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Versailles: Skip-the-Line Tour of Palace with Gardens Access

1. Versailles: Skip-the-Line Tour of Palace with Gardens Access

Discover the opulence, beauty, and history of Versailles Palace on an interactive guided tour. Access the palace through a separate entrance to begin your tour and then you head off to the famous gardens with a guide or on your own. During the 90-minute tour of the main palace, see the State Apartments, the King's Bedroom, and the emblematic Hall of Mirrors. Learn about the main figures of the French monarchy, from King Louis XIV to Marie Antoinette. Hear about the fascinating historical events that took place in many of the palace’s rooms, before stepping out to explore the vast gardens complex with your guide or on your own. Marvel at the gardens' grandeur, its bronze statues, and ornamental basins accompanied by rows of large trees. If visiting with a guide, gain fascinating insights about the garden on a 45-minute tour.

From Paris: Versailles Skip-the-Line Tour & Gardens Access

2. From Paris: Versailles Skip-the-Line Tour & Gardens Access

Travel from Paris on this half-day trip to Versailles. Save time with skip-the-line tickets, a convenient return transfer, and an engaging tour of Versailles Palace and its historic rooms and chambers. Start by meeting at a central point in Paris and transfer by bus to Versailles. Upon arrival, access the palace through a separate entrance. Then, discover the opulence, beauty, and history of the palace on an interactive guided tour. During the 90-minute tour, see the State Apartments, the King's Bedroom, and the emblematic Hall of Mirrors. Learn about the main figures of the French monarchy, from King Louis XIV to Marie Antoinette. Hear about the many fascinating historical events that took place in the palace's rooms. After your tour of the palace, take some free time to stroll around the beautiful French Gardens. After some time exploring the gardens by yourself, hop back on the bus for your journey back to central Paris.

Versailles: Palace of Versailles Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

3. Versailles: Palace of Versailles Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

Discover the splendor, beauty, and history of Versailles Palace on a guided tour with skip-the-line tickets. Step inside via a priority entrance and follow an expert guide through the lavish halls of this iconic French architectural masterpiece. Arrive at the meeting point to meet your guide who will give you a friendly introduction about the royal complex and lead you inside to begin exploring one of the largest palaces in the world. See the ornate King's and Queen's State Apartments and the glittering Hall of Mirrors, one of the most emblematic rooms in the Versailles Château and where many events of great historic significance took place, including the Treaty of Versailles. Learn about the main figures of the French monarchy, from King Louis XVI to his wife, Marie Antoinette. Listen as your guide brings these legendary characters to life with entertaining storytelling. Enjoy plenty of opportunities to ask questions during this interactive tour. Afterward, feel free to explore the palace or stroll through the gardens on your own. Please note that, on certain days between April and October, there may be a fee to access the gardens.

Paris: Eiffel Tower Direct Access Tour to Summit by Elevator

4. Paris: Eiffel Tower Direct Access Tour to Summit by Elevator

Save precious time on an accompanied visit to the Eiffel Tower with a direct access entrance ticket. Meet the host to get your entrance tickets and make your way up to the second floor by elevator having heard stories about the tower's history. From this first vantage point, marvel at the sprawling city views in front of you. See if you can point out famous landmarks like the Seine River, the Trocadéro Gardens, and the Invalides. Then, catch the next elevator and ascend to the summit of the Eiffel Tower. From there, admire the panoramic views of the city’s iconic monuments, such as Notre Dame Cathedral, Sacré Coeur Basilica, and the glass roof of the Grand Palais. See the office of Gustave Eiffel, or have a glass of champagne. On your way back down, stop in at the 1st-floor observation deck. Here, wander around the fascinating exhibit and brave walking on the glass floor 57 meters (187 feet) above street level.

Paris: Eiffel Tower Direct Access Tour to 2nd Floor by Elevator

5. Paris: Eiffel Tower Direct Access Tour to 2nd Floor by Elevator

Save precious time on an accompanied visit to the Eiffel Tower with a direct access entrance ticket to its first and second floors. Learn about Paris and the tower's history from your local host. Meet your host to get your entrance tickets to the Eiffel Tower and make your way up to the 2nd floor by elevator, having heard stories about the tower's history. Then, enjoy some free time to admire the panoramic views of the city's iconic monuments at your own pace. Marvel at the Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Sacré Coeur Basilica, and the glass roof of the Grand Palais from your high vantage point. See the Seine River snaking its way around the middle of Paris and watch as the riverboats glide quietly on its calm waters. Take in the city and its unique atmosphere from your ideal viewing spot. When you have finished exploring the second floor, make your way down to the first floor observation deck. Here, wander around the exhibit and brave walking on the glass floor 57 meters (187 feet) above street level.

Paris: Skip-the-Line Ticket to Sainte Chapelle

6. Paris: Skip-the-Line Ticket to Sainte Chapelle

Discover the remarkable Gothic style and stunning stained glass work of the Sainte Chapelle Cathedral in Paris with this skip-the-line ticket. Admire this jewel the French Gothic aesthetic at your own pace with a self-guided tour booklet. Spend an hour admiring the spectacular stained-glass windows that contribute to making Sainte Chapelle so famous. Arranged across 15 windows, each 15-meters high, the stained glass panes depict 1,113 scenes from the Old and New Testaments. Learn more about these glass depictions using your tour booklet. Discover facts about sacred relics and items such as the Crown of Thorns or the Image of Edessa that were once held here. Gaze up at the star-painted ceiling.

From Paris: Palace of Versailles & Gardens w/ Transportation

7. From Paris: Palace of Versailles & Gardens w/ Transportation

Explore the expansive royal gardens, see yourself in the 357 mirrors of the glittering Hall of Mirrors, and learn about France’s monarchical history on this visit to the Palace of Versailles. Skip the hassle of getting to the palace from Paris with pre-booked transportation and admission.  Imagine yourself a member of the French court as you peruse the ornate state apartments that housed the French monarchy from 1682 to 1789. Get the details on palace gossip and France’s revolutionary history with an included audio guide. Spend hours exploring the legendary gardens. Admire the pristine fountains, sculptures, and beautifully manicured lawns. Discover Marie Antoinette’s private estate and controversial hamlet by choosing the full-day option.

Eiffel Tower: Tour to Summit by Elevator

8. Eiffel Tower: Tour to Summit by Elevator

Begin your Eiffel Tower visit by meeting your guide and listening to an introduction about the monument's history. Head up to the 2nd floor by elevator and marvel at the sprawling city views that unfurl in front of you as you make your way up this iconic landmark. After the tour of the 2nd floor, head to the elevators to the summit. At the top, enjoy free time to take in the views of the famous monuments that can be seen the Eiffel Tower summit. See Notre Dame Cathedral, rocadéro Gardens, and the golden dome of the Hôtel des Invalides. On your way back down to ground level, make sure to stop off on the 1st floor observation deck, where you can walk on the new glass floor and visit the small exhibit about the Eiffel Tower. Leave the tour feeling enchanted by stunning Parisian views and a new perspective on this beautiful city.

Paris: Versailles Palace and Gardens Full Access Ticket

9. Paris: Versailles Palace and Gardens Full Access Ticket

Visit the Palace and Gardens of Versailles with a pre-booked 1-day full access pass. Explore the ornate State Apartments and breathtaking Hall of Mirrors inside the official residence of the French monarchy from 1682 to 1789. Learn more about Louis XIV and other French royals. Get a sense of life in the French court as you take a walk through the glittering Hall of Mirrors. Stroll through the legendary gardens at your own pace, and admire fountains, sculptures, and beautifully manicured lawns. Enjoy access to the Grand and Petit Trianon in their own grounds. See where the “Sun King” would entertain in private, and where he would go to escape the rigors of court life. Then, go to Marie Antoinette’s Estate, and discover where she would seek refuge in private. Choose the fountain option to enjoy a spectacular fountain show or the iconic musical gardens to finish off your visit.

Day Trip to Mont-Saint-Michel from Paris

10. Day Trip to Mont-Saint-Michel from Paris

Travel through Normandy on the way to the medieval Mont-St-Michel on a day trip from Paris aboard an air-conditioned bus. Choose to go alone, with a live guide, or with an audio guide. Discover the UNESCO-listed island and its Gothic abbey. Learn of its fascinating history and legendary stories. Depart Paris and travel through the French countryside by an air-conditioned bus to the amazing fortified city of Mont Saint-Michel off the Normandy coast. Sit back and relax and get stunning views of the countryside along the way. Stop for a break at a nearby village dating back to the days of the Normans, and stroll the winding streets and narrow pathways to find the best views of the bay. Continue to the mouth of the Couesnon River, where Mont-Saint-Michel was built on an islet just a few hundred meters from the mainland. Spend the afternoon exploring the remarkable monuments of the walled city, classified as a world heritage site by UNESCO since 1979. Take time to discover the rocky islet at your own pace. Climb along the ramparts to make your way up to the abbey at the top of the town. Visit the Abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel with an included entrance ticket. this Benedictine building has played a vital role in the history of the commune and the feudal society it represents. Marvel at this magnificent example of Gothic architecture from the early 13th century. Admire views of the surrounding bay before leaving Mont-Saint-Michel in the late afternoon. Be driven back to the French capital to get dropped off at the starting point.

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I was hesitant to do a guided tour but let me tell you it’s worth it! First, If it’s your first time visiting, you need a guide (our was Cecile, amazing) to explain the history and guide you through, this is a huge property and there are many things to explore. This experience covers the most important parts of chateau Versailles. Second, the transport is hassle free. Yes, you can take the train, metro, walk (back and forth) but it’s a pain especially when returning back. Spend the extra money you won’t regret it. One last thing, the 5 hour tour is including transportation of 30-40min each way.

Beautiful experience and a MUST see. Stairs are steep so make sure you wear secure and comfortable shoes! Lines are long so buy your skip the line ticket, you won’t be sorry. And, do make sure you stand in the correct line

Our half day tour with the gourmet lunch was fantastic. The organization for meeting, traveling to/from Versailles and our tour was great! Sylvia was a wonderfully delightful tour guide! Definitely recommend!

Wonderful trip, well organized and very interesting. Excellent tour guide (Leona) and driver (Ibrahim). Highly recommended

It’s definitely worth it to get a bus trip and guided tour!