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Palace of Versailles Guided Tour with Gardens & Fountains Show from Paris

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iconOffered in: English and 2 more

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Overview

Imagine how the extravagance of Versailles was part of everyday life for Marie Antoinette during a guided tour of the palace with an optional fountain show. Take advantage of skip-the-line access to avoid the long lines at the start of your tour. Gaze in wonder at the Royal Apartments and the Queen’s Apartments, and walk through the glittering Hall of Mirrors to the Salon de la Guerre and the Salon de la Paix. Plus explore the expansive gardens on your own after the palace tour.
  • Palace of Versailles guided tour from Paris
  • Enjoy skip-the-line access to beat the queues
  • Marvel at Louis XIV's and Marie Antoinette's Royal Apartments
  • Discover the spectacular Hall of Mirrors with your guide
  • Gain insight into royal life in 17th- and 18th-century France
  • Stroll through the statue-filled palace gardens at your leisure
  • Upgrade to add a Versailles fountain show (summer only)

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

No need to bother with trains; this tour includes round-trip transport from Paris. 
Guaranteed to skip the long lines
Air-conditioned vehicle
Conducted by a qualified guide-interpreter (except first Sunday of each month where an audio guide will be provided)
Gardens and Fountains Show ( when operating )
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point

2 Rue des Pyramides, 75001 Paris, France

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Meet your guide for either your morning or afternoon Versailles tour in central Paris. Climb into the comfortable air-conditioned coach for the drive to Versailles.

The Palace of Versailles was originally built as a relatively modest hunting retreat for Louis XIII in 1623, but his successor—Louis XIV—expanded it and turned it into the symbol of luxury and extravagance that we know today. The palace we see today was completed in 1710, and remains one of the most famous palaces in Europe.

When you arrive, walk past the queues with your guide thanks to your skip-the-line access. Follow along as your guide walks you through the Royal Apartments where the King and Queen of France, Louis XIV, and Marie Antoinette once spent the majority of their time.

Visit the apartments of the Dauphin and Dauphine—the heirs apparent to the throne. See the various drawing rooms, private studies, and bed chambers where the royal family once lived, and imagine what life might have been like for them in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Continue to one of the most photographed parts of Versailles, the Hall of Mirrors, built in 1678. Look around as your guide explains its most important features. The Hall of Mirrors leads from the Royal Apartments to the Salon de la Guerre and the Salon de la Paix.

At the conclusion of your palace tour, enjoy some free time to explore the gardens at your leisure. Walk through the perfect gardens, studded with statues and sculptures, and admire the incredible fountains. On Saturday nights in the summer, those fountain displays are set to music that dates from the time of Louis XIV’s court for a memorable visual and auditory experience.

After your free time in the Versailles garden, rejoin your guide at the appointed location to climb back into the coach for the return drive to Paris.

Please note: Visits on the first Sunday of every month will be unguided, and you will be provided with an audio guide.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Place des Pyramides
Choose from a morning or afternoon half-day tour then head to Pyramides in central Paris to redeem your voucher.
Pass By:  
Arc de Triomphe
Hop aboard your air-conditioned coach and set off through the city for the 1-hour journey to the famous Palace of Versailles.
Stop At:  
Monument a Louis XIV
Don't miss the equestrian statue of Louis XIV on the place d'Armes once at Versailles
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Palace of Versailles
Follow your guide through the impressive splendour of the King and Queen's State Apartments and gaze in awe at the luxurious decadence the monarchs enjoyed.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
The Hall of Mirrors
Constructed from 1678, the Hall of Mirrors is the palace’s central gallery and links the Salon de la Guerre and the Salon de la Paix with the King and Queen's State Apartments. .
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Le Jardin de Versailles
Enjoy a little free time at the end of your tour to stroll through the beautifully manicured palace gardens at your leisure. Admire the many royal statues, busts and sculptures you come across, and take the time to capture the scenery on camera. Every Saturday night during the summer months, visitors can also enjoy the Versailles fountain shows, during which magnificent displays reveal the skill and artistry of three centuries of French garden design and engineering. The display is accompanied by music composed at the time of Louis XIV's court. At the end of your time at the spectacular Palace of Versailles, hop back in your coach for the short journey back to central Paris where your tour will come to an end Please note: The first Sunday of each month the visit will be unguided, you will be provided with an audio guide.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
The Trianons & The Hamlet
Every Saturday night during the summer months, visitors can also enjoy the Versailles fountain shows, during which magnificent displays reveal the skill and artistry of three centuries of French garden design and engineering. The display is accompanied by music composed at the time of Louis XIV's court. At the end of your time at the spectacular Palace of Versailles, hop back in your coach for the short journey back to central Paris where your tour will come to an end Please note: The first Sunday of each month the visit will be unguided, you will be provided with an audio guide.
Pass By:  
Domaine National de Saint-Cloud
The drive back will take you through the suburb of Paris
Pass By:  
Louvre Museum
Until you return back ( around 1 houre later)to the departure place facing Joan of Arch Golden Statue
Pass By:  
Jardin des Tuileries
Once in Paris, we suggest to stroll around the Area. The district is perfect if you wish to fully experience the city.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • The Fountains Show is only operating during the Summer
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 32 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Paris CityVision

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Palace of Versailles Guided Tour with Gardens & Fountains Show from Paris?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Palace of Versailles Guided Tour with Gardens & Fountains Show from Paris.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Palace of Versailles Guided Tour with Gardens & Fountains Show from Paris?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Palace of Versailles Guided Tour with Gardens & Fountains Show from Paris.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Palace of Versailles Guided Tour with Gardens & Fountains Show from Paris?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Palace of Versailles Guided Tour with Gardens & Fountains Show from Paris.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Palace of Versailles Guided Tour with Gardens & Fountains Show from Paris?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 32 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Palace of Versailles Guided Tour with Gardens & Fountains Show from Paris.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Get off a stop or two early so you can have a little walk back to see the fountains." See review
  • "Versailles in the winter is a must if you are interested in actually hearing what your guide has to say and want to be able to get a decent photo of the hall of mirrors without someone in the way." See review

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The transportation was clean and easy to use.
Joseph_H
, Mar 2020
Great trip. Provided transportation from Paris Centre to Versailles. The guide did a good work sharing the history and explaining the details. We had an hour to walk around on our one after.
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Not Worth the Money
700diannec29
, Jan 2020
First of all Versailles is beautiful and is worth the time to go see it. I gave this tour a poor rating as in the tour description it states a "4 hour tour of Versailles from Paris" I called Viator to specifically ask if the tour of the Palace was 4 hours or did the 4 hours include the drive time. I was told the tour of inside Versailles was 4 hours and the drive time was not included as part of the 4 hours. There is no narrated tour from Paris just a bus ride there and back 1 hour each way. I feel the tour description and the Viator sales person was very misleading. We arrived at Versailles at 10:00 am and the guide gave us a quick 1 hour and 30 minute tour and then told us to be back on the bus by 12 noon for the return trip back to Paris. I fell the guide cut the tour short as she had another tour she had to give. I would have booked a different tour had I known how short this tour was. We did not even have the chance to see the gardens and just a quick glimpse of them . I feel ripped off for the price we paid and very upset and disappointed that we were given wrong information when we specifically called about the length of time the tour of inside Versailles was.
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Versailles travel
patricka33
, Dec 2019
Tour guide was excellent. He knows all details in the chateau. Very entertaining. Booking was easy. Staff at CityVisionParis was very nice and courteous. It was a very good experience.
star-5
Great tour
FWNH
, Oct 2019
Excellent tour with great guides. Central location for pickup with high quality buses. Audio system was excellent. Having experienced issues with other tour, this was a first rate experience.
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Excellent experience
tomcattyy
, Oct 2019
Our tour guide describe and explain in details about the Versailles palaces inside out, makes us have a in depth view of the palace. Don't miss out this guided tour.
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Versailles
John K
, Oct 2019
Have been visiting Versailles for over 50 years. Came back this year to see the improvements and refurbished rooms. Glad the Government is taking care of this national treasure. It looks very good. Unfortunately like many other places Versailles has become a circus with visitors. Highly recommend to implement a system where there is no crowding and you are able to actually see anything. Maybe Disneyland can help? :-)
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Excellent Tour - Palace of Versailles Tour from Central Paris with Optional Fountain Show
Puppy59
, Oct 2019
Our Tour guide Stephanie is perfect. She is very knowledgeable, friendly, patient, and professional. Her detailed explanations helped us understand the history of the palace profoundly. Would recommend this tour and tour guide Stephanie to everyone who wants to explore Palace of Versailles.
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Beeeeutiful
Holidayvicki
, Sep 2019
The tour was excellent. Beyond my expectations. I recommend it highly to all types of travellers. Solo, families and couples
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Versailles
Ambassador606493
, Sep 2019
Great tour, very informative. General recommendation, if it’s sunny, wear a hat as there is not much shade!
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Very disappointed
jakeva2019
, Aug 2019
4 hour tour where we were ignored as part of the group. I notified the tourist guide that my wife is disabled, slow in walking. Inside the palace, we were able to secure a wheelchair ourselves. Tourist guide just rush everything with no consideration on us. At the end of the tour, bus toilet was not available since it’s not a whole day tour and was told you’re not in America.

Product code: 2050VRS_VRG

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