Skip-the-Line Half-Day Versailles Palace And Gardens Tour By Train From Paris

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 4 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    Based on tour option selected, see pricing calendar, Please arrive no later than 15 minutes prior to your departure time
  • Departure Details :
    Javel, 75015 Paris, France
  • Return Details :
    Конная статуя Людовика XIV (Версаль), 1 Avenue de Paris, 78000 Versailles, France
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Join this half-day tour to the prestigious Palace of versailles and Gardens. Walk in the footsteps of King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. See the Hall of Mirrors, lavish staterooms, and beautiful gardens. Your English-speaking guide will lend their expertise to enhancing the experience with historical facts and interesting anecdotes. Take the RER train from Paris and enjoy skip-the-line access, a real time-saver.

Highlights

  • All entrance fees included
  • Round-trip train fares
  • Led by a local guide
  • Multiple times offered throughout the day

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Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Palace of Versailles, Versailles, Yvelines, Ile-de-France

For those who have selected the option to visit the Petit Trianon, you will go there after a break for lunch. The Petit Trianon offers a unique insight into the private life of the royalsat the Palace of Versailles. Hear how King Louis XVI presented a key encrusted in diamonds to his beloved wife, Marie Antoinette and admire the English-style gardens, vegetable gardens, and thatched cottages commissioned by the queen to replicate a Normandy village. Learn how she surrounded herself with farm animals so she could play shepherdess, a far cry from her public persona. At the end of the tour, we will take the 'Petit Train' back to the palace, from where it's a short walk to thetrain station to return to Paris.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: The Hall of Mirrors, Versailles, Yvelines, Ile-de-France

See the dazzling Hall of Mirrors, and learn the secrets of how it came to be, and the fascinating goings on at the time of the royal court.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Le Jardin de Versailles, Versailles, Yvelines, Ile-de-France

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 you are free to return to Paris with your guide or to remain in Versailles at your leisure. 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.


Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Le petit trianon, Versailles, Yvelines, Ile-de-France

For those who have selected the option to visit the Petit Trianon, your guide will escort you there after a break for lunch. The Petit Trianon offers a unique insight into the private life of the royalsat the Palace of Versailles. Hear how King Louis XVI presented a key encrusted in diamonds to his beloved wife, Marie Antoinette and admire the English-style gardens, as well as her beautiful private Hamlet, complete with vegetable gardens and thatched cottages, commissioned by the queen to replicate a Normandy village. Learn how she surrounded herself with farm animals so she could escape the court and play shepherdess, a far cry from her public persona. At the end of the tour, we will take the 'Petit Train' back to the palace, from where it's a short walk to thetrain station to return to Paris.

Duration: 3 hours

Inclusions

Musical Gardens or Fountain Show (operates on the weekend, Tuesday and some Fridays added during the summer months)

Round-trip transportation from central Paris to Versailles by RER train

Fully accredited English-speaking guides

Headsets when appropriate so you can always hear your guide

Fully guided visit to the Petit Trianon and Marie Antoinettes hamlet (if option selected)

Ride on the 'Petit Train' to and from the Petit Trianon (if option selected)

All reservations and entrance fees to the Palace of Versailles, with skip the line timed entance.

Entry/Admission - Palace of Versailles

Entry/Admission - The Hall of Mirrors

Entry/Admission - Le Jardin de Versailles

Entry/Admission - Le Petit Trianon

Exclusions

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Fully guided visit to the Petit Trianon and Marie Antoinettes hamlet (unless option selected)

Ride on the Petit Train to and from the Petit Trianon (unless option selected)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Please note the gardens are not optimal for people with mobility issues or using a wheelchair

Our skip-the-line privilege does not extend to the security checkpoint

Due to ongoing restoration work in the Palace, some rooms may not be available to visit. Should this be the case, our guides will replace those rooms so that your experience is complete.

Not wheelchair accessible

Stroller accessible

Near public transportation

Most travelers can participate

Traveler Reviews

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  • 24-Feb-2020

    It was a great experience. The meeting point was easy to find and tour guide was there in time to set up the group. She was knowledgeable and had a great time.

  • 31-Oct-2019

    Herve was a wonderful guide for our tour of Versailles. His knowledge of the history and story telling helped us to enjoy the tour even through the rain! Highly recommend!

  • 08-May-2019

    The Versailles Palace was abundant in historical artifacts and timeless pieces. I did enjoy the main rooms of the palace, but unfortunately the crowds were non-stop. You barely get a clear moment to take pictures or actually enjoy the experience as you are constantly pushed forward by the next touring group. If you are looking to enjoy the gardens then go between June-October. If you are looking to actually tour the palace and enjoy all of its inner workings its best to go towards November-March.

  • 18-Mar-2019

    The tour was great. Herve was a brilliant guide, we learned lots that we would have missed on our own. Being able to skip the lines was fantastic as they were huge. Would definitely recommend.

  • 22-Oct-2018

    Our tour of Versailles was very well organized, and our guide looked out for all of us on the train and made sure if we wanted to stay longer we knew how to get back to Paris. This is a must see on any trip to Paris, and was really enjoyable. Our guide was able to work us up to the front of all the rooms to explain the history and what they were used for. We really liked the gardens, and she took us to her favorite working fountain - which was lovely. We ended up staying for lunch at a restaurant in the gardens, and it was delicious! This was a great tour and a fun day.

  • 13-Apr-2018

    With the strike we did not know if this tour was going and phone number did not work and the other number provided was not for the tour. Also, if your take tour, the way back is without a guide, so we had no idea how to get back to hotel. Luckly we found a taxi stop and got a cab. The tour was beautiful and informative and would have given a 5 if not for poor communication.

  • 27-Jan-2018

    The tour was absolutely the best part of our trip to France. The tour guide was so kind and showed all the most interesting part of the palace. I can not speak more highly of the tour. If you are looking to go to Versailles you must use this tour and you will absolutely agree.

  • 03-Nov-2017

    Best way to see Versailles. Herve was a great guide. Very knowledgeable and enthusiastic.

  • 15-Sep-2017

    This tour of Versailles was absolutely wonderful! The small group private tour format was very intimate and informative. Herve is so knowledgeable and passionate about this landmark and its history. I would recommend this tour to anyone interested in seeing Versailles from a unique perspective. - Jason and Whende Carroll

  • 02-Sep-2017

    We had an amazing experience! I booked this tour together with my girlfriend. Despite that fact that we were the only people who booked on the day, they still sent the guide who spent 3.5h with the two of us! Hervé is a passionate guy, that really loves what he does!

    The meeting point is easy to find and the trip is only 20 min by train no change, very convenient. We skipped the line both the one for independent people and the one for groups and gained access via a small door on the side of the palace. We really felt like VIPs, and this treatment didn't stop there.

    The guided tour was absolutely amazing, Hervé was very knowledgeable about his stories - both serious history facts and interesting tales, with an impeccable English. No gate stood in our way - literally! We accessed the chapel, sitting in the middle, where Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette got married, admiring the ceiling and royal balcony, none visible from the entrance, where tourist access is normally restricted.

    Also, we avoided the crowds by going through restricted areas. We visited the king's private apartments, an area where visits are currently very restricted, and where we could also see some amazing things such as a remake of the original curtains today sewn at a cost of 3 KEUR per cm sq. It was a wonderful experience that placed us right in those times of the history.

    After visiting the palace, the guide took us to the gardens, where we walked together through half of them, listening to tales of things that happened between those lovely nature's walls. After the guided visit was over, Hervé recommended a plan to visit the rest of the gardens, leaving us with some other brief indications in mind, which we followed without regret. They provide a train ticket for you to return upon your wish, so no worries about not dedicating enough time on your own!

    For visiting Versailles, we recommend booking at least an additional 3h time slot on top of the guided tour so about 6-7h in total - there are plenty of beautiful things to see there, especially in the gardens, on your own!

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