: Versailles Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry

Join an expert interpreter-guide on a half-day tour of the exquisite Palace of Versailles, and get priority, skip-the-line entrance. You will be led through the history of the Palace, one of the most important monuments in the world. Meet your guide in front of the Pullman Hotel in Paris. Board your luxurious air-conditioned coach, sit back, and relax on the short ride to Versailles. Once home to Louis XIV, also known as the Sun King, you will relive the glory days of Parisian royalty. Gaze in awe as you are guided through the most beautiful rooms of the palace, including the State Apartments, the Hall of Mirrors and the Queen's and King´s Private Apartment. After experiencing the grandeur of the interior, enjoy free time to explore the beauty of the Palace of Versailles’ gardens, filled with statues, busts, and marble vases that date back to 1661, when teams of sculptors were led by King Louis XIV's official painter, Charles Le Brun.

From Paris: Full-Day Guided Tour of Versailles with Lunch

6. From Paris: Full-Day Guided Tour of Versailles with Lunch

Discover the Palace of Versailles and Trianons in their entirety on this full-day tour of the formal royal residences just outside Paris. Be transported back in time as your guide shares tales of love affairs and an assassination attempt within the palace compound.  Start your guided tour of Versailles in the ornate state apartments. Enjoy visits to the Hall of Mirrors, the Queen's Bedroom, and the Reception Halls. Hear incredible stories about the Sun King and life at court as you explore the palace grounds and outbuildings.  Enjoy a noontime lunch, then head to the Grand Trianon. Here, you will learn why Louis XIV built this private residence for himself and his mistress Madame de Montespan. The tour continues to Marie-Antoinette’s picturesque retreat and ends in majestic gardens, which you can explore at leisure.

Skip-the-Line Versailles Palace Tour by Train from Paris

7. Skip-the-Line Versailles Palace Tour by Train from Paris

Visit the Château de Versailles, the royal residence of Louis XIV. See the Hall of Mirrors and the lavish state apartments, where the royals received the elite. Your English-speaking guide will make life at Versailles come alive. Meet the guide in central Paris and travel to Versailles by train. At the Château, skip the lines and begin a 3-hour journey through time in the Château and its gardens. Hear how the royal family recaptured France’s preeminence in fashion and art. Hear about the lavish lifestyle of Marie Antoinette. Tour the magnificent gardens with your guide, and enjoy either the beautiful Musical Gardens or the Fountain Show (depending on the day of the week). After your tour, your guide will be happy to provide you with return train tickets and instructions for the easy journey back to Paris on the train.

From Paris: Versailles Palace and Gardens Tour

8. From Paris: Versailles Palace and Gardens Tour

Discover the Palace of Versailles and its stunning gardens with a guided tour from Paris. Take the train to Versailles, and discover its history and culture. Then, explore the palace, including the Hall of Mirrors and The Abduction of Persephone statue. Depart from Paris in the morning with your guide, and take the train to Versailles. Learn about the city that was the capital of France during several periods of the 17th, 18th, and 19th-century. After an hour, arrive at one of the greatest symbols of Europe. Versailles stands out for its buildings and rooms as well as its astonishing gardens. The most famous part is without a doubt its sheer size, with more than 1800 hectares of grounds. Hear the story of King Sun, of its buildings and incredible gardens, the curiosities that make Versailles unique, and the scandals that shook the monarchy and led to the French Revolution. Entangle into the stories and curiosities, and explore the chamber of the King, with its beautiful fountains and the sculpture of The Abduction of Persephone. Clarify the mystery of the diamond necklace, and find out many other important histories of the Palace. After the guided portion of the tour, enjoy the grounds on your own and walk through the inside of the palace with an audio guide in Spanish.

Last Entry: Versailles Tour After the Crowds

9. Last Entry: Versailles Tour After the Crowds

Step inside one of Europe’s most opulent buildings on this fully-guided tour of the Palace of Versailles. From the immense fountains that punctuate Louis XIV’s gardens to the splendor of the King’s and Queen’s Apartments and the incomparable Hall of Mirrors, this tour immerses you in the sights, stories, gossip, and legends of France’s lost age of splendor. Head to the outskirts of Paris, where Louis XIII first built a hunting lodge that was later extended by his son into the royal palace you see today.  In order to retain some of the bucolic feel of his father’s lodge, the Sun King set aside nearly 2,000 acres for gardens and even sketched out a strict plan for how they should be visited. Your tour will begin these gardens, but don’t worry, you don’t have to follow Louis’ plan. Instead, you’ll learn how these came to be considered the epitome of the French style of gardens that you can still see all over the world. You’ll also get the story of how Louis snatched his garden designer off another project essentially out of jealousy. As you go, your guide will point out details like the various symbols of the Greek sun god, Apollo, which Louis used all over the grounds as a reference to, well, himself. The highlights of the gardens are the immense fountains, which are packed with beautiful statuary and run on a system of gravity-driven hydraulics that has not changed since they were first installed. If you are visiting during the week you’ll only see the architecture of the fountains, but if you go on the weekend you’ll witness their full grandeur when they are turned on — water spouts from them just as it did over 300 years ago.  After the gardens, you’ll enjoy skip-the-line entrance into the palace itself. It’s the final entrance of the day so Versailles will be as peaceful as you can get it without renting it for a private function (which is possible, but as your guide will tell you, it’s pretty expensive). This enormous palace wasn’t just a home for the King. In its heyday, it was a literal gilded cage for thousands of nobles whom Louis kept here for much of the year to make sure they weren’t plotting against him. As you go from one unimaginably decadent room to the next, your guide will bring the palace to life with stories of courtly intrigue and royal plots, while also giving you insight into the everyday lives of the people who lived here (it may not be as glamorous as you expect). On your small group tour you will visit the most famous and impressive rooms in the palace, from the Royal private apartments, where the last of the Bourbon monarchs lived out their private lives; to the public state apartments, like the War Room and Peace room, which hosted balls, concerts, and political functions. The most stunning of them all is the Hall of Mirrors, which is packed with so much art, symbolism, and imagery, your guide will make sure to spend extra time there helping you decode it all. This is one of, if not the greatest and most ostentatious throne room ever created, and it’s packed with diplomatic history. Be sure to ask lots of questions and soak it all up. Since you entered the chateau from the back, you’ll leave from the front, making your last view of Versailles also the most impressive.

From Paris: Versailles Full-Day Trip by Train

10. From Paris: Versailles Full-Day Trip by Train

Your guide will meet you in downtown Paris and accompany you to Versailles by local train. Once you reach the Chateau, begin your trip through time as you gain a vivid understanding of the royal personalities who inhabited the site. Versailles was the most splendid capital in the world during the 17th century reign of Louis XIV. Your pre-booked entrance tickets will guarantee you direct access, and your friendly local guide will ensure you see all these rooms and halls have to offer. Hear about how the royal family was continuously on display, how they subjugated the proud nobles, and recaptured preeminence in fashion and art production from Italy back to France. Enjoy astonishing anecdotes about the lavish lifestyle of Marie Antoinette, and you’ll understand how uncomfortable she was at this public palace, preferring her private domains. Upon completing your tour of the royal apartments, your guide will accompany you through the luxurious gardens of Versailles, the setting for promenades, performances, and pyrotechnics. On days when the fountains are active, you’ll appreciate the elegant and omnipresent bubbling jets of water.  After a break for lunch,  enjoy an afternoon excursion to the queen’s personal domain. During this three-hour tour you’ll visit the Petit Trianon, an exquisite private palace set in a luxuriant garden where Marie Antoinette spent much of her time. You’ll also wander through the queen’s Normandy village, featuring a vineyard, a dairy, and a vegetable farm, arranged for her to simulate the healthy simplicity of country life. For your comfort, and to reduce the walking distance on the tour, take the 'Petit Train' from the Palace to and from the Petit Trianon. After your tour it's a short walk to the train station where you'll catch the direct train back to Paris. You can also choose to add on a gourmet 3 course lunch with wine in the restaurant in the Palace run by Chef Ducasse.

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What people are saying about Palace of Versailles Fountains

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This was a very well organized trip and definitely one of the highlights of our trip. Gemma was the lovely host who got us from Paris to Versailles where we were handed over to our tour guide, Adam. Even though he originates from Canada, this bright, funny, entertaining and knowledgable young man, fluent in four languages (not to mention a PhD in nuclear medicine!) literally made Versailles come to life for us all as we toured the gardens and the castle. Rather than just talking at us, he engaged with each of us by asking us questions about the history of Versailles and its monarchy and nobility. The stories he then painted for us with his wit and impressive knowledge made this tour the best we have ever taken. I heard other participants saying the same thing. What could have been a stale, boring tour was made exciting and relevant by Adam's thorough account of French history and its place in the world at the time of Versailles.

Wonderful, stress free, way to see Versailles. It was easy to find the meeting place in Paris. They took us on a comfortable bus to Versailles. Our tour guide Isabella was helpful, friendly, and informative. My 15-year-old really enjoyed seeing and hearing about what he had read about in history class. We had plenty of time to grab lunch and explore the gardens before meeting the bus to come back to Paris. I looked at a lot of tours before booking and am pleased with my selection.

Being guided on the train to Versailles and having a guide in Versailles is fantastic experience. We have learned so much about the Palace and see the most important areas it. Our guide was fantastic, highly recommeded.

well organized excursion. The ride was comfortable and the tour guide we met at the palace was very knowledgeable. Would highly recommend for skip the line and informative tour!

Flawless experience! The tour guide was so nice and very informative!