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Skip-the-line: Guided Tour of Palace of Versailles

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Key Highlights

  • Great for independent travellers who want to make their own way to the palace
  • Skip the line and go straight in – no waiting or queuing
  • A guided tour of the State Appartments and Hall of Mirrors
  • Summertime tour includes a tour in the gardens and admission to the Fountains Show on weekends
  • Perfect for those short on time, experience the best of Versailles in only 2 hour max
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    01 Apr - 31 Oct: Daily except Monday


    2 hours

    Start time


    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

    Palace of Versailles

  • Overview & Itinerary


    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 of planning 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 served as the heart of royal life and saw the reign of three kings until the French Revolution. 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.

    If you’re visiting the Palace during high season (April – October), you will get to traverse 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.

    Suitable for people short on time; experience the best of Versailles in 1.5 to 2 hours.


    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).

    During winter (November – March) the tour lasts for 90 minutes. The wintertime tour includes a guided tour of the palace during which you will see the Grand Apartments of the King and Queen: this is where the royal couple entertained guests, granted audiences, slept and ate. In the Queen’s chamber is where 19 royal children were born in public view of the court. You will also see the grandiose Hall of Mirrors or Galerie des Glaces, commissioned by Louis XIV.

    The summertime tour (April – October) lasts for 2 hours which includes the above guided tour and also a tour of the gardens. The 800-hecactre gardens took 40 years to complete and include finely landscaped woodlands and beautiful gardens in classic French Garden style. Observe the perfect green lawns, sculptures and the symmetrically planted flowerbeds connected by gravel paths. During the weekends, your admission entitles you to the spectacular Fountains Show.

    The tour ends at the Palace of Versailles and you need to make your own way back to your accommodation.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • English and French speaking guide
    • Guided tour of the Palace
    • Skip-the-line entrance to the palace
    • Summertime tour includes a tour in the gardens and admission to the Fountains Show on weekends


    • Transportation
    • Meals
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    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.

    Children under 6 years old are admitted free to the palace and the gardens but must be announced prior to the day of your visit. Children over the age of 6 but under 18 receive a reduced price.

    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. 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.The maximum number of people in the half day groups is of 30 persons.
  • Reviews
    • Magical

      Our guide Pauline was incredible. She got us upfront and managed the crowds with ease. Plus she was very knowledgeable and then some....

      Juanita F Buchanan
    • Enjoyable tour

      Besides enjoying the tour of Versailles we appreciated the professionalism and clear explanation given by our tour guide Anne-Sophie. Her detailed and vivid explanation made us...

      Monica Lanzon
    • Very Worth the Money

      Very good we did both the Gardens and the Chateau. The only problem in the Chateau was that the microphone system was full of static. That seemed to irritate many....

      Christi G. Opstrup
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