Versailles Priority Access Guided Tour - 75 Minutes Classic
Skip the long lines with priority entry to visit the must-see Versailles Palace and tour the royal estate with our local expert who knows all the secrets of the Palace and its Gardens.
- Avoid long queues with exclusive skip-the-line access.
- Make the most of your time with an expert guide who will help you navigate the vast royal estate.
- Visit the stunning Hall of Mirrors - a corridor filled with 357 mirrors that majestically reflect the gardens through arched windows.
- Roam around the gardens and explore 250 acres of gorgeously landscaped lawns and fountains.
- From King Louis XIV to Marie Antoinette, get a glimpse into the lives of the French monarchy’s most influential figures.
Why You Shouldn’t Miss This
The exquisite Palace of Versailles is one of the most extraordinary achievements in 17th century European art. Situated just 30 minutes outside Paris, in the village of Versailles, this elaborate complex once thrived as an epicenter of political power for the Kingdom of France.
Today, the Palace, also known as Château de Versailles, contains 700 rooms spread across 800 hectares. Illustrating more than five centuries of French history, the Palace not only houses remarkable works of art - it stands as a work of art itself. One of the most ornately designed rooms of all, the Hall of Mirrors features 357 mirrors, including seventeen mirror-clad arches that reflect the seventeen arcaded windows overlooking the gardens. The Versailles Palace Gardens span an impressive 250 acres, and continue to thrive as a beautifully manicured plot with 400 sculptures and 1,400 fountains.
Each year, it is estimated that approximately 5 million people visit the Palace of Versailles, and between 8 and 10 million people walks its gardens. A place of immense beauty, Versailles stands as a symbol of France’s monarchy and its glorious history.
What to Expect on Your Versailles Priority Access Guided Tour
Just a few minutes walk from the Palace of Versailles, meet your expert guide and receive your skip-the-line vouchers. While purchasing tickets on-site requires you to queue in two lines (the ticket box office and the entry line), your Priority Access pass allows you to bypass both. Once inside, enjoy a guided tour of the most famous places within the Castle, then explore the Park and Versailles Gardens, and Carrosses Gallery.
Begin your visit by exploring the ornate King and Queen's State Apartments. Learn about the French monarchy and explore the themed salons and their elaborate ceiling paintings. Next, make your way to the glittering Hall of Mirrors. Next, make your way to the glittering Hall of Mirrors. Designed to protect the ornate walls and ceilings from smoke, the hall’s 357 mirrors were strategically placed to reflect the light of candles. With just a few flames, the reflection from so many mirrors was enough to light up the whole hall!
After admiring the inside of the Palace, head outdoors and take in the grandeur of the estate’s impressive architecture. Stroll along the cobblestone grounds, through the beautiful French gardens, and pass by the gorgeous Versailles fountains. At the Carrosses Gallery, travel back in time as you explore carriages, coaches, sculptures and other artifacts left behind by the French Monarch.
For tips on how to navigate the palace, make the most of your time, and choose the best experience, refer to our Palace of Versailles tours and tickets collection.
- Priority Access to the Palace of Versailles
- Expert Guide
- Guided tour of the Castle (Royal Apartments + Hall of Mirrors)
- Access to the Gardens (excluding days of Garden shows), Park and Carrosses Gallery
- Entrance to the Gardens on Fountain Show and Musical Show days (select evenings April-Oct)
- Transportation to/from Paris
- Access to Marie-Antoinette’s Estate
Know Before You Go
Palace of Versailles Hours
Open Tuesday through Sunday, from 9 am to 6:30 pm. Closed on Mondays.
Gardens of Versailles Hours
Open daily from 8 pm to 8:30 pm during high season (April - October) and from 8 am to 6 pm in low season (November to March).
Gallery of Carrosses Hours
Open Tuesday through Sunday, from 12:30PM to 6:30PM. Closed on Mondays.
The Palace of Versailles is located only 30 minutes from central Paris. The main entrance to the Palace of Versailles is by the Cour d'Honneur. To reach by train, you have several options:
- Take RER line C to Versailles Rive Gauche. From the station, it’s just a 10-minute walk to the Palace.
- From Paris Montparnasse train station, SNCF trains arrive at Versailles Chantiers station, an 18-minute walk to the Chateau.
- From Paris Saint Lazare train station, SNCF trains arrive at Versailles Rive Droite station, a 17-minute walk to the Château. You can find RER and SNCF trains schedule at www.transilien.com.
Versailles Priority Access Guided Tours are available Tuesday through Sunday, starting at 10AM, 1PM and 4PM.
Upon arrival, head directly to the entrance of the Castle. Your Versailles Priority Access Guided Tour tickets will allow you to bypass the long entry line, saving you upto 3 hours of queueing. In addition, having pre-booked tickets online, you will also avoid the hassle of having to wait in line at the on-site ticket box office. Keep in mind that all visitors, regardless of ticket type or vendor, are still required to pass through security.
When to Visit
During high season, from April through October, it is recommended to visit the Palace early in the morning, right when it opens.. Tuesdays and weekends generally see the most traffic, especially on days of water fountain shows.
Your guided tour of the royal estate will last 1 hour and 15 minutes; however, you may roam around on your own until closing hours on the day of your visit.
Upgrade to Versailles Full Day Guided Tour
If you’d like to maximize your time at the palace of Versailles and get a more indepth experience, check out our Versailles Full Day Guided Tour with Transfers ticket.
Strict Cancellation Policy
These tickets cannot be cancelled or refunded.
Versailles is a gorgeous place, and so close to Paris that we decided we had to visit the Palace of Versailles! Lucky for us, we got an exclusive priority-access guided tour which was sweet (or so we thought) until it turned out to be the most boring 90 minutes of our lives. Don’t get me wrong, the place is breath-taking, but our guide was very dready, and it looked like he had no personal interest in the subject. They really should be careful of whom they are hiring when taking care of such an intimate crowd, because they can be responsible for setting the mood for the entire group. The place is nice though, and after what seemed to be an eternity, he finally just let us tour around the palace on our own. By that time, I felt exhausted as ever, but had a nice time in the gardens with some fresh air. If you get a chance, get in touch with your guide prior to the tour, and find out if he’s informative, or not. They can really suck the life out of you.
What an experience it was! My hubby and I booked our tickets online (via headout), and got the priority access guided tour which was actually really cool. A small group of 9 met outside a shop opposite the train station and then met with our tour guide, who gave out the skip-the-line passes.
The 75 minute duration does make it a lot less daunting to tour a palace, but honestly, once inside, I never wanted to leave. The musical gardens was enchanting and I’m going to ask my future husband to install that for us (LOL).
How to Redeem your Tickets
• Upon confirmation of your booking, you will receive your voucher in a separate email.
• On the day of your Versailles experience, display your voucher via mobile phone at the Guidatours office, located just a few minutes walk from the Palace of Versailles, directly across the street from the train station Versailles Rive Gauche.
• A host will hand you your skip-the-line voucher and introduce you to your expert guide who will then escort you to the Palace of Versailles entrance.
• Make your way through security and straight into the palace, bypassing the hours-long entry line.
Your Versailles ticket is valid starting at your reserved time slot Your guided tour of the royal estate will last 1 hour and 15 minutes; however, you may roam around on your own until closing hours on the day of your visit.
Guidatours, 10 Avenue du Général de Gaulle, 78000 Versailles, France, Versailles
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