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  • Location:Paris, France
  • Duration:4 hours (approx.)

Versailles Guided Tour with Optional Fountain Show

Imagine how the extravagance of Versailles was part of everyday life for Marie Antoinette during a 4-hour guided tour of the palace with an optional fountain show. Take advantage of skip-the-line access to avoid the long lines at the start of your tour. Gaze in wonder at the Royal Apartments and the Queen’s Apartments, and walk through the glittering Hall of Mirrors to the Salon de la Guerre and the Salon de la Paix. Explore the expansive gardens on your own after the palace tour.


  • 4-hour Palace of Versailles guided tour from Paris
  • Enjoy skip-the-line access to beat the queues
  • Marvel at Louis XIV's and Marie Antoinette's Royal Apartments
  • Explore the drawing rooms and bed chambers of the ‘dauphin’ and ‘dauphine’
  • Discover the spectacular Hall of Mirrors with your guide
  • Gain insight into royal life in 17th- and 18th-century France
  • Stroll through the statue-filled palace gardens at your leisure
  • Optional musical fountains show

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Versailles is a must-see and this tour makes it easy with skip-the-line admission. In addition to a guided tour, you get free time to stroll the impeccably manicured gardens. And the summertime fountain shows are marvelous!

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What You Can Expect

Versailles Guided Tour with Optional Fountain Show

Explore the spectacular Palace of Versailles

Meet your guide for either your morning or afternoon Versailles tour at the pick-up point of Pyramides in central Paris. Climb into the comfortable air-conditioned coach for the roughly 1-hour drive to Versailles.

The Palace of Versailles was originally built as a relatively modest hunting retreat for Louis XIII in 1623, but his successor — Louis XIV — expanded it and turned it into the symbol of luxury and extravagance that we know today. The palace we see today was completed in 1710, and remains one of the most famous palaces in Europe.

When you arrive, walk past the queues with your guide thanks to your skip-the-line access. Follow along as your guide walks you through the Royal Apartments where the King and Queen of France, Louis XIV and Marie Antoinette, once spent the majority of their time.

Visit the apartments of the Dauphin and Dauphine — the heirs apparent to the throne. See the various drawing rooms, private studies and bed chambers where the royal family once lived, and imagine what life might have been like for them in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Continue to one of the most photographed parts of Versailles, the Hall of Mirrors, built in 1678. Look around as your guide explains its most important features. The Hall of Mirrors leads from the Royal Apartments to the Salon de la Guerre and the Salon de la Paix.

At the conclusion of your palace tour, enjoy some free time to explore the gardens at your leisure. Walk through the perfect gardens, studded with statues and sculptures, and admire the incredible fountains. On Saturday nights in the summer, those fountain displays are set to music that dates from the time of Louis XIV’s court for a memorable visual and auditory experience.

After your free time in the Versailles garden, rejoin your guide at the appointed location to climb back into the coach for the return drive to Paris.

Please note: Visits on the first Sunday of every month will be unguided, and you will be provided with an audio guide.

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Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Very good organised!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

The tour had a long cue although we had skip the line tickets...but it was worth the wait.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Had been to Versailles a few times prior. This was first on guided tour. EXCELLENT and well worth the price. The guided tour of the gardens and fountains was particularly good. Saw fountains I hadn't seen before and appreciated the backstory provided by the guide.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Awesome. If there's one place to see outside of Paris, it's Versailles.
Expect incredible crowds, but with a guided tour you get front of the line access. Very beautiful to see, long but worth it. The gardens, the fountains and the inside of Versailles are breathtaking. Don't expect to see every detail. It's not possible unless you spend 5 or 6 days at the site. Great guide.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Absolutely amazing, could not believe what we saw at Palace of Versailles.Our Guide was extremely knowlegable on the history of the Palace

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

A half day tour wasn't enough to see the gardens

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The Palace of Versailles is magnificent, a must see! The tour was very organized, the bus was new, clean and comfortable and our guide was very informative!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

A trip to Versailles is a must when visiting Paris, and having the fountains on the guide told us this only happens on Tuesdays and the weekends when it was the busiest, with the musical water display made this tour a treat for the family we will remember.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Great guide. She provided a great deal of history.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

To not see Versailles on a trip to Paris would not be forgivable. The tour guide was very forthcoming with interesting bits of history which made this tour stand out in our memories. Touring here requires more time that was allocated, so that was a little disappointing. Never the less a very good tour.

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