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Ultimate Versailles: Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

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Enjoy an exclusive guided tour of one of the largest palaces in the world. See the State Apartments, the King's Bedroom, the Hall of Mirrors, and…

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The Top 5 Highlights of the Palace of Versailles

It's hardly surprising that the Palace of Versailles attracts over 10 million visitors per year – it's one of the most majestic places on earth, no exaggeration. Every nook and cranny is worth exploring, but if time is tight, here are the highlights.

Hall of Mirrors

Hall of Mirrors

This is the palace's most resplendent room. Each of its 17 arched windows is decorated with 21 mirrors, resulting in a stunning spectacle as light is reflected off 357 mirrors!

The Royal Chapel

The Royal Chapel

Though it's just one of five chapels in the palace, this opulent architectural wonder is by far the most breathtaking. Marie Antoinette's wedding took place here.

The Grand Apartments

The Grand Apartments

Lavishly decorated from top to bottom, the king's apartments are absolutely ravishing -- you'll deem them to be "fit for a king."

The Clock Room
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The Clock Room

This room's 250-year-old clock is a technical marvel. Not only does it show the time, date, and even the phases of the moon, but it also features a working model of the solar system!

The Gardens

The Gardens

With its impeccable lawns, geometric flower beds, rows of statues, and ornamental lakes, the splendor of the palace's gardens rivals even the most ornate interiors.

Our insider tips

Avoid Mondays

When planning your visit to the Palace of Versailles, keep in mind that the palace is closed on Mondays. On every other day, the visiting hours are from 9:00am to 5:30pm, and from April until October, they're extended to 6:30pm.

Get there early

You'll be amazed by the size of the Palace of Versailles and the sheer amount there is to see. Even if you just stick to the above highlights, you'll want to give yourself ample time. On the other hand, if you intend to see everything, you may even consider spreading your visit over more than one day trip.

Fountain Show

The Palace of Versailles' musical fountain shows are quite simply awe-inspiring. They're held from April until October, on every weekend and public holiday from 11:00am to 12:00pm and again from 3:30pm to 5:00pm. It's absolutely worth scheduling your visit for the fountain shows.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Tuesday-Sunday, 9:00 AM-6:30 PM
    Holiday hours may vary
  • Is it expensive?
    Tickets for guided tours start from €32, depending on the type you would like.
  • Will I need a guide?
    No, but there are audio tours available.
  • How to get there
    Versailles is one hour outside the city. Get there by the Versailles Express coach, leaving twice a day from the Eiffel Tower, or taking an SNCF train from either the Montparnasse or Saint-Lazare station.
  • Additional information

    • Make sure you are informed about ticket validity and train schedules ahead of your visit.

    • Flash photography is not permitted inside the palace.

What people are saying about Palace of Versailles

Overall rating
4.3 / 5
based on 21,693 reviews

Skip-the-line was a great idea on a Saturday!

It was great to be able to walk right up to the entrance with our group. The line for everybody else probably had more than 400 people in it. Our guide, Philippe, was excellent: knowledgable, humorous, and his stories brought the people to life. The earphone worked perfectly for hearing his commentary. My only (small) complaint was the timing. We were told the tour began at 11:15. We are people who arrive early, in this case, almost an hour before. At 11:15 two groups were forming but not ours. I asked at the desk and was told that 11:15 was the assembling time and 11:30 was when the guide would meet us. I understand that some people are always late, but by the time we walked to the Palace, we were almost 45 minutes past when I thought we would start. Also, the woman leading us to Philippe walked very fast to the Palace and we had people over 80 years old in the group.

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Disorganized but the guide did his best.

The beginning of the tour was very disorganized. The station we all arrived at was closed which meant having to walk in the rain to a different station. I don’t know if they knew about the closure ahead of time or if it was a last minute change. Due to this we almost didn’t make it onto the train and literally had a minute to spare. Once we got off the train, the guide really did his best to talk with everyone and the walk from the train to the palace was much better. Also, skip the line tickets are a must!

Thorough 3hr tour of inside Versailles Palace

Our guide was Anthony, an arts history graduate from the Sorbonne, with excellent English. With 5 yrs experience he guided us around the palace in a small group of 15 which was lovely. We paid for a group less than 20. Much nicer than the bigger groups. He answered every question the group asked of him.

Versailles Palace & Gardens: 3-Hour Guided Tour Reviewed by

Knowledgeable and interesting guide but . . .

The palace was so packed, even on this rainy October day, that we sometimes could not locate her among so many people in a room or could not see the items she was drawing to our attention. This was not Anne-Sophie's fault, of course, but will likely be a problem for any guide on any tour.

Versailles Palace: Skip-the-Line Guided Tour Reviewed by

Gabriella is amazing: knowledgeable, funny, engaging, and helpful.

Our tour guide Gabriella was amazing: thoroughly knowledgeable, funny, engaging, and helpful. Even after the tour ended, she stayed and patiently answered our questions about the Gardens and Petit Trianon, which were not covered under her parts of the tour. Highly recommended.

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