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Skip-the-line Versailles Half Day Guided Tour with Optional Musical Fountain Show – With Hotel Transfers From Central Paris

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    • Adults (13+)
    • Children (4-12)
    • Infants (0-3)
    • Enjoy a visit to the Palace of Versailles and discover its history with an English speaking guide
    • Choose between a morning tour and an afternoon tour of the Versailles Palace
    • Explore the royal chambers and the famous Hall of Mirrors with the guide
    • Enjoy leisure time at the lush gardens full of sculptures and statues
    • Upgrade your Versailles tour to see the musical fountains show
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    Palace of Versailles: Daily except on Mondays
    Musical Fountain: On Saturdays and Sundays from 26 March to 30 October, on Tuesdays from 24 May to 28 June as well as on some additional dates (Friday - 25 March, Thursday – 5 May, Thursday – 14 July and Monday- 15 August)


    5 hours

    Start Time

    9:45am and 12:45pm

    Meeting Point

    You will be picked up from your hotel in central Paris.
    (Please advise your accommodation details at the time of booking so that we can arrange hotel pick up.)

    Ending Point

    The tour ends at Champs Elysees/Arc de Triompe

  • Overview & Itinerary

    The Palace of Versailles is one of the finest examples of French art and architecture of the 17th century. The vastness of Versailles Palace can only be fully explored with the help of an expert guide. This guide will take you around the palace and share interesting stories and details about the 17th century French monarchy, including the note-worthy King Louis XIV and his wife, Marie Antoinette, arguably the most famous residents of the palace.

    With your pre-booked tickets, rush past the long queues and head straight into the palace. See the stupendous Apartments of the King and Queen, opulently adorned with gold and beautiful fabrics and the famous Hall of Mirrors designed by Mansart. Take a leisurely stroll in the lush formal gardens designed by Andre Le Notre.

    Upgrade your tour to see the Musical Fountain Show and witness the extraordinary sight of the Versailles’ fountains coming to life as they dance to classical music.


    You will be picked up from your Paris hotel in a minivan at your chosen time and transported to the entrance of the Palace of Versailles.

    Meet your guide and head straight inside the palace premises, avoiding the long queues with your skip-the-line Versailles ticket.

    Your guide will walk you through the history of French royalty, revealing the extravagance of King Louis XIV’s chambers, the pompous halls and the beautiful gardens. Versailles was the centre of French politics from 1682 until the French Revolution in the late 1700s.Listen to fascinating stories and anecdotes about Louis XIV and his wife Marie Antoinette, who resided in the palace and were later guillotined in Paris during the revolution.

    One of the major highlights of Versailles is the spectacular Hall of Mirrors, where the historic Treaty of Versailles, ending World War I, was signed in June 1919.

    Moving forward, your guide will leave you at the gardens, allowing ample leisure time to take in the beauty of the verdant palace gardens full of remarkable sculptures, waterways and royal residencies – including Marie Antoinette’s rural retreat, the Queen’s Hamlet.

    If you choose to see the Fountains Show , enjoy the fanciful histrionics of Versailles’ water fountains accompanied by musical compositions from Lully, Desmarets, Gluck and Rameau.

    At the end of the tour, you will return to Paris Central Champs Elysees/Arc de Triompe.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions
    • Skip-the-line entrance to Versailles
    • English speaking guide
    • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
    • Hotel pick-up (in Paris)
    • Musical Fountain tickets (if option selected)
    • Meals and drinks
    • Gratuities
  • Please note & Additional info
    Please note

    Immediately on booking you will be emailed a booking confirmation of your purchase. If the booking is within 2 months, we will follow this up with your ticket/voucher within 72 hours of your booking. If your booking is more than 2 months away, you will be sent the ticket/voucher 30 days before your travel date.

    The starting time of the tour is approximate. You will informed of exact pick-up time via email a day before the travel date by our local partner.

    Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour to confirm all departure details.

    Your driver will pick you up from Versailles Palace for your return transfer either at 2:30pm or 6pm depending on your choice.

    Voucher information: You must print and surrender a paper version of your booking voucher for this activity (showing your voucher on a smartphone is not accepted). No refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.

    Fountain show will be reopening from 31 Mar 18.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.

  • Customer Reviews

    • The only way to see Versailles. Picked us up at our hotel on time and the night before got an email telling us time. Driver delightful and took us right to the building where the guide...

      hal nelson, United States, 28/Jun/2017
    • I'm very glad I booked the private tour with hotel pick up. Viewing the private apartments in a small group we were able to enjoy a most informative tour. When I later went round the pu...

      Alice Stringer, United Kingdom, 25/Aug/2016
    • Great drivers they we on time and helpful and really nice to talk to ! Thanks for a great day !

      Lindsay O'Connor, Canada, 19/Jul/2016
    • easy to do on line and no hassle once we got to Versailles.<br/>Well worth the $$$$ ;-)

      hal nelson, United Kingdom, 28/Jun/2017


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