Versailles Priority Access - Full Day Guided Tour from Paris
Take the relaxing train from Paris to Versailles and skip the long lines with priority entry to visit the must-see Versailles Palace. Hang out there for the entire day with our local expert who knows all the secrets of the Palace and its Gardens before heading back to Paris.
Versailles Priority Access Full Day Guided Tour Highlights
- Enjoy stress-free round trip travel from Paris to Versailles.
- Avoid long queues with exclusive skip-the-line access.
- Make the most of your time at Versailles with an expert guide who will help you navigate the vast royal estate.
- With this 4.5 hour tour, you're sure to experience the best of Versailles.
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
Avoid the hassle and stress of planning your travel from Paris to Versailles; with these tickets, we’ll sort out the logistics! After meeting your host at a central Paris cafe, continue by train to the Palace of Versailles. Begin your guided visit outdoors as you stroll along the cobblestone grounds, through the beautiful French gardens, and pass by the gorgeous Versailles fountains. Take in the grandeur of the estate’s impressive architecture as your guide explains the history of the Palace.
Your guide will then escort you to the Castle entrance, where you will get to bypass the tediously long queue and make your way directly into the Palace. Once inside, enjoy access to the most famous places within the Castle. Explore the ornate King and Queen's State Apartments. Learn about the French monarchy and peek into the private lives of King Louis XIV and Marie Antoinette. Next, make your way to the glittering Hall of Mirrors. Connecting the two aisles of the palace, the impressive hall has been deemed one of Louis XIV’s best contributions to the Palace. Historically, it is also where the Treaty of Versailles was signed in 1919, ending WWI.
Return to Paris in your own time, allowing for another activity in the afternoon, or a longer visit at Versailles.
Upgrade with a Behind-the-Scenes Tour
Dive a little deeper into the halls of the Palace with an intimate behind the scenes tour. This upgraded version will take you on a morning stroll through the Versailles Gardens, timed perfectly to catch a fountain show. Afterward, your guide will lead you to the Grand Canal for some free time where you can enjoy a picnic lunch or dine at the local palace cafe (cost of lunch not included).
In the afternoon, skip the line to the Palace via a side entrance. While other hallways are crowded with thousands of tourists, you will get a private tour of the King and Queen’s private quarters that is off limits to the general public. Visit Louis XVI’s library, the royal dining hall, the chapel, opera house and luxurious game room. Upon finishing your private tour, head to the magical Hall of Mirrors.
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
- Small Group Guaranteed
- Transportation to/from Paris
- Access to the Castle (Royal Apartments + Hall of Mirrors) Gardens, Park, Carrosses Gallery
- Option to upgrade to the behind-the-scenes tour for an additional cost
- Access to Marie Antoinette’s Estate
- Entrance to the Gardens on Fountain Show and Musical Show days (select evenings April-Oct)
Know Before You Go
Palace of Versailles Hours
Everyday, except Mondays, the Palace opens at 9 am and closes at 6:30 pm. Last entry is at 6 pm. The Trianon Estate and the Carrosses Gallery open in the afternoon, at 12 pm and 12:30 pm respectively. Both close at 6:30 pm.
Gardens of Versailles Hours
Open daily from 8 am to 8:30 pm during high season (April - October) and from 8 am to 6 pm in low season (November to March).
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Time your visit for a Saturday and witness the magical Night-Time Fountain Show Extravaganza.
Your Versailles Priority Access Full Day Guided Tour tickets include round trip transportation from Paris. Meet your host outside Café Regalia located at 1, Rue de la Convention, 75015 Paris. The closest metro station is Javel-Andre Citroen (line 10). You can take exit 2 (sortie 2, left side), Rue de la Convention. You will find the café to the left when exiting the metro. The Palace of Versailles is located just 30 minutes from the cafe. Lead by your host, you and the rest of your small group will travel by train (RER line C). After touring the Palace, you will return to Paris by the same train, at your leisure.
Versailles Priority Access Full Day Guided Tours with Transport are available Tuesday through Sunday. Tours begin at 10 am, from the meeting point in Paris (mentioned above). All guests are kindly requested to arrive no later than 15 minutes before the scheduled start time.
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 full-day guided tour of the royal estate will last approximately 4.5 hours. You will visit the formal gardens in the morning and the main palace around noon. If you would like to visit the extended gardens, you will have to the option to do so in the afternoon on your own. Your Gardens ticket is valid all day.
Versailles Priority Access Guided Tour + Transfer tickets have a strict non-refundable cancellation policy. Should you miss your reserved time slot or wish to reschedule, you will not be allowed to do so.
It was worth paying for a tour guide. I got more out of the experience than if I had gone on my own.
The long wait lines seemed horrendous. Glad I could skip the lines and have a good time.
The skip the line access was a god gift and the guide was super nice. Would definetly recommend to a friend.
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 to your host who will be waiting at the tour’s meeting point outside Café Regalia located at 1, Rue de la Convention, 75015 Paris. (The closest metro station is Javel-Andre Citroen (line 10). You can take exit 2 (sortie 2, left side) Rue de la Convention. You will find the café to the left when exiting the metro.)
• The Palace of Versailles is located just 30 minutes from central Paris. Led by your host, you and the rest of your small group will travel by train (RER line C).
• Upon arrival, your guide will escort you to the entrance of the Castle. Bypass the entry line and make your way through security to begin your tour.
• Please arrive at the meeting point no later than 15 minutes before your scheduled departure time.
Your full-day guided tour of the royal estate begins at 10 am and lasts approximately 4.5 hours. You will visit the formal gardens in the morning and the main palace around noon. If you would like to visit the extended gardens, you will have to the option to do so in the afternoon, on your own. Your Gardens ticket is valid all day. After touring the palace, return to Paris by the same train, at your leisure.
1 Rue de la Convention, 75015 Paris, France, Paris
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