Skip the Line Palace of Versailles and Gardens Tour from Paris

Make your trip to Versailles easier with a local guide, transportation, and a guided château tour

Travel Flexibly 5 / 5 See All 111 Reviews · 3.00h 19 max · Paris, France

Looking for an easy way to see the best of Versailles? Versailles is a short day trip from Paris, but planning ahead to get tickets and transportation organized will make for a smooth experience. That's why you'll love our highly rated small group tour with a local guide who makes sure you hop on the right train to Versailles, exit at the ideal stop, and skip the long lines. You'll be able to see the palace and gardens more quickly and maximize your trip to Versailles from Paris.

Tour Details
  • Round-trip train transportation
  • Palace of Versailles
  • Skip-the-line tickets
  • The Grand Rooms
  • Hall of Mirrors
  • Hidden Treasures
  • Gardens of Versailles
  • Free time to explore
  • Professional, English-speaking guide
  • Return to Paris

Meet your guide and fellow travelers at the Javel-André Citroen metro station. Your guide will have your round-trip train tickets for you to get to Versailles and back to Paris with ease. Follow their lead as they escort you past the lines of people entering the palace for your skip-the-line access to see the unforgettable art and architecture inside the Château de Versailles.

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. There you'll be free to explore the gardens as long as you like on your own before heading back to Paris. Your 3-hour guided tour includes:

  • Small group tour with an English-speaking guide

  • Round-trip transportation by train from Paris to Versailles

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

  • Access to the gardens at your leisure

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. 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

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. Here your guide will bid you "Au revoir" so you can explore the gardens at your own pace and return to Paris when 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. You're also free to explore the estate of Trianon if you like before making your way back to the train station for your return trip to Paris (ticket included).

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Wonderful guide, helpful in unexpected ways
04 June 2022
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Cecily Pegues

Our tour was great! Not only was our tour guide obviously experienced, but she was well liked by the staff at Versailles which I'm sure made our tour better. But beyond that, Veronica showed kindness and consideration that really needs to be recognized. She was generous and I even saw her give some no show tickets to some young girls so that the tickets wouldn't be wasted and made their day better. She explained how we were to use the metro tickets in a way that enabled me to start venturing out and made my whole trip to Paris MUCH better. Versailles was great, but Veronica made a great impression all on her own.

Great Day!
10 May 2022
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Reviewed by
Elizabeth Anker

We thoroughly enjoyed our morning tour at Versailles. Veronique, our tour guide, was fun and engaging. She arrived at the (easy to find) meeting place on time, and shepherded us expertly through the crowds to Versailles. She gave us tons of extra background, and made the experience incredibly special for our 10-year old. At the end of the tour, Veronique escorted us out to the gardens, gave us her recommendations for lunch, viewing the fountains (our tour was on a Sunday, so the fountains were in operation), and where/how to explore further if we wished. We ended up spending the rest of the day in the gardens, following her recommendations, and it was lovely. We would book again in a heartbeat!

Must do this tour
20 April 2022
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Reviewed by
neil fennessey

Our guide was fantastic. What a great way to spend the morning too. Super knowledgeable, and very much worth the investment. By the time we arrived, the line was very long for normal folks. And when our tour was done, the line was out past the gate. This saved us sooo much time. And we cranked walking through the rooms. This is the way to see Versailles and this is the tour group to take you. The train ride home though...we waited an hour for that train to leave the station. So enjoy the village, do your bathroom break before you get on the train, and bring some entertainment for that painful train wait.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where to meet?

Outside of exit 1 (sortie 1) of the Javel-André Citroen metro station. A representative will be there holding a sign with our company name on it.

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.

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.

Where to meet?

Outside of exit 1 (sortie 1) of the Javel-André Citroen metro station. A representative will be there holding a sign with our company name on it.

Is a guided tour of the Palace of Versailles included?

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

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