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  • Location:Paris, France
  • Duration:From Paris: 4 hours - From Versailles: 3 hours

Skip the Line: Versailles Palace and Gardens Walking Tour

Immerse yourself in the opulence and drama of Versailles Palace and Gardens on a small-group tour from Paris or Versailles. With your ticket, breeze past the queue and join an expert guide for a fun and informative walk through the castle and gardens. Witness the extravagance of Louis XIV – the Sun King – who built up the massive 700-room complex, adorning the space with luxuries fit for the French monarchy. 

Highlights

  • Half-day, small-group tour of the Palace of Versailles
  • Choose to start your tour in Paris or Versailles
  • Guaranteed to skip the long lines at Versailles
  • The tour also includes the famous Versailles fountain show or musical gardens on selected days
  • Chateau of Versailles guided tour
  • Stroll through the statue-filled palace gardens
  • Small-group tour limited to 20 people, ensuring a more personalized experience

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What You Can Expect

Skip the Line: Versailles Palace and Gardens Walking Tour

Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles

Choose one of the three tour options (listed in itinerary below) and make your way to central Paris or central Versailles to board your transport to the palace. Upon arrival, join your friendly guide for a small-group tour. 

Once inside, explore the lavish design and ornament that adorns every room of the enormous complex. Marvel at the more than 13,000 pieces of art and fine furnishings, the sumptuous private chambers and the elaborate gardens. With your pass, view the King’s and Queen’s luxurious apartments, the Royal Chapel, the Hall of Mirrors, the Coronation Room and the Hercules Drawing Room – a reminder that King Louis XIV glorified himself as a deity.

As you walk, enjoy your guide’s colorful commentary. Hear about the eccentricity and ambition of the French monarchy from the mid-17th century until the French Revolution. Discover the exciting details of the day in 1789 when Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette were dragged from Versailles by an angry mob, to be eventually beheaded in Paris. 

Finish your tour with a stroll through the gardens, covering more than 1,800 well-manicured acres. Depending on the day and your tour option, catch the Fountains Show or the Musical Gardens show before departing. 

Itinerary

Versailles Palace Walking Tour includes but is not limited to:
  • Palace of Versailles + Gardens – King and Queen's Apartments, the Chapel, the 17th century galleries and the Hall of Mirrors, Hercules Drawing Room, Salon of Abundance, Venus Room, Diana Room (with a bust of Louis XIV by Bernini), Mars Room, Mercury Room, Apollo Room, War Room, Peace Room, King's bedroom, Queen's bedchamber, Salon of the Nobles, Coronation Room, Royal Chapel
  • Palace of Versailles + Fountain Display – See the magnificent Versailles fountain show, known as the Grand Eaux. It’s a wonderful live concert held in the exclusive groves, designed by André Le Nôtre, where you can watch the fountains explode to the sounds of music. No show on Thursday.
  • Palace of Versailles + Musical Gardens Show – Be enchanted by the musical gardens event –the Jardins Musicaux, as it’s known. Enjoy the simple beauty of classical music played in the beautiful surroundings of the Versailles Gardens. The musical gardens event runs on Tuesday. No show on Thursday, Saturday or Sunday.

Customer Reviews

Keyly R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

This tour was excellent!!! this place is spectacular and our guide was amazing!!! the castle wasn't as packed as i thought it would be! This tour made my whole holiday in france!!! Im so glad we did it.

Charles Joseph B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This was a wonderful tour with a very personable and knowledgeable tour guide. We would highly recommend this tour!

Gloria S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

The gardens are so beautiful so much to see it takes all day to see these beautiful gardens they go on for many miles.

Oggie United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Very knowledgeable guide, travel arrangements were seamless.

Margaret L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Amazing tour thanks to the fantastic guide we met at Versailles (Harvey)!!!!!!!!!!! Extremely knowledgeable and engaging! If I were guaranteed, Harvey as a tour guide again I would sign up in a heartbeat (hoping this is true next year when I will visit again). Highly recommended for all.

mark o

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

The young gentleman that was our guide was very good with a lot of great info,including ad libbing while we waited for fire alarm to be taken care of.

Francesca B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Absolutely recommend it! Our guide, Sendhil, was very knowledgeable and explained everything in an easily understandable manner. We would've been entirely lost with him.

Jeff G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

It was a terrific experience. Our tour guide, Claire was outstanding and extremely knowledgeable. A definite must.

James R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Excellent tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable and made the tour a fun learning experience.

Heather G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Skipping the line always worth it. The guide was wonderful, informative, and easily understood. Absolutely loved the tour. Always seems hard to do it in one day.

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