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  • Location:Versailles, France
  • Duration:7 hours (approx.)

Skip the Line: Versailles Full-Day Tour

Make the most of your visit to the incomparable Versailles Palace and Gardens with a full-day tour. Stroll through the Gardens of Versailles (Jardins de Versailles) with your guide, who helps bring the history of the UNESCO-listed site to life and offers insights into Marie Antoinette's Estate. Tour the opulent Palace of Versailles (Chateau de Versailles). Visitors on Sunday can take advantage of the weekly spectacular fountain show in the gardens. Upgrade the standard tour to a small-group tour, limited to 10 people, for more personalized attention from your guide.

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Skip the Line: Versailles Full-Day Tour

Skip the Line: Versailles Full-Day Tour

Begin your full-day exploration of the UNESCO-listed Versailles with a walk through the expansive Versailles Gardens, one of the most visited places in the country.

The huge space, covering 1,977 acres (800 hectares), blooms with roughly 210,000 flowers planted each year. Learn more about the history of the gardens and how they were used from your expert guide.

Take advantage of skip-the-line access to avoid waiting at the entrance to the Versailles Palace, where you'll go on the next stop on your guided tour. Learn how this extravagant place was both a private home for the royal family and the center of political power from 1682 until 1789. Walk through the king's and queen's private apartments, the fabulous Hall of Mirrors and the Royal Chapel.

Visitors who are at Versailles on a Sunday get an added bonus of seeing a fountain show in the morning in the gardens. The ornate fountain show is coordinated to a classical music soundtrack, which makes a morning walk through the gardens even more delightful.

Take a break for lunch (own expense), then follow your guide to the Grand Trianon. Louis XIV had this lodge built in 1670 to offer respite from the formal palace. Next, visit Marie Antoinette's Estate, where you'll see the Petit Trianon – the queen's private retreat – along with the French Pavilion and Queen's Hamlet.

Upgrade the standard tour experience for a small-group tour, limited to 10 people, for more personalized attention from your guide.

Customer Reviews

Karen H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This was an excellent tour. The tour guide Sophie was wonderful. She was energetic, informative and brought the history to life for us. We were so pleased with this tour and highly recommend her.

Erica R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

So first things first, a full day walking tour is a great way to see so much of the Chateau, the Petit and Grand Trianon, as well as the gardens, but be prepared to be sore the next day this from someone who has done a few half marathons. It is a lot of walking. Pauline did an excellent job with our small group tour spend the extra cash and get the small group. We were able to ask questions, she was very informative and funny. Loved the experience.

Lorne I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

It was a great day. We especially enjoyed Claire ,our guide. She had many interesting stories which made the day memorable., very knowledgable but also funny. We were pleased we had done the full day.

Catherine N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Fantastic tour. Very informative. Great guide.

Huddo Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Rail travel to Versailles was easy and trouble free. The tour operator's office was directly across from the station and provided us with a simple and pleasant checkin. Our small group tour of 8 people and a very pleasant, personable and knowledgeable guide was the only way to see Versailles. Save for a minor hiccup on entry, which took 30mins to sort out with an over officious, arrogant, obstinate entry official, we had a wonderful day. Our tour guide deserves considerable credit for managing such a difficult person at the same time as managing the small group. Being in a small group with a very smart guide got us through the large crowds easily and into the best vantage points for seeing each room and taking photos. The Palace itself is stunning with the highlight being the Hall of Mirrors. We then went on a short bus tour to learn a little of the town of Versailles before a considerable amount of walking to tour the Petite Trianon, Marie Antoinette's Hamlet fabulous and the Grand Trianon. We then toured the gardens and viewed some of the better Groves. Our guide was quite outstanding in her knowledge and management of the group because of the considerable amount of walking - toilet breaks provided. A fabulous day and an easy rail trip back to Paris although very crowded. Good value for money.

Nanci S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This was a great day! I highly recommend the tour. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and fun. Logistics were easy. The park tour is so big that it would have been nice to rent a golf cart earlier in the day. Next time.

Dwight V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

It was excellent! Especially the part of the tour in the gardens. Natalie did a great job!

Ilya S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Everything was on time. Isabelle was very nice. This tour requires a lot of walking in the gardens. The fountains appear to be working only on Sunday which is a shame.

Rania T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

We do recommend this full day tour, in addition to skipping the long lines, you get access to Marie Antoinette states where you can get lost if you don't have a guide. Claire was very helpful and friendly and very patient.

Stacy I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This tour was fantastic. It is very long, but well worth it. Our guide was Pauline, and she was wonderful. I had been to Versaille before, but not the fountains or the Petit Trianon or Hamlet. She had lots of information throughout the tour and was so pleasant. If you have the time and can come on a Sunday when they turn on the fountains, I recommend it. The fountains are great, but the stories Pauline tells you about what happened at these events is very interesting.

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