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.
Meet your guide at a convenient location near the train station. Take a short train ride to Versailles, approximately 30 minutes. Arrive in Versailles and go directly to the Palace of Versailles. Enjoy the ease of skip-the-line access and an intimate visit with a group size limited to 25 participants.Once inside, follow in the footsteps of legendary French kings and queens on a guided tour of the world-renowned palace. See the private apartments, lavish staterooms, and much more, with the help of your knowledgeable guide. Learn about King Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette, and those that were part of their court, hear interesting facts and stories about the history of the palace and the royal family. Following your tour of the palace, take a stroll through the exquisite palace gardens, where glamorous balls were held and frequented by the most famous figures of those times. Depending on your day of travel, you might also get to see the famous Musical Gardens or the Fountain Show (weekends and some Tuesdays and Fridays during the summer). After your tour, it's a short walk back to the train station for your return to Paris. You may choose to remain in Versailles for some free time to explorie this beautiful royal city. For 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.

What’s included

  • Reserved entry time and entrance fees to the Palace and Gardens of Versailles
  • 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)

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)


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