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Skip the Line: Versailles Half-Day Tour

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Versailles, France
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icon2 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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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.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Palace of Versailles
Dicover the Palace of Versailles (Hall of mirrors, State apartments) with the expert guide
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Le Jardin de Versailles
Discover the amazing gardens of Versailles with the expert guide. Your ticket includes the show of music and fountain (on some days only)
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Skip the Line: Versailles Half-Day Tour?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Skip the Line: Versailles Half-Day Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Skip the Line: Versailles Half-Day Tour?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Skip the Line: Versailles Half-Day Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Skip the Line: Versailles Half-Day Tour?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Skip the Line: Versailles Half-Day Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Skip the Line: Versailles Half-Day Tour?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Skip the Line: Versailles Half-Day Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Skip the Line: Versailles Half-Day Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Skip the Line: Versailles Half-Day Tour.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Please also do not bring tripod, you cannot take it inside the palace." See review
  • "This tour is worth the cost and it is near a metro line." See review
  • "If you decide to stay for the day and walk around rent the golf carts!" See review

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Skip the line !!!
Road1e1
, Oct 2019
I teach my kids that money doesn't buy happiness.... but it gets you to the head of the line . We were very very happy to go to the head of the line be whisked inside as hundreds of people were waiting two hours to get in .Do yourself a favor and spend a few extra bucks and be treated like King Louie Our Guide Rubin was very personable and knowledgeable and did a great job on the tour providing interesting and amusing tidbits about the history and the bios of the people who lived here We did the garden add on which was also as amazing as well do it you will enjoy it We were very lucky to have Rubin and our only disappointment of the day was to notice how many cheapskates were in our group who were to tight to provide a well deserved tip ..Shame on you tightwads !!! bad karma people!! BTW I get it that Euros and Asians dont think its necessary( BS) but most were Americans Take care of the people who take care of you !!
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Great guide
Journey746793
, Oct 2019
We took the English speaking tour. We were glad to have Phillip as our guide. He was easy to understand, thorough, and move the tour at a comfortable pace. Versailles is very impressive! We also had Phillip for a garden tour. The garden is large and filled with water features. Glad Phillip showed us the garden highlights.
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Very busy attraction but worth the chaos.
LoveTravel11420
, Oct 2019
We had the opportunity to have a couple hour tour inside and then we got to see the garden show which was fabulous. We were lucky to come on a day where all the fountains were functioning. Gabriella was AWESOME!
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ENGLISH TOUR GUIDE VALERIE WAS AWESOME!
DayTrip58135508910
, Aug 2019
Our visit to Versailles ended up being my kids favorite spot on our trip to France thanks to Valerie! Her enthusiasm and friendliness made our experience memorable!
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Versailles Half Day Tour
soniaingram
, Aug 2019
Our tour guide Gabriella was amazing. She was extremely knowledgable and efficient. She had a good sense of humor too. After our tour we walked to the Petit Trianon which we recommend. We wish we would of signed up for the full day tour including the Trianon. If you decide to stay for the day and walk around rent the golf carts! I wish we had since there is so much to see.
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Versailles Tour
BamaGirl2019
, Aug 2019
Tour guide was great. We learned a good deal of history and enjoyed seeing the beautiful palace, paintings, sculptures, and gardens. Our guide was very informative and warm. He made the tour even more enjoyable.
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Tour was fantastic, thank you Ruben!
maxizback
, Jul 2019
We LOVED this tour! Well worth the price alone for the skip the line (which would have been a 4 hour line). Our tour guide, Ruben, was very knowledgeable and friendly. We got to see so much of the palace and the gardens for the 3 hour tour, and then you are free to do as you like; we spent another 3 hours self touring the massive gardens. We were lucky enough to be there on a summer weekend so we got to see the fountains turned on, and with the music. It was so amazing!!! Ruben knew so much about the royals, the castle, what else was happening at that point in history, he really brought the history to life! He answered all of our questions and even took pics for us all in the Hall of Mirrors. We especially loved how Ruben told us about how Louis set up the rooms leading up to the Hall of Mirrors, the hall's significance down to the last detail, and how nobles would have to leave backwards to not be rude! We will forever remember Ruben and this wonderful tour. I would recommend it to anyone and everyone! Worth every penny, thank you so much!
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Versailles is definitely a must go...
lesanne
, 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.
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To close for comfort!
LeeProsserWA
, 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!
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Versailles Tour
bkchipx
, 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.

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