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Skip-the-Line Half Day Versailles Guided Tour from Paris

1. Skip-the-Line Half Day Versailles Guided Tour from Paris

Join an expert interpreter-guide on a half-day tour of the exquisite Palace of Versailles, and get priority, skip-the-line entrance. You will be led through the history of the Palace, one of the most important monuments in the world. Once home to Louis XIV, also known as the Sun King, you will relive the glory days of Parisian royalty. Gaze in awe as you are guided through the most beautiful rooms of the palace, including the State Apartments, the Hall of Mirrors and the Queen's and King´s Private Apartment. After experiencing the grandeur of the interior, enjoy free time to explore the beauty of the Palace of Versailles’ gardens, filled with statues, busts, and marble vases that date back to 1661, when teams of sculptors were led by King Louis XIV's official painter, Charles Le Brun.

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Paris: Versailles Palace Tour with Optional Fountain Show

2. Paris: Versailles Palace Tour with Optional Fountain Show

Hidden away from the modern world, this majestic European castle on the outskirts of Paris is a perfectly preserved example of the reckless extravagance of the French monarchy. Experience life at its most luxurious, in a setting of lush rolling lawns that stretch as far as the eye can see. Meet your guide at a central location in Paris and board a private, air-conditioned tour bus to Versailles. You’ll skip the lines at the entrance with your pre-booked admission to Versailles, where your guide will lead you through the gardens and palace. With a maximum of 25 people per group, your Versailles tour will be intimate and unhurried. Marvel at the sheer size of the Palace of Versailles, one of the largest and most spectacular castles in the world, boasting 700 rooms! See the incredible array of fine art and the intricate designs of the 1,250 fireplaces as you work your way through the palace’s highlights, including the king’s and queen’s apartments, the chapel, the Coronation Room, the Hall of Mirrors, and the Salon of Abundance. Head out into the sunlight and visit the manicured gardens, covering an area of 1,800 acres. The Musical Gardens show runs every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (except Wednesday, July 14) from July 1 to August 31, while the Musical Fountains can be experienced every Saturday and Sunday from May 22 to October 31.

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From Paris: Full-Day Guided Tour of Versailles with Lunch

3. From Paris: Full-Day Guided Tour of Versailles with Lunch

Discover the Versailles grounds in their entirety on this full-day tour of Versailles Palace and the Trianons from Paris. Begin your visit to Versailles in the State Apartments. Enjoy visits to the Hall of Mirrors, the Queen's Bedroom and the Reception Halls. Hear interesting stories about the Sun King and those who resided within the palace as you explore the palace, its grounds, and outbuildings. After your guided tour of the palace, you will have free time to stroll through the picturesque French formal gardens. Around noon a lunch is scheduled, followed by a visit to the Grand and Petit Trianon, two smaller castles that enabled French royalty to escape the stifling court etiquette of the main palace. Louis XIV and Madame de Montespan let their love flourish at the Grand Trianon. While at the Petite Trinon and the Queen's Hamlet, Marie-Antoinette enjoyed living the simple life of a shepherdess.

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Half Day Versailles Palace & Gardens Tour From Versailles

4. Half Day Versailles Palace & Gardens Tour From Versailles

Learn how the glory of the Sun King shone throughout the world on this tour. Your expert English-speaking guide will bring the extravagant lives of the royal family and the French court at Versailles to life. Small groups allow for a relaxed and intimate visit. Your guide will take you on a journey in the footsteps of the Kings and Queens of France. During the reign of Louis XIV - the Sun King - Versailles was the place to be and to be seen. Nowadays visitors from all over the world still come to Versailles to marvel at the splendours of this incredible palace. The skip-the-line access allows you to bypass the long lines that form each day, and your friendly local guide will steer you expertly through the crowds, bringing the famous figures who once inhabited this palace back to life, and making sure you don’t miss a thing. Learn how the Kings and Queens lived out their lavish lives in public, how they kept the gossiping courtiers under their thumb, and stole Italy’s thunder by making Versailles the artistic center of Europe. Discover a typical day in the life of Marie Antoinette; you’ll quickly understand why she hated the palace so much. Her opulent lifestyle here would ultimately lead to her tragic demise under the French Revolution; she left Versailles in 1789 never to return. After visiting the royal apartments inside the palace, your guide will lead you through the spectacular gardens, once the setting of balls, parties and elaborate firework displays. On fountain show days you will discover the amazing waterworks, still running today as they did in the times of Kings and Queens. At the end of your tour your guide will be happy to give you advice on further places to visit or where to enjoy a great meal in this beautiful royal city.

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Versailles Audio Guided Tour from Paris

5. Versailles Audio Guided Tour from Paris

Enjoy a day trip from Paris to the Palace of Versailles, an architectural beauty. Cross the western districts of Paris before taking the motorway to the Versailles town, a royal château located in a former village. The Palace of Versailles was the de facto capital of the kingdom of France over a century. Now it is known as the wealthy suburb of Paris. You can discover Versailles on your own as you tour the inside and wander the grounds. You will be given audio guides on arrival to enrich your visit with commentary, and this architectural masterpiece will enchant you through its beauty and historical richness. Visit the Royal State Apartments including the Hall of Mirrors, King’s apartments, and Queen’s apartment, followed by a leisurely stroll in the Palace gardens.

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Versailles: 2-Hour Private Tour for Families & Children

6. Versailles: 2-Hour Private Tour for Families & Children

Journey back to the days of the French court on a family and child-friendly tour of the legendary Palace of Versailles, and access areas of the castle to experience the grand opulence of the staterooms. Avoid the dry historical commentaries of some tours. With your guide, hear the entertaining stories and facts designed with families and children in mind. Step into another world as you roam the magnificent halls and create memories you will all cherish for a lifetime. Your guide will explain the culture and art of the palace in a fun and interactive way. Once you have seen the miraculous King’s Apartments and the breathtaking Hall of Mirrors, take a short walk to the most beautiful parts of the gardens of Versailles.

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Versailles: Palace Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Tickets

7. Versailles: Palace Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Tickets

Learn more about Versailles palace with a 90-minute group tour with no more than 16 people. Avoid the hassle of waiting in long lines with skip-the-line tickets. Meet your local guide at Versailles at the foot of the Equestrian Statue of the Sun King, Louis the 14th. Visit the Royal Apartments. Walk through the palace and learn facinating information about the history of the palace from your expert guide. Following your interior visit of the palace, spend some free time in the gardens, a 2,000-acre (809-hectare) park filled with lovely fountains, statues, and classic formal garden landscaping. See the Musical Gardens show if visiting Versailles on a Tuesday or a Friday. View the Musical Fountains Show if taking the tour on a Saturday or a Sunday (from March to October).

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From Paris: Versailles Palace Skip-the-Line Half-Day Trip

8. From Paris: Versailles Palace Skip-the-Line Half-Day Trip

Discover the beauty and glory of Versailles, a world famous location, on a half-day tour from Paris with an experienced guide. Travel back in time and go on a fascinating journey to discover the world famous palace, a symbol of absolute monarchy and its impressive and turbulent history. Walk straight in without waiting in line and learn about and explore old French grandeur. Follow your experienced guide through the majestic rooms, the State Apartments, the Hall of Mirrors and the Queen’s private apartments. After the tour, enjoy a relaxing stroll through the astonishing French-style gardens at your own leisure.

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Paris: Eiffel Tower, Versailles & Arc de Triomphe Combo Tour

9. Paris: Eiffel Tower, Versailles & Arc de Triomphe Combo Tour

Optimize your stay in Paris by visiting the most impressive monuments in France with this combo tour. Discover the Eiffel Tower in the morning with a local guide. Go up to the summit and be amazed by the panoramic view of Paris. Next, visit the Arc de Triomphe and explore the monument and its museum at your own pace on a self-guided tour. Enjoy the amazing views from the terrace. In the afternoon, head over to the Château de Versailles, a symbol of the French monarchy. Marvel at the luxurious royal apartments and French gardens on another self-guided tour. All entrance tickets for the day are included.

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Versailles & Marie Antoinette's Estate Full-Day Private Tour

10. Versailles & Marie Antoinette's Estate Full-Day Private Tour

Meet your guide and enjoy a full day at Versailles with your family or friends for an unforgettable and enriching experience. Have the entire day to appreciate the beauty of this location. This tour includes a complete guided visit of the Estate of Versailles. During the morning, discover the Palace of Versailles, which is among the most famous palaces in the world and one of the most beautiful achievements of the 17th century. Explore the gardens aboard the Little Train. Visit the intimate spaces of Estate of Trianon where Marie Antoinette took refuge from the court life. This visit can be customized to your needs and it will allow you to discover the whole Estate of Versailles.

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What people are saying about Palace of Versailles

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4.5 / 5

based on 102 reviews

Great tour of Versailles, including the Trianon palaces and Marie Antoinette’s village! Our tour guide Claire was great - she knew so much about the history, had a fun sense of humor, and was very attentive in making sure everybody was able to keep up. The tour was just a little bit too long for me personally (lunch was almost 2 hours). Nevertheless, it’s worth it if you love history and like to see the lesser known sights. But if you just want to see the main attractions then the half day tour would be better.

Excellent! Vehicle was perfect! Driver excellent! Guide, Helena, extremely knowledgeable and helpful! OUTSTANDING!

Loved loved it! Our guide was the best and knew so much! I would recommend this to any friend!

Our tour was well organized and our group guide was very pleasant and knowledgeable.

Arrival and return by train Has worked wonderfully Guide was very knowledgeable