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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

We loved our guide. Very informative and great personality!

My daughters and I visited the Palace on a recent trip to Paris. I'm so glad I booked the tour. Our guide was exceptional. She clearly knew her history and she had a darling personality with a great sense of humor.

Ultimate Versailles: Skip-the-Line Guided Tour Reviewed by

Informative, interesting and brilliant tour which we highly recommend

I visited Paris with my 18 year old daughter who studied Louie the 14th at A-Level. Chorletta our guide was knowledgeable, interesting to listen to and knew the best places to position ourselves in the rooms for the best views. She provided an ear piece so that we could hear everything she said. There was a queue in the group holding area, however, it was clear she knew the staff and ensured that we had a short wait. We really enjoyed the tour. Getting our tickets at the beginning of the tour was straightforward and well organised.

Ultimate Versailles: Skip-the-Line Guided Tour Reviewed by

Saw the line and very glad we skipped it!

Valarie was a great guide very knowledgable, good sense of humour, and did great job navigating us through a busy palace on a Saturday in Summer. I was a bit uncertain from description what access we had. Guided tour of palace. Some exhibitions in palace rotate so that was unguided access. Unguided access to gardens. Was very warm and sunny in Summer.

Ultimate Versailles: Skip-the-Line Guided Tour Reviewed by

My 12 year old daughter's favorite thing we did while visiting France!

It was nice to comfortably travel via bus out to Versailles and skip the lines right into the Palace. It was a nice mix of audio tour and unguided discovery. I would recommend the full day so that you have enough time to visit everything - The Palace, Estate of Trianon and the The Garden. Wear comfortable walking shoes.

Meeting point staff and organisation friendly and efficient

Enjoyed the visit v ery much.Audio guides were fine but sometimes difficult to see the room numbers.Some signs in the palace need to be clearer and more visible.

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