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Versailles Palace & Gardens: Ticket, Audio Guide & Transfer

1. Versailles Palace & Gardens: Ticket, Audio Guide & Transfer

Travel in the comfort of a fully air-conditioned bus from Paris city center to Versailles, home of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette until the French Revolution in 1789. Your host will be on board the bus and ready to answer any questions you may have.  Be transported back to the Golden Age of France with a trip to the Palace of Versailles, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and emblem of French royalty and extravagance. Marvel at the breathtaking royal chateau, transformed by the ‘Sun King’ Louis XIV in the 1660s from a hunting lodge.  Your audio guide, available in 11 languages, will enable you to discover the State apartments of the King and Queen, the Royal Chapel and Hall of Mirrors, the epitome of French opulence; three hundred and fifty-seven mirrors line the gold-adorned hall and crystal chandeliers hang from the ceiling. After explore the famous gardens of Versailles with access to the Grand and Petit Trianon, and the Estate of Marie Antoinette. Depending on the day and option booked, you will also be able to see either the Musical Garden or Fountain Show. After your visit, you will be taken back to Paris by air-conditioned bus.

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Versailles: Palace of Versailles Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

2. Versailles: Palace of Versailles Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

Discover the splendor, beauty, and history of Versailles Palace on a guided tour with skip-the-line tickets. Step inside via a priority entrance and follow an expert guide through the lavish halls of this iconic French architectural masterpiece. Arrive at the meeting point to meet your guide who will give you a friendly introduction about the royal complex and lead you inside to begin exploring one of the largest palaces in the world. See the ornate King's and Queen's State Apartments and the glittering Hall of Mirrors, one of the most emblematic rooms in the Versailles Château and where many events of great historic significance took place, including the Treaty of Versailles. Learn about the main figures of the French monarchy, from King Louis XVI to his wife, Marie Antoinette. Listen as your guide brings these legendary characters to life with entertaining storytelling. Enjoy plenty of opportunities to ask questions during this interactive tour. Afterward, feel free to explore the palace or stroll through the gardens on your own.

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Versailles: Skip-the-Line Entrance and Lunch at Ore

3. Versailles: Skip-the-Line Entrance and Lunch at Ore

In the recently renovated Pavillon Dufour, ore offers the great French classics, light bites and delicate pastries. Located at the first floor of Pavillon Dufour, the restaurant plan is divided into two main dining rooms, one bar and three salons. One can admire the Palace through the windows overlooking the cour Royale and the cour d’Honneur. In the salons, the subtle position of the mirrors allows the guests to look upon the Palace, even if their back is turned to the windows. Ore - Ducasse au château de Versailles offers contemporary French cuisine and artfully combining great classics and new dishes. Service is relaxed, professional and efficient. After lunch, be guided to the skip-the-line access for the palace and enjoy the rest of your day in Versailles.

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

4. 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

5. 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: 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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Versailles Palace Skip-the-Line Entrance and Breakfast

8. Versailles Palace Skip-the-Line Entrance and Breakfast

In the recently renovated Pavillon Dufour, ore offers the great French classics, light bites and delicate pastries. Located at the first floor of Pavillon Dufour, the restaurant plan is divided into two main dining rooms, one bar and three salons. One can admire the Palace through the windows overlooking the cour Royale and the cour d’Honneur. In the salons, the subtle position of the mirrors allows the guests to look upon the Palace, even if their back is turned to the windows. Ore - Ducasse au château de Versailles offers contemporary French cuisine and artfully combining great classics and new dishes. Service is relaxed, professional and efficient. After breakfast, be guided to the skip-the-line access for the palace and enjoy the rest of your day in Versailles.

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Versailles Trip from Paris in Citroen 2CV

9. Versailles Trip from Paris in Citroen 2CV

On the paved roads of Versailles, go to the "château" and join the courtesans of the Sun King!! The Château de Versailles, which has been on UNESCO’s World Heritage List for 30 years, is one of the most beautiful achievements of 18th-century French art. Our driver will pick you up from your Hotel in Paris directly to the castle (20 minutes) and show you the amazing garden developed and design by the gardener André Le Nôtre! The entrance to the castle is included with audio guide to know more about the symbol of royal absolutism and embodiment of classical French art. Of course your driver will bring you back to your hotel in Paris after your visit.

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

10. 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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What people are saying about Palace of Versailles

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Excellent guided tour of the palace of Versailles, very interesting and informative, as well as a great service through GetYourGuide! All around awesome experience.

Vladina was excellent! I wish we had more time to explore the rest of the Palace, but we were short on time. I’ll definitely do it again next time!

Very nice guide Anne-Sophie, very pleasant to listen to her stories :) Meeting place for departure not very easy to find when you arrive by car.

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

Our tour guide was amazing! So knowledgeable and interesting !