The 4 Best Ways to Visit the Chateau de Versailles

Experience the majesty of Louis XIV's France as you explore royal history at the Chateau de Versailles — from the decadent Grand Apartments and the dazzling Hall of Mirrors to the opulent Royal Quarters and the formal French gardens. As you can imagine, this UNESCO-designated world heritage site is immensely popular and the lines outside the palace doors can be very long.

A private Chateau de Versailles tour solves the problem of being left out in the cold — it's the best way to experience the largest and most lavish palace ever built. Feel like royalty as you're picked up at your Paris address and whisked to the royal castles and gardens. No Metros, no trains, no waiting in line: it's the perfect way to do it. There are a number of tours, but here we present our favorites.

VIP Palace of Versailles Guided Visit

With Priority Accese & Private Viewings

VIP Versailles Tour

Get an Insiders view of Versailles that most tourists will never experience.

The VIP tour starts with a priority entrance to the Palace of Versailles before the crowds arrive. You glide past the velvet ropes to areas previously seen only by dignitaries. Enter through a reserved door for a private viewing of Louis XVI's apartments including his personal library, his favorite dining room, the clock room and the corner room with his famous cylinder desk.

On this exclusive private tour you visit the restricted living areas of the French kings and queens including the Royal Opera House and Royal Chapel built for the wedding of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.

There are a very limited number of spaces on the VIP tours, and they sell out quickly. So be sure to book early.

Best of Versailles Day Trip from Paris

Chateau de Versailles

Instead of worrying about trains, brochures and guide books, take the royal route with a private luxury van and a guide to add illuminating details to make the past come alive with stories of palace life.

We love being picked up at our Paris address by a private driver and being driven directly to the palace, arriving refreshed and ready to explore.

After lunch your guide leads you to the magnificent gardens and the Queen's Hamlet, Marie Antoinette's private rustic farm. You also visit the Petit Trianon, the mini-palace where Louis XV and Louis XVI liked to relax and escape hectic court life.

There's free time on the Chateau de Versailles tour to wander through the French gardens surrounded by statues, fountains and marble vases made by teams of artists supervised by the king's favorite painter, Charles Le Brun. Here's what this Versailles tour includes —

  • Transportation to and from Versailles with hotel pickup
  • Skip-the-line ticket to the Chateau de Versailles
  • A tour of the magnificent gardens
  • near the Grand Canal

Walking Tour with Fountain Show

Walking Tour with Fountain Show

From spring until autumn you have the opportunity to see the stunning fountain displays at Versailles, which demonstrate the artistry and skill of three hundred years of French garden design.

From a central location in Paris, you board the tour bus to Versailles where you enjoy a guided visit of the royal apartments and a stroll through the park surrounding the palace.

In the summer, from April to October, you have a chance to see the magnificent fountain show — Saturdays & Sundays, from April 3rd to October 31st, plus on Tuesdays from May 18th to June 29th. In the winter there's a horse-drawn carriage ride. Lunch is at La Petite Venise, after which the tour continues.

Private Tours of Versailles

Go the Royal Route

Private Tours of Versailles

Courtesy of our Paris Concierge are these private tours, created to fill your need for the royal treatment.

Your private driver will meet your at your Paris address to whisk you off to Versailles. Once at the palace, a licensed guide will show you the splendour of Versailles starting with a fast-line entry to the chateau.

The private tour is extensive — you view the Royal Apartments, the Chapel, the Hall of Mirrors, the Queen's Apartments, the Hall of the Battles and, for a final touch, a private walking tour through the magnificent gardens.

On Saturdays and Sundays you might choose to see the famed fountain show in the garden.

There are variations on the private tours to suit your fancy —

  • Full-day tour, with lunch
  • Half-day tour of Versailles with an afternoon panoramic tour of Paris
  • Spend the morning at Versailles and the afternoon at the beautiful Monet Gardens in Giverny

Other Chateau de Versailles Tour Options

  • Versailles & The Trianon Skip-the-Line, Full-Day Guided Tour
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  • Full-Day, Guided Tour of Versailles, With Hotel Pickup
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  • Combine Versailles and Monet's Giverny on a One-Day Guided Tour
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  • Versailles Small-Group Tour with Audio Guide
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