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  • Location:Versailles, France
  • Duration:2 hours (approx.)

Best Skip the Line: Versailles Half-Day Tour

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Palace of Versailles and Gardens of Versailles on a half-day tour. Your expert guide will bring French history back to life as you walk through the Palace of Versailles, where King Louis XIV officially settled his court and government in 1682. Soak in the palace’s Baroque architecture, admire the rooms full of art and see how some of the most infamous members of nobility really lived. Plus, avoid the long entry lines with this skip-the-line ticket!


  • Skip-the-line entrance to the Palace of Versailles
  • Guided tour of the Palace of Versailles (year-round) and orientation tour of the Versailles Gardens (summer only)
  • Explore the King's and Queen's State apartment, the Hall of Mirrors and the Royal Chapel
  • Musical garden and musical fountain shows included on select days in the summer
  • Upgrade to a small-group tour limited to only 10 people

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Best Skip the Line: Versailles Half-Day Tour

Versailles Half-Day Tour

Start your half-day Palace of Versailles (Chateau de Versailles) tour with a walk through the magnificent Gardens of Versailles (Jardins de Versailles), which contain about 210,000 flowers that are planted annually within the gardens’ 1,980 acres (800 hectares). During the summer your knowledgeable guide will tell you about the development of the gardens, which are one of the most-visited attractions in France. In winter, you are free to explore the gardens at your own pace, without a guided tour.

Next, bypass the queues with your skip-the-line admission into the palace! Enjoy a guided tour through the Palace of Versailles, where you’ll learn about the palace’s history, including its function as the center of political power in France from 1682 to 1789. Explore the palace’s unique interior rooms, including the King’s and the Queen’s State Apartments, the Royal Chapel and the Hall of Mirrors, which served as a passageway and meeting place.

Choose to visit Versailles on a Tuesday, Saturday or Sunday during the summer (April to October) and your ticket will also include entrance to the musical gardens (Tuesday) or musical fountain shows (Saturday and Sunday). Take some extra time after your half-day guided tour to watch the wonderful fountain displays set to classical music and discover the gardens at your own pace.

For a more intimate tour of Versailles, upgrade to the small-group tour. This option is limited to just 10 people, meaning you’ll receive personal attention from your professional guide so you can make the most of your time at Versailles.

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Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

We really enjoyed our tour today with Amadine. She was very knowledgeable and we found out some very interesting facts about the palace and gardens. She walked at an excellent pace, and we were able to hear her well with our headsets in the palace. She had a great sense of humor about the death of Louis XIV with what the smell would have been like, and how their lives were so public. The palace is packed with many visitors, but going in the morning you miss some of the lines.
We found out a great deal about the monarchy and the opulence of Versailles. I recommend the tour highly. I also think the 1/2 day was perfect. If you wanted more you could go back to the gardens and Marie Antoinette's palace, or you could choose to call it a day. Nice option.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This tour was not only very affordable, it was ABSOLUTELY necessary when trying to get into the Palace of Versailles. By the time we met our tour guide and were about to enter the group tours entrance, the line for individual entrance was out into the main street thousands of feet long.

Not only that, our tour guide added context and meaning to the gardens and palace that we never would have got on our own. Without a tour guide, this is just a very pretty building. This is the very best half day tour available in Versailles!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The tour was great and the guide was excellent! Highly recommend visiting Versailles!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Skip the line is very helpful! Our guide Natalie was informative and made sure that the group stuck together and had a good view of the artifacts.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

tour was excellent

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This is one of the highlight tour in Paris you can't miss!. The tour office/ meeting place is very conveniently located in front of the RER C train station in Versailles. We skipped the ticket lines and security checks was fast track. Although i have read about French History, having a knowledgeable and very pretty guide is a plus. thank you very much to our guide Amandine! The place is amazing, but the garden is spectacular!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Great tour, our guide was wonderful and extremely informative, you could ask her a question about the smallest detail and she had an answer. Definitely worth the extra money, there was a 3 hour line that we completely bypassed by doing this tour! Make sure when you're done to go down through the gardens to the canal, there are two cute restaurants there and you can rent boats, enjoy the park, rent a golf cart and see all the grounds - definitely more to do at Versailles than see the house and close gardens.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Excellent tour and very good guide. Our family really enjoyed it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

We were able to skip both the ticket line and the extremely long security line. The guide was great. This was an excellent value.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Despite the rain the line for entry into Versailles was unbelievable. Our small tour group went straight into the garden / palace. It was extremely crowded inside but our tour guide was extremely apt at working the crowd and making room for our group. She was very knowledgeable about the history and customs and we learnt a great deal. If you want to visit Verseille I highly recommend this tour.

Once the tour is finished you can spend all day in the gardens, which would be lovely on a sunny day.

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