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Immerse yourself in the opulence and drama of Versailles Palace and Gardens on a small-group tour from Paris or 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.

Highlights

  • Half-day, small-group tour of the Palace of Versailles
  • Choose to start your tour in Paris or Versailles
  • Guaranteed to skip the long lines at Versailles
  • The tour also includes the famous Versailles fountain show or musical gardens on selected days
  • Chateau of Versailles guided tour
  • Stroll through the statue-filled palace gardens
  • Small-group tour limited to 20 people, ensuring a more personalized experience

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What You Can Expect

Skip the Line: Versailles Palace and Gardens Walking Tour

Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles

Choose one of the three tour options (listed in itinerary below) and make your way to central Paris or central Versailles to board your transport to the palace. Upon arrival, join your friendly guide for a small-group tour. 
Once inside, explore the lavish design and ornament that adorns every room of the enormous complex. Marvel at the more than 13,000 pieces of art and fine furnishings, the sumptuous private chambers and the elaborate gardens. With your pass, view the King’s and Queen’s luxurious apartments, the Royal Chapel, the Hall of Mirrors, the Coronation Room and the Hercules Drawing Room – a reminder that King Louis XIV glorified himself as a deity.
As you walk, enjoy your guide’s colorful commentary. Hear about the eccentricity and ambition of the French monarchy from the mid-17th century until the French Revolution. Discover the exciting details of the day in 1789 when Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette were dragged from Versailles by an angry mob, to be eventually beheaded in Paris. 
Finish your tour with a stroll through the gardens, covering more than 1,800 well-manicured acres. Depending on the day and your tour option, catch the Fountains Show or the Musical Gardens show before departing.

Itinerary

Versailles Palace Walking Tour includes but is not limited to:
  • Palace of Versailles + Gardens – King and Queen's Apartments, the Chapel, the 17th century galleries and the Hall of Mirrors, Hercules Drawing Room, Salon of Abundance, Venus Room, Diana Room (with a bust of Louis XIV by Bernini), Mars Room, Mercury Room, Apollo Room, War Room, Peace Room, King's bedroom, Queen's bedchamber, Salon of the Nobles, Coronation Room, Royal Chapel
  • Palace of Versailles + Fountain Display – See the magnificent Versailles fountain show, known as the Grand Eaux. It’s a wonderful live concert held in the exclusive groves, designed by André Le Nôtre, where you can watch the fountains explode to the sounds of music. No show on Thursday.
  • Palace of Versailles + Musical Gardens Show – Be enchanted by the musical gardens event –the Jardins Musicaux, as it’s known. Enjoy the simple beauty of classical music played in the beautiful surroundings of the Versailles Gardens. The musical gardens event runs on Tuesday. No show on Thursday, Saturday or Sunday.

Customer Reviews

Melinda M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Fantastic tour with the most fantastic tour guide by the name of Caroline. We loved both the palace tour and the gardens tour and were lucky to have all the fountains working. Caroline made the entire experience one of our best days in Paris. However, we were stranded at the end of the tour with 13 other people as the bus took off before we arrived. It took 1.5 hours of standing in the heat to organise transport back to our hotels. Caroline remainded with us until we were finally put into taxis

Kent R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Definitely worth the money. Saved about 2 1/2 hours of line time. Unfortunately our tour guide wasn't great, but that was luck of the draw because there were a total of 6 guides for our group that day.

Jeffrey J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Tour was amazing

John K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!

Heart81461

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's only a half hour train ride from Paris, so it is a definite must see for all people visiittng Paris! Tour is very well organized. They give you headsets so you can hear your guide clearly since it does get crowded in the palace. Tuesdays and Sundays are the busiest days so try to go another day. The fountains were running the day we were there, so that was an addded bonus!

Keith W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Very good tour. Having the pass to miss the lines made it very worthwhile. Really interesting tour.

krystal.n.omara

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!

Natalie S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Our tour guide was excellent and had a good balance of giving us the history and main points without overwhelming us. We aren and #39;t museum-type people and a half day was the perfect amount of time to get the full experience of the Versailles Palace. This was one of our favorite attractions around Paris.

k8ehoek

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This is an incredible tour. Book for early in the day to allow time to explore the gardens after your tour. LOVED this tour!!

Sharon S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The tour guide was very knowledgeable and very caring. Some people got separated and she made every effort to find them and bring us together. The tour was full of interesting facts and the experience was great.

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