Versailles, France
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Overview

Spend a half-day exploring the unforgettable attractions of Versailles, the extraordinary gardens and opulent palace that are both on UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites. Follow a knowledgeable guide through the historic buildings and monuments of King Louis XIV's 17th-century residence, imagining the ornately-decorated Baroque rooms as a private home for the royal family and the nobility they entertained. Enjoy it all without waiting in the long queues, thanks to this skip-the-line admission ticket.
  • Skip-the-line entrance to the Palace of Versailles
  • Guided tour of the Palace of Versailles (year-round) and orientation tour of the Versailles Gardens (summer only)
  • Explore the King's and Queen's State apartment, the Hall of Mirrors and the Royal Chapel
  • Musical garden and musical fountain shows included on select days in the summer
Begin your visit to the UNESCO-listed grand estate with a stroll through the expansive Gardens of Versailles (Jardins de Versailles). The property covers 1,980 acres (800 hectares), with vast green lawns and a variety of trees and flowering plants. There are roughly 210,000 flowers planted here every year, and what you'll see blooming depends on the timing of your visit. Summer visitors hear about the garden's development over the years, while winter visitors are able to explore the gardens at their leisure without a guide.

Your next stop is the exquisite Palace of Versailles (Chateau de Versailles), one of France's most popular tourist attractions, where you'll be able to walk right past the long queues that often form at the entrance thanks to your skip-the-line ticket. Follow your guide through the palace's opulent rooms and halls, learning about the important moments in French history that took place here from 1682 to 1789.

Walk through the royal family's private living quarters, including the King's and Queens' Apartments, as well as the Royal Chapel and the much-photographed Hall of Mirrors.

Visitors who plan a trip from April to October on Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays have the added bonus of seeing the special musical gardens (on Tuesdays) or musical fountain shows (Saturdays and Sundays) which are included on your entry ticket. Feel free to head back into the gardens at the conclusion of your half-day tour to enjoy the music or fountain shows at your leisure.

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l
, Jul 2018

Versailles is definitely a must go for first time visitors, maybe a once in a lifetime visit to check off your bucket list, it is such a beautiful palace and garden to visit, but HUMONGOUS...prepare to walk a lot so wear comfortable shoes. And if you're going there in the summer, make sure you're ready to sweat because there's no AC inside the palace. Our guide, Gabriella I think?, was very informative, she knows her stuff inside and out so if you're into history or art, you'll enjoy this tour. The only thing I would recommend is if there are areas for photos, it'll be nice if the guide can give us some time to stop and take pictures especially if it's an area we cannot go back into we found out that once you're out of the palace, there's no going back inside. Also since both areas are so big, it's a waste of time having to go back and forth. Please also do not bring tripod, you cannot take it inside the palace.

A
, Jul 2018

I'd been once before and loved it. Was so excited to bring family members through. Everything about this tour ran late. Too many people were allowed in, I basically looked at a peoples backs as long as I could stand it. Half way through we left our group. It was so crowded we could not enjoy a single thing. Went outside to see the very last of the water shows. Such a disappointment this time. We even went on a Tuesday!

W
, Jul 2018

We enjoyed this. I do recommend getting the garden pass. It is more of a heavily treed area with paths and fountains and not so much a garden, but very nice.

L
, Apr 2018

Versailles is beautiful and worth a visit. Unfortunately during our visit, our voice transistors which allow you to hear the tour guide stopped working. Overall, a very good tour.

j
, Mar 2018

the skip the line was great and I would recommend but I think taking a guided tour is much more informative

L
, Feb 2018

I loved this tour!! Our guide was super knowledgeable and friendly. It is definitely worth to book the extra tour of the gardens!

R
, Nov 2017

The tour itself was very informative and we learned a lot from the experience. It felt a little fast and I didn't feel that we got to soak in the details of each room, but there was a lot of ground to cover so it was understandable. We even got a tour of a little bit of the gardens and it's history. The skip the line feature of this tour was amazing, the line looked really REALLY long without it. Overall, I would definitely recommend this tour if you're looking for a brief overview of the Palace, gardens, and the history of the Palace and how it's construction tied into French history.

y
, Oct 2017

It was ok but it could be a lot better the tour was very short and brief was expecting more but I did learn the history disappointed that could see Antoinette room because is being remodel....

S
, Oct 2017

Our guide was super friendly and spoke great English. It was completely worth the money and I’m very happy we didn’t do it on our own. Listening to the history was just as interesting as seeing it. The tour, employees and content covered were great. You can spend the rest of day roaming gardens.

l
, Sep 2017

We arrived early at the local office and were guided to enter the gardens early. Great advice as we had a great day. Tour guide Gabriel was thoughtful and interesting with commentary throughout the palace wired to our small group.


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