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Palace of Versailles
Palace of Versailles

Palace of Versailles

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Place d'Armes, Versailles, Ile-de-France, 78000

The Basics

Visiting every one of the palace's 700 rooms would take days, so a Versailles guided highlights tour is the best option—options range from skip-the-line access tours to private and small-group tours that explore the history of Versailles. Combo tours which visit Versailles alongside the Eiffel Tower and Louvre (or the village of Giverny) are great for first-time visitors.

However you choose to visit, don’t miss the gold-framed windows in the Hall of Mirrors, the priceless antique furniture in the King’s Grand Chambers, and the regal Royal Chapel. Meanwhile, in the gardens, the Grand Canal dominates while Musical Fountains dance to classical music.

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Versailles Bike Tour with Skip-the-Line Entrance to Palace
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Versailles Bike Tour with Skip-the-Line Entrance to Palace
$118.57 per adult
Best ever
This was a long day for us. For our feet. Having said that. The best tour we have taken so far. The guide was sooooo amazing, knowledgeable and kind. I feel bad for not recalling her name. I think it’s Nina. So so smart and kind. We had the best day riding bikes through the gardens, and Just seeing the grounds. The market where they take you to get fresh fruits, cheeses, juices, or sandwiches it amazing. We bought so much to bring back w us as well. But we sat and enjoyed the most yummiest foods and the breeze and scent of air. Omg! And next the castle that will simply blow your mind. Grand is too small of a word.
Lisa_D, Jul 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Paris

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Great guided tour of Versailles palace
Ina, Jul 2021
Versailles Palace Skip-the-line Classic Guided Tour
Sofie was a fantastic guide. Versailles palace was unusually empty after a new COVID-19 rules introduced by a French Government.
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I’d recommend Olivier
LRG, Jul 2021
Versailles Palace & Giverny Private Guided Tour with Lunch and Priority Access
Olivier was great. Very knowledgeable. Was able to cross-reference a lot of history and took us to a great place for lunch on Fourges. I’d highly recommend Olivier.
star-5
Memorable day in Versailles
Reiko_M, Jul 2021
Versailles: Food & Palace Bike Tour
Niki and Stu are super fun and organized and tech have the tour down to a science. Stu has extensive knowledge of French history and we leaned so much. Biking around the town of Versailles was fun! You feel like the locals shopping at the market for the picnic. Biking is a great way to cover the garden of Versailles as it is huge! What a nice day it was and it will be one of the best memorable days we spent in France!
star-5
Loved it
Ruth_C, Jul 2021
Giverny's House & Gardens plus Versailles Palace Day Trip with Lunch from Paris
I loved Claude Monet house 😍 Versailles was beautiful and our guide was great. The lunch was excellent
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Must do
jocelyn_t, Jul 2021
Private Versailles Tour | Royal Palace & Gardens Golf Cart Tour
Nancy was the best tour guide we have ever had. Definitely would recommend her and livtours. She is also a fantastic golf cart driver!
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Weather did not destroy the tour
Karen_A, Jul 2021
Day Bike Tour of Versailles from Paris
Our day was not as hoped. It drizzled or downpoured all day!! Richard made the most of it and all of our fellow bikers were good sports. We were drowned rats by the time we returned our bikes and went back for the inside tour. However, we all enjoyed the tour and Richard’s stories.
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Wonderful guide
Carol_B, Jul 2021
Versailles Palace Skip-the-line Classic Guided Tour
Our guide was wonderful, funny and knowledgeable. She did an awesome job! Throughout the years, Viator has always worked great for us.
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Easy acces
Richard_S, Jul 2021
Versailles Estate Fast Entrance Ticket Options with Audio Guide
Loved the while day, geting tickets via viator was very easy. We had acces to everything without any trouble or delay.
star-5
Interesting, inciteful and enjoyable.
Del, Jul 2021
Versailles Palace & Giverny's Monet House Guided Visit with Lunch from Paris
Inciteful and interesting commentary. Claire put Giverny and Versailles in great perspective. The fellow travelers also provided an enjoyable day.
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Amazing experience through Parismatic
Alok_J, Jul 2021
Versailles Palace Skip The Line Access Half Day Private & Tailored Guided Tour
Zara is an amazing tour guide and she was extremely attentive to all our needs and very helpful. She was very knowledgeable about all the history and also showed us several amazing landmarks in Paris on way to Versailles Fred is also very helpful and extremely accommodating This tour is highly recommended
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Amazing
Aurea_M, Jul 2021
Day Bike Tour of Versailles from Paris
All was great !!! Loved the market and the gardens, and Nicholas was great and helpful, knowledgeable and the best he actually helped/trained one of the girls who was learning to ride the bike.
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Loved it!
Valbona_M, Jul 2021
Versailles Palace Skip the line Guided Tour with Fountains Show Option
We really enjoyed this tour, found it to be a great way to see some of the highlights of Versailles. This place was really big and it’s impossible to see it all but although we only hit some of the highlights, having a guide made a huge difference. Our tour guide Quentin,, was great at telling stories and proving historical context, which made for a very memorable experience. . He also took time to answer questions. At the end we had plenty of time to wander and explore on our own.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Palace of Versailles is incredibly popular—book a skip-the-line ticket to save time.

  • The majority of tours from Paris include hotel pickup and drop-off.

  • Select a tour that combines round-trip transport with an audio guide for a self-guided experience.

  • Parts of the Palace of Versailles are accessible for wheelchair users (the palace, the Grand Trianon, and the Petit Trianon), as are the English and French Gardens.

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How to Get There

The Palace of Versailles is set in the small township of Versailles, 13 miles (21 kilometers) outside of Paris, and is easy to reach by train. Catch RER C from Paris to Versailles Rive Gauche station, only a 10-minute walk from the palace. You can also catch the SNCF train from Paris Montparnasse station to Versailles Chantiers or from Paris Saint Lazare to Versailles Rive Droite station.

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When to Get There

At night, when the palace lights are illuminated and the sun has set, the gardens' Musical Fountains are at their most magical. Visit the Versailles Gardens on a Saturday evening between June and September to see a particularly special fountain performance crowned with a fireworks display. Otherwise, arrive early and avoid weekends for a quieter experience.

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What to Do in Versailles

While the Palace of Versailles is undeniably the main draw in the tiny town of Versailles, there's lots more to see and do. The decadent Musée Lambinet is a must, while the Versailles market is one of the largest in France. The Versailles Cathedral also makes for some great photos. Meanwhile, on the Versailles estate itself, don't miss the Hameau de la Reine, a tranquil spot overlooked by many.

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