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Paris: Versailles Palace and Gardens Full Access Ticket

1. Paris: Versailles Palace and Gardens Full Access Ticket

Visit the Palace and Gardens of Versailles with a pre-booked 1-day or 2-day full access pass. Explore the ornate State Apartments and breathtaking Hall of Mirrors inside the official residence of the French monarchy from 1682 to 1789. Learn more about Louis XIV and other French royals. Get a sense of life in the French court as you take a walk through the glittering Hall of Mirrors. Stroll through the legendary gardens at your own pace, and admire fountains, sculptures, and beautifully manicured lawns. Enjoy access to the Grand and Petit Trianon in their own grounds. See where the “Sun King” would entertain in private, and where he would go to escape the rigors of court life. Then, go to Marie Antoinette’s Estate, and discover where she would seek refuge in private.

From Paris: Palace of Versailles & Gardens w/ Transportation

2. From Paris: Palace of Versailles & Gardens w/ Transportation

Stroll the expansive royal gardens, see yourself in the 357 mirrors of the glittering Hall of Mirrors, and learn about France’s monarchical history on this visit to the Palace of Versailles. Skip the hassle of getting to the palace from Paris with pre-booked transportation and admission.  Imagine yourself a member of the French court as you peruse the ornate state apartments that housed the French monarchy from 1682 to 1789. Get the details on palace gossip and France’s revolutionary history with an included audio guide. Spend hours exploring the legendary gardens. Admire the pristine fountains, sculptures, and beautifully manicured lawns. Discover Marie Antoinette’s private estate and controversial hamlet by choosing the full-day option.

From Paris: Versailles Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry

3. From Paris: Versailles Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry

Join an expert interpreter-guide on a half-day tour of the exquisite Palace of Versailles, and get priority, skip-the-line entrance. You will be led through the history of the Palace, one of the most important monuments in the world. Meet your guide in front of the Pullman Hotel in Paris. Board your luxurious air-conditioned coach, sit back, and relax on the short ride to Versailles. Once home to Louis XIV, also known as the Sun King, you will relive the glory days of Parisian royalty. Gaze in awe as you are guided through the most beautiful rooms of the palace, including the State Apartments, the Hall of Mirrors and the Queen's and King´s Private Apartment. After experiencing the grandeur of the interior, enjoy free time to explore the beauty of the Palace of Versailles’ gardens, filled with statues, busts, and marble vases that date back to 1661, when teams of sculptors were led by King Louis XIV's official painter, Charles Le Brun.

Skip the Line: Versailles Guided Bike & Palace Tour

4. Skip the Line: Versailles Guided Bike & Palace Tour

Explore the miraculous Palace of Versailles on a full-day sightseeing tour by bike. Meet your guide at a central location near the Eiffel Tower in Paris, and then go to the nearest RER station for the quick train trip to Versailles. Once at Versailles, visit the village market to buy baguettes, cheese, ham, wine, or whatever you desire for a picnic lunch, to be held later in the Chateau's gardens. Spend most of the day riding in a relaxed fashion through the tree-lined gardens and near the Grand Canal. The average Versailles tourist often doesn't realize that they will only visit a small fraction of the gardens if they go by foot. But on this 8-hour tour, see it all.  The tour includes round-trip train tickets from Paris to Versailles and back, and all necessary bike equipment, including children's seats, if you need them.

Paris: City and the Hauts-de-Seine Tour on an Amphibious Bus

5. Paris: City and the Hauts-de-Seine Tour on an Amphibious Bus

From land, you'll explore the most iconic places in Paris : The Eiffel Tower, The Invalides, The Alexander III bridge, The Little Palace and the Great Palace, The Champs-Elysées, the Arc of Triumph and the Trocadero. Then, you will have the chance to visit Hauts-de-Seine, on the royal path the king used to take to go from The Louvre to Versailles. The bus will bring us to a former island that belonged to "Monsieur", Louis XIV's brother. This is where we'll enjoy our big splash ! On the water, discover the Seine Musicale theatre, the Saint-cloud gardens and the skyscrappers skyline of La Defense district. You may also have the chance to say hi to the sailboats and kayaks in the surroundings. Then the bus will be heading back to the departure location, in front of the Eiffel tower. See you soon onboard, quack quack !

From Paris: Versailles Palace Skip-the-Line Half-Day Trip

6. From Paris: Versailles Palace Skip-the-Line Half-Day Trip

Discover the beauty and glory of Versailles, a world famous location, on a half-day tour from Paris with an experienced guide. Travel back in time and go on a fascinating journey to discover the world famous palace, a symbol of absolute monarchy and its impressive and turbulent history. Walk straight in without waiting in line and learn about and explore old French grandeur. Follow your experienced guide through the majestic rooms, the State Apartments, the Hall of Mirrors and the Queen’s private apartments. After the tour, enjoy a relaxing stroll through the astonishing French-style gardens at your own leisure.

From Paris: Full-Day Guided Tour of Versailles with Lunch

7. From Paris: Full-Day Guided Tour of Versailles with Lunch

Discover the Palace of Versailles and Trianons in their entirety on this full-day tour of the formal royal residences just outside Paris. Be transported back in time as your guide shares tales of love affairs and an assassination attempt within the palace compound.  Start your guided tour of Versailles in the ornate state apartments. Enjoy visits to the Hall of Mirrors, the Queen's Bedroom, and the Reception Halls. Hear incredible stories about the Sun King and life at court as you explore the palace grounds and outbuildings.  Enjoy a noontime lunch, then head to the Grand Trianon. Here, you will learn why Louis XIV built this private residence for himself and his mistress Madame de Montespan. The tour continues to Marie-Antoinette’s picturesque retreat and ends in majestic gardens, which you can explore at leisure.

From Paris: Giverny and Versailles Palace Guided Day Trip

8. From Paris: Giverny and Versailles Palace Guided Day Trip

Take a guided tour of Monet’s Giverny estate and the Palace of Versailles on this day tour from Paris by air-conditioned coach. Save time with skip-the-line entrance to the Château de Versailles and its elegant garden.  Be picked up from a centrally-located meeting point in Paris and board a spacious coach. Stop at the Monet Foundation for a short introduction to the estate. Take a walk around the lily pad pond and visit the artist’s ivy-clad house. Take a break in town where you can purchase a delicious lunch. Sit back and take in the views on the short drive to Versailles, a perfectly preserved example of French royal extravagance. Breeze past the long lines at Versailles with your fast-tracked entrance. Explore the this famous palace and follow your guide on a tour of the rooms where Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette threw lavish soirées. Visit the private royal chambers. Enjoy a short tour of the gardens and then have the freedom to appreciate them further at your leisure. Depending on the day, you may experience the Fountain Show or the Musical Gardens. Hop back on the bus and relax on the transfer back to your meeting point in Paris.

Last Entry: Versailles Tour After the Crowds

9. Last Entry: Versailles Tour After the Crowds

Step inside one of Europe’s most opulent buildings on this fully-guided tour of the Palace of Versailles. From the immense fountains that punctuate Louis XIV’s gardens to the splendor of the King’s and Queen’s Apartments and the incomparable Hall of Mirrors, this tour immerses you in the sights, stories, gossip, and legends of France’s lost age of splendor. Head to the outskirts of Paris, where Louis XIII first built a hunting lodge that was later extended by his son into the royal palace you see today.  In order to retain some of the bucolic feel of his father’s lodge, the Sun King set aside nearly 2,000 acres for gardens and even sketched out a strict plan for how they should be visited. Your tour will begin these gardens, but don’t worry, you don’t have to follow Louis’ plan. Instead, you’ll learn how these came to be considered the epitome of the French style of gardens that you can still see all over the world. You’ll also get the story of how Louis snatched his garden designer off another project essentially out of jealousy. As you go, your guide will point out details like the various symbols of the Greek sun god, Apollo, which Louis used all over the grounds as a reference to, well, himself. The highlights of the gardens are the immense fountains, which are packed with beautiful statuary and run on a system of gravity-driven hydraulics that has not changed since they were first installed. If you are visiting during the week you’ll only see the architecture of the fountains, but if you go on the weekend you’ll witness their full grandeur when they are turned on — water spouts from them just as it did over 300 years ago.  After the gardens, you’ll enjoy skip-the-line entrance into the palace itself. It’s the final entrance of the day so Versailles will be as peaceful as you can get it without renting it for a private function (which is possible, but as your guide will tell you, it’s pretty expensive). This enormous palace wasn’t just a home for the King. In its heyday, it was a literal gilded cage for thousands of nobles whom Louis kept here for much of the year to make sure they weren’t plotting against him. As you go from one unimaginably decadent room to the next, your guide will bring the palace to life with stories of courtly intrigue and royal plots, while also giving you insight into the everyday lives of the people who lived here (it may not be as glamorous as you expect). On your small group tour you will visit the most famous and impressive rooms in the palace, from the Royal private apartments, where the last of the Bourbon monarchs lived out their private lives; to the public state apartments, like the War Room and Peace room, which hosted balls, concerts, and political functions. The most stunning of them all is the Hall of Mirrors, which is packed with so much art, symbolism, and imagery, your guide will make sure to spend extra time there helping you decode it all. This is one of, if not the greatest and most ostentatious throne room ever created, and it’s packed with diplomatic history. Be sure to ask lots of questions and soak it all up. Since you entered the chateau from the back, you’ll leave from the front, making your last view of Versailles also the most impressive.

Versailles Audio Guided Tour from Paris

10. Versailles Audio Guided Tour from Paris

Enjoy a day trip from Paris to the Palace of Versailles, an architectural beauty. Cross the western districts of Paris before taking the motorway to the Versailles town, a royal château located in a former village. The Palace of Versailles was the de facto capital of the kingdom of France over a century. Now it is known as the wealthy suburb of Paris. You can discover Versailles on your own as you tour the inside and wander the grounds. You will be given audio guides on arrival to enrich your visit with commentary, and this architectural masterpiece will enchant you through its beauty and historical richness. Visit the Royal State Apartments including the Hall of Mirrors, King’s apartments, and Queen’s apartment, followed by a leisurely stroll in the Palace gardens.

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This was a very well organized trip and definitely one of the highlights of our trip. Gemma was the lovely host who got us from Paris to Versailles where we were handed over to our tour guide, Adam. Even though he originates from Canada, this bright, funny, entertaining and knowledgable young man, fluent in four languages (not to mention a PhD in nuclear medicine!) literally made Versailles come to life for us all as we toured the gardens and the castle. Rather than just talking at us, he engaged with each of us by asking us questions about the history of Versailles and its monarchy and nobility. The stories he then painted for us with his wit and impressive knowledge made this tour the best we have ever taken. I heard other participants saying the same thing. What could have been a stale, boring tour was made exciting and relevant by Adam's thorough account of French history and its place in the world at the time of Versailles.

We booked the half day tour including transfer to Versailles. Included was entry to the castle and gardens. The bus left a bit late in the morning, but that wasn't a problem. We were greeted in a friendly manner at the meeting point and all questions were answered. Our guide Nicolas was super nice and guided us confidently. Half a day is absolutely sufficient if you want to get a first impression of Versailles. Everything is very spacious, you should be able to walk well for the 6 hours, otherwise it gets too sporty! And really enjoyed the day!

Our guide was excellent and made the tour really enjoyable. The meeting point was difficult to locate so reading all of the instructions is important.

Anya,was so approachable. Her voice wa and English speaking was just right in tone and she gave us a very interesting tour.

Ricardo was absolutely fantastic! He was prompt, respectful, knowledgeable and shared a lot of useful information.