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Versailles Gardens (Jardins de Versailles) Tours

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Versailles Gardens (Jardins de Versailles)
Louis XIV’s Palace of Versailles takes the award for the most visited château in France, and the magnificent Versailles Gardens (Jardins de Versailles) are world renowned. A series of beautifully landscaped gardens, show-stopping fountains, and tree-lined pathways covering 800 hectares (1,976 acres), the gardens center on the cross-shaped Grand Canal.

The Basics
The gardens of Versailles are famous for their spectacular musical fountain shows and evening fireworks displays, held throughout the summer months.

Most visitors opt to discover Versailles on a half-day tour from Paris. With wait times lasting up to two hours, it’s worth booking skip-the-line entrance tickets if you plan to visit both the palace and gardens. You can explore the gardens on a self-guided tour, but visiting with a tour guide can be helpful if you have limited time or want to learn more about their history. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Plan at least two hours to explore the gardens.
  • Access to the gardens is free of charge, except on the days when Musical Fountains Shows take place.  
  • Electric golf carts are available to rent, and a mini-train runs between the palace, the Trianon palaces, the Queen’s Hamlet, and the Grand Canal.
  • The Versailles Gardens contain a selection of restaurants and cafés, but picnics are not permitted.
  • It can be breezy in the gardens even in summer, so bring a jacket.
  • Free Wi-Fi points are located in the Main Courtyard and at the garden entrance, and a free Gardens of Versailles app is available to download. 
  • All visitors to the gardens must pass through security checks, and no large bags or suitcases are permitted.
 
How To Get There
The Palace of Versailles, 13 miles (21 kilometers) outside Paris, is easy to reach by train. RER C trains run from central Paris to Versailles Château Rive Gauche, a 10-minute walk from the palace. SNCF trains run from Paris Montparnasse station to Versailles Chantiers or from Paris Saint Lazare to Versailles Rive Droite station. On arrival at the palace, direct entrance to the gardens is through the Courtyard of the Princes.

When to Get There
The Versailles Château Gardens are open year-round, but by far the most popular time to visit is in high season (April to October) when Musical Fountains Shows, Musical Gardens, and Fountains Night Shows take place. On show days an admission fee is charged, and it’s best to visit early in the morning or just before closing to avoid the busiest periods. Visiting in low season means smaller crowds, but for conservation purposes the fountains are switched off, the groves are closed, and many of the statues are covered. 

A Walking Tour of the Versailles Château Gardens
The masterpiece of landscape architect André Le Nôtre, the stunning gardens of Versailles offer scenic walks through groves, around formal parterres, and past spectacular fountains. Stride down the Royal Walk, gaze out across the Great Lawn, stroll around the Orangerie, and admire Marie Antoinette’s Grand Trianon and Petit Trianon palaces. Additional highlights include Apollo’s Baths Grove, the Mirror Pool, Ballroom Grove, the Neptune Fountain, and Apollo’s Fountain, which looks out across the Grand Canal.
Address: Place d'Armes, Versailles 78000, France
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Versailles Palace and Gardens Skip-the-line Tour from VersaillesHalf-day Tours

Versailles Palace and Gardens Skip-the-line Tour from Versailles

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Versailles, once home to French kings, is among the world’s largest and most opulent palaces. On this small-group tour, see the ever-popular landmark without the hassle. Upon meeting your guide, you’ll head straight inside with skip-the-line tickets. Explore the Hall of Mirrors, State Apartments, Versailles' gardens, and other highlights, and learn more from your guide’s commentary (headsets are provided so you can hear every word). This flexible tour gives you the chance to pick from different departure times, and opt to dine in the elegant, on-site restaurant.
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Versailles Palace & Gardens Skip-the-line Guided Tour

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Spend a half-day exploring the unforgettable attractions of Versailles, the extraordinary gardens and opulent palace that are both on UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites. Follow a knowledgeable guide through the historic buildings and monuments of King Louis XIV's 17th-century residence, imagining the ornately-decorated Baroque rooms as a private home for the royal family and the nobility they entertained. Enjoy it all without waiting in the long queues, thanks to this skip-the-line admission ticket.
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Skip the Line: Versailles Palace Entrance Ticket and Breakfast at Ore Restaurant

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Versailles Palace is a must-see attraction in Versailles. Save time waiting in long lines, and make the most of your trip with priority access. Your skip-the-line ticket gives you special access to the Palace, the gardens, and the Trianons, via an independent entrance. You won’t have to worry about finding a place to eat, as a delicious breakfast at Ore Restaurant is included too.
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Versailles Domain Guided Day Bike Tour with Palace Access from Paris by Train

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Experience the magnificence of Versailles on a fun full-day bike tour, including round-trip transfers by train from Paris. Meet your guide on arrival and spend the day pedaling around the beautiful parks, royal gardens, and forest trails. Stop to explore Marie Antoinette’s hamlet, snap photos of the grandiose palace from unique viewpoints and enjoy a picnic (own expense) along the Versailles' Grand Canal.
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Royals of VersaillesHalf-day Tours

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Versailles, the past residence of the famous Royals of centuries ago. You will explore the chambers where the past Kings & Queens of France spend their time and indulged into secretive meetings to form the courts and governments of today. Not to mention King Louis XIV special & hidden affairs which he had and the magnificent hall of mirrors. Then on, you will stroll with your guide through the mystic gardens which were used as a place of retreat, you will indulge the beautiful fountains and their musical symphonies (subject to day of the tour). Venez Discover was founded out of passion & love for tourism and its different diversified culture. Venez Discover, brings the best out of each place by meticulously crafting each tour exclusively while taking care of our environment. We aim to bring the love, passion and interest for our planet in each tour or service provided to you.
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Versailles Private Half Day Guided Tour with Skip the Line Access from ParisHalf-day Tours

Versailles Private Half Day Guided Tour with Skip the Line Access from Paris

This Half-Day Private Tour in Versailles is the opportunity to discover the most famous palace in the world and surely also the largest castle with its 67,000 m2 and 700 rooms. During your visit to the residence of Louis XIV, the Sun King, your guide will make you admire the state apartments of Louis XIV and the magnificent and amazing "Hall of Mirrors." After this exceptional visit, you will have free time to discover the beautiful French Gardens with 55 fountains before returning to Paris. - Skip-the-Line Tickets to the Palace and Gardens for your comfort and to guarantee you an easy access to the Palace of Versailles. - The tour is completely adapted with a customized itinerary. - Multilingual Licenced Driver-Guide accustomed to VIP customers. - Premium service at a very competitive price.
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Versailles, Gardens & Petit Trianon - Priority Access - private tourHalf-day Tours

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Enjoy a stress-free way to explore when you book a small-group tour of the Palace of Versailles. Travel with your guide from a Paris train station, or make your own way to Versailles and meet them upon arrival. Once at Versailles, bypass the long lines and head right in (entry own expense). Once inside, tour the UNESCO-listed palace before continuing to its elegant gardens and Marie Antoinette’s Petit Trianon palace. At tour’s end, travel by taxi to the train station and return to Paris.
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Relive history at the time of the Sun King thanks to this full day passport, accompagnied by your Private Professionnal Guide. This expert will give you the keys to understand and visualize why this building is part of the World Heritage of Humanity. You will be amazed by Louis XIV's splendour passing through the worldwide known Hall of Mirror : host of the most important figures since the XVII° C. Admire the Royal Apartments and the Stabling facilities. Then, step into Marie Antoinette's life discovering it's Trianon and estate. Enjoy free time, on your own, to discover the marvelous French Style Gardens imagined by the master Le Notre. You will be impressed by the work of perspective, the magnificent fountains and great spaces. If you admire great work of art, sumptous baroque, history and legacy; this tour is your.
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Experience the glory of Versailles by night with this tour of the palace and its grounds. After being transported from Paris to Versailles, you'll get to tour the gargantuan landscaped gardens that surround the palace. You’ll then enter the palace, where your guide will show you some of the most important rooms, including the stunning Hall of Mirrors. You'll then ride back to Paris just in time for dinner.
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Experience the regal splendor of the UNESCO–listed Palace of Versailles on this in-depth and informative sightseeing tour. Follow your guide from the elegant Place d'Armes through the palace’s opulent hallways and suites, and learn the secrets of key features like the Hall of Mirrors and Marie Antoinette's apartments. Gain insight into life here under King Louis XIV of France’s reign, and enjoy a stroll through the beautifully tended gardens.
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Discover and learn new things about the most famous palace of France and its history. The Palace of Versailles was a sleepy village until one king, the king Louis XIII decided to change it into something bigger which later on with the reign of Louis XIV. The palace of Versailles is located 30 minutes away from the central Paris by train. Versailles which turned out to be the old capital of France from the Royal Family. Louis XIV moved the royal family to the palace, and later on 2 enormous new wings were added during a 2nd phase of building (1678 - 1715). With this private tour you will have the chance to discover the Palace of Versailles from a different perspective of history with its beautiful ancient buildings and the secrets that the palace contains inside its walls.
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The Palace of Versailles and its expansive gardens served French royals for generations, and the magnificent interior apartments draw travelers from around the world. Avoid the crowds at this popular attraction with this private, skip-the-line tour from Paris. Join your personal guide to tour the apartments of Louis XIV and stroll through the glittering Hall of Mirrors. Then enjoy time to explore the French-style gardens on your own.
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 Versailles Palace and Gardens Guided Tour with Skip-the-line TicketsHalf-day Tours

Versailles Palace and Gardens Guided Tour with Skip-the-line Tickets

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Learn about the scandals that sparked the French Revolution. Our professional guides will assist you throughout the tour. You'll be fascinated by the colossal estate that is Palace of Versailles. It is where the Peace Treaty was signed by the allies and Germans at the end of WWI, where Marie Antoinette and Louis XIV spent their final days. After you've seen the majestic palace with your guide, you'll head out to the splendid 2000 acres of gardens. You can stroll either with your guide or by yourself.
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The Gardens at the Palace of Versailles: An audio tour of Louis XIV’s gardensPrivate Sightseeing Tours

The Gardens at the Palace of Versailles: An audio tour of Louis XIV’s gardens

The gardens to the west of the Palace of Versailles are unparalleled. On this self guided audio tour, you can meditate in the embrace of 200,000 trees, admire the artistry of 221 sculptures and marvel at the spectacle of 55 fountains shooting water as high as seven meters into the air. But this tour is more than just a pleasant stroll. By the end of it, you’ll be looking at the park in a totally different way. Our focus is on the hidden messages left by King Louis XIV. They’re lost to average visitors today, 300 years after their creation, but I’ll reveal them to you. The Sun King, as he was known, left absolutely nothing to chance in the gardens, and the details told a story that his subjects understood loud and clear. If you are intrigued by history, mythology, numerology, hydrography, meteorology or astronomy this is a tour for you!
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Small Group - Royals Palace of Versailles

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Versailles, the past residence of the famous Royals of centuries ago. You will explore the chambers where the past Kings & Queens of France spend their time and indulged into secretive meetings to form the courts and governments of today. Not to mention King Louis XIV special & hidden affairs which he had and the magnificent hall of mirrors. Then on, you will stroll with your guide through the mystic gardens which were used as a place of retreat, you will indulge the beautiful fountains and their musical symphonies (subject to day of the tour). Venez Discover was founded out of passion & love for tourism and its different diversified culture. Venez Discover, brings the best out of each place by meticulously crafting each tour exclusively while taking care of our environment. We aim to bring the love, passion and interest for our planet in each tour or service provided to you.
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Palace of Versailles Guided Tour with Skip the Line AccessCultural Tours

Palace of Versailles Guided Tour with Skip the Line Access

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Meet your guide in Versailles at the foot of the Equestrian Statue of the Sun King, Louis the 14th. After been welcome by your guide you will be taken on a guided inside visit of the Royal Apartments. You will walk through the palace and learn its history, including the fact that it was home to three of France’s most illustrious Kings for over 100 years. Following your interior visit of the Palace and after having said bye to your guide, you will have the opportunity spend some free time in the gardens, a 2,000-acre (809-hectare) park filled with fountains, statues, and classic formal garden landscaping You will even get the chance to see the Musical Gardens show if visiting Versailles on a Tuesday or a Friday or the Musical Fountains Show if taking the tour on a Saturday or a Sunday. (BUT Remember! Tickets to the Gardens are not included in the tour. You must expect to pay to get access to the Musical Gardens Show or Musical Fountains Show)
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Best of Versailles Palace Private Day Tour including Lunch & Queen's HamletFull-day Tours

Best of Versailles Palace Private Day Tour including Lunch & Queen's Hamlet

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Spend a full day exploring the historic grandeur of Versailles with a private tour from Paris. Skip the long lines at the Palace of Versailles and wander through the mesmerizing Hall of Mirrors and the fantastically ornate apartments where French royalty once lived. Stroll through the sprawling palace gardens, and visit the Grand Trianon palace and Queen’s Hamlet — a recreated country village built as a private escape for Marie Antoinette. Midday, take a break for lunch with a gourmet three-course meal near Versailles’ Grand Canal.
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Versailles Palace Skip the Line Guided Tour with Gardens, Trianons & The HamletFull-day Tours

Versailles Palace Skip the Line Guided Tour with Gardens, Trianons & The Hamlet

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Make the most of your visit to the incomparable Versailles Palace and Gardens with a full-day tour. Stroll through the Gardens of Versailles (Jardins de Versailles) with your guide, who helps bring the history of the UNESCO-listed site to life and offers insights into Marie Antoinette's Estate. Tour the opulent Palace of Versailles (Chateau de Versailles). Visitors on Sunday can take advantage of the weekly spectacular fountain show in the gardens.
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