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  • Location:Paris, France
  • Duration:From Paris: 4 hours - From Versailles: 3 hours
Experience the grandeur of Versailles Palace and Gardens on a small-group tour from either Paris or Versailles (the choice is yours)! Enjoy skip-the-line access, and then explore the palace and gardens in a small group of no more than 20 people. There is a certain magic that fizzes through the air at the Palace of Versailles. 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.

The famous Palace of Versailles is Parisian life at its most luxurious, with gold-brushed furniture, quilted four-poster beds and lush rolling lawns that stretch as far as the eye can see. Marvel at the sheer size of the Palace of Versailles, one of the most beautiful castles in the world with an astonishing 700 rooms.

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

This small-group tour is the best way to see the palace. Not only is the tour limited to 20 people, meaning you’ll experience more personalized attention from your guide, but it also gives you skip-the-line access, so you won’t have to wait in the long lines.

Inside the palace, peruse its incredible array of fine art and the intricate design of its 1,250 fireplaces as you work your way through the castle, including the King and Queen’s apartments, the Chapel, the Coronation Room, Hall of Mirrors and the Salon of Abundance. Your guide will talk you through the rooms as you pass them, each one entirely different from the next. And just when you think that you have seen all that the Palace of Versailles has to offer, you’ll burst into the sunlight and encounter its dazzling gardens, more than 1,800 acres in size.

Versailles Palace + Gardens

Entrance to the Palace. The Fountain shows and Musical Garden shows take place in the Versailles Gardens on Saturdays, Sundays and Tuesdays.

Versailles Palace + Show
Entrance to the Palace plus:-
  • Versailles Fountain Display - See the magnificent Versailles Fountains Display, known as the Grand Eaux. It’s a wonderful live concert held in the groves, designed by André Le Nôtre, where you can watch the fountains explode to the sounds of music. The show runs on Tuesday (8, 15, 22-26 and 29 May), and Saturday, Sunday (01 May - 28 October). No show on Thursday.
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  • Musical Gardens Show - Be enchanted by the musical gardens event – Jardins Musicaux, as it’s known. Enjoy the simple beauty of classical music played in the surroundings of the Versailles Gardens. The musical gardens event runs on Tuesday (01 - 15 May and 03 July - October 23. No show on Thurs, Sat or Sun.

Itinerary

Skip the Line: Versailles Palace Walking Tour includes but is not limited to:
  • Palace of Versailles - 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
  • 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. The show runs on Tuesday (8, 15, 22-26 and 29 May), and Saturday and Sunday (01 May - 28 October). No show on Thursday.
    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 (01 - 15 May and 03 July - October 23. No show on Thurs, Sat or Sun.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The tour was amazing and the tour guide was very knowledgeable

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Eloise, our tour guide was superb. She was VERY informative. We do not know how she knew so much information, but it was to our advantage. This was a 4 hour tour, but you could literally spend a month at Versailles and still not see everything. This is a MUST see. Our entire family was very impressed with this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This tour was off the charts. We did this tour after arriving in Paris and not sleeping on the plane. We were exhausted but once we arrived at the Palace it rejuvenated myself and my family. The palace, the gardens, everything about it was magnificent. After the tour, we stayed in Versailles and had dinner. It is quite a lovely town with some wonderful shops and restaurants. This is a must see!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Excellent tour with a small group of people. Guide was great and extremely knowledgeable. Just be ready to be surrounded by 1000s of other visitors there with you when you do visit! We actually went on our own bus from Paris to Versaille instead of going in the Metro...worked out nice and comfy :

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Great tour. Informative and beautiful sights. Our guide was really helpful and well informed. She kept a good pace so we were able to see much of what is described. It was a great experience

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Fantastic tour guide - very entertaining and informative. Highly recommend.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The tour guide was extraordinary. The palace very much worth seeing. I would recommend providing advice to tourists in advance of taking the tour that the grounds are gravel and closed toed shoes are recommended.

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United States of America

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The tour was great. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and fun. Just a word of caution, most of the tour was uphill and over terrain that you had to be cautious of, cobble stone paths. I was in a boot for a broken foot but was able to keep up and enjoy the entire tour. If you have trouble walking or get short of breath, this tour might not be for you.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

We were a group of 5, including our 19 month grandson. The tour delivered as promised- we met our first guide in front of the designated Metro stop and instead of riding the train, there was a nice motor coach for us. The guide on the journey to Versaiiles was Patrice- he was funny and kept us entertained and informed as we traveled through Paris and then out to the palace. Once we were there, Patrice turned us over to our guides for the walking tour and the bus was split into two groups. Our group had to wait around 25 minutes for some people who were supposed to meet us at Versailles but finally we left without them- our group did not have much time in the gardens as a result. We did not have to wait in the mile long line snaking through the courtyard, thank goodness. I feel we did luck out with our marvelous guide, Clair, however! She was so adept at getting us through the palace- it was Thursday so less crowded, she said and fewer pickpockets. It was still wall to wall people inside the rooms. The palace is a must see when visiting Paris- it creates historical perspective on the French Revolution, for sure- much in the way of excess and opulence!
In conclusion, I am not sure if a train ride would have been as easy as the bus we had but this tour was highly enjoyable for our group and a highlight of our trip.

Ural T
United States of America

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Tour was highly informative and enjoyable even with the large amount of crowds. The gardens are massive and the fountain shows were very impressive.

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