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Make the most of your visit to the incomparable Versailles Palace and Gardens with a full-day tour. Stroll through the Gardens of Versailles (Jardins de Versailles) with your guide, who helps bring the history of the UNESCO-listed site to life and offers insights into Marie Antoinette's Estate. Tour the opulent Palace of Versailles (Chateau de Versailles). Visitors on Sunday can take advantage of the weekly spectacular fountain show in the gardens.
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Versailles Palace admission ticket and guided visit
Gardens admission ticket and guided visit (Fountain Show, according to program)
Marie-Antoinette's Estate ticket and guided visit (Grand Trianon, Petit Trianon and Queen's hamlet)
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Transport to/from attractions
Lunch
GetYourGuide Versailles , 10 Av. du Général de Gaulle, 78000 Versailles, France

Do not go directly at the Palace of Versailles.You must check in at GetYourGuide office, located near Café Madeleine, across the street from the train station Versailles Château Rive Gauche (RER line C).

Palace of Versailles , Place d'Armes, 78000 Versailles, France
Begin your full-day exploration of the UNESCO-listed Versailles with a walk through the expansive Versailles Gardens, one of the most visited places in the country.

The huge space, covering 1,977 acres (800 hectares), blooms with roughly 210,000 flowers planted each year. Learn more about the history of the gardens and how they were used from your expert guide.

Take advantage of skip-the-line access to avoid waiting at the entrance to the Versailles Palace, where you'll go on the next stop on your guided tour. Learn how this extravagant place was both a private home for the royal family and the center of political power from 1682 until 1789. Walk through the king's and queen's apartments, the fabulous Hall of Mirrors and the Royal Chapel.

Visitors who are at Versailles on a Sunday get an added bonus of seeing a fountain show in the morning in the gardens. The ornate fountain show is coordinated to a classical music soundtrack, which makes a morning walk through the gardens even more delightful.

Take a break for lunch (own expense), then follow your guide to the Grand Trianon. Louis XIV had this lodge built in 1670 to offer respite from the formal palace. Next, visit Marie Antoinette's Estate, where you'll see the Petit Trianon – the queen's private retreat – along with the French Pavilion and Queen's Hamlet.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Palace of Versailles
Skip the long entrances lines and begin your guided tour through the Versailles Palace, where you’ll discover the palace’s history and significance. Learn how it functioned as the center of political power in France from 1682 to 1789.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
The Hall of Mirrors
Explore the palace’s unique and elaborate interior, including the king’s state apartments and the famous Hall of Mirrors.
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Le Jardin de Versailles
Then, discrover the magnificent Gardens of Versailles, with your guide, which contain about 210,000 flowers planted annually within the gardens’ 1,977 acres (800 hectares). Your knowledgeable guide will tell you about the astounding 50 years of development of the gardens. Today, the Gardens of Versailles are one of the most visited sites in France. If you plan your trip for a Sunday, add something special to your day with the amazing morning fountain show in the Gardens of Versailles. Enjoy the fantastic display of water fountains and classical music while strolling through the gardens.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Marie-Antoinette's Estate
Your guide will accompany you to the Marie-Antoinette’s Estate, where you will discover the Grand Trianon and the Petit Trianon. During this tour, you will be able to glimpse the Queen Hamlet.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A considerable amount of walking is involved. Not recommended for people with difficulties walking or standing for long periods of time
  • The time on your voucher is the meeting time at the shop (tour departs few minutes after). In case of late arrival, no refund or postponement will be made.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • The tickets for the Musical Show or Fountain Show are included
  • On Wednesdays in April, May, June, September, October the gardens are free (no entrance ticket required - no musical or fountain show). Price have been adjusted accordingly.
  • Bring your own headphones if you have them; standard jack, not Bluetooth
  • The skip-the-line access can be slowed down on peak days due to various safety controls established by the Versailles Palace
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Versailles Château Rive Gauche train station will be closed between July 15 - August 20, 2022. Instead, you will need to take a different route from Paris.
  • There are two options with public transport: 1. Take a train to the station called "Versailles Rive Droite" (Take line L via Saint Lazare or La Défense) then it's a 25-minute walk to the GetYourGuide shop. 2. Take a train to the station called "Versailles Chantiers" (Take line N via Montparnasse or line U via La Défense) then it's a 15-minute walk to the GetYourGuide shop.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY GetYourGuide
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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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Versailles Palace Skip the Line Guided Tour with Gardens, Trianons & The Hamlet?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
See all safety measures taken by Versailles Palace Skip the Line Guided Tour with Gardens, Trianons & The Hamlet.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Versailles Palace Skip the Line Guided Tour with Gardens, Trianons & The Hamlet?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Versailles Palace Skip the Line Guided Tour with Gardens, Trianons & The Hamlet.

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  • "Make sure you wear comfortable shoes because there is a lot of walking." See review
  • "By the end of the day our feet were complaining but it was all worth the trip." See review
  • "The full day tour of Versailles was definitely worth every penny." See review

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star-5
Tour guide was...
Darla_D
, Jun 2022
Tour guide was fabulous!!! She was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about our tour. Great experience!
star-5
It was a very long day but so worth it!!
Valerie_K
, Jun 2022
Gabriella was an amazing tour guide very detailed oriented. It was a very long day but so worth it!!
star-4
Versalles
Vlada_S
, Jun 2022
Isabel was great! Only because of trains to Versalles we started late, but we finished late. Was everything good
star-5
Laura was a terrific...
Stacey_L
, Jun 2022
Laura was a terrific guide. Very charismatic and knowledgeable. Would recommend this tour. Awesome day.
star-5
Opulent chateau, beautiful property.
Julie_Y
, May 2022
Too much walking. I would have combined a bike or golf cart for the garden and Triannon portion. Our guide Laura was fun, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable about all facets of the tour. You can tell she loves her job and French history.
star-5
Versailles you jewel
Darius_S
, May 2022
Anne Sophie you made this visit to the palace of palaces unforgettable. Your knowledge your enthusiasm and your desire to leave no query unanswered was just enthralling and made you forget tired feet and hot faces. My wife Sonja most heartily joins me in thanking you and Viator. Darius Shroff
star-5
Couldn’t have been better
Anja_G
, May 2022
My friend and I signed up for this tour not knowing what to expect, and I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. Anne-Sophie was our guide and she was incredible - super knowledgeable, funny, charming, and in tune with the group. We joked for the rest of our Paris trip about wanting to rent her as a friend, but we were only half kidding! The palace was beautiful and so interesting, but the petit Trianon and hamlet really added to the experience. I was concerned after reading reviews about the physical demands of this tour but we did not find it difficult, nor were we too tired to do more the next day. I wouldn’t hesitate to do this tour again when I’m in Paris in the future!
star-5
Wonderful day at Versailles
Mathilde_M
, May 2022
This tour was wonderful! Anne-Sophie was our tour guide and she was so knowledgeable and kind. 10/10 recommend. Wear comfortable shoes, it’s a long day and I would recommend doing the full day tour with the palace + the petit Trianon & gardens.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Wonderful Day, Amazing Guide!
Anonymous
, May 2022
I went on this all day trip with our delightful tour give, Sophie, on a beautiful Sunday in May. We were greeted the Get Your Guide office which is directly across the street from the train station. Sophie lead our small group of an informative tour of the palace in the morning. Her deep knowledge of history, art and the palace itself made the even more meaningful than the beautiful surrounding. After a break for lunch, an even smaller group of us spent the afternoon exploring the gardens and surrounding estate, ending the day with the choreographed water display at each of the fountains. Forget about Las Vegas. The is the real deal!! It was a wonderful, memorable day, made even more so by Sophie!
star-5
Gardens were the best!
Deborah_G
, May 2022
Awesome tour. Lots of walking. Amazing views. Great history. Our tour guide Sophie was excellent. She was knowledgeable and friendly. She answered our questions and made the experience so much better.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
A rainy day in Versailles!
Chris_D
, Apr 2022
Despite the rain, the process of collecting the tickets and meeting our guide was easy. The Palace was beautiful. Isabelle our guide was great.
star-5
Versailles Tour
MariaH7519
, Oct 2019
We were lucky to get Chloe. She was an excellent guide and explained everything in detail. We learned a lot from the tour. By the end of the day our feet were complaining but it was all worth the trip.
star-5
A full and very informative day!!
Marilee D
, Sep 2019
I couldn't quite imagine it would take a full day-- but we started at 10 AM and ended just before 5;00 PM. Our guide Anne-Sophie was walking, talking history, so knowledgeable on all French history and kept it fun! It was often crowded in the rooms we visited on tour-- but not surprising given the number of people that visit each day. The tour groups are kept to a size that keeps a personal feel. A Great Day!
star-5
Excellent
Maryam559
, Sep 2019
Our tour guide cloidite was excellent. She showed us everything. Perfect english. Very patient. Strongly recommend her.
star-4
Thank goodness for a superb guide
DuncanH240
, Aug 2019
We have always wanted to see Versailles. We were fortunate to have a great guide who was incredibly knowledgeable! Without her I think we would have been very disappointed. As is now usual at most tourist sites in the world there were thousands of people all wanting to see the same things. Without someone to explain what we were looking at we would have been very disappointed. For us the best part of the visit were the grounds
star-5
All day tour was great
MarkGFrisco
, Aug 2019
We took a full day tour of Versailles including the gardens on a Sunday so we could see the fountain show. Our tour guide was great and she made our trip much more interesting. The palace and gardens were beautiful but it helped knowing a bit of the history. We also enjoyed seeing the Petit Trianon and hamlet. I had some concerns about how to get to Versailles from Paris, but the RER train was pretty easy and the train station was right in front of the location where we met our guide. Make sure you wear comfortable shoes because there is a lot of walking.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Wow, what a day.
John_T
, Apr 2019
Had a fantastic, informative day. The full day tour of Versailles was definitely worth every penny. Our guide, Clotilde is simply the best.
star-5
Our tour guide, Anne Sophie, was...
Diane P
, May 2018
Our tour guide, Anne Sophie, was very knowledgeable about the history of Versailles. She transported us back in time with lots of fun facts about each of the Louis'. She kept us all together and made sure we didn't miss anything. The fountain show was beautiful. We were very happy that it was a cool day. There is a lot of walking, and the palace could get very warm in summer months. I would highly recommend this tour.
star-5
This is a must see site when...
Desiree_W
, Apr 2018
This is a must see site when visiting Paris. There was a train strike while we were there but was still able to get to Versailles by metro and bus. The guide was knowledgeable and was able to give a lot of information. We really enjoyed the gardens and fountains. We also were able to see other parts of the palace that weren't included in the tour when we had a break for lunch. This is an all-day tour that I would highly recommend.
star-5
First - BOOK EARLY. If you want an...
keeleycollins037
, Nov 2017
First - BOOK EARLY. If you want an English speaking guide this is the only way to go - don't try to show up at the Palace early and wait to get in, or get a tour guide. Second - If you can do this in 2 days instead, I recommend that because this is a grueling pace and a LOT of walking aka - miles/kilometers/40K steps. I'm in excellent shape...this was exhausting. Third - Expect crowds. The guides give you headsets so you can hear them clearly, and they move QUICKLY through the rooms. Lines for food and restrooms are 20 mins long. Buy the box lunch/picnic. We were given a lunch break - but the lines were so long - no one got lunch, or water, or restrooms in the time allowed. In fact, we didn't stop for a restroom break at all, ever. Our guide did let us get some orange juice in the Hamlet, thank goodness! we wanted the lunch, but check in took so long they could not give it to us...so check in a LOT EARLIER than they say! Marie Antoinette's apartments are closed for renovation until 2018. Do the Princesses' Apartments instead, they're beautiful and hung with master works by Jean Marc Nattier. More than the Louvre here. Musical fountains were great - the guide is your best way to see them as they know which ones are on at what time - so you don't waste more walking. Great guides, excellent knowledge - If I only had 1 day, I'd do this. But it's better in 2 days. But please Viator - BATHROOM BREAKS!

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