Ultimate Palace of Versailles Tour from Paris

Breeze past the lines for the palace and gardens with a friendly English speaking guide

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Looking for an easy way to see the best of Versailles? Versailles is a popular day trip from Paris, but planning ahead to get tickets and transportation organized makes things so much easier! That's why you'll love our half-day small group tour with a local guide who'll make sure you hop on the right train to Versailles, exit at the ideal stop, and skip the long lines at the palace. You'll see the palace, gardens, and Trianon Estate more quickly and maximize your trip to Versailles from Paris.

  • Round-trip transportation from Paris
  • Meet your guide
  • Round trip transportation
  • Skip-the-line tickets
  • Palace of Versailles
  • The Grand Rooms
  • Incredible artwork
  • Hall of Mirrors
  • Gardens of Versailles
  • Free time to explore

You'll meet your guide and small group of fellow travelers at the Javel-André Citroen metro station in Paris, where you'll be given your round-trip train tickets to get to Versailles and back to Paris with ease. Follow your guide's lead as they escort you past the long lines of people entering the palace with your skip-the-line tickets. Once inside, your guided tour will show you the unforgettable art and architecture inside the Palace of Versailles, and you'll learn all about its famous royal residents and the remarkable stories that shaped its past.

You'll be wowed by what you see and learn from your guide as they lead you to the best areas of the palace before heading out to the gardens. After an introduction to the design and history of these vast landscaped gardens, you'll be free to explore for as long as you like on your own before heading back to Paris. Your ticket also gives to access the Marie-Antoinette's beautiful Trianon Estate.

Versailles Palace from Paris Tour Description

Your 3-hour guided tour includes:

  • Round-trip transportation by train from Paris to Versailles

  • Skip-the-line entrance to the Palace of Versailles

  • Guided tour of the palace

  • Introduction to the gardens

  • Free time to explore the gardens and Trianon Estate

  • A local, English-speaking guide

  • Small group of 18 or fewer people

Experience the Incredible Palace of Versailles

After you've skipped the line to enter the palace, your expert guide will begin to show you all of the most fascinating parts of this historic royal residence. A stunning work to behold from the inside and out, the Versailles Palace encompasses over 2,000 rooms, with about as many windows looking out at the immense gardens. The opulent interior holds countless works of art and precious artifacts, so it's easy to see why over seven million people visit the palace each year.

Formerly the hunting château of King Louis XIII, the stunning Versailles Palace and Gardens were built in the 17th century, and UNESCO have declared this place a World Heritage site. The elaborately decorated and expansive palace became the seat of French power during the reign of King Louis XIV. You'll hear stories of the lavish lifestyles and scandals that became a hallmark of the kings and queens who once called this place home.

The Hall of Mirrors and Grand Apartments

Measuring almost 70 yards long and adorned with 357 mirrors, the Hall of Mirrors is the most famous room in the château. The mirrors in this room were designed to reflect light and protect the walls from smoke, and only a few candles were required in order to reflect candlelight throughout the entire room. 

The Treaty of Versailles, which marked the end of World War I, was signed in the Hall of Mirrors on June 28th, 1919. With thousands of rooms to explore, navigating the Palace of Versailles on your own is a challenge. A guided tour is the best way to cover the must-see highlights of the Palace of Versailles, including the King's State Apartments and the apartments of Louis XV's daughters. 

The Gardens of Versailles and Trianon Estate

After touring the palace, you’ll experience the magnificent Gardens of Versailles as your guide explains the fascinating history of the most famous gardens in the world. You'll receive an introduction to the gardens from your guide, and then it's time to explore on your own! You can use your included return ticket to Paris whenever you're ready.

Inspiring other gardens all over the world, the meticulously manicured Gardens of Versailles occupy a total area of almost 2,000 acres with over 400 sculptures and 1,400 fountains. Your ticket also includes access to see Marie-Antoinette's Trianon Estate, so feel free to wander down to these magnificent buildings that are basically palaces themselves.

What you get with this tour
Round-trip transportation by train from Paris to Versailles
Skip-the-line entrance to the Palace of Versailles
Guided tour of the palace
Introduction to the gardens
Free time to explore the gardens and Trianon Estate
A local, English-speaking guide
Small group of 18 or fewer people
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Great Experience!
21 February 2024
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Melissa Noyes

We had a great tour and experience! Well organized and very informative. Veronique, our tour guide, was excellent!

Perfect way to see the Palace of Versailles
18 February 2024
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Chrystal Moffett

We were greeted in the meeting place by Soso. She was very kind and easy to talk to. She gave us tips on riding the train before we got on. Soso also made sure we stayed on the time schedule to get the most out of our visit. She would often explain things before or after we saw something. This was due to the amount of crowd there was. It was helpful because she wasn't trying to talk over others visiting. We were given a headset, this also helped with hearing. Soso gave great descriptions of each display or room. She was very knowledgeable of all that was seen. At the end, she gave instructions on getting back to the train and we were free to stay in the gardens as long as we pleased. We felt like this was very easy and good way to do this tour. I would recommend this. We were a group of five, and joined by only one other couple. Soso was a great tour guide!

Nadia is an Excellent Guide
14 February 2024
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Philip Moolenbeek

Nadia is a wonderful guide. She is full of energy and super knowledgeable. We highly recommend her and really enjoyed our visit to Versailles.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What to bring?

We recommend bringing a bottle of water with you. We also recommend wearing a pair of comfortable shoes as there is quite a bit of walking involved, especially if you want to spend more time in the gardens.

What if I have concerns about my mobility on this tour?

If you have concerns about your mobility, we recommend you take our Private Golden Versailles Palace and Garden Tour so we can better accommodate your needs.

Are train tickets included in the price of the Versailles tour?

Yes, round-trip train tickets are included. Your guide will escort you on the outbound journey, and you're free to return when you're ready.

Is a guided tour of the gardens included?

You'll have a 30-minute explanation of what you'll see as you stand at the garden entrance. Afterward, you are allowed to stay and explore on your own until they close. If you prefer to have a guided tour of the gardens in place of the palace, check out our Versailles Gardens Tour from Paris.

What to bring?

We recommend bringing a bottle of water with you. We also recommend wearing a pair of comfortable shoes as there is quite a bit of walking involved, especially if you want to spend more time in the gardens.

Is a guided tour of the Palace of Versailles included?

Yes, this tour highlights a guided tour of the palace.

Will I be able to see the Trianon Estate?

Yes! Your ticket includes access to the estate, which you can visit on your own after the tour has finished.

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