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Skip-the-Line Versailles Palace Tour by Train from Paris

1. Skip-the-Line Versailles Palace Tour by Train from Paris

Visit the Château de Versailles, the royal residence of Louis XIV. See the Hall of Mirrors and the lavish state apartments, where the royals received the elite. Your English-speaking guide will make life at Versailles come alive. Meet the guide in central Paris and travel to Versailles by train. At the Château, skip the lines and begin a 3-hour journey through time in the Château and its gardens. Hear how the royal family recaptured France’s preeminence in fashion and art. Hear about the lavish lifestyle of Marie Antoinette. Tour the magnificent gardens with your guide, and enjoy either the beautiful Musical Gardens or the Fountain Show (depending on the day of the week). After your tour, your guide will be happy to provide you with return train tickets and instructions for the easy journey back to Paris on the train.

From London: Luxury Paris Full-Day Trip

2. From London: Luxury Paris Full-Day Trip

Enjoy a full-day tour of Paris, with round trip transfers from London by Eurostar. Upon arrival at St. Pancras international in London, a representative will escort you to your reserved seat on board the 06:55 train to Paris. They will be available as your guide throughout the day. Relax on the train journey. Then, take a panoramic bus tour to see some of the most iconic landmarks of the "City of Lights," such as the Notre Dame cathedral, Napoleon’s triumphal Arc de Triomphe, and the luxury hotels and stores of the Champs-Elysees. Next, you’ll be treated to a special tour of the Eiffel Tower. Skip the lines and go straight to a reserved lunch at the newly opened Madame Brasserie on the first floor.  Reopened in June 2022, the 1st floor fully renovated brasserie is run by a two Michelin stars chef Thierry Marx, offering contemporary brasserie cuisine.  The restaurant opens 360 degrees onto the Iron Lady’s metal structure for you to enjoy its beauty, and offers a breathtaking view of the Trocadero and the Palais de Chaillot. Enjoy panoramic views of the city and feast on a delicious 3-course meal of French cuisine. Continue after lunch with a cruise down the River Seine, gliding through the heart of Paris for spectacular views of Place de la Concorde, the Musée D’Orsay, and much more.  Complete your experience by exploring the streets at leisure. A guided tour of the Louvre is available for those who prefer to see the “Mona Lisa” and other magnificent art works. Return to the Gare Du Nord for your 19:13 Eurostar departure back to London, with check-in closing 45 minutes before departure. Arrive in London at approximately 20:30 for the end of tour services.

From Paris: Skip-the-Line Versailles Bike Tour & Guide

3. From Paris: Skip-the-Line Versailles Bike Tour & Guide

Discover the town, gardens, and château of Versailles on this day trip from Paris. Make exploring the expansive 2,000 acres of Versailles easy with a bike. Skip the line to this popular attraction and head to the village market where you can pickup items for a picnic.  Meet your guide in Paris before traveling to Versailles by train where your bikes will be waiting upon arrival. Hop on a comfortable and easy to ride bike that will help you see more in less time.  Follow your guide inside the château or have the option to explore at your own pace. Dive into French history's personalities, from the high heel wearing, ballet dancing Sun King, and Marie Antoinette, to the legend that was Napoleon.  Spend your morning exploring the local town and the market. Every stall of this quaint and quintessentially French market will tempt you with its fresh baked pastries, crêpe stands, organic produce, cheese and wines . Practice your French, enjoy free wine tastings and a crêpe making demonstration while also have the chance to purchase some picnic supplies. Explore the royal grounds, gardens, and fountains. Go inside Marie Antoinette’s hamlet and the Trianon. Stop at a few hidden places along the way. Work up an appetite and you lay out the items that you purchased for your picnic lunch by the Grand Canal overlooking the spectacular château, a fantastic place to sip wine and relax in the sun. Be taken to a secret part of the royal gardens, where some of Louis’ fountains dance to music. Save time with skip-the-line tickets to the château and be guided through its stunning state rooms, royal apartments, the Hall of Mirrors and Louis' bedroom.  End your trip with a ride back to Paris. Get plenty of travel tips and Parisian insider secrets to fuel the rest of your holiday on the return trip. 

From Paris: Versailles Palace and Gardens Guided Expereince

4. From Paris: Versailles Palace and Gardens Guided Expereince

Discover the Palace of Versailles and its stunning gardens on a day trip from Paris. Immerse yourself in the history and culture of this place as you come across beautiful sights, like the Hall of Mirrors and the Abduction of Persephone statue. Depart from Paris in the morning with your guide and purchase a train ticket to Versailles. Learn about the city that was the capital of France during the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries as you ride. Arrive at one of the greatest symbols of French royalty: Versailles. Take in the views of this palace, which stands out for its buildings and rooms, as well as its astonishing gardens that cover 1,800 hectares. Save time with skip-the-line access to the popular gardens. Hear the stories of King Sun and the scandals that led to the French Revolution. Dip into the legend and curiosities as you explore the chamber of the King, with its beautiful fountains and the sculpture of The Abduction of Persephone. Plunge into the mystery of the diamond necklace. After the guided portion of the tour, enjoy the grounds on your own and see the inside of the palace.

Welcome to Paris Day Trip from London via Train

5. Welcome to Paris Day Trip from London via Train

Meet your guide at St Pancras Station, then it's all aboard the high-speed train to Paris. Relax and watch the scenery fly by out your window on your short 2-hour-and-15-minute trip. Arrive in Paris and set off with your guide to explore on a panoramic tour of the city that visits major sites including the Opera House, Champs-Elysees, and the Arc de Triomphe. This is followed by a 1-hour river cruise on the Seine that boasts wonderful sights of famous landmarks such as Notre Dame cathedral. Finish the guided part of your tour at the Eiffel Tower, then enjoy free time to visit your favorite sights on your own, or grab a delicious bite to eat at a local café. Your knowledgeable guide is more than happy to give you tips on what to see and do as you venture out solo. In the early evening you re-join with the group, and head back to Gard du Nord for your return journey to London.

Last Entry: Versailles Tour After the Crowds

6. Last Entry: Versailles Tour After the Crowds

Step inside one of Europe’s most opulent buildings on this fully-guided tour of the Palace of Versailles from Paris. Discover the immense fountains that punctuate Louis XIV’s gardens, the splendor of the King’s and Queen’s Apartments, and the incomparable Hall of Mirrors. Travel on a comfortable train from Paris to Versailles. Immerse yourself in the sights, stories, gossip, and legends of France’s lost age of splendor. See where Louis XIII first built a hunting lodge that was later extended by his son into the royal palace you see today.  Find out how the Sun King set aside nearly 2,000 acres for gardens. Learn how these came to be considered the epitome of the French style of gardens. Hear how Louis snatched his garden designer off another project out of jealousy.  Watch as your guide points out details like symbols of the Greek sun god, Apollo, which Louis used all over the grounds as a reference himself as the Sun King. Admire immense statues and fountains, which still run on a system of gravity-driven hydraulics. Visit during the weekend see and witness the fountain's full grandeur when they are turned. After the gardens, enjoy skip-the-line entrance into the palace itself. It’s the final entrance of the day so Versailles will be as peaceful as you can get it without renting it. Find out how the enormous palace wasn’t just a home for the King. In its heyday, it was a literal gilded cage for thousands of nobles whom Louis kept here for much of the year to make sure they weren’t plotting against him.  Go from one unimaginably decadent room to the next, as your guide brings the palace to life with stories of courtly intrigue and royal plots, while also giving you insight into the everyday lives of the people who lived here. Head to the most famous and impressive rooms in the palace, from the Royal private apartments, where the last of the Bourbon monarchs lived out their private lives, to spaces like the War Room and Peace room, which hosted balls, concerts, and political functions.  Marvel at the Hall of Mirrors, which is packed with so much art, symbolism, and imagery, that your guide will make sure to spend extra time there helping you decode it all. This is one of, if not the greatest and most ostentatious throne room ever created. Feel free ask lots of questions and soak it all up. Since you entered the chateau from the back, you’ll leave from the front, making your last view of Versailles also the most impressive.

Versailles Palace & Gardens Tour with Gourmet Lunch

7. Versailles Palace & Gardens Tour with Gourmet Lunch

Meet your guide in central Paris and enjoy a short, escorted train ride to Versailles. On arrival, start a journey in the footsteps of the kings and queens of France. During the reign of Louis XIV, the Sun King, Versailles was the place to be and to be seen. Nowadays visitors from all over the world still come to Versailles to marvel at the splendors of this incredible palace. Your skip-the-line access allows you to bypass the long lines that form each day, and your friendly local guide will steer you expertly through the crowds, bringing the famous figures who once inhabited this palace back to life, and making sure you don’t miss a thing. After visiting the royal apartments inside the palace, your guide will lead you through the spectacular gardens, once the setting of balls, parties and elaborate firework displays. On fountain show days you will see the amazing waterworks, still running today as they did in the times of kings and queens. After your tour, dine like a king at the sumptuous new restaurant Ore, recently opened in the spectacular 18th century salons at the Chateau of Versailles by renowned chef Alain Ducasse. Savor a delicious gourmet lunch and discover fine French cuisine. Alain Ducasse is world-famous for his inspired cooking, combining fresh, local ingredients to produce timeless and contemporary dishes. Admire the beautiful views of the chateau while you feast on some of the best French food. It’s the perfect way to end your tour.

Afternoon in the Petit Trianon & Estate of Marie Antoinette

8. Afternoon in the Petit Trianon & Estate of Marie Antoinette

During this three-hour tour you’ll visit the Petit Trianon, an exquisite private palace set in a luxuriant garden where Marie Antoinette spent much of her time. Over 4 million people annually visit the Palace of Versailles, but for nearly 90% of the visitors the experience is limited to the State Apartments and the distant perspective of the gardens. With your expert and entertaining guide, you have the rare opportunity to really make the period and the personalities come to life by continuing your visit into more exclusive areas. Upon leaving the main palace behind, explore the surprising atmospheres and art hidden in the garden’s many groves.  With a diamond-encrusted key, Louis XVI offered his wife Marie Antoinette an escape from the ritualized public life she found so suffocating. This key unlocked the small Petit Trianon palace, sheltered from gossip and criticism, where she could feel free. Follow in her footsteps, through her English gardens and into the place she called home. The furniture and decoration authentically represents the queen’s own taste and favored craftsmen. Y Just down the path from the richly adorned palace, Marie Antoinette commissioned a replica rustic village, evoking Normandy with its thatched cottages and dairy herd. Here she appreciated the informal atmosphere and healthy air, and indulged in pastoral amusements. No visit to Versailles is complete without a visit to the domain of Marie Antoinette. For your comfort, and to reduce the walking distance on the tour, take the Petit Train to and from the domain of Marie Antoinette.

Paris: Lunch Cruise and Sightseeing Bus Tour from London

9. Paris: Lunch Cruise and Sightseeing Bus Tour from London

Meet your tour guide at London St Pancras Station before boarding the Eurostar. Sit back and relax as you arrive into Paris in just a couple of hours for a full day of sightseeing. On arrival at Paris Gare du Nord board a luxury private coach and start your Parisian journey, spotting famous sites as you travel through the heart of Paris. Get your cameras at the ready as the first stop is the Eiffel Tower, where you’ll have time to take photographs of this spectacular monument and create amazing memories. Next, board your two-hour sightseeing and Champagne lunch cruise at the foot of the Eiffel Tower. Enjoy exceptional views of the city, with premium seating under the glass canopy, whilst savoring French cuisine accompanied by relaxing live music. Re-board your private coach for a panoramic sightseeing tour of Paris where you will take in the major landmarks including the Champs-Elysees, the Arc de Triomphe and the Place de la Concorde. Stop at the Louvre for a photo opportunity at the famous glass pyramid. Drive through the Latin Quarter, disembark your coach and make your way to the Notre Dame Cathedral, widely considered as one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture. Inside the cathedral, admire the fantastic stained glass rose windows and flying buttresses, before some free time to enjoy Paris’s cafes or a little souvenir shopping. After your free time at Notre Dame re-join the group to travel back to the Gare Du Nord in time for your Eurostar train service back to London.

Paris: Two Reims Champagne Vineyards with Tastings and Lunch

10. Paris: Two Reims Champagne Vineyards with Tastings and Lunch

Visit the old city of Reims with your local guide on this private day trip from Paris. Explore the vineyards and cellars of two champagne producers. Sample some local champagnes. Enjoy a delicious lunch at a traditional French restaurant. Be greeted by your guide and take a high-speed train to the city of Reims, where a private car will take you into the countryside. Ride through rolling vineyards before stopping to tour two wineries. Learn more about the winemaking process. Breath in the fresh country air and savor a selection of champagnes. Drive to the village of Lude to visit a charming family restaurant. Head back to Reims to stroll through the streets and see the monuments. Admire the large medieval-style cathedral of Reims from the outside and learn about its rich history. Return to Paris on a high-speed train.

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4.8 / 5

based on 26 reviews

This is an excellent tour. Our guide, Fiona, was outstanding!! Very knowledgeable and kind. Cycling is a great way to see more of the palace grounds and town. The 10 person group was the perfect size. Highly recommended!

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!

My daughter and I had wonderful time! Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable. Versailles was exquisite and the bike ride was not too strenuous:) I would highly recommend it!

Had a great day. Our guide Anna was wonderful and managed to rearrange the day so we didn't miss out on anything after the Eurostar was delayed

Great Trip! Anna did fabulous in adjusting to the train leaving late.