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Palace of Versailles

Palace of Versailles

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Place d'Armes, Versailles, Ile-de-France, 78000

The Basics

Visiting every one of the palace's 700 rooms would take days, so a Versailles guided highlights tour is the best option—options range from skip-the-line access tours to private and small-group tours that explore the history of Versailles. Combo tours which visit Versailles alongside the Eiffel Tower and Louvre (or the village of Giverny) are great for first-time visitors.

However you choose to visit, don’t miss the gold-framed windows in the Hall of Mirrors, the priceless antique furniture in the King’s Grand Chambers, and the regal Royal Chapel. Meanwhile, in the gardens, the Grand Canal dominates while Musical Fountains dance to classical music.

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Versailles Palace Skip-the-line Classic Guided Tour
Versailles Palace Skip-the-line Classic Guided Tour
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$63.06 per adult
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Fantastic guide
Laura was the best guide we have EVER had & we have done hundreds of guided tours throughout the years. She was knowledgeable, fun & passionate about her subject. She made our tour incredibly memorable.
Julie_H, Sep 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Paris

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Best tour ever!
Jonathan_R, Aug 2021
Versailles: Food & Palace Bike Tour
The best tour if you want a complete day at Palace of Versailles, having fun with the bikes, a lot of pertinent information. The guides are a great couple, very organized, excellent attitude. We didn't have to pass through any lines, they know the exact times for avoiding heavily touristy "time zones", but still get to see everything in the palace. And the cherry on top... the picnic, with a great view of the Palace. Definitively recommended.
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Highly recommend
Shelley_F, Sep 2021
Versailles Palace Skip the Line Audio Guided Tour with Gardens Access from Paris
Directions were clear and concise, the driver was very knowledgeable and polite, he was happy to answer our questions and hear feedback. I would recommend the company highly. The vas was new and clean and the driver was sensible and cautious.
star-5
Over and above.
Marvin_D, Aug 2021
Versailles Palace Skip The Line & Audio Guided Tour Optional Gardens from Paris
Not having are COVID vaccination documents and the tour guide taking us to a nearby pharmacy for a rapid test. Pharmacist was on lunch break and after hearing our situation took time to rapid test us and enable us to go inside the palace. Disaster turned into wonderment!!!
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Lovely day!
Sally_R, Aug 2021
Versailles Palace & Giverny's Monet House Guided Visit with Lunch from Paris
Van was modern, clean, comfortable. Guide Francois was knowledgeable, responsive, courteous, fun, we’ll-prepared so all went smoothly.. Giverny is charming beyond words. Lunch restaurant, in a garden area beside an old mill, was exceptional—food was delicious, served artistically, accompanied by wine, served meticulously. We were a small group (7) and soon knew each other! The Versailles tour was probably too brief for others, but I was still enchanted with Giverny, so it was long enough.
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Great guided tour of Versailles palace
Ina, Jul 2021
Versailles Palace Skip-the-line Classic Guided Tour
Sofie was a fantastic guide. Versailles palace was unusually empty after a new COVID-19 rules introduced by a French Government.
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Five star tour.
Thomas_S, Sep 2021
Versailles Palace & Marie-Antoinette's Estate Private Guided Tour with Lunch
Zara, our guide, was very knowledgeable. The entire experience was effortless and entertaining. We were fortunate to have amazing weather as well.
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Beautiful Chateau and gardens
Tara_R, Sep 2021
Versailles Palace Priority Access Guided Tour Optional Show & Pickup from Paris
Laura was an excellent tour guide. It was nice to be given ear pieces so we could hear what she was saying. She spoke perfect English which was great. Such a beautiful Chateau and gardens. We wish we would have rented a golf cart for the gardens so we could have seen more before it was time to leave.
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A great experience
Janet_M, Sep 2021
Versailles Palace & Gardens Priority Access Guided Tour from Versailles
Our guide Penelope was very informative and helpful. Versailles is a beautiful palace and we thoroughly enjoyed our visit.
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Awesome!
Lisa_M, Sep 2021
Versailles Palace & Giverny's Monet House Guided Visit with Lunch from Paris
Delicious lunch.Really enjoyed the monet gardens and house. Excellent tour of Versailles. Full day. Awesome.
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A day to remember!
John_H, Sep 2021
Giverny and Versailles Small Group Day Trip from Paris
The gardens at Giverny were gorgeous! Tour of Versailles was interesting and informative. Gilles was a fantastic guide! Friendly, personable, patient, and knowledgeable. He even gave us additional tips on things to do near our hotel. Please be sure to let him know that we found Arenes de Lutece - ate lunch in the park and watched people playing bocce. Strolled around and enjoyed seeing this old Roman ruin right in Paris! Our day with Gilles was outstanding!
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The transportation was...
Russ_A, Sep 2021
Versailles Palace Priority Access Guided Tour Optional Show & Pickup from Paris
The transportation was very comfortable and the tour guide, Elizabeth was engaging and knowledgeable.
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Superb Tour.
Thomas_C, Sep 2021
Versailles Palace Skip the line Guided Tour with Fountains Show Option
Roman our tour guide was superb. He’s lively and energetic. He’s so well versed he added lots if color and interesting background to the experience. It was truly an enjoyable experience. I highly recommend him and the tour.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Palace of Versailles is incredibly popular—book a skip-the-line ticket to save time.

  • The majority of tours from Paris include hotel pickup and drop-off.

  • Select a tour that combines round-trip transport with an audio guide for a self-guided experience.

  • Parts of the Palace of Versailles are accessible for wheelchair users (the palace, the Grand Trianon, and the Petit Trianon), as are the English and French Gardens.

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How to Get There

The Palace of Versailles is set in the small township of Versailles, 13 miles (21 kilometers) outside of Paris, and is easy to reach by train. Catch RER C from Paris to Versailles Rive Gauche station, only a 10-minute walk from the palace. You can also catch the SNCF train from Paris Montparnasse station to Versailles Chantiers or from Paris Saint Lazare to Versailles Rive Droite station.

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When to Get There

At night, when the palace lights are illuminated and the sun has set, the gardens' Musical Fountains are at their most magical. Visit the Versailles Gardens on a Saturday evening between June and September to see a particularly special fountain performance crowned with a fireworks display. Otherwise, arrive early and avoid weekends for a quieter experience.

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What to Do in Versailles

While the Palace of Versailles is undeniably the main draw in the tiny town of Versailles, there's lots more to see and do. The decadent Musée Lambinet is a must, while the Versailles market is one of the largest in France. The Versailles Cathedral also makes for some great photos. Meanwhile, on the Versailles estate itself, don't miss the Hameau de la Reine, a tranquil spot overlooked by many.

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