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  • Location: Versailles, France
  • Duration: 2 hours (approx.)
From USD $55.43

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Explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Palace of Versailles and Gardens of Versailles on a half-day tour. Your expert guide will bring French history back to life as you walk through the Palace of Versailles, where King Louis XIV officially settled his court and government in 1682. Soak in the palace’s Baroque architecture, admire the rooms full of art and see how some of the most infamous members of nobility really lived. Plus, avoid the long entry lines with this skip-the-line ticket!


  • All entrance fees included
  • Fully narrated tour
  • Includes free admission to top local attractions
  • Skip the line

Start your half-day Palace of Versailles (Chateau de Versailles) tour with a walk through the magnificent Gardens of Versailles (Jardins de Versailles), which contain about 210,000 flowers that are planted annually within the gardens’ 1,980 acres (800 hectares). During the summer your knowledgeable guide will tell you about the development of the gardens, which are one of the most-visited attractions in France. In winter, you are free to explore the gardens at your own pace, without a guided tour.

Next, bypass the queues with your skip-the-line admission into the palace! Enjoy a guided tour through the Palace of Versailles, where you’ll learn about the palace’s history, including its function as the center of political power in France from 1682 to 1789. Explore the palace’s unique interior rooms, including the King’s and the Queen’s State Apartments, the Royal Chapel and the Hall of Mirrors, which served as a passageway and meeting place.

Choose to visit Versailles on a Tuesday, Saturday or Sunday during the summer (April to October) and your ticket will also include entrance to the musical gardens (Tuesday) or musical fountain shows (Saturday and Sunday). Take some extra time after your half-day guided tour to watch the wonderful fountain displays set to classical music and discover the gardens at your own pace.

For a more intimate tour of Versailles, upgrade to the small-group tour. This option is limited to just 10 people, meaning you’ll receive personal attention from your professional guide so you can make the most of your time at Versailles.

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Central Versailles

Departure Time:
Departure at 10:15am until March 31, 2015
From April 1, 2016, departure at 1:15pm
Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure

2 hours (approx.)
Return Details:

Returns to original departure point

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Standard Tour English 1:15pm

Standard Versailles Half-Day Tour with a maximum of 30 people and an English-speaking guide. From April 1, 2016, departure at 1:15pm.

USD $55.43
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Standard Tour with Garden Show

Maximum of 30 people and English-speaking guide. Entrance tickets to the musical gardens and musical fountain show. .Departs at 10:15am until March 31, 2016. From April 1, 2015, departure at 1:15pm.

USD $66.51
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Skip the Line: Versailles Half-Day Tour

Skip the Line: Versailles Half-Day Tour


  • Admission ticket to Palace of Versailles
  • Professional guide
  • Entrance to the garden shows (only if option selected)


  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transport to/from attractions

Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking

  • The guided tour of the gardens is only available during the summer season (April to October)
  • The musical gardens (Tuesday) and musical fountain shows (Saturday and Sunday) only take place during the summer. If you select this option, you will be able to watch the shows after your half-day guided tour has finished.

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Cancellation Policy

If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: stephen k, October 2016

Amazing experience, skipping the line is a must! Great guide.

Reviewed by: Lynette M, September 2016

I would highly recommend the Skip the Line Tour. Just the fact of being able to skip the line is fantastic when you realise that you could spend hours just waiting in line to get in so it's worth it on that basis alone. Apart from that the tour gave us a really good look at the gardens and the palace itself. We could have stayed on afterwards to explore more of the gardens if we'd chosen to. The guide on the day was brilliant - very informative, funny, kept us moving but not in a way that felt hurried or hassled. Excellent value for money and I highly recommend it.