From Paris: Skip-the-Line Versailles Palace and Gardens Tour

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From Paris: Skip-the-Line Versailles Palace and Gardens Tour

From $87.41 per person

Experience the opulence of the Palace and Gardens of Versailles on a half-day excursion from Paris. Marvel at the spectacular interior of the palace and the manicured gardens and rolling lawns surrounding it. See the Fountain Show or Musical Gardens.

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Duration 4 hours
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  • Skip the lines with pre-booked admission to Versailles
  • Explore the opulently decorated rooms of the Palace of Versailles
  • Marvel at the stunning manicured gardens and lush rolling lawns
  • Enjoy an intimate tour taken at a leisurely pace, with a maximum of 25 people per group
Full description
Hidden away from the modern world, this majestic European castle on the outskirts of Paris is a perfectly preserved example of the reckless extravagance of the French monarchy. Experience life at its most luxurious, in a setting of lush rolling lawns that stretch as far as the eye can see. On this half-day tour, you’ll skip the lines at the entrance with your pre-booked admission to Versailles. With a maximum of 25 people per group, your Versailles tour will be intimate and unhurried. An English-speaking guide will meet you at Versailles and lead you through the Gardens and Palace. Marvel at the sheer size of the Palace of Versailles, one of the largest and most spectacular castles in the world, boasting 700 rooms! See the incredible array of fine art and the intricate designs of the 1,250 fireplaces as you work your way through the palace’s highlights, including the King’s and Queen’s apartments, the Chapel, the Coronation Room, the Hall of Mirrors and the Salon of Abundance. Head out into the sunlight and visit the manicured gardens, covering an area of 1,800 acres. On Thursdays you’ll enjoy a tour of the gardens and have some free time to explore on your own. It’s best to book your tour on days other than Thursday, when the famous Versailles Fountain Show or Musical Gardens are running.
  • Round-trip train ticket from Paris
  • Admission ticket and reservation fee for the Palace of Versailles
  • Admission ticket and reservation fee for the Gardens of Versailles Fountain Show or Musical Gardens show (except Thursdays)
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Headsets, to hear the guide better
  • Small group tour (no larger than 25 people)
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
COVID-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks

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Meeting point

Outside the Invalides Metro stop. The guide will be holding a “City Wonders” sign. If arriving by Metro, take line 13 or 8 to the Invalides stop, then follow the signs to the exit. If arriving on foot, head to Esplanade des Invalides. Rue de l’Université runs through the middle of the Esplanade, and the metro exit is by the tall sign with a yellow 'M' on it.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Baby strollers
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • This tour involves a fair amount of walking
  • Photography without a flash is permitted throughout the tour
  • The duration of the tour is 3.5 hours and the maximum group size is 25 people
  • The Musical Gardens and Fountain Show may be subject to last-minute schedule changes that are not under the local supplier's control
  • Extra security measures may be implemented at some venues. Delays are possible
  • To avoid disruption, please bring only small bags
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 23 reviews

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This tour is the best and our tour guide, Summer, made it excellent! I am so amaze with the extravagance of the monarchy of France as well as Summer’s exceptional knowledge about its history. I enjoyed the intriguing stories about the 4 Louis that lived at the Palace of Versailles Summer told us. I would definitely recommend this tour and Summer to everyone! Thank you Summer for this memorable visit to France!

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December 30, 2019

Not as advertised with poor transportation backup

Was promised personalized tour of 20 or less... was 26 when combining 3 groups together; transportation problems weren't tour's fault but failure to provide information for the return trip as promised was their fault. Bottom line... not as promised, shorter than promised, we managed our own return transportation different than was promised. Tour guide was good and use of transmitter/receivers was good.

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October 14, 2016

Best guide ever

Pauline was amazing. She brought history to life for us with her stories about Louis 14 and his court. Every room had a purpose and her wry observations made us all smile. She was masterful at maneuvering through the crowds when need be. History is about stories of people and their times. We were drawn in right away . We stayed for lunch at a cafe near the market to have French pancakes, salad and sparkling cider. Whole day was seamless, from our orientation point to our trip back to Paris.

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October 8, 2016

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