Constructed in the 17th century by King Louis XIII, the UNESCO–listed Palace of Versailles is one of the brightest jewels in France's crown. See below to learn how to visit the palace's gilded suites and manicured gardens on a trip from Paris.
Guided Day Trips from Paris
Choose a guided day trip for insight from an attentive guide, roundtrip transport from the city, and the chance to admire the regal splendor of some of the palace’s 700 rooms, the State Apartments, and the Hall of Mirrors. For a truly special experience, treat yourself to a tour that offers VIP palace entry and private access to the Royal Quarters as your tour guide brings centuries of rich French history to life.
Independent Tours with Transport from Paris
Travelers who would prefer to explore the Palace of Versailles at their own pace but don't want to have to figure out transportation can book an independent tour from Paris. Skip the hassle and take advantage of included transport from the city before enjoying free time at Versailles.
Things to Know
- The Palace of Versailles lies 14 miles (23 km) southwest of central Paris, and the journey takes about 40 minutes by road.
- You can beat the crowds and enjoy hassle-free entry to Versailles by choosing a tour or ticket that offers skip-the-line admission.
- Don't miss the pristine gardens surrounding the palace (time your visit to coincide with one of the estate's impressive fountain shows for an extra treat).
- You can see corners of the palace grounds many visitors miss—including Marie Antoinette's country-style Hameau, the Petit Trianon, and the Grand Trianon—on a guided bike tour.