Palace of Versailles Tours

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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.
Location
Address: Place d'Armes, Versailles, Ile-de-France 78000, France
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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.
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Admission: €18 for all-access pass (includes audio tour)
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Versailles Guided Tour and Priority Access with Hotel Pickup from Paris

Surround yourself in the grand spectacle of the Versailles palace and gardens on a small-group tour from Paris. Enjoy pickup from your Paris hotel, then breeze past the queue at Versailles and take a small-group tour through the castle’s ornate interior. Discover the rich tastes of Louis XIV, who built the enormous 700-room complex, adorning the space with extravagance and luxury. Then take a leisurely stroll in the palace gardens before returning to Paris.
  • Duration: 6 to 9 hrs
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$129.00 USD
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  • Duration: 6 to 9 hrs
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$129.00 USD

Palace of Versailles with Skip the Line Audio Guided Tour

Travel back in time to the site of France’s most extravagant monarch with this 2.5 hours guided audio tour of the Palace of Versailles. Fast-track entry allows you to skip the lines at this UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ll arrive in style in a fully air-conditioned coach. Spend time exploring one of France's most famous and impressive landmarks.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$66.96 USD
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Best of Versailles Day Trip from Paris including Skip-the-Line and Lunch

Delve into the Versaille’s visionary architectural array on a comprehensive full-day tour from Paris. Travel by luxury minibus to the regal city and sail past long lines outside of the Palace of Versailles with your priority-access pass. Embark on a guided tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed wonder and see grand chambers like the Hall of Mirrors. Absorb the botanical beauty of the palace gardens, and then head to an esteemed restaurant by the Grand Canal for a gourmet 3-course lunch. Conclude with a visit to the Queen’s Hamlet and the Grand Trianon.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$233.22 USD
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Viator VIP: Palace of Versailles Tour with Private Viewing of the Royal Quarters

Tour the Palace of Versailles (Château de Versailles) in royal style with a small-group tour that includes a private visit to the Royal Quarters. These rooms are typically off-limits to the public, but with this exclusive VIP tour you'll see Louis XVI's private library and enter the palace through a reserved door to bypass the lines. Additionally, explore the famous Hall of Mirrors and two of the State Apartments when Versailles first opens, before it gets too crowded. Group size is limited to 16 and comes with priority entrance.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$288.64 USD
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Skip the Line: Versailles Palace and Gardens Tour from Central Paris

Immerse yourself in the opulence and drama of Versailles Palace and Gardens on a small-group tour from Paris to Versailles. With your ticket, breeze past the queue and join an expert guide for a fun and informative walk through the castle and gardens. Witness the extravagance of Louis XIV – the Sun King – who built up the massive 700-room complex, adorning the space with luxuries fit for the French monarchy.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$84.28 USD
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Palace of Versailles Tour from Central Paris 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. Plus explore the expansive gardens on your own after the palace tour.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Skip The Line: Palace of Versailles and Gardens from Central Paris

Gain entry to the famous Palace of Versailles without waiting in line with this 5-hour skip the line tour from Central Paris. With priority access to the UNESCO World Heritage site, don your audio tour (available in eleven languages) to listen as you walk through the legendary State Apartments and the Hall of Mirrors. Stroll through the lush gardens, designed by André Le Nôtre, and learn about Louis XIV, the flashy king who once inhabited this opulent residence. Round-trip transportation from 3 departure points in Paris via air-conditioned bus is included.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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$71.58 USD
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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Palace of Versailles and Giverny Day Trip from Paris with Lunch

See two of the top sights in France, the Palace of Versailles and Monet's garden at Giverny, during a day trip from Paris. This full-day tour allows you to visit both Louis XIV's lavish palace, plus the picturesque gardens of the Giverny home that inspired many of Claude Monet's most famous paintings in one tour.
  • Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes
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$229.75 USD
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Palace of Versailles with Skip the Line Audio Guided Tour and Access to the Queen's Hamlet

Step back in time to the golden age of French royalty on a full-day trip from Paris to the Palace of Versailles, with skip-the-line access, comfortable transport and a self-guided audio tour. Explore the stunning chateau at your own pace, and learn about France’s royal intrigues and revolutions, as well as the kings and queens that lived in the palace. Enjoy time to visit the remarkable grounds and gardens, including access to the Grand Trianon, Petit Trianon and Marie Antoinette’s ‘hamlet,’ the queen's make-believe rural village and mill pond.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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$101.60 USD
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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Paris Fast Pass

Explore Paris at your own pace with the Paris Fast Pass, which gives you priority access to more than 50 attractions and landmarks so you can choose what you want to see and when you want to see it. Sites include Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Louvre Museum, the Arc de Triomphe, Centre Pompidou, and the Palace of Versailles. Plus, get around the city with admission for the hop-on hop-off bus tour and take a cruise on the River Seine.
  • Duration: 2 days
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$114.30 USD
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  • Duration: 2 days
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Giverny and Versailles Small Group Tour from Paris

Visit two iconic French destinations in a single day on this shared transfer tour from Paris to the Palace of Versailles and Giverny. Journey on to Versailles, where you'll enjoy an optional French-style lunch with drinks and tour the magnificent palace and gardens with an audio guide. Next, travel through the beautiful countryside to see where Claude Monet lived and painted, and stroll through his famous Japanese gardens that inspired his masterful ‘Water Lilies’ series.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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$264.00 USD
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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Private Full-Day Palace and Park of Versailles Guided Tour

Set out from Paris for a full-day private tour of Versailles, complete with hotel pick-up. Your drive/guide will meet you at your lodging and bring you directly to the iconic château, where you'll enjoy skip-the-line access to this former home of French royalty. Step back in time as you explore such rooms as the opulent Hall of Mirrors the Queen's Grand Apartment, all the while learning the fascinating stories of the château itself and the legendary figures who once frequented here.The tour also includes a visit to Versailles's exquisite gardens.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$187.04 USD
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Versailles Bike Tour with Skip-the-Line Entrance to Palace

Pedal your way around the parks of Versailles and enjoy skip-the-line entrance to the magnificent palace on this full-day tour from Paris. Learn the secrets of palace life, the truth about Marie Antoinette and the palace’s role in the French Revolution on a bike tour of Marie-Antoinette's Hamlet and the Petit and Grand Trianons. Next, bypass the queue and head straight inside the Palace of Versailles, where you’ll have time to explore independently and use your audio-guide to discover the King’s apartments and famous Hall of Mirrors.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$91.44 USD
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Giverny and Versailles Small Group Day Trip from Paris

Explore the tranquil water lily gardens of Monet’s House in Giverny and the Musée des Impressionnismes-Giverny followed by a visit to the opulent Palace of Versailles in this day trip from Paris. Stop in charming Moulin de Fourges for lunch (included). A group size of no more than eight people maximizes personalized attention from your guide.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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$287.48 USD
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  • Duration: 10 hours
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Versailles Small-Group Tour Including Palace Gardens and Trianon

Journey around the grounds of Versailles on this 8.5-hour tour, including round-trip transport from your Paris accommodation. First see the Palace of Versailles, and explore rooms, such as the king’s and queen’s apartments. Take pictures of its stunning gilded sculptures before moving on to the gardens. Afterward, head over to the Marie-Antoinette Estate, and wander Trianons.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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$305.95 USD
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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Small-Group Day Trip to Versailles from Paris by Minibus

Escape the bustle of Paris and immerse yourself in opulent world of Versailles on a half-day small-group tour. With your ticket, enjoy priority access to the palace and take a self-guided tour through the castle and gardens. Witness the extravagance of Louis XIV, who developed the massive 700-room complex, adorning each room with luxuries fit for the French monarchy. Summertime visitors may upgrade to attend the musical gardens or fountains show.
  • Duration: 6 to 9 hrs
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$95.00 USD
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  • Duration: 6 to 9 hrs
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14-Day Taste of Europe Tour: France, Luxembourg, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy and Monaco.

Embark on a two-week tour through Western Europe, journeying through 8 different countries and experience 21 incredible cities. Set out from Paris for this 14-day 'taste of Europe,' visiting France's renowned Champagne wine region, seeing Germany's Karl Marx House Museum, dining on a Belgian waffle in Brussels and riding a boat along the many canals of Venice, Italy. Travel by comfortable coach and bed down in 3-star lodgings along the way. Additional countries include the Netherlands, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Monaco.
  • Duration: 14 days
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$1,260.76 USD
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Versailles Independent Tour from Paris

This tour allows you to explore Versailles independently and includes round-trip transportation from Paris to help make things easier for you when traveling. Skip the hassle of figuring out your own transport and settle in for the ride to Versailles, listening to recorded audio commentary about the French landmark as you relax on the way over.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$60.04 USD
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Skip the Line: Château de Versailles Murder and Mystery Tour from Paris

Learn about the royal scandals and mysteries that took place within the walls of one of Europe’s most extravagant palaces with a special, scandalous tour of the Château of Versailles that will keep both kids and adults entertained. Travel by train from Paris to the immense estate, where you’ll skip the long entrance lines with priority access. Stroll through the palace’s most ornate quarters, including the famous Hall of Mirrors, Royal Chapel, Salon of Abundance and royal apartments, while a knowledgeable guide shares tales of intrigue, murder, ghosts and romance.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$155.86 USD
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Versailles by Bike Day Tour

The gardens of Versailles span an impressive 1,976 acres. Rather than exploring the sprawling grounds on foot, pedal your way around with an informative guide on this full-day Versailles bike tour from Paris. Discover a leisurely 10 miles of garden trails and tree-lined paths behind the palace, and reach parts of the grounds that visitors on foot do not frequent, including Marie Antoinette's country-style Hameau, the Petit Trianon and the Grand Trianon. Stop by the Grand Canal for a picnic lunch before heading inside the Palace of Versailles.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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$114.30 USD
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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Monet's House and Versailles Skip-the-Line Day Trip from Paris

Experience the quiet beauty of French Impressionism and the excesses of Marie Antoinette all in one day with this combo day trip from Paris to Giverny and Versailles. Visit the home and gardens of Claude Monet in a quaint country village, where you can admire the water lilies that inspired some of the painter's most celebrated work. Then, travel back to the eve of the French Revolution on a tour of the great halls, private chambers, and intricate gardens of the opulent Palace of Versailles, considered one of Europe’s greatest royal estates.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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$160.48 USD
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Skip-the-Line Palace of Versailles and Eiffel Tower Tour with Hotel Transfer

Prepare to be dazzled as you visit two show-stopping attractions in one day! First, follow in the footsteps of iconic royals like Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette with a skip-the-line tour or audio tour of the Palace of Versailles and a visit to the magnificent gardens (optional). Then, look out over Paris from the 2nd floor of the Eiffel Tower. Finally, set sail on a scenic cruise down the Seine River (optional) and spot waterfront landmarks like the Louvre and the Cathedral of Notre Dame.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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Skip the Line Versailles Palace Tour with Hotel Transfers

You've waited this long to see Versailles, why spend even more time waiting in line? Skip-the-line entry gets you past the queue and straight into the door of Versailles Palace, a spectacular royal château surrounding by exquisite gardens. Once here, choose from either a half- or full-day guided tour of the interior, visiting rooms like the King's Grand Apartment and the Hall of Mirrors. Afterward take some time to explore the palace's meticulously manicured grounds. This package also includes round-trip Paris hotel transfer.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$102.75 USD
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Skip the Line: Versailles Audio-Guided Small-Group Half- or Full-Day Tour

Avoid public transport and long queues, and enjoy a hassle-free day trip to Versailles instead, by pre-booking skip-the-line tickets, including round-trip private or small-group transfers from Paris. Enjoy your 6-hour independent visit to the famous palace with the help of an interactive audio guide and see highlights like the King's State Apartment, the Hall of Mirrors and Marie Antoinette's Hamlet. Don’t forget to tour the magnificent gardens and enjoy the musical fountains and gardens show (summer only).
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$109.00 USD
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