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 $112.85

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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
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 18 travelers

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 travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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355 reviews
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Fantastic experience!
Diane_S, Sep 2023
Our guide Julia was fantastic! She gave great facts and details throughout the tour inside and outside of the palace. Skipping the line was essential to enter as well.
Jaw dropping and beautiful
Karen_T, Sep 2023
The size and beauty of Versailles was amazing complimented by our knowledgeable and attentive tour guide Totally recommend adding this to anyones must do while in paris list
Nice tour to decompress!
Deborah_K, Sep 2023
Lovely day at Versailles and Catherine (our) tour guide was terrific! She explained the various rooms and the stories behind the artwork. She brought some stories into present day by connecting things that happened in the past to today. She directed us through the palace and always positioned herself so we could see what she was talking about and understand the story. The gardens were really nice to walk around- a great change of pace from the crowds on the streets of Paris and the crowds inside the palace.
Would book your company again,,knowledgeable and friendly guides
Catherine_S, Sep 2023
Our tour guide Wei was excellent. He was knowledgeable and personable. I enjoyed the tour immensely.
Mediocre guide / mediocre experience
Peter_L, Sep 2023
Our tour guide was knowledgeable, however walked so far ahead leaving many of the group behind - even from the starting point… the tour felt rushed. We end up leaving the tour and exploring on our own including the gardens and having a much better time and experience.
Response from Host, Sep 2023
Hi Peter and thank you for your feedback! I will have our Paris team look into the guide you were with on this experience. I do hope that your remaining time in Paris went well!
Versailles Palace comes to life!
Rachelle_G, Sep 2023
Touring some of the main rooms of the palace especially the Hall of Mirrors where King Charles had dined a few days before.
I loved our guide!
Claire_T, Sep 2023
Our guide was prompt and endearing in her presentation. I adored her! She was very helpful with directions to every stop and with directions to the train station after. I highly recommend this tour!
Great Tour
Dennis_R, Sep 2023
Nadia was an amazing tour guide. Her knowledge of the history of the Palace and gardens were incredible. Even though it was crowded, she found the perfect spots to stop in each room to explain the history. Definitely a great tour to go on if you are in Paris.
Very informative
Jeff_D, Sep 2023
It was well worth taking the tour having the tour guide provide historical detail and insights that we would never had gotten on our own.
If you aren't ok with crowds, stay away
Marni_R, Sep 2023
These stars are for Wei because the actual experience was terrible. There was no way to enjoy the splendor of this place. It was hot, incredibly overcrowded (i mean MANY MANY THOUSANDS of people) and just an awful day. Wei was great and certainly knowledgeable but he was up against a lot of obstacles to make the experience enjoyable. We left the tour early and never even made it to the gardens. If we could have afforded a private before or after hours tour we would have. That would be the ONLY way to go!
Beautiful experience
Robert_S, Sep 2023
Viator staff coordinated last minute wheelchair access with Versailles. We were well taken care of by our guide. She was very professional and knowledgeable. Viator is the only way to go to Versailles!
Spectacular Palace
Priscilla_E, Sep 2023
Our tour guide, Julia, was punctual and so knowledgeable and made for a great experience. She explained how to get back at the end, where restaurants were, etc.
Our guide was a game-changer!
Heather_W, Sep 2023
The guide. Manny, was excellent!!! Knowledgeable, humorous, energetic—he made the tour special. Highly recommend!
Best Way to Visit Versailles
Jill_Y, Sep 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, Sep 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, Sep 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.
Response from Host, Sep 2023
Hi Marina! Thank you for your valuable feedback! I will take this information to our Paris Team!
Great way to see Versailles!!
Karen_S, Sep 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, Sep 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, Sep 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, Sep 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.
Response from Host, Sep 2023
Hi Annie! You are correct, if you are wanting to do more at the Palace, one should do the morning tours. Clients should be aware of the closing times and plan accordingly. We do offer this tour starting at 10:00 AM

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