Guided tour

Paris: Versailles Skip-the-Line Guided Tour & Gardens

4.3 / 5

93 reviews

Activity provider: City Wonders Ltd.

Paris: Versailles Skip-the-Line Guided Tour & Gardens

Activity provider: City Wonders Ltd.
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From US$ 87.48 per person

Likely to sell out

Experience the opulence of the Palace and Gardens of Versailles on a half-day excursion from Paris. Marvel at the spectacular interior of the palace and the manicured gardens surrounding it. See the Fountain Show or Musical Gardens.

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Duration 4 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Skip the lines with pre-booked admission to Versailles
  • Explore the opulently decorated rooms of the Palace of Versailles
  • Marvel at the stunning manicured gardens and lush rolling lawns
  • Enjoy an intimate tour taken at a leisurely pace, with a maximum of 25 people per group
  • Enjoy the Musical Fountains Show or Musical Gardens (when option selected)
Full description

Hidden away from the modern world, this majestic European castle on the outskirts of Paris is a perfectly preserved example of the reckless extravagance of the French monarchy. Experience life at its most luxurious, in a setting of lush rolling lawns that stretch as far as the eye can see. Meet your guide at a central location in Paris and board a private, air-conditioned tour bus to Versailles. Skip the lines at the entrance with your pre-booked admission to Versailles, where your guide will lead you through the gardens and palace. Marvel at the sheer size of the Palace of Versailles, one of the largest and most spectacular castles in the world, boasting 700 rooms. See the incredible array of fine art and the intricate designs of the 1,250 fireplaces.

Work your way through the palace’s highlights, including the king’s and queen’s apartments, the chapel, the Coronation Room, the Hall of Mirrors, and the Salon of Abundance. Head out into the sunlight and visit the manicured gardens, covering an area of 1,800 acres.

The Musical Gardens show runs every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (except Wednesday, July 14) from July 1 to August 31, while the Musical Fountains can be experienced every Saturday and Sunday from May 22 to October 31.

Includes
  • Round-trip transfers from Paris by bus
  • Entry to the Palace of Versailles
  • Entry to the Gardens of Versailles Fountains Show or Musical Gardens (if option selected)
  • Tour guide
  • Headsets
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Participants

Date

Meeting point

Meeting point may vary depending on the option booked.

Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Baby strollers
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • This tour involves a fair amount of walking
  • Photography without a flash is permitted throughout the tour
  • If minimum numbers are not met, return transportation will be by train instead of a bus
  • The Musical Gardens and Fountains Show may be subject to last-minute schedule changes that are not under the local partner's control
  • Extra security measures may be implemented at some venues. Delays are possible
  • Government-imposed COVID restrictions for entering countries and venues (e.g. booster shot, negative COVID test, vaccine certificate with a QR code) may change at short notice
  • It is the responsibility of all visitors to ensure they check the official travel advice on the government websites and comply with local requirements. The local partner will not be held responsible for refused access to museums and tourist attractions and no refund will be due
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 93 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Transportation
    4.3/5
  • Value for money
    4/5
  • Safety
    3.9/5

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Kenny did a reasonable job. Tour itself was not well organized by tour company. Paris had a 'no car in city day' therefore, we were dropped off at Metro station out of town - why weren't we notified in advance and not on the bus to Versailles? Karol, our bus guide did a excellent job coaching all the passengers on how to get home. When we got off the subway it appears that the police we not enforcing the no drive rule - cars & taxis everywhere. It would have been easier to see Kenny, our guide, if he had a flag to keep track of him.

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September 19, 2022

Enjoyed the palace tour and our guide was excellent. Palace was very crowded. Not many opportunities to linger and gather with guide. Also waited in line outside for about 15-20 minutes. The tour description needs to be written more clearly - the optional garden and fountain tour description is confusing causing some in the tour to believe they had signed up for a palace AND garden tour.

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August 17, 2022

Max was an excellent guide: well-informed, entertaining, and concise. We really enjoyed having him lead our tour. Our one complaint was the confusing layout of the website purchase: we thought we were buying both the tour and the access to the gardens, but you have to check a box at the bottom indicating that you want the access to the gardens. This was not easy to see and resulted in us waiting in line for 45 minutes to get the garden tickets after the tour was over.

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August 16, 2022

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