Guided tour

Half Day Versailles Palace & Gardens Tour From Versailles

4.8 / 5

23 reviews

Activity provider: Memories France

Half Day Versailles Palace & Gardens Tour From Versailles

Activity provider: Memories France

From US$ 84.23 per person

Join this 3-hour guided visit to the Chateau of Versailles, the most prestigious and famous royal palace in Europe. Walk the glittering Hall of Mirrors in the footsteps of Kings and Queens, explore the lavish state apartments, and see magnificent gardens.

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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Enjoy a guided visit to the spectacular Palace of Versailles, home of the Sun King Louis XIV
  • Stroll through the magnificent gardens with your guide
  • Skip the famously long lines with reserved entry times
  • Marvel at the incredible Fountain shows or Musical Gardens (depending on day of visit)
  • Listen to an expert, English-speaking guide
Full description
Learn how the glory of the Sun King shone throughout the world on this tour. Your expert English-speaking guide will bring the extravagant lives of the royal family and the French court at Versailles to life. Small groups allow for a relaxed and intimate visit. Your guide will 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. The skip-the-line access allows you to bypass the long lines that form each day, and your friendly local guide 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. 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 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.
Includes
  • Guided visit of the Palace and Gardens of Versailles
  • Skip-the-line entrance ticket to the Palace and Gardens of Versailles
  • Expert, English-speaking tour guide
  • Small groups of 20 people or fewer
  • Hotel pickup/drop-off
  • Transportation to and from Paris
  • Tips (optional)
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

At the bronze statue of King Louis XIV on horseback directly in front of the Palace of Versailles.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • This tour includes a reasonable amount of walking.
  • Please ensure you wear comfortable shoes.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 23 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.9/5
  • Value for money
    4.5/5
  • Service
    5/5
  • Organization
    5/5

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We had a great English-speaking tour with Valerie! She was informative, engaging and friendly. She even handled her wits well when my husband and I got separated from the group behind another tour crowd and ushered through the exit with no way to get back in. Our son was still with Valerie and the rest of the group. (It was a busy Saturday) We quickly reunited outside and laughed we were the first parents she ever lost on a tour ! LOL We would definitely do a tour with Valerie again and will always book reservations with Get your Guide. They made our vacation so much more enjoyable.

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October 15, 2022

Seamless meeting point. Took a little bit to get tickets but once we got the tickets it moved very well. It wax really about 2 hours 15 minutes (9:30 when we got started to 11:45, not 3 hours) but you could stay in the gardens afterwards as long as you like. Keep in mind if you book a “full day tour with lunch” it really isn’t a full day tour because once you exit the gardens to go for lunch, you can’t get back in, and lunch is at 12:15. Also no time on the tour to visit the lovely gift shop in the castle before visiting the gardens, so if I did it again I might tour the gardens in my own (but then you don’t get the history to go with it.) There is a small gift shop once you exit the gardens but it was missing many of the things in the first gift shop which was as you exit the castle to go to the gardens.

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August 7, 2022

We took a guided tour of Versailles and our guide was Sylvanie. She was extremely knowledgeable, enthusiastic and entertaining. She was on time at the meeting location and introduced us all so that we knew the group we were with. Good quality headphones were provided that worked incredibly well throughout the tour. Without the guided tour, we wouldn't have covered the key areas of Versailles and learnt as much. Many thanks to Sylvanie!

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October 3, 2021

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