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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. 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
  • Explore the drawing rooms and bed chambers of the ‘dauphin’ and ‘dauphine’
  • 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
  • Optional musical fountains show

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Versailles is a must-see and this tour makes it easy with skip-the-line admission. In addition to a guided tour, you get free time to stroll the impeccably manicured gardens. And the summertime fountain shows are marvelous!

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What You Can Expect

Versailles Guided Tour with Optional Fountain Show

Explore the spectacular Palace of Versailles

Meet your guide for either your morning or afternoon Versailles tour at the pick-up point of 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

nidiagarcia21

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

My husband and I were amazed by how smooth this tour went. Our guide Corrine was amazing, she was knowledgable, helpful, professional and astute. Her sense of humor made the trip even better. The hotels they chose were clean and comfortable. The meals were average, nothing to write mom home about. We were pleasantly surprised. Oh, take an umbrella, it rains A LOT.

Kerra S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!

Carol R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing!

Ian J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We were very happy with the tour and the guide was excellent. Would perhaps have liked to have had a little longer to explore the gardens but overall we were happy.

Karen H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Thousands of people at this facility. Tour guide did a good job. Beautiful gardens.

Carol G F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Comfortable shoes are a must on this tour. I think we walked 8 miles on this tour. Beautiful gardens and museum. Again the Do not Wait in Line tickets were wonderful. Thousands of people were in line to purchase tickets.

sergio a s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Bit expensive but great tour! You really use in a smart way your time.

Trisha B United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

The shear size of this venue is overwhelming. I can't imagine trying to navigate it on my own. Our guide was great! it was well paced so plenty of time for photos and a bit of looking around on your own time as well.

dawn.mielke

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Great tour, great guide.

Thomas B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Awesome tour guide! Great way to see Versailles and skip the lines.

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