Skip the lines and enter the Palace of Versailles without delay on this 6-hour tour from Paris that also includes entry to the Eiffel Tower when you return to the city. Learn about the French monarchy and see the Grand Apartments, Hall of Mirrors, and fabulous Gardens of Versailles as you explore with a provided audio guide. Back in Paris, skip the ticket queue at the Eiffel Tower and go up to the 2nd floor on your own for panoramic views of the city. When booking, you have the option to upgrade to include a Seine River cruise, a live guide at Versailles, or both.
Your tour starts with pickup at your hotel in Paris for the drive to one of the most famous palaces in the world, Château de Versailles. During the drive, listen to information about the palace from your driver. Once you arrive at the UNESCO World Heritage–listed palace, you can skip the ticket line and go inside to begin your independent tour using your provided audio guide, your source of insightful information about the French royal family and the public rooms of the palace, including the Grand Apartments and Hall of Mirrors. Afterward, you have the opportunity to enjoy a walk outside the palace, once home to Louis XIV, the Sun King. Enjoy free time to stroll through the famed Gardens of Versailles with its manicured paths and statues. (Please note: on Tuesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays from March to October, the Musical Fountains Show and Musical Gardens take place at Versailles; during that period, the gardens are an additional charge, and you must select the option 'Palace,Fountain Show&Eiffel' if you would like to visit the gardens.)When your time at Versailles is up, your driver takes you back to Paris and gives you your skip-the-line Eiffel Tower ticket for the 2nd floor. Your tour ends here, so you'll be on your own to enjoy the tower independently. Note: This isn't a fully guided tour. A driver-guide takes you to Versailles and provides your entrance without queuing, but you'll visit the palace on your own. Your driver-guide then picks you up for the return transfer to Paris between 12pm and 1pm, depending on your choice when booking. The guided palace tour (if option selected when booking) is conducted only in the apartments of the Château de Versailles and might be a different guide from your driver-guide. Your Eiffel Tower access is arranged between 2pm and 4pm at any time. If you would like a different entrance time, please mention so in the special request field when booking. Your request will be subject to availability.If you select the river cruise option, head to the Seine waterfront from the Eiffel Tower for a tour along the river.