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Palace of Versailles
Palace of Versailles

Palace of Versailles

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Place d'Armes, Versailles, Ile-de-France, 78000

The Basics

Visiting every one of the palace's 700 rooms would take days, so a Versailles guided highlights tour is the best option—options range from skip-the-line access tours to private and small-group tours that explore the history of Versailles. Combo tours which visit Versailles alongside the Eiffel Tower and Louvre (or the village of Giverny) are great for first-time visitors.

However you choose to visit, don’t miss the gold-framed windows in the Hall of Mirrors, the priceless antique furniture in the King’s Grand Chambers, and the regal Royal Chapel. Meanwhile, in the gardens, the Grand Canal dominates while Musical Fountains dance to classical music.

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Versailles Palace Skip-the-line Classic Guided Tour
Versailles Palace Skip-the-line Classic Guided Tour
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$62.70 per adult
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Fantastic tour guide Sophie Anne was amazing
Sophie Anne was amazing. She was so informative we were really able to visualize the whole era. The tour was 10 out of ten highly recommended and no queuing
fiona_f, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Paris

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Highly recommend
Shelley_F, Sep 2021
Versailles Palace Skip the Line Audio Guided Tour with Gardens Access from Paris
Directions were clear and concise, the driver was very knowledgeable and polite, he was happy to answer our questions and hear feedback. I would recommend the company highly. The vas was new and clean and the driver was sensible and cautious.
star-5
Best tour ever!
Jonathan_R, Aug 2021
Versailles: Food & Palace Bike Tour
The best tour if you want a complete day at Palace of Versailles, having fun with the bikes, a lot of pertinent information. The guides are a great couple, very organized, excellent attitude. We didn't have to pass through any lines, they know the exact times for avoiding heavily touristy "time zones", but still get to see everything in the palace. And the cherry on top... the picnic, with a great view of the Palace. Definitively recommended.
star-5
Over and above.
Marvin_D, Aug 2021
Versailles Palace Skip The Line & Audio Guided Tour Optional Gardens from Paris
Not having are COVID vaccination documents and the tour guide taking us to a nearby pharmacy for a rapid test. Pharmacist was on lunch break and after hearing our situation took time to rapid test us and enable us to go inside the palace. Disaster turned into wonderment!!!
star-5
Lovely day!
Sally_R, Aug 2021
Versailles Palace & Giverny's Monet House Guided Visit with Lunch from Paris
Van was modern, clean, comfortable. Guide Francois was knowledgeable, responsive, courteous, fun, we’ll-prepared so all went smoothly.. Giverny is charming beyond words. Lunch restaurant, in a garden area beside an old mill, was exceptional—food was delicious, served artistically, accompanied by wine, served meticulously. We were a small group (7) and soon knew each other! The Versailles tour was probably too brief for others, but I was still enchanted with Giverny, so it was long enough.
star-5
Great guided tour of Versailles palace
Ina, Jul 2021
Versailles Palace Skip-the-line Classic Guided Tour
Sofie was a fantastic guide. Versailles palace was unusually empty after a new COVID-19 rules introduced by a French Government.
star-5
Super convenient private trip to Versailles
nicole_r, Oct 2021
Versailles Palace Skip The Line Access Half Day Private & Tailored Guided Tour
It was a convenient private trip to the Versailles. Fred the tour guide picked us up at our hotel and drove us to the Versailles and back. Fred was very knowledgeable and knew every detail of French history. Great tour.
star-5
A must visit!
Janet_J, Oct 2021
Versailles Palace Skip the Line Audio Guided Tour with Gardens Access from Paris
Touring the indoors and the gardens! I wish I had more time! I wish I had known about the garden train and golf carts sooner
star-4
Wonderful & a must see
Barbara_S, Oct 2021
Versailles Palace Skip the Line Small Group Guided Tour
The opulence was so impressive Our guide was knowledgeable albeit a little difficult to understand…the group from all over the world !!!!
star-4
Very enjoyable
William_B, Oct 2021
Versailles Palace & Gardens Guided Tour from Paris with Optional Fountain Show
Our guide was very knowledgeable and interesting However at the last minute Viator changed our pick up and told us to get to Versailles on our own apparently forgetting the guide to do the same Otherwise very enjoyable
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Highly recommend
lily_w, Oct 2021
Versailles Palace Skip The Line Access Half Day Private & Tailored Guided Tour
Our guide Frederick was awesome! Very knowledgeable and easy to work with/be with. Highly convenient way to see Versailles if you have limited time in Paris.
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Loved the historical...
Raleigh_H, Oct 2021
Versailles Palace Skip-the-line Classic Guided Tour
Loved the historical details included in the tour! Stunning views and beautiful weather the day we visited in the middle of October. It wasn’t necessary to skip the line, as there was actually no line when we arrived later on the afternoon in the autumn, but it was well worth it for the quality of the tour!
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Wonderful Outing - money well spent!
Susan_C, Oct 2021
Giverny's House & Gardens plus Versailles Palace Day Trip with Lunch from Paris
Our tour guide, Isabel, was incredible. She had a wealth of knowledge of both Giverny and Versailles, as well as history of France and Paris. She made the trip interesting and memorable. Lunch was delicious and very generous. I highly recommend this day trip.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Palace of Versailles is incredibly popular—book a skip-the-line ticket to save time.

  • The majority of tours from Paris include hotel pickup and drop-off.

  • Select a tour that combines round-trip transport with an audio guide for a self-guided experience.

  • Parts of the Palace of Versailles are accessible for wheelchair users (the palace, the Grand Trianon, and the Petit Trianon), as are the English and French Gardens.

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How to Get There

The Palace of Versailles is set in the small township of Versailles, 13 miles (21 kilometers) outside of Paris, and is easy to reach by train. Catch RER C from Paris to Versailles Rive Gauche station, only a 10-minute walk from the palace. You can also catch the SNCF train from Paris Montparnasse station to Versailles Chantiers or from Paris Saint Lazare to Versailles Rive Droite station.

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When to Get There

At night, when the palace lights are illuminated and the sun has set, the gardens' Musical Fountains are at their most magical. Visit the Versailles Gardens on a Saturday evening between June and September to see a particularly special fountain performance crowned with a fireworks display. Otherwise, arrive early and avoid weekends for a quieter experience.

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What to Do in Versailles

While the Palace of Versailles is undeniably the main draw in the tiny town of Versailles, there's lots more to see and do. The decadent Musée Lambinet is a must, while the Versailles market is one of the largest in France. The Versailles Cathedral also makes for some great photos. Meanwhile, on the Versailles estate itself, don't miss the Hameau de la Reine, a tranquil spot overlooked by many.

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Palace of Versailles