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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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$63.27 per adult
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Isabel was great, energetic and very knowledgeable,
Hall of mirrors and bedrooms, really all of everything! Isabel was brilliant and knowledgeable about all the details.
William_W, Aug 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Paris

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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.
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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.
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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!!!
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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.
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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.
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Victory in Versailles
rachel_b, Sep 2021
Versailles Palace Skip the line Guided Tour with Fountains Show Option
Herve was an incredible guide, we learned so much and were so amused. We didn’t want the day to end.
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Fun tour
Robert_B, Sep 2021
Versailles Palace Skip the Line Small Group Guided Tour
I had a wonderful tour and the Paris TRIP tour operators were very helpful when I got confused about my ticket. The gardens tour is only included when there is no magic fountain show. In any case I spent hours wandering about the place and could have spent much longer. Our guide Olivier related a number of interesting stories about the palace and about French nobility. I learned a lot. This was definitely a highlight of my trip to France.
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A nice walk through The Palace of Versailles
Matthew_O, Sep 2021
Versailles Palace Skip the line Guided Tour with Fountains Show Option
Very knowledgeable guide who was able to show the palace and the gardens with detail. Very enjoyable and group size was very good for managing expectations.
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Great guide
Brian_M, Sep 2021
Versailles Palace & Gardens Priority Access Guided Tour from Versailles
Great tour guide who gave us a lot of history! Started on time which we really appreciated! Guide was funny, knowledgeable and made the tour interesting.
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Don’t miss it!
Robert_Sheck, Sep 2021
Versailles Palace Guided Tour with Gardens & Fountains Show from Paris
Our guide was super knowledgable, and I learned so much more than the standard audio tour! I would say the half day is plenty. The gardens are so big you would need to rent a golf cart there to see it all.
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Great experience
Kurt_D, Sep 2021
Versailles Palace & Gardens Priority Access Guided Tour from Versailles
Great guide not a lot of people so could see all rooms Agency should have told us you need to bring drivers licence for gulf cars in the gardens we could not visit everything in the garden and that is a pity
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The best tour we had in France!
James, Sep 2021
Versailles Monarchy from Paris
Iuliana was the best tour guide we had in all of Paris. It was obvious she loves what she does. So many amazing details. We had an unforgettable experience at Versailles.

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