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Don’t like to waste time waiting in lines? Book this half-day Palace of Versailles tour that includes round-trip train transport from Paris, a skip-the-line entrance ticket and an audio-guide. After reaching Versailles by RER train, an informative guide takes on you a pleasant 2-hour tour of the garden grounds. Then, sail past the queue at the palace and explore its stately rooms at your own pace before returning to Paris via train at a time of your choosing.

Highlights

  • Versailles day trip from Paris with round-trip train transport
  • Enjoy skip-the-line access to the Palace of Versailles, with an audio guide included
  • Tour the spectacular Versailles Gardens with your expert guide and explore the Palace of Versailles at your leisure
  • Watch the famous Versailles fountain display or musical gardens show on select days in summer
  • Group is limited to 20 people, ensuring a more personalized experience

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Skip-the-line entrance to world-famous Palace of Versailles makes this a stress-free experience. And if you go in the summer, you might also get to see the famous dancing fountain show!

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What You Can Expect

Skip the Line: Versailles Palace and Gardens Day Trip from Paris by Train

Explore the vast Gardens of Versailles on your tour from Paris

In the morning, meet your guide at a central location in Paris and take the RER train together for a 30-minute ride to Versailles. A short walk later, arrive at the gilded gates of the Palace of Versailles.

The gardens and forests of Versailles span 1,976 acres (800 hectares), and are crisscrossed by a network of picturesque trails and tree-lined paths. Follow your guide on a 2-hour walking tour of the grounds, and learn about the palace’s history, the royal family including Marie Antoinette, and the French Revolution.

If you’re here during the summer, make sure to check out the spectacular Versailles fountain display or musical gardens show that takes places on select days (included with your tour). See below for more details.

Next, make your way to the Palace of Versailles, where your guide bids you farewell and gives you your skip-the-line entrance ticket, audio guide and return train ticket. Stroll past the entrance lines and enter the palace immediately.

See the King's State Apartments and Chapel, and walk through the unforgettable Hall of Mirrors, where the treaty ending WWI was signed. Your audio-guide takes you around the highlights of the palace and provides historical background.

Take as much as you’d like to discover the sprawling palace. When you’re ready to leave Versailles, hop on the train to Paris with your provided train ticket. 

Itinerary

Available on select days during the summer:

Versailles Fountain Display:
See the magnificent Versailles fountain display, known as the Grand Eaux. It’s a wonderful live concert held in the groves, designed by André Le Nôtre, where you can watch the fountains explode to the sounds of music. The show runs on most Tuesdays in May and June and on Saturdays and Sundays from April to October.

Musical Gardens Show:
Be enchanted by the musical gardens show, known as Jardins Musicaux. Enjoy the simple beauty of classical music played in the lovely surroundings of the Versailles Gardens. This event runs on Tuesdays in April and May and from July to October.

Customer Reviews

HELEN L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

What an awesome place this is! If you are going to Paris, do not miss visiting Versailles. Our guide was wonderful, and the instructions on how to meet him were clear and easy to follow. Would highly recommend this one!

Susan A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Our guide Janike made the entire trip worth while for us. This was our fourth tour of the trip and was by far and away the very best. Her knowledge base was impressive and here anecdotal presentation style brought the gardens alive for us. It truly felt that we were back in the court of Louis XIV. She was incredible!

A. K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Perfect!!! Couldn't have asked for a better guide. Access was quick and easy. No problems from pickup to drop off.

lockhartee

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We had a wonderful time. Our tour guide, Ben was awesome! He was well versed in the history and gave cute little trivia questions for us to play. The train ride was quick and easy. The gardens were amazing and the restaurant was quite delicious. I highly recommend the tour and tour guide to anyone that wants to experience a fun tour. High five to Ben!!!

ashley h

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

great tour with Fat Tire Tours. Short train ride and informative tour of some of the many gardens at Versailles. Audio tour of the palace where we walked right in and skipped ahead of the hundreds of people waiting in the regular ticket line. Highly recommend this tour.

Amy S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Nasiim was awesome! Funny and informative. A guide is a must to really see the gardens.

Ken and Ginny D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Really enjoyed this tour! Didn't know a lot about French history and the revolution and felt this was a great introduction to this subject. Really brings it home to learn about it as your walking in the footsteps of Marie Antoinette and Louis the XVI! Our guide was great and very entertaining!

hibafayad

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Our guide Nassim was amazing!!!!!

cdavis603

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Big Ben was our tour guide and was GREAT! He was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable with a good sense of humor. The tour was amazing and the skip the line feature was a must have as the line was huge. The grounds are unbelievable and the palace leaves a person speechless. Suggestion, eat in the palace café, but skip the salad or sandwich and have two deserts! The food was delicious. Not for someone with walking issues. To truly enjoy this experience, try to plan a full day so you have extra time inside the palace as most of the in person guided tour is outside in the grounds. The audio tour inside the palace should not put you off because it is easy to use and very easy to understand. Definitely the tour to chose.

susandeis

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Going on Fountain day was a plus! Loved the tour and then got to stay as long as we wanted in the palace. Skip the line was a great time saver. Would recommend this tour.

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