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Versailles Half-Day Trip From Paris: Guided Tour of Palace and Gardens

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  • Visit the opulent Grand Apartments, the State Rooms, and the breathtaking Hall of Mirrors inside Versailles while our passionate English-speaking guide marvels you with stories of the excesses of royal life, peaking under the Sun King, Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.
  • The gardens are just as impressive and far larger than the palace itself, after the tour wander them leisurely, discovering their elegant statues, fountains, and secret groves. The Musical Fountain Show will bring the fountains to life with classical music when available.
  • With round trip transportation by bus, Skip the Line Access and headsets we make the trip to Versailles comfortable and enjoyable for everyone.

Enjoy the unique experience of a Versailles Day Trip

What's Included

  • Expert, English-speaking tour guide
  • Round trip transfers by private air-conditioned coach
  • Entrance tickets and reservation fee for the Château de Versailles
  • Headsets when appropriate, so you can always hear your guide
  • Gratuities

Sites Visited

  • Palace of Versailles
  • Gardens of the Palace of Versailles (if option with Garden is selected)

Indulge in the beauty and excess of the French monarchy's most extravagant palace. Counting some 700 rooms and 2,000 acres of gardens, this dazzling chateau still evokes the same sense of awe that it did over 300 years ago when it reached its apex under the Sun King, Louis XIV. Our Versailles tours from Paris cover the top sights at this famed UNESCO World Heritage Site on a half day visit, including the Grand Apartments, State Rooms and Hall of Mirrors, as well as the most exemplary parts of the Gardens of Versailles.

City Wonders will personally escort you by a private air-conditioned coach from Paris to Versailles, where you will head straight past the long lines to enter the palace. Be mesmerized by its spectacular adornment as you enjoy captivating stories on its history and inhabitants including Louis XIV, XV, and XVI, their queens, and mistresses. Walk in the footsteps of Marie Antoinette and other historical figures to discover the moments that defined their lives, spanning the 'golden age' from the rise of France as one of Europe's most influential powers to the dramatic events of the French Revolution.

Considered among the highest achievements of 17th and 18th century art and architecture, this palace par excellence started with humbler beginnings as Louis XIII's hunting lodge in the early 1600s. Over the century that followed it became an extravagant show of power as the court's official seat from 1682 to 1789.

Depending on the selected option, after the palace explore the equally sumptuous gardens. Designed by master gardener André Le Nôtre and court painter Charles Le Brun in the 1660s, this vast French formal garden originally stretched as far as the eye could see. Admire the statues, secret groves and numerous fountains that were designed to extend the palace's interior into nature itself.

Depending on the day, your visit may include the Musical Fountain* Show or Musical Gardens**, during which you will see the fountains timed perfectly to classical music, or hear delightful tunes while discovering some of the most idyllic places on the grounds. If these events are not running, you will continue on a standard tour of the park's features. Enjoy some free time to further explore the gardens at your leisure, then jump aboard your return coach to Paris.

This tour has been carefully planned so you get in-depth perspective into both must-see sides of Versailles with convenient transportation from Paris. See the top sights of the palace and gardens with an expert guide by your side. Check out our full list of Paris tours.

Please Note:

*Fountain Show is running from April to October on Saturdays and Sundays

**Musical Garden Show is running from April to October from Tuesday to Friday.

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