Versailles Gardens Tour from Paris with Skip the Line Palace Access

Guided tour of the gardens, entry to the château, and round-trip transportation from Paris

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Want to walk like royalty through the historic Versailles Gardens and explore the magnificent Palace of Versailles during your Paris stay? Join our local guide as you travel from central Paris and step back in time at the palatial former home of France’s kings and queens. With a small group, you’ll take a guided tour to learn the fascinating history of the gardens, before skipping the long lines at the Palace of Versailles to enjoy its splendor at your leisure. An essential Paris experience!

  • Day trip from Paris
  • Round-trip transportation from Paris
  • Gardens of Versailles guided tour
  • Skip the line at the Palace of Versailles
  • Hall of Mirrors
  • Grand Apartments
  • Fountains of Versailles
  • Grand Canal
  • Hidden groves

Your tour conveniently starts at Paris’ Javel-André Citroen metro station, where you’ll meet your guide and a small group of no more than 19 people for the train ride to Versailles. First, you’ll enjoy a guided tour of the historic Versailles Gardens, listening to stories of France’s glamorous monarchy, exploring hidden groves, and enjoying thousands of flowers. Afterwards, your skip-the-line ticket will allow you to explore the Palace of Versailles at your own pace. Then explore the city of Versailles or head back to Paris using your round-trip ticket when you’re ready.

Versailles Garden Tour Description

Your 3-hour tour includes:

  • Guided tour of the Gardens of Versailles

  • Skip-the-line entry to the Palace of Versailles with an audio guided tour

  • Small-group tour with a local English-speaking guide

  • Round-trip transportation by train from Paris to Versailles

Transportation from Paris to Versailles

Don’t worry about having to navigate public transportation on your own. You will meet your guide at the Javel-André Citroen metro station, where you’ll start your hassle-free journey to Versailles. Once you arrive and see the hours-long lines, you’ll be thrilled that you purchased your skip-the-line tickets to the château ahead of time.

Explore the Beautiful Versailles Gardens

You may think that the manicured Gardens of Versailles are just a beautiful addition to the Palace of Versailles itself, but King Louis XIV considered the entire property to be just as important as the château itself. He entrusted the design and renovation of the gardens to André Le Nôtre—one of the most famous landscape architects of his time.

For many, the outstanding feature of the gardens is the Grand Canal, a reflecting pool in the center of the gardens. Although the reflecting pool is technically asymmetrical, it appeared perfectly symmetrical when King Louis XIV stood at the foot of the basin, which is why it was designed this way.

Your guide will lead you through the highlights of the gardens, explaining the fascinating history behind the fountains, groves, and overall design.

Skip-the-Line Tickets to the Palace of Versailles

After making your way back to the palace with your group, your guide will spend some time sharing the amazing history of the magnificent palace before they bid you "au revoir." With your skip-the-line tickets that include a guided audio tour, you’ll be able to head straight past the typically long lines to start exploring the beautiful Palace of Versailles.

Inside, you’ll be able to marvel at the palace’s iconic highlights. For example, the famous Hall of Mirrors is adorned with 357 mirrors that protected the walls from smoke, and you may recognize this area from its beautiful chandeliers and golden statues. This great hall is most renowned, however, for serving as the location of the signing of the Treaty of Versailles in 1919.

You're free to explore the palace, the gardens, and the estate of Trianon (or the city of Versailles) on your own. You can use your round-trip ticket back to Paris as soon as you're ready to head back to your hotel..
 

What you get with this tour
Guided tour of the Gardens of Versailles
Skip-the-line entry to the Palace of Versailles with an audio guided tour
Small-group tour with a local English-speaking guide
Round-trip transportation by train from Paris to Versailles
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Our guide, Veronique ,was amazing. She was phenomenal at giving insights and helping us understand everything. It was a great mix of guided tour and time on our own to explore. Plan several hours, there is so much to see!

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Frequently Asked Questions

What to bring?

We recommend bringing a bottle of water with you since you’ll be outside in the gardens for much of this tour. You’ll also need to make sure you wear comfortable walking shoes and bring sunscreen on sunny days or a jacket or umbrella if it looks like rain.

What to bring?

We recommend bringing a bottle of water with you since you’ll be outside in the gardens for much of this tour. You’ll also need to make sure you wear comfortable walking shoes and bring sunscreen on sunny days or a jacket or umbrella if it looks like rain.

Is a guided tour of the gardens included?

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

Is a guided tour of the Palace of Versailles included?

While this tour does not include a guided tour of the Palace of Versailles, we do include skip-the-line access to the palace for a self-guided visit. If you would prefer to have a guided tour of the palace in place of a guided tour of the gardens, check out our Skip the Line Versailles Palace and Gardens Tour from Paris.

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

Yes, round-trip train tickets are included in the price of this Versailles tour.

How much walking does this tour involve?

Quite a lot. Aside from the train ride, you’ll be on your feet for most of the tour, and you’ll climb a few sets of stairs too.

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

If you have concerns about your mobility, we suggest taking a Private Golden Versailles Palace and Garden Tour so we can better accommodate your needs.

Is lunch included with this tour?

Lunch isn’t included, but food can be purchased at Versailles Palace or in town. Your guide will be happy to offer some recommendations.

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