• Location: Paris, France
  • Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
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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.

Highlights

  • 4-hour Palace of Versailles guided tour from Paris
  • Enjoy skip-the-line access to beat the queues
  • Marvel at Louis XIV's and Marie Antoinette's Royal Apartments
  • Discover the spectacular Hall of Mirrors with your guide
  • Gain insight into royal life in 17th- and 18th-century France
  • Stroll through the statue-filled palace gardens at your leisure
  • Upgrade to add a Versailles fountain show

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What You Can Expect

Palace of Versailles Tour from Central Paris with Optional Fountain Show

Explore the spectacular Palace of Versailles

Meet your guide for either your morning or afternoon Versailles tour at the Pyramides in central Paris. Climb into the comfortable air-conditioned coach for the roughly 1-hour drive to Versailles.

The Palace of Versailles was originally built as a relatively modest hunting retreat for Louis XIII in 1623, but his successor—Louis XIV—expanded it and turned it into the symbol of luxury and extravagance that we know today. The palace we see today was completed in 1710, and remains one of the most famous palaces in Europe.

When you arrive, walk past the queues with your guide thanks to your skip-the-line access. Follow along as your guide walks you through the Royal Apartments where the King and Queen of France, Louis XIV, and Marie Antoinette once spent the majority of their time.

Visit the apartments of the Dauphin and Dauphine—the heirs apparent to the throne. See the various drawing rooms, private studies, and bed chambers where the royal family once lived, and imagine what life might have been like for them in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Continue to one of the most photographed parts of Versailles, the Hall of Mirrors, built in 1678. Look around as your guide explains its most important features. The Hall of Mirrors leads from the Royal Apartments to the Salon de la Guerre and the Salon de la Paix.

At the conclusion of your palace tour, enjoy some free time to explore the gardens at your leisure. Walk through the perfect gardens, studded with statues and sculptures, and admire the incredible fountains. On Saturday nights in the summer, those fountain displays are set to music that dates from the time of Louis XIV’s court for a memorable visual and auditory experience.

After your free time in the Versailles garden, rejoin your guide at the appointed location to climb back into the coach for the return drive to Paris.

Please note: Visits on the first Sunday of every month will be unguided, and you will be provided with an audio guide.

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Customer Reviews

ketelsen

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Loved this tour! We were taken in a comfortable air conditioned bus out of the city to Versailles then were able to walk right in. We paid the extra for the fountain show and gardens which was well worth the money. The Palace is amazing but VERY crowded. Our only challenge was that English was not our guides first language. Many times she had no idea how to say something in English so she would say never mind or it's not important it was more funny than anything. She was very knowledgeable and had all kinds of stories. Note that this is a 4 hour tour. If you want to spend more time walking around the groves and gardens this is not the tour for you. We thought the time was perfect and we did not need longer.

Dwight B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Our guide was excellent, the tour was very good. Versailles is a bit of a let down after seeing the Catherine Palace in St. Petersburg and the Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna.

vtaleff

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

It was so busy and we got to go ahead to get in. Versailles is so worth seeing and the guides are so infirmativev and the best way to go.

jorjan

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

We found this tour to be very good, the dbl. decker bus was comfortable, our English speaking guide was informative and very understandable.

Rosa N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

The tour is wonderful!! Versailles Palace is beautiful!!!

Monica Q

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Great tour! Short and to the point with enough time to wonder on your own.

Keith F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

This was an amazing tour. One of the highlights of our Paris trip. It is a must see and do for everyone.

Shona M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Really great tour. Tour guide was excellent. Well worth it.

K T S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

The tour was very informative, our guide was nothing short of amazing with her knowledge of French history.

Neylis M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Highly Recommended

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