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  • Location:Paris, France
  • Duration:8 hours (approx.)
See the highlights of Versailles in one day on this comprehensive trip from Paris. After traveling to the town by luxury minibus, skip past the entrance lines with your priority-access ticket and then head inside the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Palace of Versailles. Tour the State Apartments, seeing the incredible Hall of Mirrors, and then explore Versailles Gardens at leisure. Enjoy a 3-course restaurant lunch by the Grand Canal and visit the Grand Trianon and the Queen’s Hamlet.


  • Full-day trip to Versailles from Paris with an expert local guide
  • Enjoy fast-track entrance to the Palace of Versailles with your skip-the-line ticket
  • Tour the State Apartments and gaze in awe at the Hall of Mirrors
  • Explore Versailles Gardens at leisure
  • Relax over a 3-course lunch in a restaurant near the Grand Canal
  • See the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Grand Trianon and the Queen’s Hamlet

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

If you want a complete Versailles experience, try this package that includes transport, skip-the-line admission and a three-course lunch. You get plenty of free time in the exquisite gardens and a chance to see the pink marble Grand Trianon, which isn't included in many other Versailles tours.

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What You Can Expect

Best of Versailles Day Trip from Paris: Skip-the-Line Palace of Versailles Tour, Grand Canal Lunch and the Grand Trianon

Best of Versailles Day Trip from Paris: Skip-the-Line Palace of Versailles Tour, Grand Canal Lunch and the Grand Trianon

Leave central Paris and head southwest by luxury minibus to the historic town of Versailles, roughly 25 miles (40km) away. Famous as the home of King Louis XIV, the town’s palace, gardens and memorials all attest to the sheer grandeur of his ruling era.

First stop is the Palace of Versailles, the town’s sprawling palatial compound where Louis XVI and his wife, Marie Antoinette, once lived. At the center of French royal power throughout 17th and 18th centuries, the building oozes royal elegance and, as such, draws visitors from all around the world.

Head straight past the long lines of visitors outside the palace with your skip-the-line ticket, and head inside to experience the history and opulence of it. On a tour led by your expert guide, discover the stunning State Apartments that comprise the Hall of Mirrors and Queen’s Apartments. While walking, your guide will enthrall you with tales of the kings who lived there.

After an hour of touring Versailles Palace, stroll out into the gardens to explore them at your leisure. Every bit as grand as the palace, the French Baroque-style gardens took nearly 40 years to complete with magnificent features like the Versailles fountains and the Orangery. After strolling around, meet your guide for lunch at a restaurant, close to Versailles' Grand Canal. Please see the Itinerary below for your sample menu.

Your afternoon is spent at the Grand Trianon, the UNESCO-listed marble palace in the middle of the gardens. Admire its distinctive pink marble colonnades with your guide and hear tales of Napoleon who re-styled it after Louis XIV and his family left. Marie Antionette’s Queen’s Hamlet is nearby, and this is the last Versailles sight to be seen before your journey back to Paris. Designed by the popular French architect Richard Mique, the retreat features a charming thatched-roof cottage, lakes, streams and even a little farmhouse.

After exploring the Queen’s Hamlet, head back to your luxury minibus for the return journey to Paris.


Sample Menu (subject to change):

First Course:
• Tomato and goat’s cheese salad with basil

Second Course (choice of one):

• Sirloin steak with Béarnaise sauce and creamed potatoes
• Roast salmon with butter sauce and creamed potatoes

Third Course:
• Seasonal fruit tart
• Tea or coffee

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

We were picked up right on time by our wonderful guide Gwen. There were 8 people in our tour which was a perfect size. Gwen was so knowledgeable about everything and really made the tour of Versailles incredibly interesting. She also really helped manage the crowds. Lunch was very nice - delicious plus a chance to get to know our fellow travellers. We were dropped off back at our door again exactly on time. Truly a great experience. I would request Gwen if I were to do another tour!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Guide was great, the tour was informative but crowded - Versailles usually is - lunch was OK. All in all, a very good day.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Enjoyed the trip, would have skipped the lunch for more time at the Gardens!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Great tour and very experienced tour guide made the visit even more enjoyable

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Natalie did a wonderful job, interesting and entertaining, this is the tour to go on

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Very knowledgeable guide. Nice small group. No queues. An excellent day out.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Nabeela was highly informed, helpful and kind.
This tour was all day. Her explanations were expert and she knew how to cut through the crowds effectively. Versailles is massive and I feel that I saw the main sights.
Lunch was lovely as were the other members of the group

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Wonderful tour director, beautiful palace.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Well worth the expense! Michelle was a wonderful and enthusiastic guide, the bus was very comfortable, the lunch delicious and the day was very memorable. Very highly recommended.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

We had pick up and drop off at our hotel. Our tour guide only had seven passengers, and we were provided with audio boxes. Plenty of time to see the palace and the gardens. Lunch was a choice of steak or salmon. Everyone agreed the food was great! I have recommended this tour to friends travelling to Paris this year.

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