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Paris: Versailles Palace and Gardens Full Access Ticket

1. Paris: Versailles Palace and Gardens Full Access Ticket

Visit the Palace and Gardens of Versailles with a pre-booked 1-day full access pass. Explore the ornate State Apartments and breathtaking Hall of Mirrors inside the official residence of the French monarchy from 1682 to 1789. Learn more about Louis XIV and other French royals. Get a sense of life in the French court as you take a walk through the glittering Hall of Mirrors. Stroll through the legendary gardens at your own pace, and admire fountains, sculptures, and beautifully manicured lawns. Enjoy access to the Grand and Petit Trianon in their own grounds. See where the “Sun King” would entertain in private, and where he would go to escape the rigors of court life. Then, go to Marie Antoinette’s Estate, and discover where she would seek refuge in private. Choose the fountain option to enjoy a spectacular fountain show or the iconic musical gardens to finish off your visit.

From Paris: Versailles Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry

2. From Paris: Versailles Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry

Join an expert interpreter-guide on a half-day tour of the exquisite Palace of Versailles, and get priority, skip-the-line entrance. You will be led through the history of the Palace, one of the most important monuments in the world. Meet your guide in front of the Pullman Hotel in Paris. Board your luxurious air-conditioned coach, sit back, and relax on the short ride to Versailles. Once home to Louis XIV, also known as the Sun King, you will relive the glory days of Parisian royalty. Gaze in awe as you are guided through the most beautiful rooms of the palace, including the State Apartments, the Hall of Mirrors and the Queen's and King´s Private Apartment. After experiencing the grandeur of the interior, enjoy free time to explore the beauty of the Palace of Versailles’ gardens, filled with statues, busts, and marble vases that date back to 1661, when teams of sculptors were led by King Louis XIV's official painter, Charles Le Brun.

Versailles: Skip-the-Line Tour of Palace with Gardens Access

3. Versailles: Skip-the-Line Tour of Palace with Gardens Access

Discover the opulence, beauty, and history of Versailles Palace on an interactive guided tour. Access the palace through a separate entrance to begin your tour and then you head off to the famous gardens with a guide or on your own. During the 90-minute tour of the main palace, see the State Apartments, the King's Bedroom, and the emblematic Hall of Mirrors. Learn about the main figures of the French monarchy, from King Louis XIV to Marie Antoinette. Hear about the fascinating historical events that took place in many of the palace’s rooms, before stepping out to explore the vast gardens complex with your guide or on your own. Marvel at the gardens' grandeur, its bronze statues, and ornamental basins accompanied by rows of large trees. If visiting with a guide, gain fascinating insights about the garden on a 45-minute tour.

Versailles: Palace Priority Access Ticket with Audio Guide

4. Versailles: Palace Priority Access Ticket with Audio Guide

With your ticket to the Palace of Versailles, skip the lines and get to the palace quickly. During your visit, you will have the opportunity to admire the King's Apartments as well as the famous Hall of Mirrors, a room whose walls are covered with mirrors. Built during the reign of Louis XIV, the Palace of Versailles is one of the greatest symbols of the absolute monarchy and the important role of France in the 18th century. Thanks to your audio guide available directly on your smartphone, you can learn more about the different rooms of the castle, the works of art it contains as well as its rich history.

From Paris: Palace of Versailles & Gardens w/ Transportation

5. From Paris: Palace of Versailles & Gardens w/ Transportation

Explore the expansive royal gardens, see yourself in the 357 mirrors of the glittering Hall of Mirrors, and learn about France’s monarchical history on this visit to the Palace of Versailles. Skip the hassle of getting to the palace from Paris with pre-booked transportation and admission.  Imagine yourself a member of the French court as you peruse the ornate state apartments that housed the French monarchy from 1682 to 1789. Get the details on palace gossip and France’s revolutionary history with an included audio guide. Spend hours exploring the legendary gardens. Admire the pristine fountains, sculptures, and beautifully manicured lawns. Discover Marie Antoinette’s private estate and controversial hamlet by choosing the full-day option.

Versailles: Versailles Palace and Gardens Guided Tour

6. Versailles: Versailles Palace and Gardens Guided Tour

Dive into Parisian life as you explore the famous Versailles Palace and Gardens on a guided tour. See the king and queen's apartments, chapel, lush rolling lawns, and more while hearing about the extravagance of the French monarchy. Meet your English-speaking guide in Versailles where you'll begin your tour. With a maximum of 20 persons per group, your tour of Versailles will be intimate, unrushed, and enjoyable. Skip the line with a pre-booked entrance to Versailles where your guide will lead you from one marvelous room to the next, pointing out where Louis XIV tormented his friends and family with long, boring ceremonies and where Marie Antoinette ate her cake. Marvel at the sheer size of the Palace of Versailles, one of the largest and most beautiful estates in the world with 700 rooms. Peruse its incredible array of fine art and the intricate design of its 1,250 fireplaces as you work your way through the highlights of the palace. Stand in awe of the King and Queen's apartments, the chapel, the coronation room, the Hall of Mirror, and the Salon of Abundance. Following the interior tour, burst into the sunlight to encounter the ground's dazzling and manicured gardens with over 1,800 acres. On Thursdays, you'll have a tour of the gardens and some free time to wander or, when booking, choose a tour date when either the famous Versailles Fountain Shows or Musical Gardens are running. Watch the fountains explode to the sounds of a cello for the Fountain Shows or be enchanted by the simple beauty of classical music during the Musical Gardens event. The ticket to these shows will be included in your tour price. When you're ready to leave, hop on the next train back to the city. As the train chugs along, reflect on the day of pure indulgence, slowly bringing yourself back through the centuries to modern-day Paris.

Paris: Versailles Palace & Gardens Ticket and Audioguide

7. Paris: Versailles Palace & Gardens Ticket and Audioguide

Explore the Palace of Versailles with this ticket and audioguide. Enjoy a comfortable roundtrip journey from Paris to the palace, visit the glittering Hall of Mirrors, and relax in the Palace Gardens. Meet your driver at one of 2 departure points in Paris and head to Versailles on a comfortable bus. Upon arrival at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed monument, a trilingual host will first escort you to the château. You then will discover more about the site from the informative audio guide available in 11 languages. Delve deep into the heart of court life and learn how the Palace of Versailles grew from a hunting lodge for Louis XIII before his son Louis XIV transformed and expanded it, moving the court and government of France to Versailles in 1682. Explore the dazzling Hall of Mirrors and the opulent State Apartments. Follow in the footsteps of Louis XIV ("The Sun King"), and stroll among gardens designed by André Le Notre at your own pace. From May to October, your ticket includes the legendary Musical Fountains & Gardens Shows. Watch as the water features light up in a dazzling spectacle to complete your day in Versailles before returning to Paris by bus.

Skip-the-Line Versailles Palace Tour by Train from Paris

8. Skip-the-Line Versailles Palace Tour by Train from Paris

Visit the Château de Versailles, the royal residence of Louis XIV. See the Hall of Mirrors and the lavish state apartments, where the royals received the elite. Your English-speaking guide will make life at Versailles come alive. Meet the guide in central Paris and travel to Versailles by train. At the Château, skip the lines and begin a 3-hour journey through time in the Château and its gardens. Hear how the royal family recaptured France’s preeminence in fashion and art. Hear about the lavish lifestyle of Marie Antoinette. Tour the magnificent gardens with your guide, and enjoy either the beautiful Musical Gardens or the Fountain Show (depending on the day of the week). After your tour, your guide will be happy to provide you with return train tickets and instructions for the easy journey back to Paris on the train.

Paris: Versailles Palace & Trianon Castles E-Bike Tour

9. Paris: Versailles Palace & Trianon Castles E-Bike Tour

Meet your guide and get set up with your e-bike. Start the visit by riding along the Seine on a bicycle path to get out of Paris. Cross the park of Saint-Cloud (1500 acres). Discover the fountains of the Grande Cascade designed by Hardouin-Mansart and Le Pautre. Be amazed by the history of the former Royal Castle of Saint-Cloud. This castle was the residence of Philippe d'Orléans, the young brother of Louis XIV. It was also the residence of Napoleon. Pass through the statues of the Parterre des 24 jets. Take a selfie a great view of Paris in the background. Ride through the small village of Marnes-la-Coquette. Admire the beautiful architecture of this small town located at "the gates of Paris". Then, explore the Fausses-Reposes forest as you ride along paths sheltered from the sun under the canopy of the trees.  Arrive at the iconic Palace of Versailles, surrounded by stunning fountains and lush gardens. Visit the gardens at your own pace Afterward, head to the Notre-Dame market. Purchase a variety of delicious local products according to your budget such as wine, cheese, baguettes, or saucisson. Your guide, a former restaurateur, will be happy to advise you.  Enjoy your picnic lunch by the water on the banks of the Grand Canal. The Grand Canal is located on the grounds of the Palace of Versailles. After lunch, stop in front of the Gand Trianon castle which was of great importance to Louis XIV. Then, visit the Petit Trianon castle gifted to Marie-Antoinette by Louis XVI. Stroll through the gardens, the Temple of Love, and the hamlet of Marie-Antoinette. Explore the Hall of Mirrors and flat of the King with an audio guide. Then hop back on your bike and peddle your way back

From Paris: Versailles Skip-the-Line Tour & Gardens Access

10. From Paris: Versailles Skip-the-Line Tour & Gardens Access

Travel from Paris on this half-day trip to Versailles. Save time with skip-the-line tickets, a convenient return transfer, and an engaging tour of Versailles Palace and its historic rooms and chambers. Start by meeting at a central point in Paris and transfer by bus to Versailles. Upon arrival, access the palace through a separate entrance. Then, discover the opulence, beauty, and history of the palace on an interactive guided tour. During the 90-minute tour, see the State Apartments, the King's Bedroom, and the emblematic Hall of Mirrors. Learn about the main figures of the French monarchy, from King Louis XIV to Marie Antoinette. Hear about the many fascinating historical events that took place in the palace's rooms. After your tour of the palace, take some free time to stroll around the beautiful French Gardens. After some time exploring the gardens by yourself, hop back on the bus for your journey back to central Paris.

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Iconic visit to the Palace of Versailles, this place is unbelievable. It took all day to see every corner and every detail of the palace interior and the gardens.

We loved this tour and it was one of the highlights of our trip to France! Highly recommend, and if you can request Isabelle- she was fantastic!

Our Guide Laura was exceptional and had a very bubbly personality. Really enjoyed her insights and humor

Versailles was impressive but be ready for a lot of info from the guide and lots of people.

Well organized and absolutely amazing trip!! Highly recommend to anyone visiting this area