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Versailles Palace & Gardens Full Access Ticket & Audio Guide

1. Versailles Palace & Gardens Full Access Ticket & Audio Guide

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 with a complimentary audio guide. 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.

Palace of Versailles: Entry Ticket with Audio Guide

3. Palace of Versailles: Entry Ticket with Audio Guide

Marvel at the ornate State Apartments and breathtaking Hall of Mirrors inside the official residence of the French monarchy from 1682 to 1789 – The Palace of Versailles. Learn more about Louis XIV and other French royals with a complimentary audio guide. Located just 30 minutes from central Paris by train, Versailles was a sleepy village until Louis XIII began to build a hunting lodge in 1623. By the end of the century, continued expansion saw the town and castle become the symbolic center of the absolute monarchy of the Ancien Régime. Louis XIV moved the royal family to the palace in 1682, and 2 enormous new wings were added during a 2nd phase of building (1678–1715). Your ticket allows you access to the ornate State Apartments built by Le Vau. Get a sense of life in the French court, and walk through the glittering Hall of Mirrors. Learn about the main figures of the French monarchy, up to the French Revolution when the royal family was forced to return to Paris in October 1789. Take a walk through the legendary gardens at your own pace, and marvel at fountains, sculptures, and beautifully manicured lawns. Please take in consideration that the waiting time to enter the Palace of Versailles can be more than 2 hours in high season, even with a pre-booked ticket. Arrive early in the morning or in the middle of the afternoon to avoid the long lines.

Paris: Versailles Palace & Gardens Ticket and Audioguide

4. Paris: Versailles Palace & Gardens Ticket and Audioguide

Venture into the grand ball and state rooms of the Palace of Versailles on a full-day tour from Paris. Choose from one of 2 departure points in the French capital for your transfer by comfortable bus. Upon arrival at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed monument, a trilingual host will first escort you to the château. You then will discover more about the site from the informative audio guide available in 11 languages. Delve deep into the heart of court life and learn how the Palace of Versailles grew from a hunting lodge for Louis XIII before his son Louis XIV transformed and expanded it, moving the court and government of France to Versailles in 1682. Explore the dazzling Hall of Mirrors and the opulent State Apartments. Follow in the footsteps of Louis XIV ("The Sun King"), and stroll among gardens designed by André Le Notre at your own pace. From May to October, your ticket includes the legendary Musical Fountains & Gardens Shows. Watch as the water features light up in a dazzling spectacle to complete your day in Versailles.

Paris: Versailles Palace and Gardens Ticket with Audio Guide

5. Paris: Versailles Palace and Gardens Ticket with Audio Guide

Travel in the comfort of a fully air-conditioned bus from Paris city center to Versailles, home of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette until the French Revolution in 1789. Your host will be on board the bus and ready to answer any questions you may have.  Be transported back to the Golden Age of France with a trip to the Palace of Versailles, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and emblem of French royalty and extravagance. Marvel at the breathtaking royal chateau, transformed by the ‘Sun King’ Louis XIV in the 1660s from a hunting lodge.  Your audio guide, available in 11 languages, will enable you to discover the State apartments of the King and Queen, the Royal Chapel and Hall of Mirrors, the epitome of French opulence; three hundred and fifty-seven mirrors line the gold-adorned hall and crystal chandeliers hang from the ceiling. After explore the famous gardens of Versailles with access to the Grand and Petit Trianon, and the Estate of Marie Antoinette. Depending on the day and option booked, you will also be able to see either the Musical Garden or Fountain Show. After your visit, you will be taken back to Paris by air-conditioned bus.

Last Entry: Versailles Tour After the Crowds

6. 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.

From Paris: Day Trip to Giverny & Versailles

7. From Paris: Day Trip to Giverny & Versailles

Take a fascinating excursion to 2 of the most impressive symbols of French culture, and discover the complex and rich history behind their walls. Start your excursion from Paris to Giverny with an audio guide or a guide (depending on option selected), a quaint village in Normandy that attracted several impressionist painters throughout the 19th century. See the home of Claude Monet, and be inspired by the touch of color and charm that influenced his work. Explore the colorful garden whose lilies, weeping willows, and flowerbeds are a vivid reminder of his masterful works. You will then enjoy a traditional lunch before visiting the stunning site of the Palace of Versailles. You will discover the masterful combination of classic and baroque architectural styles. Take a stroll through the beautiful gardens, walk by the hall of mirrors, and visit the Grands Appartements to get a sense of the grandeur that surrounded King Louis XIV. You will return back to Paris at around 6.00 pm.

Skip the Line Versailles Tour from Paris via Train

8. Skip the Line Versailles Tour from Paris via Train

Visit the stunning Palace of Versailles on a half-day tour from Paris, and stay as long as you like to stroll the chateau and gardens at leisure. There’s no need to worry about all the little details, such as arranging train tickets and navigating the grounds. Take the train to Versailles, and then skip the long lines (which can sometimes be up to 2 hours) to discover the Sun King’s opulent palace at your own pace. Inside the chateau, you will receive an audio guide with heaps of interesting stories and facts about the Hall of Mirrors, royal apartments, and more. Your guide will offer a fascinating orientation to the gardens and palace grounds. Learn about the French formal style of landscape architect André Le Nôtre, and see aspects of his splendid creations you’d otherwise miss. You are free to return to Paris in the late afternoon in your own time.

From Paris: Versailles by Train and Skip-the-Line Entrance

9. From Paris: Versailles by Train and Skip-the-Line Entrance

Leave Paris behind and explore the lavish palace and grounds of Versailles, and learn about a place full of history and luxury. Skip the line with all-access tickets and learn with an audio guide. Begin the tour in Paris, the city that housed a royal palace where the Louvre museum now stands — until Louis XIV decided to relocate to the outskirts of Paris to build a new palace. Travel to the train station in Montparnasse with the host, and enjoy an express train to Versailles while the host offers some history and details about the visit to the palace. Take advantage of the opportunity to talk with the host, who’s also a local expert, and ask questions about other things to see and do in Paris. Arrive at Versailles, and walk with the host to the palace entrance. Receive a skip-the-line timed entry ticket for the palace, which includes access to an audio guide. Keep in mind, skip-the-line does not include the security line. Every guest must wait in the security line. Enter the palace after the host outlines how to return to Paris with your return train ticket. Spend the rest of the day enjoying Versailles at your own pace. The ticket includes access to the palace, temporary exhibitions, the Gallery of Coaches (weekend), and the Park. 

From Paris: Versailles Palace and Gardens Tour

10. From Paris: Versailles Palace and Gardens Tour

Departing from Paris in the morning with one of our guides, we will accompany you in the train until we arrive at Versailles, the city that was the capital of France during several periods of the XVII, XVIII and XIX centuries. After an hour of travelling we will arrive at one of the greatest symbols of Europe. Versailles stands out for its buildings and rooms as well as its astonishing gardens. The most famous part is without doubt its sheer size, with more than 1800 hectares of grounds. We will discover the story of King Sun, of its buildings and incredible gardens, the curiosities that make Versailles unique, the scandals that shook the monarchy and led to the French Revolution. In our guided tour to Versailles from Paris we will discover among other things its story and curiosities, we will walk along the gardens and its main patios, we will explain everything about the Hall of Mirrors and the chamber of the King, we will admire its fountains and the sculpture of the "The abduction of Persephone", and we will clarify the mystery of the diamonds necklace. There will be an opening to tell you the historical events related to the palace where we will explain the story of the Sun King and the France of the XVII, XVIII and XIX centuries, the French absolutism, the march over Versailles and symbolic Treaty of Versailles that put an end to the First World War. Once we finish the tour you will have free time to enjoy on your own Versailles and know the inside the Palace of Versailles with an audio guide in Spanish. To walk along its gardens and patios listening to the stories of kings, queens and symbols of the France of the XVII and XVIII centuries. It is a unique experience, discover it with Buendía Tours with the best price and in Spanish. (The visit inside the Palace of Versailles is with audio-guide).

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What people are saying about Palace of Versailles

Palace is impressive. A lot of history in only one place. Make sure you bring a tour guide or someone who knows about French History or read about the palace before visiting it.

Versailles is beautiful! The art work was interesting and the gardens were magnificent. I recommend taking the hop on hop off tram.

Fabulous tour. Our guide Violette gave us so much history and background. A truly worthwhile experience. 5 stars.

It was a short trip and the perfect duration since with 5 hours there is time to see the most relevant points

Amazing building art and artifacts but very very busy!!!