Versailles Gardens

Versailles Palace & Gardens Tour from Versailles

Skip the Line
4.89
Out of 36 Reviews
  • Duration
    2 h.
  • Start time
    09:30,10:30, 13:45 & 14:30
  • Meeting Point
    Statue of Louis XIV in the Place d'Armes (Details at Booking)
  • Operating Days
    Sun, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat
  • Language
    English
Experience the grandeur of one of the world's most stunning royal palaces on this guided Versailles tour starting from Versailles. A passionate and experienced guide will unveil the lavishness of the residence of the Sun King, Louis the XIV and his successors, as you explore the Grand Apartments and Hall of Mirrors, with a guided visit to its impeccable gardens.

Tour Highlights

  • Skip the Line access to the Palace of Versailles
  • Meeting point directly in Versailles for more flexibility
  • Guided tour including the Hall of Mirrors and Grand Apartments
  • Musical Fountains Show or Musical Gardens added when running (Gardens of Versailles when not running)
  • See both the palace and gardens with an expert, English-speaking guide
  • Small groups of 25 people or fewer
  • Headsets so you can always hear your guide
Versailles Palace Hall of Mirrors Roof

Marvel at the Glory of Versailles

From the untempered excess of the Grand Apartments and the Hall of Mirrors to the Sun King's hidden messages in every corner, no building symbolizes kingly absolutism more.

Fountain with a couple

Profit from a Guide in the Gardens

In many ways the Palace of Versailles was built for its gardens, not the other way around. See this lush paradise with entertaining commentary and an option for the Musical Fountain Show.

Sculpture Details of Versailles Palace

Start Your Tour from Versailles

This unique Versailles experience starts right from the Louis XIV equestrian statue outside the palace gates so you can enjoy all the flexibility you need to follow the tour any way you wish.

Description

Few regal residences capture the essence of monarchy like this seemingly limitless palace. From its 700 rooms to nearly 2,000 acres of gardens, this massive chateau that reached perfection under the Sun King, Louis XIV of France, still evokes the same astonishment that it must have over 300 years ago. Our Versailles tours cover the best of this acclaimed UNESCO World Heritage Site in 3 hours starting directly from Versailles, including the Grand Apartments, State Rooms and Hall of Mirrors. Your guide will also take you to see the most beautiful corners of its gardens, a plus that many other tours omit.

You will go straight past the lines to enter the palace where you will stand in awe of its grandiose adornment. Enjoy absorbing commentary on its history and inhabitants including Louis XIV, XV, and XVI, their queens, and concubines, as you walk in the footsteps of Marie Antoinette and other famous historical figures. Discover who they were, and how they spent their time here as you witness the golden age of Versailles, from the rise of France as Europe's greatest power to the demise of the ancien régime during the French Revolution.

Considered among the finest examples of 17th and 18th century art anywhere, this extensive dwelling had much humbler beginnings as Louis XIII's hunting lodge in the early 1600s, and was embellished over the following century. It became the official seat of court from 1682 to 1789, as Louis XIV gathered courtiers around him in an effort to make sure they stayed loyal to him.

After the palace, your guide will take you into the equally lavish Gardens of Versailles, conceived as an artistic masterpiece themselves. Designed by the landscaper André Le Nôtre and court painter Charles Le Brun in the 1660s, this extensive formal garden symbolizes harmonious mastery over nature, all with the Apollonian twist that characterized the reign of the Sun King.

Explore the statues, hidden groves and innumerable fountains, which depending on the day of your visit may include the Musical Fountain Show or Musical Gardens. During these you will see the fountains timed perfectly to classical music, or hear delightful tunes while discovering some of the most idyllic spots. If these events are not running, you will continue on a standard tour.

This tour has been carefully crafted to make sure you get an in-depth look into both must-see aspects of Versailles. See the top sights of the palace and gardens, all with an expert guide by your side. Check out our full list of Paris tours, or opt for a Versailles tour from Paris.

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What's included

  • Expert, English-speaking tour guide
  • Small groups of 25 people or fewer
  • Entrance tickets and reservation fee for the Château de Versailles
  • Headsets when appropriate, so you can always hear your guide

What's not included

  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up/drop-off
  • Food and beverages
  • Transport

Meeting Point

Important notes

  • Tickets for the Musical Fountains Show or Musical Gardens are added automatically to the price when running. When not running a standard guided tour of the gardens is provided. Some parts of the palace may be temporarily closed for renovation. If this occurs, these areas will be substituted with other important rooms depending on the day of your visit. Due to increased security measures at many attractions some lines may form on tours with 'Skip the Line' access.

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She was excellent - spoke...

She was excellent - spoke English well - was clear and knowledgeable. She conducted us through the various rooms explaining their history and including many anecdotal stories.

She was a very good tour guide...

She was a very good tour guide, always aware of the group and always answering questions. We did enjoy our visit to Versailles thanks to Violette!

Lucia made the tour interesting...

Lucia made the tour interesting. I enjoyed having her as our guide.

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