Skip-the-Line Half-Day Versailles Palace Tour by Train

Cultural & Theme Tours in Versailles

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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.
ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Palace of Versailles, Versailles, Yvelines, Ile-de-FranceFor those who have selected the option to visit the Petit Trianon, you will go there after a break for lunch. The Petit Trianon offers a unique insight into the private life of the royals at the Palace of Versailles. Hear how King Louis XVI presented a key encrusted in diamonds to his beloved wife, Marie Antoinette and admire the English-style gardens, vegetable gardens, and thatched cottages commissioned by the queen to replicate a Normandy village. Learn how she surrounded herself with farm animals so she could play shepherdess, a far cry from her public persona. At the end of the tour, we will take the 'Petit Train' back to the palace, from where it's a short walk to the train station to return to Paris.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: The Hall of Mirrors, Versailles, Yvelines, Ile-de-FranceSee the dazzling Hall of Mirrors, and learn the secrets of how it came to be, and the fascinating goings on at the time of the royal court.Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Le Jardin de Versailles, Versailles, Yvelines, Ile-de-FranceAfter visiting the royal apartments inside the palace, your guide will lead you through the spectacular gardens, once the setting of balls, parties and elaborate firework displays. On fountain show days you will discover the amazing waterworks, still running today as they did in the times of Kings and Queens.At the end of your tour you are free to return to Paris with your guide or to remain in Versailles at your leisure. Your guide will be happy to give you advice on further places to visit or where to enjoy a great meal in this beautiful royal city.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Le Petit Trianon, Versailles, Yvelines, Ile-de-FranceFor those who have selected the option to visit the Petit Trianon, your guide will escort you there after a break for lunch. The Petit Trianon offers a unique insight into the private life of the royals at the Palace of Versailles. Hear how King Louis XVI presented a key encrusted in diamonds to his beloved wife, Marie Antoinette and admire the English-style gardens, as well as her beautiful private Hamlet, complete with vegetable gardens and thatched cottages, commissioned by the queen to replicate a Normandy village. Learn how she surrounded herself with farm animals so she could escape the court and play shepherdess, a far cry from her public persona. At the end of the tour, we will take the 'Petit Train' back to the palace, from where it's a short walk to the train station to return to Paris.Duration: 3 hours

What’s included

  • 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
  • English-speaking guides
  • Small groups limited to 25 people or fewer
  • 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)
  • Entry/Admission - Palace of Versailles
  • Entry/Admission - The Hall of Mirrors
  • Entry/Admission - Le Jardin de Versailles
  • Entry/Admission - Le Petit Trianon

What’s not included

  • 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)

Highlights

  • All entrance fees included
  • Round-trip train fares
  • Led by a local guide
  • Multiple times offered throughout the day
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