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Versailles Palace and Marie Antoinette’s Estate: Skip-the-Line, Guide, Half-Day Tour

  • When does it run?
    1 April - 31 October: Wednesday & Sunday
  • Start time
    9:30am 
  • Duration
    About 7 hours 
Inclusions
  • English-speaking guide
  • Guided tour of the whole estate of Versailles (Palace, Garden and Marie Antoinette's Estate)
  • Entrance fee to Palace and Marie Antoinette's Estate
  • Admission to Fountains Show (weekends only)
  • Skip-the-line access
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Key Highlights

  • Take a guided tour of Marie Antoinette's estate, the Grand Trianon and the Queen's Hamlet
  • Spend all day at Versailles and discover the history of the palace
  • Great for independent travellers who want to make their own way to the palace
  • A guided tour of the State Appartments and Hall of Mirrors
  • Includes a guided tour of the Gardens and admission to the Fountains Show on weekends

Overview

The Palace of Versailles is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most beautiful achievements of 18th century French art. The palace remains in fabulous condition and is one of the most popular attractions of France. With this tour you have the freedom to plan your travel to the palace, be it from Paris or someplace else.

Versailles was the center of French politics from 1682, when Louis XIV, also known as the Sun King moved his court from Paris to the countryside. The palace saw the reign of three kings until the French Revolution in the late 1700s. 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.

In addition to the guided tour of the palace, you will get to pass through the magnificent gardens with your guide and even catch the Fountains Show during weekends. Whereas many operators charge extra for the Fountains Show experience, with this tour it’s included in the price, so you save money while getting the most of your trip to Versailles.

The tour also includes a guided tour to Marie Antoinette’s Estate covering Grand Trianon, and the Queen's Hamlet.

Take this comprehensive tour to see and enjoy the best of Versailles.

Activity Schedule

  • When does it run?

    1 April - 31 October: Wednesday & Sunday

  • Duration

    About 7 hours 

  • Start time

    9:30am 

  • Meeting Point

    10 avenue du Général de Gaulle 78 000 Versailles, located across the street from Versailles Château Rive Gauche RER station (line C).

  • Ending Point

    Versailles

Itinerary

  • Make your own way to 10 avenue du Général de Gaulle 78 000 Versailles, located across the street from Versailles Château Rive Gauche RER station (line C).

    The grandiose palace and its vast grounds are best explored with an expert guide, at the ready to answer your questions and clarify any details. During the course of the tour, you will see the spectacular Hall of Mirrors, the Apartments of the King and Queen in all their luxurious splendour, the halls lined with statues and the wonderful gardens.

    If you’re taking the tour on a Sunday, you will also get to see the Fountains Show, an extravagant display of the fountains in full flow accompanied by music by composers such as Lully, Desmarets, Gluck and Rameau. Wander through the gardens mesmerised as you happen upon fountain after fountain.

    There is free time for lunch; why not enjoy a picnic on the lawn overlooking the Grand Canal?

    Moving forward you will head to Marie Antoinette’s Estate in a bus. Other attractions include the Grand Trianon and the Queen's Hamlet.

    Walk through the Gardens with your guide, back to the palace, where your tour ends. You must then make your own way back to your accommodation.

Inclusions & Exclusions

  • English-speaking guide
  • Guided tour of the whole estate of Versailles (Palace, Garden and Marie Antoinette's Estate)
  • Entrance fee to Palace and Marie Antoinette's Estate
  • Admission to Fountains Show (weekends only)
  • Skip-the-line access
  • Transportation
  • Meals
  • Petit Trianon admission

Please note

Voucher information: No need to print! You can show your voucher on your smartphone or other devices. (But if you’d rather print a copy – that’s fine too!) No refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.

Versailles is located on the RER C line (Station Versailles Rive Gauche). The trip to Versailles from the Eiffel Tower takes 32 minutes by train.

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Customer Reviews

  • Super tour, knowledgeable guide
    Stephen C Henn, United States 07/04/2016
  • Great Day at Versailles
    Carolyn Ridley, United States 07/11/2015
  • Wonderful day in Varsaille
    Roger M Powell, Australia 07/09/2015

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