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Versailles Palace & Gardens Guided Tour from Paris with Optional Fountain Show

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Versailles Palace & Gardens Guided Tour from Paris with Optional Fountain Show
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Immerse yourself in the opulence and drama of Versailles Palace and Gardens on a fully guided small-group tour from Paris to Versailles. With your skip-the-line ticket, breeze past the queue and join your expert guide for a fun and informative walk through the castle and gardens. Witness the extravagance of Louis XIV—the Sun King—who built up the massive 700-room complex, adorning the space with luxuries fit for the French monarchy.
  • Half-day, fully guided small-group tour with skip-the-line access to the Palace & Gardens of Versailles
  • Guaranteed to skip the long lines at Versailles
  • The tour also includes the famous Versailles fountain show or musical gardens on selected days
  • Small-group tour ensuring a more personalized experience
  • With Skip-the-Line Access to the Palace of Versailles, return coach transfers and your guide to get you there, let this tour take the hassle out of your Versailles visit so all you have to do is to relax and enjoy

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This tour is perfect for those short on time who want the ease of transport and skip-the-line access.
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Skip-the-Line Access to the Palace of Versailles
Skip-the-Line Access to the Gardens of Versailles (if option selected)
Small group of 25 people or less
Expert, English speaking guide
Headsets to hear the guide clearly
Round-trip transfers from Paris in an air-conditioned coach
Musical Fountain Show or Musical Gardens (on selected days)
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

107 Rue de l'Université, 75007 Paris, France

Meeting point is outside the Metro stop Invalides on the rue de l'Université, 75007 Paris Your guide will be standing in front of the metro exit with a sign.

Return Details

Place d'Armes, 78000 Versailles, France

This tour ends at the Palace of Versailles. You will be provided with a return train to Paris.

Meet your friendly tour coordinator at a central location in Paris to board a private air-conditioned coach to Versailles, and let this half-day tour take all the hassle out of the journey so you arrive in Versailles relaxed and ready to explore.

Once inside, explore the lavish design and ornament that adorns every room of the enormous complex. Marvel at the more than 13,000 pieces of art and fine furnishings, the sumptuous private chambers, and the elaborate gardens. With your pass, view the King’s and Queen’s luxurious apartments, the Royal Chapel, the Hall of Mirrors, the Coronation Room and the Hercules Drawing Room—a reminder that King Louis XIV glorified himself as a deity.

As you walk, enjoy your guide’s colorful commentary. Hear about the eccentricity and ambition of the French monarchy from the mid-17th century until the French Revolution. Discover the exciting details of the day in 1789 when Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette were dragged from Versailles by an angry mob, to be eventually beheaded in Paris. 

Finish your tour with a stroll through the gardens, covering more than 1,800 well-manicured acres. Depending on the day and your tour option, catch the Fountains Show or the Musical Gardens show before departing.
Stop At:  
Palace of Versailles
The Palace of Versailles in true royal fashion. As your guide shows you around a carefully curated selection of the palace’s 700 rooms, you’ll hear stories of the Sun King, Louis XIV, his successors, their queens, mistresses, and courtiers – including Marie Antoinette and other notable figures. Versailles had its heyday in the 17th and 18th centuries, when the Sun King elevated Louis XIII’s humble hunting lodge into the official seat of the French court – and 300 years later, the palace has lost little of its glamorous excess.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
The Hall of Mirrors
Visit the breathtaking Hall of Mirrors inside Versailles while our passionate English-speaking guide marvels you with stories of the excesses of royal life, peaking under the Sun King, Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
The Royal Chapel
Visit the opulent Royal Chapel during your tour of the Palace of Versailles.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Le Jardin de Versailles
The Gardens of the Palace of Versailles were designed by master gardener André Le Nôtre and court painter Charles le Brun, not as a respite from the palace, but as an extension of it – with every bit as much opulence (and intrigue) as the interior. Depending on the day, your tour of the Gardens may include the Musical Fountain Show (where fountains dance in perfect time to classical music) or Musical Gardens (where music accompanies your tour through the idyllic glades).
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • • Please note that on some occasions, return transportation to and from Versailles will be provided using a comfortable and modern train.
  • UPDATE TO COVID PASS REQUIREMENTS: from January 15th 2022, public venues will require visitors above the age of 18 to prove that they have received a booster shot (3rd injection) 7 months after their second injection. This is reduced to 4 months as of February 15th 2022.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY City Wonders Ltd
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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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Versailles Palace & Gardens Guided Tour from Paris with Optional Fountain Show?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Versailles Palace & Gardens Guided Tour from Paris with Optional Fountain Show.
What is the social distancing policy during Versailles Palace & Gardens Guided Tour from Paris with Optional Fountain Show?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Versailles Palace & Gardens Guided Tour from Paris with Optional Fountain Show.

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Traveler Tips

  • "I would recommend that you make sure to bring lots of water to keep you hydrated as the lines in the cafes can be quite long!" See review
  • "It would be great if we can have at least 30 mins - 45 mins more to spend in the garden in order to be able to catch the ride back, especially if it is summer and is peak period." See review


748 Reviews

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Worst experience ever!
, Jan 2022
It was the worst experience of my entire trip! I closed the tour, thinking it would be amazing, but in the end, there was no guide at the agreed place, they didn't answer the phone and when they answered me by email (the other day), they didn't give me any alternative solution.
Great guided tour
, Jan 2022
The transport and guide were perfect for our small group. The guided tour with commentary provided a great and rich experience. I has been to Versailles before and the guide and no wait group ticket made for a better experience.
Excellent tour and guise
, Dec 2021
Versailles was beautiful. The guide was extremely knowledgeable and was friendly. He was early at the meeting point and was informative about Paris as well as the tour.
Palace of Versailles is...
, Nov 2021
Palace of Versailles is absolutely beautiful, however the meeting point to meet tour guide was unclear. We had to figure it out because directions given do not take you to the exact meeting point.
Good palace but choose a different tour
, Nov 2021
Very historical place. Wonderful to walk thru the palace and soak in the history but This tour takes you in the local train. There is no tour bus. So not value for you money at all. The tour guide is very knowledgeable though. And very helpful . It was not her fault that the tour company did not provide good transportation
1 traveler found this review helpful
Our tour guide is very...
, Nov 2021
Our tour guide is very informative and patient ,we skip the line go direct to the palace.we all happy.
1 traveler found this review helpful
I didn’t see nothing....
, Nov 2021
I didn’t see nothing. Because you didn’t wait us only ten minutes later And your meeting point isn’t clear . I went at 107 rue de l’Université and after at the metro
Great two hour guided tour with flexibility to explore
, Nov 2021
Guide made learning how to use the train easy. We felt like a pro in one day! Versailles was archeticually beautiful. We enjoyed walking the grounds & came across a lunch spot tucked into the garden... delicious kiech! Fountains were not in operation the day we were there, but I hear they are impressive. We really liked the versitility of being able to return on our own, rather than being held captive for 12 hours like on the two previous tours.
Very enjoyable
, Oct 2021
Our guide was very knowledgeable and interesting However at the last minute Viator changed our pick up and told us to get to Versailles on our own apparently forgetting the guide to do the same Otherwise very enjoyable
1 traveler found this review helpful
Incredible Palace.
, Oct 2021
Our guide was very organized throughout the tour. He was very knowledgeable of the Palace of Versailles. He was articulate with describing the rooms and history. Very interesting and well worth it. The gardens were pretty but I’m not sure it was worth extra money.

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