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  • Address: Place d'Armes, Versailles, Ile-de-France 78000, France
  • Hours: Tues–Sun 9am – 6:30pm in summer; 9am – 5:30pm in winter. Gardens and park open daily. Closed Jan 1, Apr 5, May 1, May 24, Nov 1, and Dec 25.
  • Admission: €18 for all-access pass (includes audio tour)

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Palace of Versailles Tours

Formerly a (comparatively) humble hunting lodge, the Palace of Versailles (Chateau de Versailles) is the extravagant creation of Louis XIV, also known as the Sun King. Embellished to epitomize ultimate royal decadence, the inequality of which tindered the French Revolution, Versailles Palace is a feast for the eyes — its 700 rooms are replete with frescoed ceilings and carvings, while the Versailles Gardens (Jardins de Versailles) brim with geometrically designed walkways and fountains. No visit to Paris, or France for that matter, is complete without experiencing the grandeur of Versailles.

The Basics
Visiting every one of the palace's 700 rooms would take days, so a Versailles guided tour that encapsulates Chateau de Versailles' highlights is indisputably the best option. In the Hall of Mirrors, gold-framed windows let in heavenly light, while priceless antique furniture decorates the King's Grand Chambers. The Royal Chapel's seemingly interminable columns are divine to behold, and in the Gardens of Versailles, the colossal Grand Canal dominates while the Musical Fountains dance to classical music at regular intervals.

Lines can be long, often exceeding two hours, so purchase a skip-the-line ticket to spend less time waiting and more time exploring the Versailles Palace and Gardens. Various combo tours include skip-the-line entry at both the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre museum and a Versailles Palace tour, allowing travelers to maximize their time in Paris. History buffs should consider a private tour for tailored insight into the residence's history, particularly Marie Antoinette's exile in the Grand Trianon and Petit Trianon, while active travelers can tour Versailles by bike to cover more ground in less time. On a full-day tour, fans of Impressionist art can combine Versailles with a visit to Giverny, the village that inspired the water lily paintings of Claude Monet.
  • The palace is incredibly popular — book a skip-the-line ticket to save time.
  • The majority of tours from Paris include hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Select a tour that combines round-trip transport with an audio guide for a self-guided experience.

How To Get to the Palace of Versailles
The palace is located in the small township of Versailles, 13 miles (21 km) outside of Paris, and is easy to reach by train. Catch RER C from Paris to Versailles Rive Gauche station, only a 10-minute walk away from the palace. You can also catch the SNCF train from Paris Montparnasse station to Versailles Chantiers or from Paris Saint Lazare to Versailles Rive Droite station.

When to Get There
At night, when the palace lights are illuminated and the sun has set, the gardens' Musical Fountains are at their most magical. Visit the Versailles Gardens on a Saturday evening between June 17 and September 16 to see a particularly special fountain performance crowned with a fireworks display.

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Versailles Small-Group Tour from Paris with Audio Guide, Paris, null
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Versailles Small-Group Tour from Paris with Audio Guide

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Experience the grandeur of Versailles Palace and Gardens on a small group tour from Paris. With a maximum of only eight per group, this small group trip to ...  Read more

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Palace of Versailles Entrance Ticket with Audio Guide, Versailles, Day Trips
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Palace of Versailles Entrance Ticket with Audio Guide

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Enjoy priority entrance to the UNESCO-listed Palace of Versailles and Gardens of Versailles with an independent priority access tour. Choose from four ...  Read more

Location: Versailles, France
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Versailles Audio-Guided Tour with Priority Pass, Versailles, Attraction Tickets
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Versailles Audio-Guided Tour with Priority Pass

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Discover Versailles on this 9-hour audio guided tour going at your own pace visiting the royal palace of Louis XIV and the gardens. Take a leisurely stroll to ...  Read more

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Versailles and Giverny Day Trip, Paris, Audio Guided Tours
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Versailles and Giverny Day Trip

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See more than Paris and take a day trip to Monet's garden at Giverny and Louis XIV's palace of Versailles. The full-day tour combines the two most popular ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Giverny and Versailles Small Group Day Trip from Paris, Paris, Day Trips
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Giverny and Versailles Small Group Day Trip from Paris

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Your day begins with a visit to Monet's House in Giverny and its famous water lily gardens followed by a discovery of the Musée des ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
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Versailles by Bike Day Tour, Paris, Day Trips
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Versailles by Bike Day Tour

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Take a tour of Versailles with a difference - by bicycle! It's the only way to see Versailles' expansive gardens plus you'll get to see highlights of ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

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Versailles Independent Tour from Paris, Paris, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Versailles Independent Tour from Paris

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The tour is perfect for those who prefer to explore independently. Discover the dazzling royal residence of Versailles, the largest and most sumptuous ever ...  Read more

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Versailles, Paris City Tour and Seine River Cruise Day Trip, Paris, Day Trips
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Versailles, Paris City Tour and Seine River Cruise Day Trip

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If your time in Paris is short, why not see Versailles and the highlights of Paris in one full-day tour? You'll visit the Palace of Versailles in the morning, ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

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Small-Group Day Trip to Giverny and Versailles from Paris, Paris, Day Trips
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Small-Group Day Trip to Giverny and Versailles from Paris

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This tour will take you to two of the most important locations around Paris: the home of the « Prince of the Impressionists » and the palace of the « Sun ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
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Versailles Palace and Gardens with Gourmet Lunch by Chef Ducasse, Paris, Day Trips
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Versailles Palace and Gardens with Gourmet Lunch by Chef Ducasse

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Combine a visit to the Palace of Versailles and Gardens with a gourmet lunch designed by world-renown Chef Ducasse. See the lavish staterooms, Hall of ...  Read more

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