• Location: Versailles, France
  • Duration: 2 hours (approx.)
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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

What You Can Expect

Skip the Line: Versailles Half-Day Tour

Versailles Half-Day Tour

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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Customer Reviews

William K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 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.

Luzed D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

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

Sean S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 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.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 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.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Great tour with female guide! She told us a million things!

julie m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

I have never been on a guided tour before and was a bit sceptical because I do know a lot about Versailles and was going with my best friend we were really delighted with our tour ,however. Our guide Claudia met us dead on time and the tour was great. Claudia explained all about how the Chateau was built in stages but what we really loved were all the little bits of REAL information that really brought it alive. Like the fact that Louis went bald at a very early age due to lead poisoning etc. It really brought the place alive, after all you can read the other stuff in a guide book!! She had a lovely sense of humour and really helped us have an amazing day!! I would recommend to anyone
Also Viator kept in touch with emails and text Brilliant

Ron R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

We had the opportunity this week to enjoy a half day tour of the Versailles Palace and Gardens.
We were fortunate enough to have Gabriella as our Tour Guide.
Gabriella was warm and engaging from the moment she introduced herself.
Throughout the two tours she proved to be highly knowledgeable, providing many interesting details and antecdotes about the various features of the Palace and its history.
Gabriella was open to all questions asked and without fail answered queries in the most complete and professional manner.
The tour was well organized and efficient in terms of how much detail and specifics that Gabriella inserted into the tour given the relatively short timeline.
I plan on returning to Versaille to be part of more tours.
I certainly will attempt to arrange to be part of any group that Gabriella leads.
If you are going to Versailles for the first time be sure to ask that Gabriella be your Tour Guide

Dianne D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

What an amazing tour! Our guide was lovely, knowledgeable and accommodating! This tour is worth the cost and it is near a metro line.

Sharon W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Our tour guide Gabriella was outstanding. Her tour was the right mix of history and human interest stories. She showed us the most remarkable fountains in the garden!

MaryAnn C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

It was great! Gabrielle made the visit interesting and ensured we were all included in the tour. She was particularly great with our 12 and 15 year old kids - made the day exciting and filled with fun.

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