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Ultimate Versailles: Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

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Enjoy an exclusive guided tour of one of the largest palaces in the world, see the State Apartments, the King's Bedroom, the Hall of Mirrors, and…

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The Top 5 Highlights of the Palace of Versailles

It's hardly surprising that the Palace of Versailles attracts over 10 million visitors per year – it's one of the most majestic places on earth, no exaggeration. Every nook and cranny is worth exploring, but if time is tight, here are the highlights.

Hall of Mirrors

Hall of Mirrors

This is the palace's most resplendent room. Each of its 17 arched windows is decorated with 21 mirrors, resulting in a stunning spectacle as light is reflected off 357 mirrors!

The Royal Chapel

The Royal Chapel

Though it's just one of five chapels in the palace, this opulent architectural wonder is by far the most breathtaking. Marie Antoinette's wedding took place here.

The Grand Apartments

The Grand Apartments

Lavishly decorated from top to bottom, the king's apartments are absolutely ravishing -- you'll deem them to be "fit for a king."

The Clock Room
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The Clock Room

This room's 250-year-old clock is a technical marvel. Not only does it show the time, date, and even the phases of the moon, but it also features a working model of the solar system!

The Gardens

The Gardens

With its impeccable lawns, geometric flower beds, rows of statues, and ornamental lakes, the splendor of the palace's gardens rivals even the most ornate interiors.

Our insider tips

Avoid Mondays

When planning your visit to the Palace of Versailles, keep in mind that the palace is closed on Mondays. On every other day, the visiting hours are from 9:00am to 5:30pm, and from April until October, they're extended to 6:30pm.

Get there early

You'll be amazed by the size of the Palace of Versailles and the sheer amount there is to see. Even if you just stick to the above highlights, you'll want to give yourself ample time. On the other hand, if you intend to see everything, you may even consider spreading your visit over more than one day trip.

Fountain Show

The Palace of Versailles' musical fountain shows are quite simply awe-inspiring. They're held from April until October, on every weekend and public holiday from 11:00am to 12:00pm and again from 3:30pm to 5:00pm. It's absolutely worth scheduling your visit for the fountain shows.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Closed Mondays. Opening times vary from high season (Apr 1st to Oct 31st) to low season (Nov 1st to Mar 31st).
  • Is it expensive?
    Tickets for guided tours start from €32, depending on the type you would like.
  • Will I need a guide?
    No, but there are audio tours available.
  • How to get there
    Versailles is one hour outside the city. Get there by the Versailles Express coach, leaving twice a day from the Eiffel Tower, or taking an SNCF train from either the Montparnasse or Saint-Lazare station.
  • Additional information

    • Make sure you are informed about ticket validity and train schedules ahead of your visit.

    • Flash photography is not permitted inside the palace.

What people are saying about Palace of Versailles

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4.4 / 5
based on 15,539 reviews

Isabelle was a very knowledgeable and accommodating guide.

We were very pleased with this tour. The details on meeting place, timing, etc. were clear and helped us feel comfortable about our visit. We could not have had a better guide than Isabelle: very experienced and knowledgeable, considerate, great sense of humor. She thought of everything to make our visit perfect - at each stop along the tour she called my 10-year-old granddaughter to the front of the group so she could take pictures - very thoughtful. At the end of the tour she told Ada to be sure to get hot chocolate at the Versailles restaurant. Ada said it was so different from hot chocolate in the US and was the best she ever had! Those were just the kind of experiences I wanted her to have in France. Merci, Isabelle!

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Not the best site to use for Versailles.. better to use official site

Poor info about huge numbers and long line to enter. No info on entry point or that second day was a public holiday and all palaces closed.

Excellent tour guide, loads to see and a lovely meal

Christiana was a first class guide, knowlageable and excited about her subject she brought Versailles to life for us. Quality of the guide is so important, but also good we had headsets so could always hear her even if we still were looking at something in the next room.

Amazing tour! Fun and interesting! Guide was excellent!

This activity was so much fun! Our guide Celia was amazing. We had fun while feeling safe on the segways and enjoyed touring the gardens! A

Great guide - fast entry - reasonable price

Our guide Audrey was fantastic - excellent at presenting factual information and interesting backstories - she was always conscious of all members of our group and managed to navigate effectively through the rooms and the myriad of other visitors and groups. The GetYourGuide group size cap ensured a manageable group size where you wouldn’t be lost in the herd.

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