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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

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

A wonderful day-trip from Paris. Michelle was a marvel of information, organization, energy, and fun. She managed to get us through crowds with ease, and showed us incredible amount of art, architecture, and history, without ever making us feel rushed. Versailles is a palace not to be missed, but this tour is certainly the way to see it. Michelle shared her delight in these landmarks at every turn. Her enthusiasm was contagious.

After touring the palace proper, we had the opportunity to stroll on our own through the gardens to the Grand Canal.

We reassembled for lunch at a charming restaurant by the Grand Canal. Our meals were very good, and the atmosphere was a delight. The service was very friendly.

From lunch we continued our tour on to the Grand Trianon and the Queen's Hamlet. Since these were less crowded the pace slowed, but the interest and beauty did not flag in the least. Michelle continued to give both overviews and point out fascinating details of architecture, art, and history. These lesser-known areas were a great way to finish a delightful day.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Everything was just perfect.....Thanks to our tour guide Gwen... she was just perfect sweet and friendly... Exact pick up time from the hotel. The flow of information from the time you step in the van till you go back to your hotel. You would not be able to cover the Versailles and its gardens without such guidance. The lunch was amazing too in perfect restaurant. Thanks Viator for a great tour... and thank you Gwen.. highly recommended.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This was the most wonderful tour that we have ever had the pleasure of taking. Lucille was a fabulous tour guide. She was down to earth, personal and really funny! We are picked up on time and every detail was planned for. I always dreamed of touring Versailles and this tour exceeded my expectations of the experience! I highly recommend this tour. It was informative, fun and easy! Way to go Viator! Lucille deserves a raise!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Ricardo was an excellent guide , driver, and host for our group. The day trip to Versailles was so interesting and there were only 8 of us which made it so nice. He told interesting side stories and was a perfect guide!
Would recommend this trip to anyone!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Wonderful day at the palace. Our guide was excellent and being picked up and returned to our hotel well worth it.

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