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  • Location:Paris, France
  • Duration:8 hours (approx.)

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

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

United States of America

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Ricardo was professional, nice and very informative. We enjoyed the tour very much. The restaurant's food was not great, it was convenient, but quality was sub-par. Salmon/steak offered... the steak was inedible. My only suggestion would be to perhaps cater in higher quality sandwiches for a Versailles picnic. Thank you!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Excellent, the guide did a fine job in making this a fine tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

The tour was one of the best we've been on - our tour guide Jean was so knowledgeable about the subject - we learned facts we never would have just touring ourselves. We a very small group which made it very pleasant and sure to catch every word he spoke. Jean was very organized and on -time for every part of the tour. We would highly recommend this tour and GUIDE!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

What an awesome tour. Our guide Nabila was energetic, knowledgeable and fun. She made the tour even more interesting with all her tidbits of fun facts. She was also very considerate of those on the tour who had some physical limitations and accommodated their needs without question. Julian our driver was also great. I would highly recommend this tour as the perfect way to see Versailles.

United States of America

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Outstanding tour guide

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Excellent tour and lunch. Ask for Michelle, she was an outstanding tour guide. She even gave us heads up on how to see the Louvre at less crowded times. She was excellent. Really the only way to go!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Absolutely excellent. Zara hope I spelled it correctly was very knowledgeable. She did a wonderful job of explaining what we saw and giving us a historical background when necessary. We were picked up at our hotel and dropped off at the end of the tour making everything very simple.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Skip-The-Line is the best way to see anything! Disappointing not to have been able to spend more time at Marie Antoinette's farm which for me was more interesting and beautiful than the palace, but our guide was lovely, the palace grounds were lovely and the lunch was good.

United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This was a lovely, full day trip in which we saw so much it was almost too much to absorb. The Palace of Versailles is spectacular and well worth a visit, the sheers extravagance is quite breathtaking. We then had some free time to wander in the grounds before meeting up for a very nice lunch just outside the grounds. After lunch we visited Grand Trianon and Petit Trianon and then spent some free time in l'Hameau de la Reine the Queen's hamlet, a retreat built like a small rustic, Norman style village around a lake with a small 'farm'. Unfortunately there was a torrential downpour just as our guide left us for our free time so we all spent most of that time running round trying to find the exit to get back to the minibus! The fact that there were only eight of us made the trip more enjoyable and I would definitely recommend this tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Was a little upset by the Graffiti defacement of one of the sculptures at Versailles. The tour was very complete with visual historical artifacts and info about French a Royalty. Highly recommended tour but try not to go on a Sunday too many pushy tourists on that day.

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