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

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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What You Can Expect

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 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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Excellent tour guide and a great introduction to Versailles. Nice balance of garden and tour of the palace itself. Tour guide was very friendly and good at explaining significance of small details that would otherwise go unnoticed. Highly recommend. You won't regret it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Great tour and Aurora was wonderful . Being able to skil the line made things so much easier.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The tour was great. Fully enjoyed. The guide was excellent and knowledged. Polite. The palace is very well maintained. Highly recommended.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The tour was wonderful highly recommend! PLEASE NOTE that if you get tickets in advance you need to meet your tour guide right when you get off the metro, NOT AT THE PALACE! We walked up to the palace and after asking several people realized we were supposed to meet our guide by the metro. Our tour guide was awesome gave us lots of great information! We loved her! And it is SO WORTH IT to skip the line. We went on a Sunday and the line had to be 3 to 4 hours long!
We took a brief tour of the gardens with our tour guide then the palace. after we toured the palace we had the rest of the day to tour the gardens. Recommend renting one of their golf carts or using the bus. There is a lot of walking in the gardens! Again HIGHLY RECOMMEND this tour, it was well worth it!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

I booked this tour in the US for my granddaughters who were in Paris. The staff were incredibly accommodating and the guide was outstanding. My kids report a fabulous day with a highly informed
and charming guide and since no one else scheduled for the time, they had a private tour. Thanks so much

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

We had a wonderful time. Had we not booked this tour, we would have stood in line for at least 2 hours. Natalie was an amazing guide.... very knowledgeable on the building, the history, the gardens, and even mythology. We highly recommend this tour.

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