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Versailles Palace & Gardens Priority Access Guided Tour from Versailles

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Versailles, France
Versailles Palace & Gardens Priority Access Guided Tour from Versailles
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Witness the opulence of one of Europe's most magnificent royal residences on a guided tour of the Palace and Gardens of Versailles. Skip the long lines with priority entrance, and explore the decadent salons and chambers where kings and queens of France once held court. Stroll through the expansive, World Heritage gardens, and add a regal flair to your visit with an optional fountain or music show on certain days.
  • Skip the long entrance lines with priority access
  • Includes a guided tour of the UNESCO-listed Gardens of Versailles
  • Witness the famous Versailles fountain show or musical gardens on selected days
  • Small-group tour, ensuring a more personalized experience
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Skip-the-Line access to Versailles Palace
Expert, English-speaking guide
The Musical Fountains Show or Musical Gardens experience (when option selected)
Skip-the-Line access to Versailles Gardens (when option selected)
Personal headsets, so you can always hear your guide
Gratuities
Hotel pick-up/drop-off
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Place d'Armes , Place d'Armes, 78000 Versailles, France

By the statue of Louis XIV (the bronze horseman statue in the Place d’Armes, the square in front of the palace).

Versailles , 78000 Versailles, France
Walk in the footsteps of former kings and queens of France on a tour of the Palace of Versailles. Meet your guide and your small-sized group in central Versailles, a short trip outside of Paris, and beat the long entrance queues at the palace with skip-the-line access.

Wander through many of the hundreds of lavishly decorated rooms including the Hall of Mirrors, Royal Apartments, Apollo Room, Coronation Room and Royal Chapel. As you explore, listen to tales of royal intrigue and learn about the history behind the UNESCO World Heritage–listed palace.

After the Palace tour, emerge back into the sunlight for a guided stroll through the stunningly elaborate Versailles Gardens, comprising more than 1,800 acres (728 hectares) of artfully manicured flower beds, hedge art, fountains and statuary. With an optional upgrade, witness the fountains come to life during a spectacular water show, or visit on a Tuesday to enjoy the sounds of classical music cascading through the gardens.
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Palace of Versailles
Walk in the footsteps of former kings and queens of France on a guided, 2-hour tour of the Palace of Versailles. Meet your guide and your small-sized group in central Versailles, a short trip outside of Paris, and beat the long entrance queues at the palace with skip-the-line access. Wander through many of the hundreds of lavishly decorated rooms including the Hall of Mirrors, Royal Apartments, Apollo Room, Coronation Room and Royal Chapel. As you explore, listen to tales of royal intrigue and learn about the history behind the UNESCO World Heritage–listed palace. After the Palace tour, emerge back into the sunlight for a guided stroll through the stunningly elaborate Versailles Gardens, comprising more than 1,800 acres of artfully manicured flower beds, hedge art, fountains and statuary. With an optional upgrade, witness the fountains come to life during a spectacular water show, or visit on a Tuesday to enjoy the sounds of classical music cascading through the gardens.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
The Hall of Mirrors
Wander through the the best sights of this acclaimed UNESCO World Heritage Site including the Hall of Mirrors.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
The Royal Chapel
Explore many of the hundreds of lavishly decorated rooms including the Royal Chapel during your visit to the Palace of Versailles.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Le Jardin de Versailles
After the Palace tour, emerge back into the sunlight for a guided stroll through the stunningly elaborate Versailles Gardens, comprising more than 1,800 acres (728 hectares) of artfully manicured flower beds, hedge art, fountains and statuary. With an optional upgrade, witness the fountains come to life during a spectacular water show, or visit on a Tuesday to enjoy the sounds of classical music cascading through the gardens.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • If Private Option is selected, from April to October you’ll enjoy either the awe-inspiring fountain show or the incredible Musical Gardens event. On Wednesdays and Thursdays, when neither show is available, you will have free time to explore the Gardens at your own pace.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please note that the rest of your group is coming from Paris, we kindly ask you to wait at the meeting point until your guide arrives. There might be delays on some days due to traffic.
  • 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 good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • 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.
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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Versailles Palace & Gardens Priority Access Guided Tour from Versailles?
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
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Versailles Palace & Gardens Priority Access Guided Tour from Versailles.
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What is the social distancing policy during Versailles Palace & Gardens Priority Access Guided Tour from Versailles?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Versailles Palace & Gardens Priority Access Guided Tour from Versailles.

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star-5
Amazing tour - the only way to go through Versailles
Cheryl_H
, Jul 2022
Fantastic tour!! Our guide was very knowledgeable and shared interesting facts that even kept the attention of my 10 and 15 year old. I would definitely recommend the tour bc the castle history made more sense - while it's all pretty, without understanding all the context I feel like we wouldn't have been able to fully appreciate it.
star-1
Guide doesn't really speak English.
Paul_B
, Jul 2022
The guide was terrible. First we were told that we had to wait because 2 groups were being merged. Then our "priority" access put us in a line behind 500 school children. It was one hour after our scheduled tour start time before we entered. The guide spoke terrible english and was very hard to understand; however, she droned on and on about about minute details (e.g. paintings), in incomprehensible broken english.
star-5
Fantastic
Vivian_R
, Jun 2022
The guide waa very experienced, knowledgeable and thorough. He was easy to understand and spoke and answered questions as they came up.
star-1
Hot and annoyed
Barbara_N
, Jun 2022
We stood in the hot sun at the meeting place for an hour after the agreed upon meeting time. Our tour guide never showed up. An alternate guide finally took us inside the gate where we waited another 25 minutes in the heat. The alternate guide finally started the tour an hour and a half late. Very poor management.
star-5
Awesome experience and guide!
Joseph_M
, Jun 2022
Natalia was an outstanding guide. She was patient, proficient in English, knowledgeable about the history and significance of the many parts of the Palace. It was a truly great experience!
star-3
Disappointed
Deirdre_S
, Jun 2022
We did not love this tour. It was over 40 min late starting for one. Many people had lunch reservations pre-planned so they had to leave the group early. The tour had too many people and moved too slow to keep us engaged. For the money I expected much more.
star-5
A great experience
Shauna_H
, Jun 2022
Our guide was very knowledge, funny and nice. I loved her. It was a great tour. I would highly recommend this tour and our lovely guide!!
star-2
Guide was late, didn’t understand anything
Dharshini_G
, Jun 2022
Booked this just to get priority access. Guide was late and his two staff who came earlier literally said “you just have to wait” in the icy cold wind outside
star-5
This trip was...
Jayne_S
, Jun 2022
This trip was outstanding. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and tried his best to include everyone in the group. Slight hiccup was latecomers held us up. I learned so much about the Palace, it's history and all the louies. Thoroughly enjoyed this trip
star-5
Fabulous Tour
Jennifer_P
, Jun 2022
Wonderful opportunity to learn and enjoy the palace at your time and attention. Fabulous hearing the info and patience with questions. Original meeting point was way to crowded, many tour guides and I didn’t know who I was meeting. So, I’m called the Viator #. Didn’t mean to get the gentleman in trouble. However, Viator didn’t get a good way for 3 strangers to meet in 1000 pple. Maybe a name tak, shirt, jacket, different specific location or hold up ur time home with a certain picture? Either way, we got a fabulous guided tour and wonderful info where to go next 😉
star-1
The local provider(s)...
Sharon_W
, Jun 2022
The local provider(s) tour guide(s) were 2hrs late, rude and with zero service ethic. We received less than 1/2 of the promised tour.
star-5
Versailles
golf
, Jun 2022
Nice tour. Beautiful train ride to the castle. Tour guide was very informative. Would recommend it to anyone.
star-1
Couldn’t of been worse
Kristina_N
, May 2022
Made me cry. The tour guide cancelled and we were not notified. Family came from Canada. Day was ruined
star-1
Terrible experience
Madison_F
, May 2022
We used Viator to book a tour by City Wonders and our tour guide never showed up. They had our tickets so our entire tour group could not even go in. The guide was unreachable and the company did not seem to care. They said there was nothing they could do. They even hung up on another customer when she was trying to ask them where the guide was. They gave us a full refund but we never got to do the tour or even go inside and they just told us there was nothing they could do.
star-1
Guide didn’t show up
Gabriel_C
, May 2022
Versailles is not in Paris. We had to take a car out of town to get there which cost us roughly 40€ and once you’re there it’s harder to get to other places. So it was extremely frustrating to have to find out (when we called, the tour company didn’t reach out to us!) that our tour guide wasn’t coming. You can refund the money but you can’t refund the time and cost we spent trying to get there. There was of course no compensation for this.
star-3
Disorganised and hard to hear
Ronald_H
, May 2022
Unfortunately we did not have a great experience. We arrived at the designated meeting place right at the specified time. Most of the tour group was already there with the tour guide. We then waited for a tour bus to arrive, we assumed for other guests to join us, however after around 30 minutes the bus arrived and we then discovered that the guide was waiting for our entry tickets to be delivered! The guide was very knowledgable, however the audio system is very poor and it is difficult to hear the guides commentary with the amount of noise in Versailles when it is busy. There is no structure to the commentary and no context given before commencing the tour. Overall a little disappointing for the money paid.
star-3
Poor value for money
Vanessa_H
, May 2022
Late start, lot of hanging around before the tour started due to people in the wrong place or simply late Not explicitly told the name of the tour company taking the tour, therefore unsure which of the several tour groups one should join Tour was interesting Tour group too large Group was split because of large numbers of other guests in the building were, of necessity, mingling with the group as they made their way around Versailles Earphone was inadequate, missed a lot of the guide's information
star-1
Horrifying experience
Susan_P
, May 2022
This was a disaster. We would have been better served by renting the audio from Versailles. The guide offered very little information, none of which was new or novel. We waited nearly one hour for the tour to start. The guide had no ability to keep the group together in the crowd and since she didn’t telescope her flag up, it was not visible from a distance. The lack of organization and information was appalling. This was an expensive waste of money. We have booked several tours with Viator in the past but this was a complete failure. (Versailles and the gardens are magnificent, and well worth the trip and time. Just go early to avoid the crowds.).
star-2
Guide was late hard to understand
Gregg_M
, May 2022
Our tour guide, Natalie, showed up at 9:50 when we were told check-in starts at 9:15 and the tour starts at 9:30. Company did not give us any notice she was going to be late. She knew English well enough to talk one on one, but her thick accent combined with the audio-amplifier headsets the group used made it very hard to hear her half the time. I wish I just used the Palaces’s own audioguides. When she had photos in her binder to show the group, she flashed them past everyone in half a second so nobody was able to view them properly. To her credit, she was quite knowledgeable about the palace and it’s occupants/history.
star-2
Poor
Steven_C
, May 2022
Guide was an hour late!! Really diminished the time we spent st palace. The guide said there was a train issue in Paris but all the other tours me it seemed time had their guides there early! Spoiled the whole tour by being late and I will believe it’s way overpriced!

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