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Skip-the-Line Half-Day Versailles Palace and Gardens Tour by Train from Paris

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Join this half-day tour to the prestigious Palace of Versailles and Gardens. Walk in the footsteps of King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. See the Hall of Mirrors, lavish staterooms, and beautiful gardens. Your English-speaking guide will lend their expertise to enhancing the experience with historical facts and interesting anecdotes. Take the RER train from Paris and enjoy skip-the-line access, a real time-saver.
Highlights
  • A skip-the-line guided tour of Versailles, with train transport from Paris
  • Enjoy hassle-free travel with round-trip tickets on the RER
  • Bypass the entrance crowds for more time to explore the 700-room palace
  • Upgrade to enjoy a rare peek at Petit Trianon, Marie Antoinette's getaway
What to Expect
Begin by meeting your guide at Javel André Citroen Metro station for a short and scenic train ride from Paris with a group capped at 25 people. Skip the entrance line and enjoy more time inside the palace for a firsthand peek at lavish official chambers and private apartments. With its world-famous Hall of Mirrors and sweeping, English-style garden, the Palace of Versailles is the stuff of legends. Depending on your day of travel, you may end up catching the famous Musical Fountain show in the stately palace gardens. Learn where glamorous royal balls once took place as your guide entertains you with facts from French history and stories of court intrigue. Upgrade to include the Petit Trianon for a peek into the private life of the royals, including the thatched cottages of Marie Antoinette. Your guide returns you to the station for the train trip back to Paris, where the tour ends.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Javel, 75015 Paris, France
Duration
4h
Return Details
Unnamed Road, 78000 Versailles, France
Inclusions
  • Musical Gardens or Fountain Show (operates on the weekend, Tuesday and some Fridays added during the summer months)
  • Round-trip transportation from central Paris to Versailles by RER train
  • Fully accredited English-speaking guides
  • Headsets when appropriate so you can always hear your guide
  • Fully guided visit to the Petit Trianon and Marie Antoinette’s hamlet (if option selected)
  • Ride on the 'Petit Train' to and from the Petit Trianon (if option selected)
  • All reservations and entrance fees to the Palace of Versailles, with skip the line timed entance.
  • Entry/Admission - Palace of Versailles
  • Entry/Admission - The Hall of Mirrors
  • Entry/Admission - Le Jardin de Versailles
  • Entry/Admission - Le Petit Trianon
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Fully guided visit to the Petit Trianon and Marie Antoinette’s hamlet (unless option selected)
  • Ride on the Petit Train to and from the Petit Trianon (unless option selected)
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please note the gardens are not optimal for people with mobility issues or using a wheelchair
  • Our skip-the-line privilege does not extend to the security checkpoint
  • Due to ongoing restoration work in the Palace, some rooms may not be available to visit. Should this be the case, our guides will replace those rooms so that your experience is complete.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our tour was wonderful. Christiana was very knowledgeable and fun! We absolutely loved the tour, especially garden portion of the tour.More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Siobhan P, Guest Relations Manager at Memories DMC France, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for your review for Cristiana. We are so glad you enjoyed the tour, we love the gardens too, and love to explore them in all seasons. There is so much to see there and so many wonderful hidden groves that you could easily...More

Reviewed 24 August 2019

Versailles is such an enormous facility. We were glad to have a guide walk us through. (ESPECIALLY TO SKIP ALL THE LINES - OMG!!). Our guide, Christiana, was very knowledgeable. She kept us informed. She kept us in line (hard with 18 people and all...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Siobhan P, Guest Relations Manager at Memories DMC France, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2019

Many thanks for leaving us such a detailed review, we are thrilled you enjoyed your day at Versailles with Cristiana and have passed your kind comments on to her. She is certainly an exceptional guide and like all our team of guides will not be...More

Reviewed 24 August 2019 via mobile

The skip the line tickets were great! The tour guide was very knowledgeable and helpful. If you do the gardens be prepared to walk!More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Siobhan P, Guest Relations Manager at Memories DMC France, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2019

Thank you very much for your review! There is quite a bit of walking in the gardens, but there are so many beautiful hidden parts of the gardens that we really want to ensure that you see, it's vey easy to miss out if you...More

Reviewed 11 July 2019

We cannot say enough good things about our guide, Christiana and this tour. She was efficient, cheerful, informative and funny. We had a 10-15 minute wait outside the entrance to the palace while Christiana worked her magic to get us moved to the front of...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Steve R
Siobhan P, Guest Relations Manager at Memories DMC France, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2019

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us such a detailed review, which we have passed on to Cristiana and which she was also extremely pleased to read. We really are happy to read that you enjoyed the full day tour, we...More

Reviewed 9 July 2019

Our tour guide was awesome! She was well versed in Versailles and had so much information for us. Doing the skip the line tour was worth every penny - it was extremely crowded and while we waited about 10-15 minutes to get in, it beat...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Siobhan P, Guest Relations Manager at Memories DMC France, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2019

Thank you for leaving us a review, and for all your helpful tips for future visitors to Versailles! It has been very hot here in Paris recently, renovations have recently finished in the Queen's apartments at Versailles that have put an air cooling system in,...More

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honesttraveler12
14 July 2019|
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Response from Siobhan P | Property representative |
Hello! Our tours end either around 12:15 or 1:15pm depending on the gardens (if the fountain show is on we start a little earlier to ensure you see the very best of it). Travel time back to central Paris is around 30... More
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Deanna A
8 August 2018|
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Response from Siobhan P | Property representative |
Hello, thank you for your question. This is a tricky tour for someone in a wheelchair, particularly the outdoors parts of the visit. The courtyard of the Palace has large cobblestones, and the gardens are not easily... More
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Henry L
6 June 2018|
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Response from Siobhan P | Property representative |
Hello, the tour lasts 3 hours total, that includes both the visit of the palace and the gardens, the 3 hours are fully guided. These 3 hours do not include the travel time, approx 30 - 45 mins on the train each way. If you... More
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