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Welcome to Versailles

The grand 17th-century Palace of Versailles, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, entices visitors with its splendor, history, and decadence. Just 14 miles (23 kilometers) to the southwest of Paris, Versailles ranks among France’s top tourist attractions, as travelers come from around the world to admire the opulent suites and manicured gardens. Book a half-, full-, or even multi-day skip-the-line tour with an experienced guide to beat the entry queues. Follow your guide through the beautiful Hall of Mirrors, the King’s Grand Apartment, and the Royal Chapel. For a truly special experience, join a small-group VIP tour to enter through a reserved door and visit Louis XVI’s private library and Royal Quarters. Outside in Versailles Park, explore the flowerbeds and avenues on foot, by Segway, or by traditional horse and carriage. Here, attractions including the Grand Canal, the Grand Trianon, the Petit Trianon, and the Queen’s Hamlet shine a light on life for Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette away from the confines of the palace. Visit in the summer to catch one of Versailles’ classical music concerts in the gardens, or double your adventure by adding a trip to Claude Monet’s famous gardens in Giverny. You’ll take in an extensive collection of Impressionist works and wander through the famous lily garden for a memorable day.

Top 10 attractions in Versailles

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Versailles Gardens (Jardins de Versailles)

Versailles Gardens (Jardins de Versailles)

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Louis XIV’s Palace of Versailles takes the award for the most visited château in France, and the magnificent Versailles Gardens (Jardins de Versailles) are world renowned. A series of beautifully landscaped gardens, show-stopping fountains, and tree-lined pathways covering 800 hectares (1,976 acres), the gardens center on the cross-shaped Grand Canal.More
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Hall of Mirrors (Galerie des Glaces)

Hall of Mirrors (Galerie des Glaces)

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The opulence of the Palace of Versailles reaches its peak in the Hall of Mirrors (Galerie des Glaces)—a 240-foot-long (73-meter-long) ballroom with 357 mirrors adorning 17 huge arches on one side and 17 arcaded windows overlooking the formal gardens on the other. It was also the location of the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, which formally ended World War I.More
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Grand Trianon

Grand Trianon

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The pink-colonnaded Grand Trianon was built in 1687 by the famous architect Mansart, as a tranquil getaway from court life for Louis XIV.Setting the benchmark for Italianate garden conservatory design, the elegantly long and low palace of pink marble and porphyry features geometrically ordered rows of columns and windows, topped by a balustrade roof.The original furnishings were plundered during the Revolution. Today, the palace is furnished in Empire style, reflecting the decoration installed by Napoleon, who was particularly enamored of the building. Surrounding the palace is a lovely flower garden.While the Grand Trianon is open to the public, it is also an official residence of the French President.More
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Versailles Royal Chapel (La Chapelle Royale)

Versailles Royal Chapel (La Chapelle Royale)

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There have been five chapels throughout the history of the Palace of Versailles, but today only the Royal Chapel remains. The majority of its use took place throughout the 1700s with daily masses, royal weddings (including that of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette), birth announcements, and baptisms.More
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Grand Canal

Grand Canal

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The Grand Canal, a highlight of the 2,000-acre (800-hectare) Park at the Palace of Versailles, leads the eye to the farthest perimeter of the grounds. Designed by Andre Le Norte, the canal extends for nearly a mile and is the largest body of water on the palace grounds.More
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Marie-Antoinette's Estate

Marie-Antoinette's Estate

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Marie-Antoinette left a mark on Versailles larger than any other left by the queens of the French monarchy, and the physical embodiment of her maverick ways can be found at her estate on the grounds of the Gardens of Versailles.The Marie-Antoinette's Estate is comprised of several elements. There is the Petit Trianon, which served as her palace away from home. Often frustrated by the politics of her husband's court, Marie-Antoinette would escape to her royal residence, where no one could enter without her express invitation – not even the king himself.There are also Marie-Antoinette's personal gardens, through which visitors can stroll today and see that they are much unchanged from the time of the queen's reign. She also had a hamlet–a glamorous, picturesque take on the rustic country homes that the aristocracy at the time had on the grounds of their own estates – with a kitchen garden and a working farm in addition to its mill, decorative gardens and charming lake.More
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Royal Opera of Versailles (L'Opéra Royal du Château de Versailles)

Royal Opera of Versailles (L'Opéra Royal du Château de Versailles)

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An opera house fit for a king, recently renovated to its original splendor, the Royal Opera at the Palace of Versailles was built for the wedding of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. Upon its completion in 1770 under the direction of architect Ange-Jacques Gabriel, it was the largest concert hall in all of Europe.More
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Academy of Equestrian Arts

Academy of Equestrian Arts

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Following the age-old traditions of French classical dressage, the Academy of Equestrian Arts hosts performances in the former Royal Stables of the Palace of Versailles. The horseback spectacle is a modern-day equestrian ballet, featuring a mix of haute école, fencing, kyudo (Japanese archery), and performance art.More
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Scent Courtyard (Cour des Senteurs)

Scent Courtyard (Cour des Senteurs)

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Locals and foreign visitors alike are thrilled by Versailles' newest attraction, the Scent Courtyard (Cour des Senteurs). Located just steps away from the main gates of the city's world-famous palace, the courtyard opened in 2013 in Saint-Louis, the oldest neighborhood in Versailles.Inside the courtyard is an immersive experience for the senses. From the orange blossom-perfumed fountain and Maison des Parfums to the garden paths and shopping spots, it's another world entirely.While the Scent Courtyard may seem like a mere oasis for shoppers, it should be noted that it is the home of rarities. The Guerlain store here, for example, is the only one in France outside Paris' Avenue des Champs-Élysées, and court's Maison Fabre is the only place in the world to purchase exact replicas of Marie Antoinette's two-toned, perfumed gloves. The Lenôtre combines perfumery and gastronomy for food lovers, and Diptyque, the final shop here, is a uniquely French brand that brings a bit of Versailles home with the visitor.More
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Neptune Fountain (Bassin de Neptune)

Neptune Fountain (Bassin de Neptune)

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Laid out in formal French style and famed for their geometrically aligned terraces, tree-lined paths and ponds, the gardens of the Palace of Versailles are worth a visit on their own. And of all the lovely fountain pools in the gardens, the Neptune Fountain (Bassin de Neptune) is the largest and most grand.More

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How to Spend 1 Day at Versailles

How to Spend 1 Day at Versailles

Summer at Versailles: Musical Fountain Shows and Fireworks

Summer at Versailles: Musical Fountain Shows and Fireworks

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Recent reviews from experiences in Versailles

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Fun to see the expansive gardens
gillianr626, Oct. 2019
Versailles Gardens Segway Tour
Best way to see the gardens of Versailles - our operator knew we had been before so we chose to go further with less commentary.
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Fun tour
L2858EFlindas, Dec. 2018
Versailles Gardens Segway Tour
This is a fun way to see the grounds of the Palace of Versailles!
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Did skip much of the line after the...
Cpbutler2, Jun. 2016
Versailles Palace Skip-the-line Classic Guided Tour
Guide was knowledgeable and seemed to see that there were issues with getting into Versailles that were unusual.
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This was a great way to see...
Maria F. R, Nov. 2016
Versailles Palace Skip-the-line Classic Guided Tour
This was a great way to see Versailles.
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Going on top of the Arch de Triomphe, the VIEW IS AWESOME.
lorenoldham, Jan. 2020
Paris Museums 4 Days Pass
As we probably would not have paid the extra euros to see all of those site.
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Wonderful day in Versailles...
NRFBeeley, Dec. 2019
Versailles Palace & Marie-Antoinette's Estate Private Guided Tour with Lunch
We did the tour a few days after Christmas and although a little colder but very manageable with a coat - it was nice because it was much quieter than in the summer.
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Good resource
Trail429004, Dec. 2019
Paris Museum Pass 2 Days
I wanted to visit at least three and it turned out Versailles has free admission on Sundays, so only used it for 2.
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Loved this personalized experience!
KristinS689, Dec. 2019
Versailles Palace Skip The Line Access Half Day Private & Tailored Guided Tour
I'd recommend this tour to anyone, including families, who want to see Versailles and learn an incredible amount about it without being just another visitor in one of the enormous groups.
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AMAZING tour thanks to Alex - He made the visit a memorable event
SAMKT2010, Sep. 2019
Versailles Palace & Gardens Tour from Versailles - Optional Fountain Show
We did some walking but we didn't get to see it all.
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Absolutely fantastic. A small group...
Hugh H, Jun. 2015
Versailles Gardens Segway Tour
A small group with a great guide, the only way to see the outer gardens of Versailles.
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Excellent day out and great way to...
Stephen G, Aug. 2017
Versailles Domain Guided Day Bike Tour with Palace Entrance from Paris by Train
Excellent day out and great way to see all the main areas of the palace and gardens.
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Really the best way to see the...
JEAN M, Aug. 2015
Versailles Gardens Segway Tour
Really the best way to see the grounds of Versailles and the exterior of all the buildings, as well as learn the history of Versailles.
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Paris has so many interesting paces...
Karin F, Oct. 2017
Paris Museum Pass 2 Days
Paris has so many interesting paces to see, but we definitely wanted to see some of the museums, and of course Versailles.
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the pass got me in with no problems...
Bb, Feb. 2018
Paris Museums 4 Days Pass
Was useful at Versailles to see the smaller homes of the king and Maria Antoinette and the grand canal located further away from the chateau.
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The Remarkable Palace of Versailles
Deborah_T, Feb. 2020
Versailles Palace Skip-the-line Classic Guided Tour
We participated in the 75 minute guided tour (in English) and our guide's name was Clotilde.
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I would highly recommend this guided...
Sareena S, Jun. 2018
Versailles Palace Skip the line Guided Tour with Fountains Show Option
Honestly half day was just perfect for us as we got to see most parts of the palace and the gardens.
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Very knowledgeable guide. It was...
Darlene H, Jun. 2015
Versailles Gardens Segway Tour
It was wonderful to see the back gardens and begin to understand the way the gardens are laid out and the history of the Versailles.
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Fantastic way to see the Versailles...
Christine G, Sep. 2014
Versailles Gardens Segway Tour
Fantastic way to see the Versailles park and some of the town.
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Good tour but very crowded!
Mark H, May 2019
Versailles Palace Skip-the-line Classic Guided Tour
Also, Tuesday is a day when there are fountain shows in the gardens, and many people come to see those.
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Great tour, awesome tour guide! Audrey is super.
allharry, Oct. 2018
Versailles Palace Skip-the-line Classic Guided Tour
She kept our interest all the way through, Know that Versailles is a popular place to visit and at times, the crowds were very thick and it was hard to move.

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