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Versailles, once home to French kings, is among the world’s largest and most opulent palaces. On this small-group tour, see the ever-popular landmark without the hassle. Upon meeting your guide, you’ll head straight inside with skip-the-line tickets. Explore the Hall of Mirrors, State Apartments, Versailles' gardens, and other highlights, and learn more from your guide’s commentary (headsets are provided so you can hear every word). This flexible tour gives you the chance to pick from different departure times, and opt to dine in the elegant, on-site restaurant.
  • Guaranteed admission to Versailles: a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Skip-the-line tickets let you beat the crowds and save time
  • A small-group tour means you can get up close and personal with the sights
  • Choose from different departure times and dining options when booking
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Fully guided tour of the Palace and Gardens of Versailles
Guided visit of the Musical Gardens or Fountain show: weekends & selected days April through October
Fully accredited English speaking guide
Headsets so you can always hear your guide
Limited groups of 20 people or fewer
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Transportation to/from Versailles
equestrian statue of Louis XIV , 78000 Versailles, France

Departure Point: At the bronze statue of Louis XIV on horseback in front of the Palace. Address: Statue équestre de Louis XIV, Place d'Armes, 78000 Versailles Directions: Meet your guide at the statue of Louis XIV on horseback located on the esplanade directly in front of the Palace of Versailles. It faces the main Avenue de Paris and the Palace is behind it.

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • This tour involves a reasonable amount of walking. Please ensure you wear comfortable shoes.
  • Infants aged 0-3 years are free of charge and do not require a booking.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Memories France
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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  • "There is a great deal of walking and it can be taxing but well worth it if you are comfortable with the amount of walking." See review

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Versailles tour
Sam_K
, Jun 2022
The Guide was excellent. She is very knowledgeable, her English language is perfect and she gave us time to take pictures and answered all our questions. We missed the first part of the tour because of the traffic but she spent extra time with in the end to explain what we missed. Great service.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you for your review! We are sorry you missed part of the tour, but were really happy that you were able to catch up with the guide and enjoy the gardens with her. We very much appreciate you taking the time to leave us reviews for each visit, and we hope you and your family had a wonderful stay in Paris.
star-5
Spectacular and Engaging Tour
MariaCeleste_C
, Jun 2022
Although I had visited Versailles in the past, this guided tour was worth booking. We had the privilege to be guided by the awesome, Roman, who made the tour super interesting, captivating our imaginations and keeping our kids involved and enagaged during the entire day. I can’t stress enough how excellent Roman was. He totally made our day. Versailles and its grounds, including the Petit Trianon are spectacular by themselves, but absorbing them with a great guided tour is a super plus. Thank you Roman!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Many thanks for your kind and detailed review which we have shared with Romain. We are so pleased that you and your family enjoyed your day at Versailles, it's one of our favourite places to visit and we are always delighted when others love it as much as we do. We hope you and your family had a wonderful stay in Paris and look forward to perhaps seeing you again in future!
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Versailles Palace Explained
Jane_N
, May 2022
The tour of Versailles was excellent! Our guide met us on time. He was so enthusiastic! He brought history to life. There is a lot to see and I felt he got us to the highlights. It was well worth it to experience this historic palace and gardens with a guide.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Many thanks for your review. We are delighted that you had such a great time in Versailles! There's such a lot of amazing and fascinating history to learn about there and having a guide really makes a difference. We hope you had a wonderful stay in Paris and would love to see you again should you come back in future!
star-5
It was amazing and so informative
Pamela_R
, May 2022
Ed was our guide and shared so much about Versailles that we didn’t know. This was my third visit to Versailles and he showed us things I had never seen before! Bravo, Ed! Pam R.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you very much for your kind review! It gives us great pleasure to read that you saw new things on your visit with us, despite having been to Versailles twice already! We have passed your comments on to Ed, and we hope to see you again in Paris one day!
star-5
Great way to see the Versailles Place, great guide and tour
z3shutter
, May 2022
Did a 1/2 day tour, and it was a great experience. Our guide was exceptionally knowledgeable about the palace, art, history, and context of that time's French history and culture. As well as the difference between royal vs commoner life. So it was a very immersive experience. Well-paced tour and we got to see most of the relevant sections, artifacts, and gardens. Did not have to deal with any lines. Overall we did 3 tours w the same company, Memories France, and all tours and guides were excellent. We did not go to Marie Antoinette's estate as we did a 1/2 day tour and then spent free time exploring the massive gardens and fountains, and that was a good idea than trying to pack a full day tour.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Many thanks for taking the time to leave us a detailed review for each of the tours you took with us! We really appreciate it, and we thank you also for choosing to take your tours with us during your stay in Paris! I personally love the guided tour at Versailles as it really brings the palace to life, and daily life there was so crazy and amazing and is so fascinating to learn about. We're happy you enjoyed the lovely gardens too, you can certainly spend a lot of time exploring there! If ever you come back to Paris we would be really pleased to see you again!
star-5
Beautiful trip to Versailles.
Laura_L
, May 2022
Our tour guide, Valerie, was fantastic. She was very knowledgeable about the history of Versailles including the chateau and the gardens. At the end of the trip she helped us find a great area for lunch outside the chateau and provided us with information about other available Versailles tours.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you for your review! We are delighted that you enjoyed your morning in Versailles with Valerie, and that you had a great lunch in the city! There's a lot of wonderful things to see there as well as the palace, it's great if she was able to help you make the most of your day there. We hope you had a wonderful stay in Paris and in Versailles!
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Great Tour, ticket access difficult
Brenda_M
, Apr 2022
The tour guide Roman was excellent although a little late. There were 3 groups meeting at Louis statue at the same time and since he was not there, we were unsure of our booking. The viator site was a little confusing with the access and delivery of the tickets.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Many thanks for your review. We are very happy to read that you enjoyed your tour! The guests arriving on the train on the day of your tour were a little late, but I'd like to take this opportunity to reassure all guests! Your guide always has the tickets and reservations, all you need is your voucher on your phone. Your voucher should have all the information you need, but if you have any questions pre-tour don't hesitate to contact us via the Viator messaging and we'll be happy to help (we are the local operator). On the day of your tour, you can also message or call us if ever you are unsure, but generally our guides and/or coordinators are at the meeting point 15 minutes before you are due to arrive. We hope to see you again in Paris on future trips!
star-5
I will return.
Gina_F
, Apr 2022
A great tour and what a wonderful guide Rosario was. She brought the castle and the families that live there to life.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you for your kind review which we have shared with Rosaria. We love sharing the stories of life in Versailles in times gone by, the lives of the people who lived there are so fascinating and so important to the history of France. There is such a lot to see and learn there and we are really pleased that you enjoyed your tour. We hope we'll see you again on your next visit to Paris!
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You cannot miss this!!
Anonymous
, Apr 2022
This was one incredible day! Caroline B. led us through the palace and shared intriguing information about every room we viewed. She knew it ALL! We couldn’t believe all the surprises the gardens have and the immensity of the palace itself. You must go here (it is so easy to get to by train) if you visit Paris. I would not do this visit any other way than to take a tour with this company and Caroline!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you for your very kind comments which we have shared with Caroline. She was very happy to read them, as are we! Versailles is a wonderful place, there is so much to see and so much to learn, we are really glad that you had such a great experience on your visit there with us. Your recommendation means a lot to us, thank you. Please don't hesitate to contact us next time you are in Paris!
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Great guide
Patricia_K
, Apr 2022
Tour guide was amazing and knowledgeable . Depth of knowledge and good sense of humor . High recommend
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you very much for your review and recommendation which we very much appreciate. We are glad that you enjoyed your tour and had fun at Versailles! It's an amazing place, there is so much to see and learn. We hope to see you again for more discoveries in Paris!
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Excellent experience!
Stephanie_G
, Sep 2021
Fabulous tour! Our guide, Sylvanie, was incredibly knowledgeable, funny and professional. She never rushed our small group of 12 through any part of the tour and answered all our inquisitive questions. Highly recommend taking this skip the line guided tour and if you can, ask for Sylvanie!
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Superb Tour.
Thomas_C
, Sep 2021
Roman our tour guide was superb. He’s lively and energetic. He’s so well versed he added lots if color and interesting background to the experience. It was truly an enjoyable experience. I highly recommend him and the tour.
star-5
Victory in Versailles
rachel_b
, Sep 2021
Herve was an incredible guide, we learned so much and were so amused. We didn’t want the day to end.
star-5
A nice walk through The Palace of Versailles
Matthew_O
, Sep 2021
Very knowledgeable guide who was able to show the palace and the gardens with detail. Very enjoyable and group size was very good for managing expectations.
star-5
This was an awesome tour
MARCIA_S
, Aug 2021
Herve was an excellent guide. He was informative, engaging and fun to be with. I would highly recommend this tour. We would not have been able to understand all the history without a tour.
star-5
Loved it!
Valbona_M
, Jul 2021
We really enjoyed this tour, found it to be a great way to see some of the highlights of Versailles. This place was really big and it’s impossible to see it all but although we only hit some of the highlights, having a guide made a huge difference. Our tour guide Quentin,, was great at telling stories and proving historical context, which made for a very memorable experience. . He also took time to answer questions. At the end we had plenty of time to wander and explore on our own.
star-5
Tremendous Trip w Christina
Patrick O
, Oct 2019
Phenomenally interesting and well paced tour of Versailles with very knowledgeable and personable guide Christina!
star-5
Amazing tour!!
Thai C
, Sep 2019
The experience was organised, informative and interactive. The group was not too large and it suited our 4 year old daughter. Highly recommended to anyone considering on going, especially to avoid the long queues.
star-5
The only way to see Versailles
Robert B
, Aug 2019
We took the tour with a group of about 20 others. The guide did a wonderful job of keeping the group together and providing details of the Palace and the grounds which were interesting and informative. This tour is well planned and executed and provides a level of detail which a basic audio tour could not compare with. There is a great deal of walking and it can be taxing but well worth it if you are comfortable with the amount of walking. Our guide was wonderful, thank you.
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star-5
Great introduction to Versailles
Lucy_P
, May 2019
We had a great tour guide, Ingrid, who was very welcoming and informative. I think guided tours add so much more to the experience- we had an overview of the french history, royal family and traditions. It was just about the right detail and time. It was raining on the day we went so Ingrid adapted the tour to an extended indoor version, although we could still go into the gardens. I nice amount of waking. I would recommend for sure the skip the line aspect as the queue was huge!

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