Versailles Guided Tour With Optional Fountain Show - Paris

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Step back in time to Queen Marie Antoinette’s reign and marvel at the opulent luxury of the Royal Courts on this 4-hour Palace of Versailles guided tour with optional fountain show. Enjoy skip-the-line access and beat the queues to begin your tour. Marvel at the King and Queen’s luxurious Royal Apartments. Stroll along the stunningly beautiful Hall of Mirrors to the Salon de la Guerre and the Salon de la Paix. Wander among royal statues and busts in the palace’s immaculately manicured gardens during your leisure time at the end.
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Highlights

  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • All entrance fees included
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Choose from a morning or afternoon half-day tour then head to Pyramides in central Paris, hop aboard your air-conditioned coach and set off through the city for the 1-hour journey to the famous Palace of Versailles.


Louis XIII of France first ordered the construction of Versailles as a hunting lodge, but it was his successor — Louis XIV — whose ambition turned it into one of the largest and most opulent palaces in the world. Construction took place between the years 1664 and 1710, and the Palace of Versailles stands today among the most beautiful buildings in Europe.


On arrival at Versailles, enjoy skip-the-line access to beat the queues and begin your tour. (Visitors to Versailles have the option of seeing the summer fountain shows on certain days too, so plan ahead to make the most of your trip!)


Follow your guide through the impressive splendour of the King and Queen's State Apartments and gaze in awe at the luxurious decadence the monarchs enjoyed. The apartments were the private residences of King Louis XIV and Queen Marie Antoinette, and the part of the palace where they would have spent most of their time.


Explore the apartments of the dauphin and the dauphine (titles given to the future heirs of the French throne) and admire their stately majesty. Marvel at the drawing rooms, bed chambers and private studies, and gain insight into life as heir to the throne in 17th- and 18th-century France.


Continue through to the spectacularly beautiful Hall of Mirrors — widely considered to be the Palace of Versailles’ most remarkable feature — and listen as your guide describes its many significant fixtures and fittings. Constructed from 1678, the Hall of Mirrors is the palace’s central gallery and links the Salon de la Guerre and the Salon de la Paix with the King and Queen's State Apartments.


Enjoy a little free time at the end of your tour to stroll through the beautifully manicured palace gardens at your leisure. Admire the many royal statues, busts and sculptures you come across, and take the time to capture the scenery on camera. Every Saturday night during the summer months, visitors can also enjoy the Versailles fountain shows, during which magnificent displays reveal the skill and artistry of three centuries of French garden design and engineering. The display is accompanied by music composed at the time of Louis XIV's court.


At the end of your time at the spectacular Palace of Versailles, hop back in your coach for the short journey back to central Paris where your tour will come to an end


Please note: The first Sunday of each month the visit will be unguided, you will be provided with an audio guide.
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Inclusions for Versailles Guided Tour With Optional Fountain Show

  • Guaranteed to skip the long lines

  • Entrance fees into Palace

  • Transport by air-conditioned coach

  • Conducted by a qualified guide-interpreter (except first Sunday of each month where an audio guide will be provided)

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Exclusions for Versailles Guided Tour With Optional Fountain Show

  • Gratuities (optional)

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

  • Food and drinks, unless specified

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Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Not wheelchair accessible

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Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.
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  • The palace was wonderful to see. The number of people seeing it is testament to that. If you go skip the line is the only way to do it. The line for people without tickets was about a football field long.

  • Very limited time at the Palace, and almost no time to see the gardens. The tour should be extended by an hour and half to provide ample time.

  • I can't fault the tour, because the guide was good, and it was very interesting. Just be aware that this site is VERY CROWDED, the queues are long, and getting thru the palace was very, very crowded and packed. I'm talking about shuffling along with thousand other people ... shoulder to shoulder ... very difficult to get up to see things, and the inside of the palace was very warm. Still, definitely worth seeing. The skip the line part really didn't work very well, but may have just been the time we went. Overall, glad I went. The guide did a great job and provided a LOT of background information and history. VERY INFORMATIVE and Interesting!!!

  • The tour itself was very good and the guide was friendly and knowledgeable. We were very displeased with one aspect - having purchased online tickets through Viator, partly for the specific purpose of avoiding long queues, we were not happy to be told we had to join the long queues to trade our Viator voucher for the tickets. Same line as people seeking information and purchasing tickets for other tours as well, so very slow. Make sure you get there early!

  • Great tour!

  • We took the morning tour which turned out to be a very good idea because it wasn't crowded. We did the garden first, however the fountains were not on which was ok they came on toward the end of our time in the area. We then went inside for the tour of the kings apartment, it would have been great to also see the queens apartment. When we left the lines were very long and it was hot. So if its summer and tourist season go early, beat the crowds and the heat.

  • The tour was fine and the guides were informed, but Versailles was way way too crowded. It was hard to keep up with and hear the guide because of the number of people. This was NOT the fault of the tour company but because Versailles way oversells. I think if you are in Paris, you have to go to Versailles at least once and this tour was perfect for that. However, be prepared for crowds.

  • Well, what can I say? When we arrived at Versailles. we waited outside with the other groups of people that arrived by coach. It was crowded and it seemed like there was no organisation from the Palace people. So we waited and waited. Finally, after almost 45 minutes we were allowed to push our way in. Every room that we walked through in the Palace was crowded. It was difficult to hear our tour guide who was doing a great job. By the time we got through the Palace we only had 50 minutes to see the gardens and get back to the bus. The gardens were lovely but really no time to enjoy. Versailles seriously need to look at the way they let tourists in. The queue outside when we were leaving was unbelievably long.

  • Worth the money to be able to skip the entrance lines....be prepared for it to be extremely crowded with people who think they are the center of the universe...it was raining when we went to we did not go into the gardens but they looked amazing from inside the Hall of Mirrors...our guide was wonderful...

  • An easy way to visit Versailles. There wasn't much time to look around at the gardens so that part felt very rushed but it's a must see while in Paris.

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