Versailles Palace and Gardens Tour by Train from Paris with Skip-the-Line

Duration: 4 hours
Destination: France, Île-de-France, Paris
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  • 4 hours
  • Paris
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  • Cancellable

Overview

Join this half-day tour to the prestigious Palace of Versailles and Gardens. Walk in the footsteps of King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. See the Hall of Mirrors, lavish staterooms, and beautiful gardens. Your English-speaking guide will lend their expertise to enhancing the experience with historical facts and interesting anecdotes. Take the RER train from Paris and enjoy skip-the-line access, a real time-saver.

Itinerary
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Stop At: Palace of Versailles, Place d'Armes, 78000, Versailles France

Meet your guide in central Paris and enjoy a short, escorted train ride to Versailles. On arrival, let them take you on a journey in the footsteps of the Kings and Queens of France. During the reign of Louis XIV - the Sun King - Versailles was the place to be and to be seen. Nowadays visitors from all over the world still come to Versailles to marvel at the splendours of this incredible palace. Our skip the line access allows you to bypass the long lines that form each day, and our friendly local guides will steer you expertly through the crowds, bringing the famous figures who once inhabited this palace back to life, and making sure you don’t miss a thing.

Learn how the Kings and Queens lived out their lavish lives in public, how they kept the gossiping courtiers under their thumb, and stole Italy’s thunder by making Versailles the artistic center of Europe. Discover a typical day in the life of Marie Antoinette; you’ll quickly understand why she hated the palace so much! Her opulent lifestyle here would ultimately lead to her tragic demise under the French Revolution; she left Versailles in 1789 never to return.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: The Hall of Mirrors, Chateau de Versailles, 78000, Versailles France

See the dazzling Hall of Mirrors, and learn the secrets of how it came to be, and the fascinating goings on at the time of the royal court.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Le Jardin de Versailles, Place D'armes A l'Ouest du Château de Versailles, 78000, Versailles France

After visiting the royal apartments inside the palace, your guide will lead you through the spectacular gardens, once the setting of balls, parties and elaborate firework displays. On fountain show days you will discover the amazing waterworks, still running today as they did in the times of Kings and Queens.

At the end of your tour you are free to return to Paris with your guide or to remain in Versailles at your leisure. Your guide will be happy to give you advice on further places to visit or where to enjoy a great meal in this beautiful royal city.


Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Le Petit Trianon, Porte de la Reine, 78000, Versailles France

For those who have selected the option to visit the Petit Trianon, your guide will escort you there after a break for lunch. The Petit Trianon offers a unique insight into the private life of the royals at the Palace of Versailles. Hear how King Louis XVI presented a key encrusted in diamonds to his beloved wife, Marie Antoinette and admire the English-style gardens, as well as her beautiful private Hamlet, complete with vegetable gardens and thatched cottages, commissioned by the queen to replicate a Normandy village. Learn how she surrounded herself with farm animals so she could escape the court and play shepherdess, a far cry from her public persona. At the end of the tour, we will take the 'Petit Train' back to the palace, from where it's a short walk to the train station to return to Paris. Please note taking this option will turn your tour into a full day tour.

Duration: 3 hours

Inclusions
  • Musical Gardens or Fountain Show (operates on weekend from April through October
  • Round-trip transportation from central Paris to Versailles by RER train
  • Fully accredited English-speaking guides
  • Headsets when appropriate so you can always hear your guide
  • Fully guided visit to the Petit Trianon and Marie Antoinette’s hamlet (if option selected)
  • All reservations and entrance fees to the Palace of Versailles, with skip the line timed entance.
  • Entry/Admission - Palace of Versailles
  • Entry/Admission - The Hall of Mirrors
  • Entry/Admission - Le Jardin de Versailles
  • Entry/Admission - Le Petit Trianon

Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Fully guided visit to the Petit Trianon and Marie Antoinette’s hamlet (unless option selected)
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please note the gardens are not optimal for people with mobility issues or using a wheelchair
  • Our skip-the-line privilege does not extend to the security checkpoint
  • Due to ongoing restoration work in the Palace, some rooms may not be available to visit. Should this be the case, our guides will replace those rooms so that your experience is complete.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please note: due to new measures in France you will need to present certain documents relating to Covid-19 in order to be allowed access into indoor sites. Please ensure you have the necessary documents with you on the day of your tour and please also bring a form of identification. Documents that will be accepted in France: (1) Proof that you are fully vaccinated. For our European visitors this will be the EU Covid Certificate. For American visitors, this is your CDC card. Other visitors please bring the official documents provided by your country. (2) If you are not fully vaccinated, you will need a negative PCR test taken less than 48 hours prior to your visit, (3) or the results of a positive RT-PCR or antigen test attesting to recovery from Covid-19 which is more than 11 days old and less than 6 months old.
  • Our cancellation terms remain flexible, you can cancel and be fully refunded up to 24 hours before your tour departure time. If however you are refused entry to a museum or monument because you do not have the necessary documentation, we will not be able to rebook or refund your tour.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • We are compliant with international, government and local protocols and have received the stamps of approval: ‘Safe Travels’ Global Tour Operator protocol, ‘Caring Attitude’ Paris Tourism Commitment Charter. Our guides are informed of all measures that should be implemented during our visits.
Departure Point

Javel, 75015 Paris, France


Return Details

Château de Versailles, 78000 Versailles, France

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Duration

4 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 3 days in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

moni.c25c

24 Feb, 2020

It was a great experience. The meeting point was easy to find and tour guide was there in time to set up the group. She was knowledgeable and had a great time.

Tim K

31 Oct, 2019

Herve was a wonderful guide for our tour of Versailles. His knowledge of the history and story telling helped us to enjoy the tour even through the rain! Highly recommend!

Sandra W

18 Mar, 2019

The tour was great. Herve was a brilliant guide, we learned lots that we would have missed on our own. Being able to skip the lines was fantastic as they were huge. Would definitely recommend.

Nancy C

22 Oct, 2018

Our tour of Versailles was very well organized, and our guide looked out for all of us on the train and made sure if we wanted to stay longer we knew how to get back to Paris. This is a must see on any trip to Paris, and was really enjoyable. Our guide was able to work us up to the front of all the rooms to explain the history and what they were used for. We really liked the gardens, and she took us to her favorite working fountain - which was lovely. We ended up staying for lunch at a restaurant in the gardens, and it was delicious! This was a great tour and a fun day.

ESG

27 Jan, 2018

The tour was absolutely the best part of our trip to France. The tour guide was so kind and showed all the most interesting part of the palace. I can not speak more highly of the tour. If you are looking to go to Versailles you must use this tour and you will absolutely agree.

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Enjoying the Gardens!

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Herve, at Versailles.

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