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Versailles Palace & Gardens Guided Tour from Paris with Optional Fountain Show

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Paris, France
Versailles Palace & Gardens Guided Tour from Paris with Optional Fountain Show

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Immerse yourself in the opulence and drama of Versailles Palace and Gardens on a fully guided small-group tour from Paris to Versailles. With your skip-the-line ticket, breeze past the queue and join your expert guide for a fun and informative walk through the castle and gardens. Witness the extravagance of Louis XIV—the Sun King—who built up the massive 700-room complex, adorning the space with luxuries fit for the French monarchy.
  • Half-day, fully guided small-group tour with skip-the-line access to the Palace & Gardens of Versailles
  • Guaranteed to skip the long lines at Versailles
  • The tour also includes the famous Versailles fountain show or musical gardens on selected days
  • Small-group tour ensuring a more personalized experience
  • With Skip-the-Line Access to the Palace of Versailles, return coach transfers and your guide to get you there, let this tour take the hassle out of your Versailles visit so all you have to do is to relax and enjoy

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This tour is perfect for those short on time who want the ease of transport and skip-the-line access.
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Skip-the-Line Access to the Palace of Versailles
Skip-the-Line Access to the Gardens of Versailles (if option selected)
Small group of 25 people or less
Expert, English speaking guide
Headsets to hear the guide clearly
Round-trip transfers from Paris in an air-conditioned coach
Musical Fountain Show or Musical Gardens (on selected days)
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

107 Rue de l'Université, 75007 Paris, France

Meeting point is outside the Metro stop Invalides on the rue de l'Université, 75007 Paris Your guide will be standing in front of the metro exit with a sign.

Return Details

Place d'Armes, 78000 Versailles, France

This tour ends at the Palace of Versailles. You will be provided with a return train to Paris.

Meet your friendly tour coordinator at a central location in Paris to board a private air-conditioned coach to Versailles, and let this half-day tour take all the hassle out of the journey so you arrive in Versailles relaxed and ready to explore.

Once inside, explore the lavish design and ornament that adorns every room of the enormous complex. Marvel at the more than 13,000 pieces of art and fine furnishings, the sumptuous private chambers, and the elaborate gardens. With your pass, view the King’s and Queen’s luxurious apartments, the Royal Chapel, the Hall of Mirrors, the Coronation Room and the Hercules Drawing Room—a reminder that King Louis XIV glorified himself as a deity.

As you walk, enjoy your guide’s colorful commentary. Hear about the eccentricity and ambition of the French monarchy from the mid-17th century until the French Revolution. Discover the exciting details of the day in 1789 when Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette were dragged from Versailles by an angry mob, to be eventually beheaded in Paris. 

Finish your tour with a stroll through the gardens, covering more than 1,800 well-manicured acres. Depending on the day and your tour option, catch the Fountains Show or the Musical Gardens show before departing.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Palace of Versailles
The Palace of Versailles in true royal fashion. As your guide shows you around a carefully curated selection of the palace’s 700 rooms, you’ll hear stories of the Sun King, Louis XIV, his successors, their queens, mistresses, and courtiers – including Marie Antoinette and other notable figures. Versailles had its heyday in the 17th and 18th centuries, when the Sun King elevated Louis XIII’s humble hunting lodge into the official seat of the French court – and 300 years later, the palace has lost little of its glamorous excess.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
The Hall of Mirrors
Visit the breathtaking Hall of Mirrors inside Versailles while our passionate English-speaking guide marvels you with stories of the excesses of royal life, peaking under the Sun King, Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
The Royal Chapel
Visit the opulent Royal Chapel during your tour of the Palace of Versailles.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Le Jardin de Versailles
The Gardens of the Palace of Versailles were designed by master gardener André Le Nôtre and court painter Charles le Brun, not as a respite from the palace, but as an extension of it – with every bit as much opulence (and intrigue) as the interior. Depending on the day, your tour of the Gardens may include the Musical Fountain Show (where fountains dance in perfect time to classical music) or Musical Gardens (where music accompanies your tour through the idyllic glades).
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY City Wonders Ltd
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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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 Versailles Palace & Gardens Guided Tour from Paris with Optional Fountain Show?
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 Versailles Palace & Gardens Guided Tour from Paris with Optional Fountain Show.
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What is the social distancing policy during Versailles Palace & Gardens Guided Tour from Paris with Optional Fountain Show?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Versailles Palace & Gardens Guided Tour from Paris with Optional Fountain Show.

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Traveler Tips


  • "I would recommend that you make sure to bring lots of water to keep you hydrated as the lines in the cafes can be quite long!" See review
  • "It would be great if we can have at least 30 mins - 45 mins more to spend in the garden in order to be able to catch the ride back, especially if it is summer and is peak period." See review

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star-4
Very enjoyable
William_B
, Oct 2021
Our guide was very knowledgeable and interesting However at the last minute Viator changed our pick up and told us to get to Versailles on our own apparently forgetting the guide to do the same Otherwise very enjoyable
star-5
Incredible Palace.
Lawrence_C
, Oct 2021
Our guide was very organized throughout the tour. He was very knowledgeable of the Palace of Versailles. He was articulate with describing the rooms and history. Very interesting and well worth it. The gardens were pretty but I’m not sure it was worth extra money.
star-5
Recommended half day tour
Lucia_B
, Oct 2021
The explanation about the history surrounding the palace was just perfect and not too much. This made the visit enjoyable with the right amount of information to not be overwhelmed. Our guide Maxim was knowledgeable, attentive and entertaining throughout the whole tour. I added the visit to gardens and that too was enjoyable, as the gardens are worth seeing.
star-5
Bringing Versailles to life
Loxie_F
, Oct 2021
Our tour guide Mustafa was the best guide for this tour. Not only did he spend time giving us context and the history of Versailles but he managed to bring the whole place to life. We all felt that we learned so much more with his knowledge and experience which he shared so generously with us. He was really fun and engaging with my 6 year old grandson and made him feel a part of the experience as well. All in all it was the best tour and he was a superb tour guide.
star-5
The first time I actually enjoyed Versailles
Richard_F
, Sep 2021
I have been to Versailles before a few times but with guide Alex I learned more fact and some gossip and fiction/non fiction which was hugely entertaining. Alex made the tour - his exquisite knowledge of history and the added benefit of the behind the curtains stories had me mesmerized. It gave the place life ! Absolute must - ask for Alex. The Frenchman with a Wales accent
star-5
Great experience!
Elizabeth_G
, Sep 2021
Alex, our tour guide, was very knowledgeable but also kept the history relevant and entertaining. He was great!
star-4
Day in Versailles
Hasan_I
, Sep 2021
The tour was great. Alex, our guide was friendly, entertaining and knowledgeable. We had plenty of time to see the castle. Due to a delay in the trains, we could not initially have the complete time that was scheduled for the gardens. However Alex got us back in after the tour so that we could explore them at our pace which was really nice. Overall I would recommend this tour to anyone who wants to visit the palace.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Love love loved it
Danny_T
, Sep 2021
This place is huge. We loved the decor inside and out. The garden is beautiful. I would recall the tour package because you learn so much. I liked that they have a place to rent golf carts to drive through the garden. I recommend this because it is a very large garden.
star-5
First trip to Versailles
Linda_T
, Sep 2021
Mustafa was a wonderful guide! Very informative, funny and personable. He made us feel so comfortable on our first trip to Paris. Definitely recommend!
star-5
Beautiful palace and great tour guide!
Scott_M
, Aug 2021
The tour guide Ferret was awesome! He really explained the palace, it’s history, and the beautiful gardens in a fun and memorable manner. Thank you Ferret!

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