Tuesday-Sunday with timed access at 9.00, 9.30, 10.00, 10.30, 11.00, 11.30, and 12 noon.
What It Is
The Palace of Versailles is known the world over for being a place of political power during the 16
Your Experience With Skip the Line Versailles and Trianon Audio Pen Tour
Pickup your tickets close to Versailles train station and go to Versailles Palace where your host will guide you through the crowds to the skip-the-line entrance. You may still need to queue at security and have some waiting time but it will certainly be shorter than the 2 hours that regular tickets holders have to wait!
Once inside with your audio guide you'll be free to explore Versailles palace at your own pace seeing the King's State Apartments, Queen's State Apartments and the famous Hall of Mirrors. The audio guide tells you all about the rooms you're passing through whilst also giving history on the palace architecture and the French monarchy.
Upon exiting the palace you are free to explore the acres and acres of garden and grounds, the audio guide giving details and offering a variety of walks. Your ticket also gives you access to the special fountain shows that take place on selected days - The Fountain Show is every Saturday and Sunday from April to October and the Musical Gardens show is every Tuesday and Friday from April to October.
Your ticket also allows you access to the Estate of Trianon, a 30 minute walk away from Versailles Palace but something that should not be missed as this is where the Grand Trianon and Petit Trianon palaces are found as well as the estate of Marie Antoinette; The Queen's Hamlet.
What Skip the Line Versailles and Trianon Audio Pen Tour Includes?
Skip-the-line timed entry into the palace rooms - The Estate Apartments of the King and Queen plus the Hall of Mirrors.
Audio guide around the palace, Trianon estate, and gardens plus interactive map.
Access to the Palace Gardens including Fountain Show on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays from April to October and Musical Garden Show on Tuesdays and Fridays from April to October.
Entrance to The Estate of Trianon; See the Grand Trianon and Petit Trianon palaces plus The Queen's Hamlet; the private retreat of Marie Antoinette.
Things Before Go
A refundable charge of 20 euro is taken for the interactive audio guide at the tour company ticket office.
Note that you need to collect your tickets from an office near Versailles Train Station - You cannot use your voucher to get access at Versailles without having the paper ticket first.
Do some research before you go so you know where best to spend your time - You might want to spend more time in the garden than in the palace rooms or want to spend all afternoon at Trianon Estate skipping the gardens altogether to make the most of your time.
Wear comfy shoes - There's a lot of walking involved!
Is It Suitable for Me?
This ticket is an 'access all areas " ensuring visitors see all of Versailles highlights including the Trianon Estate which many visitors miss, and free access to the fountain shows.
This ticket is a good buy for people who dislike guided tours and instead want to see Versailles at their own pace, making use of the audio guide to learn about what they're seeing.
This ticket has skip-the-line access plus a hostess who will ensure you skip the worst of the crowds and get into the correct fast-track line - You'll probably still need to queue at security but won't be waiting in line for 2 hours as regular ticket holders need to do at peak times.
Travellers talking about this tour on GetYourGuide, Viator, and Trip Advisor highly recommend it to others, many people saying it was the highlight of their trip to France and indeed Europe.
Most people appreciated being able to skip the line, realising that this would not mean that every line could be skipped but got them past the slower moving line containing thousands of people.
The audio guide and interactive map gets good reviews and people say that the tour company were accommodating when given advance warning of people running late.
Travellers have used the following phrases to sum up their trip to Versailles... "So worth it to skip the line! "100% recommended. "Worth every cent. Travellers go into more detail saying "The best way to see Versailles. No waiting in line, see the palace and gardens at your own pace with all the information a guide would give you. Highly recommend this tour. and "
Easy to find the office in front of the train station and useful own portable guide to to the do all the visit. We were introduced in the palace by staff and the whole experience was comfortable.
A few negative comments were left regarding still needing to wait in line and unfriendly staff but these are in the minority, the majority of people giving this tour high ratings and very positive reviews.
Best Times to Visit
Get the 9.00 or 9.30 slot to ensure the smallest queues and the least amount of crowds inside - Tour groups arrive from 10am.
Versailles Palace Rooms including:
The Hall of Mirrors
The Kings State Apartments
The Queens State Apartments
The Palace Gardens including Fountain Show or Garden Show (select days only)
The Estate of Trianon:
The Grand and Petit Trianon Palaces
The Queen's Hamlet
Address / Pick up Location
GUIDATOURS, 10, Avenue du General de Gaulle, 78000 Versailles