Skip-the-Line: Guided Tour of the Palace of Versailles (half-day)

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The Palace of Versailles was the residence of French Kings Louis XIV, Louis XV, and Louis XVI and their courts from 1682 until the French Revolution in 1789. With commentary from your guide played through individual headsets, discover the splendor of the Palace of Versailles, a symbol of royal power. Its sumptuous decoration, Baroque architecture, many works of art, and furniture were all created by the greatest craftsmen of the day. Then enjoy the beauty of the French gardens of Versailles
at your own pace.

Set off for the Palace of Versailles from our agency in Central Paris. Take advantage of the 45-minute journey by luxury air-conditioned coach to listen to your guide's introduction to the palace's history.

Royal Palace of Versailles
Royal Palace of Versailles

Stretching for more than 721,000 square feet, the Palace of Versailles has over 700 rooms. Follow your guide straight to the front of the line to tour the palace's most beautiful rooms: the King's Grand Apartments, with seven rooms each dedicated to a different god (Apollo, Mars, Mercy, Venus, etc.), and the Queen's Grand Apartments, mirroring those of the king, including the Coronation Room and the Queen's Bedroom, once occupied by Marie Antoinette.  Also, marvel at the majestic "Hall of Mirrors" Versailles, a large reception room in which to see and be seen, dreamt up by the famous architect, Jules Hardouin-Mansart. Almost 240 feet-long, it was created to astonish visitors to the Sun King, Louis XIV; it is lit by 17 windows and some 350 mirrors, and overlooks the palace's breath-taking gardens, the second part of your visit.

In 1661, Louis XIV commissioned the landscape architect André Le Nôtre to lay out the gardens and grounds, something that was just as important to the king as the construction of the palace. Spend time exploring the Gardens of Versailles and admire the 386 works of art (including more than 200 statues), fountains, ponds, flower beds, and woodland. During the Summer months, a range of activities are organized, for example, the Grandes Eaux Musicales, when the garden's fountains "dance" in time to music.

Please note:

  • From April 1st, the tour changes:
    - The tour lasts 5 hours
    - From April 13th to April 21st and from June 1st to September 30th : one more departure at 11:15 AM 
    - The Queen apartments will reopen, you will be able to visit them again.
  • Important: Closing of the Queen’s State Apartment for renovation works
  • High-heeled shoes are not recommended due to parquet flooring in the rooms and cobblestones outside
  • Strollers may not be taken into the palace
  • Access to the palace can be challenging for visitors with reduced mobility
  • Photography without flash is permitted inside the palace
  • Tuesday mornings are not recommended because the palace is particularly busy
  • The skip-the-line access is subject to the Versailles Palace procedures: The Vigipirate plan, the security control or an unforeseen crowd can slow down the entrance
  • On-site visit duration: 2h

The price includes:

  • Transport to and from Paris by luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Priority access ticket for the Palace of Versailles and its gardens
  • Services of a tour guide with commentary played through individual headsets for added convenience

The price does not include:

  • Transfers to and from your Paris accommodation

Further information on your confirmation voucher:

You will receive your confirmation and your tour voucher in 2 separate emails. Please print your tour voucher and present it to the PARISCityVISION office on the day of your departure.

  • Duration 4 hour(s)
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  • Highlights
  • Enjoy a half day tour to the Palace of Versailles from Paris by luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Skip the line with a priority ticket guided tour of the Royal Apartments and the Hall of Mirrors
  • Discover the history of the Palace of Versailles with a guide from our team
  • Explore the gardens designed by André Le Nôtre at your own pace 

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Skip-the-Line: Guided Tour of the Palace of Versailles (half-day) – Afternoon departure
Skip-the-Line: Guided Tour of the Palace of Versailles (half-day) – Musical Fountains Show Tour - Available on Tuesday (may-june) + Saturday and Sunday (april-october)
Skip-the-Line: Guided Tour of the Palace of Versailles (half-day) – Morning departure

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  • Customer reviews
Number of reviews : 26
Average rating : 4.8 /5
Super friendly and knowledgeable guide. Told us every detail he knew and answered in full all questions any and everyone had. Wish I had remembered to get his name but he was amazing!! Bus was clean, transportation was easy and nice.
Amazing must see thru Paris city vision tours
Good bus, very good guide. Versailles was socked in with tourists, but that is out of your control.
Great experience
Worth it!!!
Very informative tour. Conducted by a lovely English speaking tour guide.
Loved the tour guide