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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?
    Closed Mondays. Opening times vary from high season (Apr 1st to Oct 31st) to low season (Nov 1st to Mar 31st).
  • 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
4.4 / 5
based on 16,771 reviews

Awesome experience - Great guide would definitely do again

This was set up brilliantly. Easy pickup just a couple blocks from the chateau. The guide was an intelligent kid (an fellow sneakerhead ) who knew 4 languages based on him speaking them to customers in my group and I. They had everything set up so i could get 3 english and 1 japanese audio kits. No line we just walked right in with the guid. Heck, i almost felt bad for the 300+ people who didn't 'skip the line'.

No bathroom at meeting point! Would have been nice to know!

Nice tour however felt our tour guide could have shared more information about Versailles logistics for dining and transportation. We would have rented an electric car if we had known they are available. Difficult to find restaurants with seating!!!! And we thought the train to Petit Trianon was part of our ticket. It was not. Details mean a lot to tourists with limited time.

Versailles by Train Tour From Paris with Skip-The-Line Reviewed by

Very nice guide and makes sense to save time

The trip started just in time and we were guided by a very kind person - Philipp. From the beginning and to the end everything went smoothly. We were happy that we booked this guided trip to Versailles - the line were huge and was even longer when we left. Philipp has a good knowledge and a perfect sense of humor - it was a pleasure and we felt to be in good hands.

Quick and concise tour that covers all the highlights

This is a very well run tour. For anyone who wants to see a moderately paced tour of the main highlights of the palace, this is the one. Our guide Patricia was extremely informative, diligent with her details and great with questions. This tour allowed us the option to have more free time to tour the gardens at our own pace.

Skip the Line: Guided Visit of Versailles Palace Reviewed by

Perfect way to see Versailles with the best guide-Valerie

i would definitely recommend this tour and if you can ask for Valerie. she was so knowledgeable and really funny. we had children with us and she made us quite comfortable with the kids too. you really only needed 90 minutes and it was very well organized. Skip the line was the way to go for sure.

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