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Half-Day Versailles Gardens Guided Tour from Paris

Product ID: 5027
Discover the world-famous Palace of Versailles, known for its extravagant décor and breathtakingly beautiful gardens. Journey back in time with an expert guide and revel in the over-the-top decadence of Versailles with a guided tour in English.
About this activity
Duration: 5 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, Spanish
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Wander through the beautiful gardens of Versailles and see the Orangery
  • Look at the magnificent fountains and water displays
  • Learn about the Sun King and Marie Antoinette
  • See the site of the world’s first balloon flight
  • Go to Little Venice and the Grand Canal
Full description
Take a half-day tour to the Palace of Versailles and discover gracious gardens and intricate architectural features. You’ve experienced the excitement of cosmopolitan Paris, now take a trip back to the sheer decadence, harmonious open spaces and splendor of a lusciously landscaped paradise, just a short ride from the French capital.

Your guide will walk you through the enchanted grounds and reveal the stories of the shamelessly indulgent kings, queens, and consorts of 17th and 18th-century France. Unravel the history of the Sun King, the stifling court etiquette, and the scandals that rocked the monarchy and ignited the Revolution.

Hear the fantastic myths and legends behind the statues and fountains and explore the hidden corners you wouldn’t find on your own. If you’d like to venture inside, your guide will show you how to avoid the lines and get the best priced tickets.
Includes
  • Train transportation to and from Versailles
  • Local guide
  • Walking tour
What’s Not Included
  • Entrance to gardens (EUR 8/9)
  • Entrance to chateau (EUR 15)

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Meet in front of the fountain on Place Saint-Michel in the Latin Quarter. Nearest metro station: Saint-Michel (Line 4) Nearest train station: Saint-Michel – Notre Dame (RER B and RER C) Look for the team with a red t-shirt and red umbrella

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Important information
Know before you go
• The tour travels to Versailles and back using the RER C Regional trains. Travel time is less than 2.5 hours round-trip, giving you over 3 hours to explore the Versialles Gardens and the Chateau (entrance to Chateau costs extra and is not included in the tour, but there is time during the tour to enter the Chateau)
• If you prefer to venture inside (an additional EUR 13), your guide will show you how to avoid the lines and get the best-priced tickets
• Children up to 13 years old can participate in this tour for free. Transport charges (€ 6) for children from 4 to 13 will have to be paid separately. The tour guide reserves the right to request the ID of children who join this tour
• This tour is not wheelchair accessible
• Your tour may vary depending on what your guide thinks is best for your group
• Between April 3 and November 1, 2020, there will be an extra charge of €9.5 or €8.50 on selected days to be paid at the start point for the Musical Fountains Shows and the Musical Garden
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 91 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.8 / 5
  • Organization
    4.7 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.5 / 5
  • Safety
    4.8 / 5
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Highly recommend this tour !!

My wife and I had a great tour with Holly our guide ! It is fun an amazing to walk the Versailles gardens on your own, but this tour gives you a more complete experience, with stories and views you would never reach alone. The tour really covers a lot of these huge gardens, and holly was great, very nice and professional! Don't think twice, book this tour !

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June 9, 2019

Fantastic - a must see

This tour takes you through the beautiful highlights of the garden and provides a ton of interesting French history. Our guide Nancy was very friendly and knowledgeable; we very much enjoyed her company. We had a very small tour ~ 5 people, but this was apparently not typical. She suggested a place to have lunch nearby & gave us instructions on how to buy tickets and enter the palace. The tour is organized and leave on time; the guides also help you to use the metro there and back.

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May 13, 2018

Oliver was exceptional

September 21, 2017

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