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

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

2. 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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Skip the Line Versailles Tour from Paris via Train

3. Skip the Line Versailles Tour from Paris via Train

Visit the stunning Palace of Versailles on a half-day tour from Paris, and stay as long as you like to stroll the chateau and gardens at leisure. There’s no need to worry about all the little details, such as arranging train tickets and navigating the grounds. Take the train to Versailles, and then skip the long lines (which can sometimes be up to 2 hours) to discover the Sun King’s opulent palace at your own pace. Inside the chateau, you will receive an audio guide with heaps of interesting stories and facts about the Hall of Mirrors, royal apartments, and more. Your guide will offer a fascinating orientation to the gardens and palace grounds. Learn about the French formal style of landscape architect André Le Nôtre, and see aspects of his splendid creations you’d otherwise miss. You are free to return to Paris in the late afternoon in your own time.

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Versailles Bike Tour with Palace & Queen Farm Entrance

4. Versailles Bike Tour with Palace & Queen Farm Entrance

Explore the 2,000-acre grounds of the Palace of Versailles on a full-day bike tour from Paris with a skip-the-line ticket, and discover the unrivaled opulence of the Sun King’s royal residence. Following your transfer from Paris, start the day at the farmers market in the town of Versailles. Select the produce you want for a picnic lunch later in the day, choosing from the mounds of cheeses, fresh fruits, charcuterie, and more. Then, it’s time to cycle the landscaped grounds of the Palace, cruising effortlessly from one picturesque spot to another on lightweight aluminium bikes. Your guide will take you to the outhouse chateaux of the Petit and Grand Trianon, and show you Marie-Antoinette’s private village and farm. Pedal through sumptuous landscapes, ending with a look inside the Chateau of Versailles itself. Here, you will be given plenty of time to focus on what interests you most, using the audio guides to explore at your leisure. Feel free to take a rapid tour in 30 minutes, or loiter for 3 hours to marvel at the Hall of Mirrors, Marie-Antoinette's bedroom, the King’s Royal chambers, and more. Learn about the life, legends, and scandals of the decadent Sun King (Louis XIV) and Marie Antoinette, and the resulting French Revolution that brought about the beheading of the French Royalty.

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From Paris: Versailles Palace And Garden Small Group Tour

5. From Paris: Versailles Palace And Garden Small Group Tour

Explore the royal Palace of Versailles on a 3-hour tour from Paris. Trace the footsteps of royalty as you discover one of the most lavish palaces in the world. You’ll meet your guide in Paris and travel to Versailles by train. Learn about the construction of one of the most famous palaces in the world from your knowledgeable guide. Explore the many apartments that make up the royal residences, and see the famous Hall of Mirrors. After you’ve seen the beautiful palace with your guide, you will have time to walk through the lushous 2,000 acres of gardens. Your guide will provide you with your return train tickets and leave you to explore the gardens at your own pace. To create these manicured gardens, thousands of trees were imported from all over France. When you are ready, you will return to Paris by train.

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Skip the Line: Versailles Guided Bike & Palace Tour

6. Skip the Line: Versailles Guided Bike & Palace Tour

Explore the miraculous Palace of Versailles on a full-day sightseeing tour by bike. Meeting at a central location near the Eiffel Tower in Paris, your guide will take you to the nearest RER station, for the quick train trip to Versailles. Once at Versailles, visit the village market to buy baguettes, cheese, ham, wine, or whatever you desire for a picnic lunch, to be held later in the Chateau's gardens. You will then spend most of the day riding in a relaxed fashion through the tree-lined gardens and near the Grand Canal. The average Versailles tourist often doesn't realize that they will only visit a small fraction of the gardens if they go by foot. But on this 8-hour tour, you will see it all. The tour includes round-trip train tickets from Paris to Versailles and back, and all necessary bike equipment, including children's seats, should you require them.

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Paris: Versailles Sunset Bike Tour with Fireworks Show

7. Paris: Versailles Sunset Bike Tour with Fireworks Show

Experience the magic of Versailles at sunset, and be amazed as the gardens are brought to life with lighting, music, special effects, and a stunning fireworks display. Meet your guide in central Paris and head to Versailles by train. After being fitted for your bikes, ride to the market square to buy supplies for a relaxing picnic at the bakeries and shops suggested by your guide. Continue to the grounds of Versailles, cruising along tree-lined trails and paths as you take in the majestic views. Stop at highlights such as Marie Antoinette's hamlet, as you learn the history and tales of life at the royal court from your knowledgeable guide. Pedal over to the Petit Trianon and Grand Trianon, and onwards to the Grand Canal. Stop for a picnic overlooking the sprawling palace, before visiting inside the famous landmark. Skip the lines with pre-reserved tickets and get exclusive after-hours access to the palace. Enjoy plenty of space to marvel the royal chambers, and watch costumed performers as they dance, sing, and play musical instruments. After exploring inside the palace, enter the gardens for a spectacular fountain show at sunset. Enjoy a fantastic evening filled with music, special effects, and an incredible fireworks display over the Grand Canal. Return to Paris by train, where your tour will end.

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Versailles-Giverny Day Tour with Lunch at Moulin de Fourges

8. Versailles-Giverny Day Tour with Lunch at Moulin de Fourges

A day of unforgettable impressions awaits you outside Paris at legendary Versailles and the home of Claude Monet. Select the private option, and you'll be whisked straight from your lobby or doorstep in downtown Paris to Giverny, the village where Monet produced some of the world's most beautiful landscape paintings. See the gardens the so-called Father of Impressionism magically recreated on canvas, with their trademark water lilies and Japanese bridge. A complimentary 3-course lunch at the renowned Moulin de Fourges restaurant will provide the perfect opportunity to rest and savor what you saw along with fine gourmet food. The second part of the day takes you to Versailles, where reality might exceed your idea of how kings and queens once lived. Spend an hour wandering about the Grand Apartments of the king and queen, and the famous Hall of Mirrors. Outside discover the famous palace gardens, the marble Grand Trianon palace retreat and Marie Antoinette's Hamlet.

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Paris: Full-Day Small Group Excursion to Versailles

9. Paris: Full-Day Small Group Excursion to Versailles

For one day, feel like a king or queen when venturing out to the famous and radiant Versailles. Start the tour with a pick-up from your accommodation. In your minibus, relax and meet your guide and get to know each other before your visit. Discover the palace, its spectacular architecture and its splendid rooms like the King and Queen’s Apartments, livings room steeped in stories and the breathtaking Mirror Gallery designed to impress visitors with its 357 mirrors. This visit will finish with a presentation of the Versailles Gardens. After being stunned by this fantastic place, take a deep breath and have a break. You are free to have lunch wherever you'd like in Versailles. Your guide will advise you on a restaurant located in the heart of Pavillon Dufour. Taste refined creations of Alian Ducasse in an exceptional and contemporary setting that remembers the Sun King’s splendor. Dine on preserved duck foie gras, quince and toasted brioche, steamed turbot, truffled hollandaise sauce and green apple pineapple vacherin. Appreciate a stroll at your own pace through the Le Notre’s gardens. Its fountains and sculptures tell mythological and exciting stories that will surprise you. Be charmed by numerous secrets of this natural area.  Finally, be surprised by a complete change of scenery and explore the Marie Antoinette Estate, a place marked by French characters such as the Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte or Marie Antoinette. Wander in the Little and Great Trianons, the most refined monuments in Versailles, and in the cute Queen Hamlet created especially for the famous Queen Marie Antoinette. Your local guide will be there at your disposal all day to answer your questions and to reveal all the secrets of the Versailles Estate.

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Versailles Full-Day Bike Tour + Skip-the-Line Chateau Access

10. Versailles Full-Day Bike Tour + Skip-the-Line Chateau Access

Pick up your bikes in Versailles and ride to the famous city market to shop for your picnic supplies. Continuing on to the 2,000 acres of tree-lined paths, enjoy a leisurely ride to visit Marie Antoinette's Hamlet and both the Petit and Grand Trianons. Next, it's on to your picnic at the end of the Grand Canal, to settle down for a royal feast. With your special access reservation, go behind the scenes to an exclusive section of the palace, closed off to the general public. Enjoy free time to take in the breathtaking Hall of Mirrors, Marie Antoinette's chambers, and the royal quarters. After visiting the palace, you can still walk around Versailles or return to Paris by train (transportation cost included).

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What people are saying about Palace of Versailles

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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 package and even more so our guide, Caroline. Friendly and always ready to help, apart from making a long but intense day entertaining. Highly recommended the tour!

This was an excellent way to visit Versailles. We were fortunate with sun-shining weather, and our guide was outstanding!

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

The tour guide was absolutely great. very personable and knowledgeable.