Versailles Palace Guided Tour with Gardens & Fountains Show from Paris

Paris, France

From USD 110.06

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 5 hours (approx.)
  • Offered in: English


Imagine how the extravagance of Versailles was part of everyday life for Marie Antoinette during a guided tour of the palace with an optional fountain show. Take advantage of skip-the-line access to avoid the long lines at the start of your tour. Gaze in wonder at the Royal Apartments and the Queen’s Apartments, and walk through the glittering Hall of Mirrors to the Salon de la Guerre and the Salon de la Paix. Plus explore the expansive gardens on your own after the palace tour.
  • Palace of Versailles guided tour from Paris
  • Enjoy skip-the-line access to beat the queues
  • Marvel at Louis XIV's and Marie Antoinette's Royal Apartments
  • Discover the spectacular Hall of Mirrors with your guide
  • Gain insight into royal life in 17th- and 18th-century France
  • Stroll through the statue-filled palace gardens at your leisure
  • Upgrade to add a Versailles fountain show (summer only)

Why Travellers Choose This Tour

No need to bother with trains; this tour includes round-trip transport from Paris. 

What's Included

  • Guaranteed to skip the long lines
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Conducted by a qualified guide-interpreter (except first Sunday of each month where an audio guide will be provided)
  • Gardens and Fountains Show ( when operating )
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 22 Rue Jean Rey
    22 Rue Jean Rey, 75015 Paris, France

    In front of HOTEL PULLMAN PARIS TOUR EIFFEL - Meeting point 22 Rue Jean Rey with our representative with a Paris City Vision sign. Please be there 20 minutes prior the departure.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Meet your guide for either your morning or afternoon Versailles tour in central Paris. Climb into the comfortable air-conditioned coach for the drive to Versailles.

The Palace of Versailles was originally built as a relatively modest hunting retreat for Louis XIII in 1623, but his successor—Louis XIV—expanded it and turned it into the symbol of luxury and extravagance that we know today. The palace we see today was completed in 1710, and remains one of the most famous palaces in Europe.

When you arrive, walk past the queues with your guide thanks to your skip-the-line access. Follow along as your guide walks you through the Royal Apartments where the King and Queen of France, Louis XIV, and Marie Antoinette once spent the majority of their time.

Visit the apartments of the Dauphin and Dauphine—the heirs apparent to the throne. See the various drawing rooms, private studies, and bed chambers where the royal family once lived, and imagine what life might have been like for them in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Continue to one of the most photographed parts of Versailles, the Hall of Mirrors, built in 1678. Look around as your guide explains its most important features. The Hall of Mirrors leads from the Royal Apartments to the Salon de la Guerre and the Salon de la Paix.

At the conclusion of your palace tour, enjoy some free time to explore the gardens at your leisure. Walk through the perfect gardens, studded with statues and sculptures, and admire the incredible fountains. On Saturday nights in the summer, those fountain displays are set to music that dates from the time of Louis XIV’s court for a memorable visual and auditory experience.

After your free time in the Versailles garden, rejoin your guide at the appointed location to climb back into the coach for the return drive to Paris.

Please note: Visits on the first Sunday of every month will be unguided, and you will be provided with an audio guide.

Avenue de Suffren (Pass By)

Choose from a morning or afternoon half-day tour then head to Pyramides in central Paris to redeem your voucher.

Arc de Triomphe (Pass By)

Hop aboard your air-conditioned coach and set off through the city for the 1-hour journey to the famous Palace of Versailles.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • The Fountains Show is only operating during the Summer
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 32 travellers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Lisa_C, Mar 2023
This was one of my favorite places in Versailles to see! It was just beautiful and the history was great to learn
Eileen_W, Mar 2023
The guide was hard to understand at times and it was so crowded it was hard to hear and see what she was talking about
Amazing views, great tour guides!
Art_M, Mar 2023
Versailles was amazing to see. What made it great was the tour guide team. They were awesome! Despite the rain, it was a positive experience all the way around.
We spent a lot of time...
Kathleen_F, Feb 2023
We spent a lot of time waiting for the guide to get her act together. The headphones did not work. We ran out of time to tour the gardens
Please find a different tour operator.
Paul_P, Feb 2023
Very poor service and quality. Very disappointing treatment after trying to be patient. Very snarky reply and response.
Incredible Tour - Amazing Guide
Jeff_T, Feb 2023
The protests in France delayed us and limited our time, but the tour guide was incredible!!! Definitely recommend since the protests were outside the tours ability to prevent.
Spend your money elsewhere
Penbe_K, Feb 2023
It was too cold. The guide should have allowed us to stay in the bus, instead we were left to wait for about 1,5 hours in the freezing cold. In addition the bus was late to leave for about an hour. Palace is nice but experience is not worth the money or the hassle.
Take the tour!
Andrea_B, Feb 2023
I really loved my tour guides knowledge. She answered our questions and gave us a lot of information.
Helen ,our guide was...
Margaret_N, Jan 2023
Helen ,our guide was great. She had a wealth of knowledge and was very engaging. Highly recommend for a half day experience to see Versailles
Our guide was terrific
Gill_E, Jan 2023
Our guide was terrific, very knowledgeable and friendly. Great tour and amazing place, we missed the gardens due to weather but that’s an excuse to come back!!! Highly recommend.
Tania, Jan 2023
Great introduction to Versailles! Although it did a bit rushed since it was a half day tour. They did give some time to visit the gardens and get something to eat, but you do need to spend a lot more time if you want to see it all, as well as the gardens. Nonetheless, it was a great first time!
Felt rushed and didn’t learn as much as I was hoping to
Sahar_N, Jan 2023
Was super easy finding the meeting point, comfortable bus ride, plenty of time to tour the gardens after, but the tour itself through the palace felt super rushed. I didn’t get as much history and knowledge as I had hoped for. I would listen in on other tour groups leaders and their guide seemed super informed and shared so many interested facts. I felt like our tour guide rushed us through all the rooms when we got to the end we were told we couldn’t go back to see things again. We had to go to the gardens for the next hour, or kill time before departure. Wish our tour guide was a bit more knowledgeable and took her time explaining things rather than breeze through. Only thing I did really enjoy was not having to worry about transportation or tickets to get in. You just followed the leader, which always makes things simpler.
Tomi_A, Dec 2022
The tour guide was terribly rude. They had made a mistake with the ticket purchase. For the group, so she didn’t have enough adult tickets. She literarily snatched the adult ticket we had paid for from my collegiate’s hand and handed her a child ticket. When I told her she couldn’t do that, she snapped at me and asked if we wanted to stay outside and not enter. It is inconceivable how she thought we should be ok with her putting us in a position that can be outright dangerous since a child ticket would be illegal for an adult. Luckily they didn’t check the ticket. After we entered the museum, she returned and snatched the ticket from my daughter’s hand and handed her an adult ticket (to satisfy me) of course she had the wrong ticket because I had swapped with my daughter for safety reasons. She never apologized.
Worst service and customer service
Sanjeev_T, Dec 2022
Worst service , app is not worked unable to get the guide contact , we are there in meeting point unable to find the guide , the guide also not contact us , finally we missed the spot and wasted the money. Worst service again
Lovely tour - Versailles
Jacqueline_M, Dec 2022
It was a lovely tour. Christine, our tour guide was great; very informative and charming. Thank you Christine.
Francois was fabulous....
Jennifer_G, Nov 2022
Francois was fabulous. Perfect amount of time and terrific way to spend the morning. We never could have dreamed me this much in a half day and had such a quality visit at Versailles.
Versailles tour
Beth_H, Nov 2022
Layla, the tour guide, was knowledgeable and extremely interested in sharing the history of Versailles! She was flexible despite the train and museum strike that delayed our tour by about an hour! Very clear communicator and just a genuinely delightful person. The entire trip was great, start to finish!
Must do!
Dorothy_M, Nov 2022
Great experience end to end. Tour guide was amazing and driver was great! I enjoyed the balance of guided time and personal.
An Historical Experience of Louie XIV
Charles_R, Nov 2022
Our guide had an exceptional understanding of the history of Versailles and its significance to France.
Nice to hear the history
Melissa_B, Nov 2022
The hotel we met at was easy to find, right next to the Eiffel Tower. The guide was knowledgeable and friendly.