Skip the Line Versailles Palace & Gardens Tour from Paris

Experience the splendor of one of the world's magnificent royal palaces on this guided tour of Versailles from Paris. A passionate and experienced guide will show you first-hand the opulence of the French court under the Sun King, Louis the XIV and his successors. Delight in the brilliance of the Hall of Mirrors and the Grand Apartments, and walk the immense gardens with commentary from your guide.


4 Hours

Operating Days

Operating Days
Sun, Tue, Thu, Sat

Start Time

Start Time
08:30, 08:45, 13:00 & 13:15

Meeting Point

Meeting Point
Central Location Paris
Details at Booking

Tour inclusions: you get all of this

  • Skip the Line access to the Palace of Versailles
  • Guided tour including the Hall of Mirrors and Grand Apartments
  • Admission to Musical Fountains Show or Musical Gardens included when running (Gardens of Versailles when not running)
  • See the palace and gardens with an expert, English-speaking guide
  • Small groups of 25 people or fewer
  • Escorted round trip transportation between Paris and Versailles by train
  • Headsets so you can always hear your guide

What makes this tour special?

Indulge in the beauty and excess of the French monarchy's most extravagant palace. Counting some 700 rooms and 2,000 acres of gardens, this dazzling chateau still evokes the same sense of awe that it did over 300 years ago when it reached its apex under the Sun King, Louis XIV. Our Versailles tours from Paris cover the top sights at this famed UNESCO World Heritage Site on a half day visit, including the Grand Apartments, State Rooms and Hall of Mirrors, as well as the most exemplary parts of the Gardens of Versailles.

City Wonders will personally escort you to Versailles, where you will head straight past the long lines to enter the palace. Be mesmerized by its spectacular adornment as you enjoy captivating stories on its history and inhabitants including Louis XIV, XV, and XVI, their queens, and mistresses. Walk in the footsteps of Marie Antoinette and other historical figures to discover the moments that defined their lives, spanning the 'golden age' from the rise of France as one of Europe's most influential powers to the dramatic events of the French Revolution.

Considered among the highest achievements of 17th and 18th century art and architecture, this palace par excellence started with humbler beginnings as Louis XIII's hunting lodge in the early 1600s. Over the century that followed it became an extravagant show of power as the court's official seat from 1682 to 1789.

After the palace, explore the equally sumptuous gardens. Designed by master gardener André Le Nôtre and court painter Charles Le Brun in the 1660s, this vast French formal garden originally stretched as far as the eye could see. Admire the statues, secret groves and numerous fountains that were designed to extend the palace's interior into nature itself.

Depending on the day, your visit may include the Musical Fountain Show or Musical Gardens, during which you will see the fountains timed perfectly to classical music, or hear delightful tunes while discovering some of the most idyllic places on the grounds. If these events are not running, you will continue on a standard tour of the park's features.

This tour has been carefully planned so you get in-depth perspective into both must-see sides of Versailles with convenient transportation from Paris. See the top sights of the palace and gardens with an expert guide by your side. Check out our full list of Paris tours, or opt for a VIP Versailles full day tour.

*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.

Marvel at the Glory of Versailles

See the gilded majesty of the Grand Apartments and the Hall of Mirrors as your guide points out the Sun King's hidden messages aimed at courtiers and ambassadors alike.

Profit from a Guide in the Gardens

The Gardens of Versailles are equally as important as the palace itself. See this paradise of kings and queens with entertaining commentary and an option for the fountain shows.

Start Your Tour from Paris

This unique Versailles experience starts from Paris with escorted transportation and short walk to your meeting point right outside the palace gates for a no hassle trip that will make your tour all the more enjoyable.

Last 5 Reviews out of 181 Reviews

RACHEL 28 February 2017
Knowledgeable, passionate, good sense of humor, and well-spoken English. Enjoyed this tour very much!

MARY 24 February 2017
very pleasant and knowledgeable.

SUSAN 10 January 2017
Wonderful sense of humor, a wealth of knowledge, sweet

ANTONIO 03 January 2017
Pleasant and helpful

ARIANE 08 December 2016
Great Guide, great Tour, absolute fantastic experience!

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