Versailles Palace & Garden Tour w. Skip The Line Entry from Paris

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Golden Versailles Palace and Garden Tour
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From USD 113.57

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 3 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Especially in peak season, the lines at the Palace of Versailles can be hard to believe. Skip them—without waking up at the crack of dawn—on this eminently civilized guided train trip from Paris. Your guide will show you the most magnificent of the 2,000 rooms, including the Hall of Mirrors, the King’s State Apartments, and the King’s Private Apartments, then introduce you to the magical 2,000-acre (800-hectare) gardens.
  • Explore the Palace of Versailles, a UNESCO World Heritage site, with a guide
  • Marvel at the 240-foot (73-meter) Hall of Mirrors, with its 357 mirrors
  • Enjoy free time in the palace’s spectacular formal gardens
  • Travel by train round-trip from central Paris

What's Included

  • Round-trip transportation by train from Paris to Versailles
  • Skip-the-line entrance to the Palace of Versailles
  • Guided tour of the Palace
  • Introduction to the Gardens
  • Free time to explore the gardens and Trianon Estate
  • A local, English-speaking guide
  • Small group of 18 or fewer people
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food & Beverages
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Javel - André Citroën
    75015 Paris, France

    Please arrive 10 minutes early. Your guide will meet you outside of exit 1 (sortie 1) of the Javel-André Citroen metro station. A representative will be there holding a sign with The Tour Guy on it.

End point

  • Gardens of Versailles
    Place d'Armes, 78000 Versailles, France

    Clients can stay at Versailles to explore gardens on their own after the tour is completed, or have the guide explain

What To Expect

Palace of Versailles

2 hours Admission Ticket Included

The Hall of Mirrors

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Jardins du Chateau de Versailles

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • We recommend bringing a bottle of water with you and wearing a pair of comfortable shoes as there is quite a bit of walking involved
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 18 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.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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342 reviews
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Our guide was a game-changer!
Heather_W, Sept 2023
The guide. Manny, was excellent!!! Knowledgeable, humorous, energetic—he made the tour special. Highly recommend!
Best Way to Visit Versailles
Jill_Y, Sept 2023
Our guide, Veronica, was superb. She shared really interesting information, navigated the crowds like a pro, and kept our group together.
Ask for Carolina!
Sydney_L, Sept 2023
This was an amazing tour- perhaps one of the best I’ve ever done. Carolina brought the palace to life and was the perfect mix of entertaining, informative, and engaged. It is clear she had a command of the history of the place. My only feedback for the tour more broadly is I would love a more detailed overview of what we should see in the garden. Otherwise, perfect!!
Okay tour great destination
Marina_H, Sept 2023
The best part of the tour - skipping the line to the palace. The disappointing parts - there is no reason to meet in Paris since we rode the train there. Half of the train tickets the guide distributed didn’t work. The guide offered no narrative in the train. In the palace, it was informative. The guide offered no guidance to the gardens, no mention of Marie Antoinette house - it felt like he couldn’t wait to get out of there.
Great way to see Versailles!!
Karen_S, Sept 2023
Our tour guide Lan was very knowledgeable and shared interesting information The audio was a great idea to hear her and not be near her with the crowds We truly enjoyed the trip to Versailles
Veena_R, Sept 2023
Was a good experience 💜 I missed the pick up Location had to wait for the tour guide for half hour but I am ok. Better than standing in huge line
Best Way to See Versailles
Rhonda_G, Sept 2023
Our tour guide Veronica was great. After navigating the metro to get to the meeting spot which is just prior to boarding an above ground train, Veronica was the perfect balance of providing structure and allowing space to explore. Great experience!
ANNIE_K, Sept 2023
Versailles is very beautiful. The tour was good however we did not have enough time to tour the grounds or Marie Antoinette’s private house because it closed at 6pm and the tour guide did not finish until 5:10pm with the castle. Our tour started at 2pm. Her house is a ways from the castle and it was taking a very long time to get a golf cart so we decided to walk which took almost a half hour. I would suggest that the tour be done only in the mornings so you have the rest of the day to walk the grounds and see everything otherwise it’s not worth doing this tour in my opinion. Just go on your own.
Bus tour to Versailles with no bus…
David_L, Sept 2023
I purchased this tour one month in advance and paid it in full. The main reason I booked this tour was because they were going to drive us to the door with a very nice bus. This way we wouldn’t have to do extra walking. All you do is walk in Versailles for hours, if you can avoid extra walking by booking a bus, it is worth it. Anyway, they cancelled my reservation a few days before the trip and offered to change the date. I agreed to this. But then the day of the tour, surprise, there was no bus and we had to ride with the train and go up and down stairs, then walked to the palace, etc. After the visit my feet and legs were hurting, but I still had to walk back to the train station and again upstairs, downstairs, etc, not cool. Agent who made the reservation was nice and changed the date fast, but never mentioned that the bus was not available anymore. I didn’t like this unpleasant surprise. If agent would have told me, then I would have cancelled this reservation and make a new one with a bus. Some of us have health problems or are elderly and need a bus. It’s important these changes are discussed with customers. I feel deceived by this tour company. Don’t plan on traveling with them anymore. I paid for a tour with a bus, didn’t get one. They didn’t offered a refund or to lower the price since bus was not available anymore either. They decided for me that I didn’t need a bus. Rude. Tour guide was the only highlight of this tour. She was very nice, well mannered, professional and I really enjoyed all her stories. If it wasn’t for her, the tour would have been a complete failure.
Response from Host, Sept 2023
Hi David! Thank you for your Feedback! As the Tour Operator for this tour with the Train, I am sorry that your travel agent did not read the full details before re-assigning you on our tour. I am happy to know that you had a great guide for the trip to the Palace.
Catherine the Great!!
MarkED, Sept 2023
Catherine was incredible. We learned so much in the journey and she got us to the best spots in each check points. Don’t settle for anyone else!! Catherine is amazing and keep the tour flowing smoothly.
Great tour
Doug_P, Sept 2023
Guide was excellent and very informative. One of the best tours we took in Paris. Enjoyed the train ride
Wonderful Experience
Abby_E, Sept 2023
We had a wonderful time with our guide through the Palace and into the entrance of the gardens. It was very helpful to have the guide assist us with the Metro transportation on the way to the Versailles and enter as a group instead of waiting on line as individuals. He was thorough and efficient with going through the rooms on the main floor. It would have been nice to have a chance to stay in the palace longer on our own before exiting as a group to end the tour and go into the gardens on our own. We were very happy with the tour and our guide, it was a great experience.
L’histoire de Palais de Versailles avec Anastasia
Dindo_D, Sept 2023
Our tour to Versailles and our gardens was led by Anastasia. She was extremely knowledgeable, nice, patient and professional. She made the whole experience memorable and I learned a lot about the history and secrets that only the walls, paintings and tapestries of Versailles know.
Graham_E, Sept 2023
Our guide Agatha was very knowledgeable and pleasant. She explained things well and made sure everyone understood. Thank you
Great deal
Dave_L, Sept 2023
This trip was a bargain, considering all that you get… Train tickets, front of the line access to the palace and the gardens plus the tour and return tickets home. It was a fun trip and I highly recommend it.
Nice experience
Daiva_V, Sept 2023
Palace is very big and gorgeous. I am very happy we have chosen to go with guide, as to walk alone for sure would be nice but no so super as with a guide. All was good arrange, big group was split to smaller groups with 15 people with own guide. Our guide Alexandra told us a lot of stories, showed most important places inside and explained all about gardens.
Damon_K, Sept 2023
Addie was the best guide we experienced in Paris. Very knowledgeable and entertaining. Perfect voice for the job. Well done.
Rhett_S, Sept 2023
Our guide, Wei was exceptional. He was knowledgeable about the chateau and the French Revolution Thank you so much.
rogermike2, Sept 2023
The fountains and very well organised ..inside the palace was amazing beautiful restoration...our guide was good
Our guide was not...
Patricia_S, Sept 2023
Our guide was not experienced, very soft spoken, so we could not hear her even with our guide boxes. Not her fault but the Palace was so over crowded you could not move.
Response from Host, Sept 2023
Hi Patricia, we appreciate your feedback! I will forward your comments to our Paris Team so they can remind the guide to verify if everyone is able to understand. Guides do have the tendency lose sight and will just keep talking and thinking all is OK! We do hope that your remaining time in Paris was enjoyable!

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