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Know Before You Go: Tips for Visiting Versailles

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Know Before You Go: Tips for Visiting Versailles
The Palace of Versailles is one of France’s top attractions. Built by Louis XIV in the 17th and 18th centuries as an extravagant display of wealth and power, it still manages to drop jaws with its elaborate decor, furnishings, and gardens. Here’s what you need to know to ensure you get the most out of your trip to Versailles.

Arrange transportation from Paris
Versailles is situated just 15 miles (25 kilometers) southwest of Paris. To get there from the French capital, take the RER C train to Versailles Château–Rive Gauche, which is a 5-minute walk from the palace. When you buy train tickets from the multilingual automated machines, you will receive two tickets—one for each way—so be sure to hold onto the second ticket for the return leg.

Note that the RER C line can be crowded (don’t expect a seat), especially during peak travel times. If you don’t fancy being packed in like sardines on a train car, opt for a guided Versailles tour from Paris that includes transportation by air-conditioned coach instead. 

Prebook tickets to beat the crowds
The Palace of Versailles is extremely popular, and rightly so. But it can also be crowded, especially in the summer months. Save yourself a lot of waiting around by prebooking skip-the-line tickets—this is the fastest way to get inside. Another good way to avoid the masses is to book a tour to parts of the palace, such as the Royal Quarters, that are not otherwise open to the general sightseeing public. 

Save time with a guided tour
If you’re on a tight schedule and want to maximize your time at Versailles, book a guided tour. The estate is vast and it’s all too easy for first-timers to get lost or sidetracked. Going with a guide who knows their way around ensures that you see all the major highlights.

Be prepared to spend a lot of time on your feet
Any visit to Versailles involves a lot of walking. The palace itself is huge, but the gardens are what really takes it out of most visitors. If your feet begin to ache, note that there are rental bikes, golf carts, and a mini train to help you get around the grounds. 
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Small Group Versailles Palace, Gardens & Fountains, Hamlet, Day Trip Guided TourDay Trips

Small Group Versailles Palace, Gardens & Fountains, Hamlet, Day Trip Guided Tour

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Go back in time to experience the opulence of the Palace and Gardens of Versailles on this small-group tour from Paris. Walk through the glittering Hall of Mirrors, see the Royal Apartments, and admire the enormous gardens and beautiful fountain displays. Weekend visitors from April to October can see the famous fountain shows. Choose either a half-day independent tour in either the morning or afternoon, or a full-day guided tour. Pick-up and drop-off at central Paris hotels is included to make everything hassle-free.
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Day Bike Tour of Versailles from ParisMountain Bike Tours

Day Bike Tour of Versailles from Paris

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The gardens of Versailles span an impressive 1,976 acres. Rather than exploring the sprawling grounds on foot, pedal your way around with an informative guide on this full-day Versailles bike tour from Paris. Discover garden trails and tree-lined paths behind the palace, and reach parts of the grounds that visitors on foot do not frequent, including Marie Antoinette's country-style hamlet, the Petit Trianon, and the Grand Trianon. Stop by the Grand Canal before heading inside the Palace of Versailles with skip-the-line admission.
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Palace of Versailles Guided Tour with Gardens & Fountains Show from ParisDay Trips

Palace of Versailles Guided Tour with Gardens & Fountains Show from Paris

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Imagine how the extravagance of Versailles was part of everyday life for Marie Antoinette during a guided tour of the palace with an optional fountain show. Take advantage of skip-the-line access to avoid the long lines at the start of your tour. Gaze in wonder at the Royal Apartments and the Queen’s Apartments, and walk through the glittering Hall of Mirrors to the Salon de la Guerre and the Salon de la Paix. Plus explore the expansive gardens on your own after the palace tour.
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Skip the Line: Versailles Half-Day TourCultural Tours

Skip the Line: Versailles Half-Day 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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Full Day Tour with Versailles Palace, Eiffel Tower and Seine River CruiseDay Cruises

Full Day Tour with Versailles Palace, Eiffel Tower and Seine River Cruise

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When you don’t have oodles of time in the French capital, make the most of it with a trip to Versailles and a tour of the best of Paris in one day. Spend the morning at the extravagant Palace of Versailles with a guide, then head back to Paris for lunch, a sightseeing cruise on the Seine River, and a coach tour of the "City of Light."
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Skip the Line: Versailles Full-Day TourFull-day Tours

Skip the Line: Versailles Full-Day Tour

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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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Versailles and Trianon Fully Guided Day Trip from ParisDay Trips

Versailles and Trianon Fully Guided Day Trip from Paris

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Enjoy skip-the-line access to the Palace of Versailles to avoid the often-long queues. Explore the opulent palace and expansive gardens, and — in the summer — take in the optional Versailles Fountain Show. This is a great way to see this must-see attraction outside Paris.
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Skip-the-Line Versailles Palace & Gardens from Paris with Optional Fountain ShowHalf-day Tours

Skip-the-Line Versailles Palace & Gardens from Paris with Optional Fountain Show

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Immerse yourself in the opulence and drama of Versailles Palace and Gardens on a small-group tour from Paris to Versailles. With your ticket, breeze past the queue and join an expert guide for a fun and informative walk through the castle and gardens. Witness the extravagance of Louis XIV—the Sun King—who built up the massive 700-room complex, adorning the space with luxuries fit for the French monarchy.
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Versailles Half Day Trip from Paris by Coach with Independent Audio Guided VisitHalf-day Tours

Versailles Half Day Trip from Paris by Coach with Independent Audio Guided Visit

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This tour allows you to explore Versailles independently and includes round-trip transportation from Paris to help make things easier for you when traveling. Skip the hassle of figuring out your own transport and settle in for the ride to Versailles, listening to recorded audio commentary about the French landmark as you relax on the way over, with priority access admission to the palace and gardens included.
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Versailles Palace & Gardens Tour from Versailles - Optional Fountain ShowPrivate and Luxury

Versailles Palace & Gardens Tour from Versailles - Optional Fountain Show

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Witness the opulence of one of Europe's most magnificent royal residences on a guided tour of the Palace and Gardens of Versailles. Skip the long lines with priority entrance, and explore the decadent salons and chambers where kings and queens of France once held court. Stroll through the expansive, World Heritage gardens, and add a regal flair to your visit with an optional fountain or music show on certain days.
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Giverny and Versailles Small Group Day Trip from ParisDay Trips

Giverny and Versailles Small Group Day Trip from Paris

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Uncover history and art on a small-group, full-day tour from central Paris. Explore Giverny, including its tranquil water lily gardens at Monet’s house. Indulge in lunch at Moulin de Fourges and then discover the splendor of the Palace of Versailles with its decadent Hall of Mirrors and gardens.
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Skip the Line: Versailles Palace and Gardens Day Trip from Paris by TrainHalf-day Tours

Skip the Line: Versailles Palace and Gardens Day Trip from Paris by Train

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Don’t like to waste time waiting in lines? Book this half-day Palace of Versailles tour that includes round-trip train transport from Paris, a skip-the-line entrance ticket and an audio-guide. After reaching Versailles by RER train, an informative guide takes on you a pleasant 2-hour tour of the garden grounds. Then, sail past the queue at the palace and explore its stately rooms at your own pace before returning to Paris via train at a time of your choosing.
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Versailles Helicopter Tour from ParisFull-day Tours

Versailles Helicopter Tour from Paris

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Make your visit to Versailles truly special on a helicopter tour from Paris. See the most popular attractions in the Paris area from the air, including the Seine River, Bois de Boulogne, and of course the Palace of Versailles. Land not far from Versailles for a drink (included) and pose for pictures in front of the helicopter. During the return trip to Paris, fly over sights such as Montparnasse, Trocadéro, La Défense, and get distant views of the Eiffel Tower. Select either a morning, afternoon, or evening departure.
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