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Guided tour of the Palace of Versailles

One of the most famous historic monuments in the world, the Palace of Versailles was the official residence of the Kings of France Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louis XVI.

Versailles is a striking example of the grandeur of classical French architecture. The extravagant French decoration reflects the personality and wealth of King Louis IV and the Royal Apartments are littered with priceless paintings and furniture.

Your guided tour will take you through the Great Royal Apartments, the Queen’s Apartments and the stunning Hall of Mirrors. Throughout the tour your guide will bring the palace’s history to life with their enthusiasm and knowledge and at the end of your guided tour, take advantage of your free time to explore the beautiful French gardens – which are worth a visit to Versailles just on their own.

One of the most famous historic monuments in the world, the Palace of Versailles was the official residence of the Kings of France Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louis XVI and their courts from 1682 to 1789. Your guide will show you the majestic Palace of Versailles, a symbol of the king's power. Its Baroque architecture, sumptuous decoration, works of art, and furniture were all created by the greatest artisans of the age. After touring the palace, explore the magic of its formal gardens and exceptionally beautiful grounds.

The Palace of Versailles has more than 700 rooms and stretches for over 721,000 square feet. Follow your guide straight to the front of the line to visit the palace's most beautiful rooms: the King's Grand Apartments, with seven rooms dedicated to different gods (Apollo, Mars, Mercy, Venus, etc.), and the Queen's Grand Apartments, mirroring those of the king, which include the Coronation Room and the Queen's Bedroom, once occupied by Marie Antoinette, among others.

Also, admire the grandeur of the Versailles Hall of Mirrors, a unique room in which guests were received and impressed, designed by the famous architect Jules Hardouin-Mansart. Almost 240 feet-long, it was created to dazzle visitors to the Sun King, Louis XIV; it is lit by 17 windows and some 350 mirrors, and overlooks the palace's breath-taking gardens, the second part of your visit.

In 1661, Louis XIV commissioned the landscape architect André Le Nôtre to lay out the grounds and gardens, something that was just as important to the king as the construction of the palace itself. Enjoy your free time strolling through the Gardens of Versailles and admire the 386 works of art (including more than 200 statues), fountains, flower beds, ponds, and trees.

Departure location

2 Rue des Pyramides, 75001. The nearest Paris metro is Palais Royal.

Start times

Summer: 8.00am or 1.15pm; Winter: 8.45am or 2.00pm.

Duration

Around 4 hours including the drive from Paris City Centre.

Experience Includes

  • Entrance to the magnificent Palace of Versailles avoiding the long ticket lines
  • A guided tour taking in the State Apartments, the King's and Queen's bedrooms, the Hall of Mirrors and more
  • Entrance to the beautiful gardens - on your own time
  • Roundtrip coach transportation to Versailles from central Paris
  • Expert guide

Experience Excludes

  • Hotel transfers
  • Refreshments

Terms & Conditions

  • Tours depart 2 Rue des Pyramides in central Paris. You must make your own way to the meeting point. The nearest Metro station is Palais Royal or Pyramides.
  • Entrance to the Gardens of Versaille is not included in the summer when the fountains or the Musical Gardens are playing. This affects afternoon visits on Saturdays and Sundays during April to October plus Tuesdays on 24 May to 28 June. Additional dates may be added without notice.
  • Not recommended for people with walking difficulties.
  • Pushchairs are not permitted inside the Palace of Versailles.