Skip the Line Day Tour with Palace of Versailles and Eiffel Tower

See two of the must-see attractions in Paris and enjoy a Seine River boat tour—all in just one day!

Travel Flexibly · 8.00h 19 max · Paris, France

Short on time but don’t want to miss out on the Palace of Versailles and the Eiffel Tower? We have you covered! With guided transportation and skip-the-line tickets, this jam-packed, small group tour lets you see both of these world-famous sites in only a day, and you’ll even have time for a scenic cruise along the Seine River! Let your passionate Paris guide take you on a day of discovery, from ascending the famous tower to exploring the extravagant former home of France’s kings and queens.

  • Versailles Palace and Eiffel Tower Tour
  • Palace of Versailles
  • Explore the Grand Apartments
  • Versailles art and architecture
  • Hall of Mirrors
  • Gardens of Versailles
  • Seine River cruise
  • Sip champagne
  • Eiffel Tower from below
  • Elevator tickets to the second floor
  • Eiffel Tower second floor views

You’ll meet your friendly guide at Javel-André Citroen metro station in central Paris, before traveling to magnificent Versailles by train, where you’ll skip the line to see the best of France’s former royal residence. Afterwards, enjoy some free time in Versailles Gardens before taking the train back to Paris on your own to meet your afternoon guide.

Choose to eat lunch in Versailles or Paris before meeting your guide near the river. Here, your day of adventure continues with a relaxing boat ride along the Seine. Take in many of the city’s famous landmarks while you enjoy a glass of champagne, and soon you’ll arrive at the Eiffel Tower! You’ll skip the long lines and ascend to the second floor by elevator where you’ll take in the ultimate views across Paris. You’re free to stay here for as long as you like after your guide says “au revoir”!

Versailles and Eiffel Tower Day Tour Description

Your 8-hour tour includes:

  • Round-trip transportation by train from Paris to Versailles

  • Skip-the-line guided tour of the Palace of Versailles

  • Free time to explore the gardens and Trianon Estate

  • Free time for lunch in Versailles or central Paris (not included)

  • 1-hour riverboat cruise on the Seine

  • One glass of champagne (or a soft drink)

  • Skip-the-line elevator tickets to the Eiffel Tower second floor

  • An engaging, English-speaking guide throughout

  • Maximum group size of 19

This Versailles and Eiffel Tower tour is a combination of two popular tours. After enjoying lunch on your own, meet up with your group again to keep exploring the city with a new guide. Booking a combo tour saves you money since you see more attractions at a lower price!

Travel to Versailles

Your day of exploration begins in central Paris, where you’ll meet your friendly guide and the rest of your small group before boarding the train for a short journey to the nearby French countryside. Tickets have already been arranged, and your guide knows exactly which stop to take so you don’t waste a moment.

Explore the Majestic Palace of Versailles

Arriving at Versailles, you’ll skip the famously long admission line and your expert guide will show you all of the most fascinating parts of this historic royal estate. A stunning work to behold from the inside and out, the Versailles Palace encompasses 2,300 rooms, with about as many windows looking out at the immense gardens.

Formerly the hunting château of King Louis XIII, the stunning Palace of Versailles and its gardens were built in the 17th century, and is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. The elaborately decorated and expansive palace became the seat of French power during the reign of King Louis XIV. You'll hear stories of the lavish lifestyles and scandals that became a hallmark of the kings and queens who once called this place home.

The Hall of Mirrors and Grand Apartments

Your guide will ensure you visit the areas that simply cannot be missed! Measuring almost 70 yards long and adorned with 357 mirrors, the Hall of Mirrors is the most famous room in the château. The mirrors in this room were designed to reflect light and protect the walls from smoke, and only a few candles were required in order to reflect candlelight throughout the entire room.

The Treaty of Versailles, which marked the end of World War I, was signed in the Hall of Mirrors on June 28th, 1919. With thousands of rooms to explore, navigating the Palace of Versailles on your own is a challenge. A guided tour is the best way to cover the must-see highlights of the Palace of Versailles, including the King's State Apartments and the apartments of Louis XV's daughters.

The Gardens of Versailles and Trianon Estate

After touring the palace, you’ll experience the magnificent Gardens of Versailles as your guide explains the fascinating history of the most famous gardens in the world. You'll receive an introduction to the gardens from your guide, and then it's time to explore on your own after your morning guide bids you farewell!

Inspiring other gardens all over the world, the meticulously manicured Gardens of Versailles occupy a total area of almost 2,000 acres with over 400 sculptures and 1,400 fountains. Your ticket also includes access to see Marie Antoinette's Trianon Estate, so feel free to wander down to these magnificent buildings that are basically palaces themselves.

Return to Paris

Enjoy about 90 minutes of free time to explore the gardens or eat some lunch before using your included return ticket to Paris to get back in time for the second part of your tour! You’ll need to catch an afternoon train back to Paris, but your guide will make sure you know exactly what to do and where to go.

Paris Boat Tour with Champagne

After meeting your friendly guide once again near to the river, it’s time to embark on your city boat tour. Sit back and relax with beautiful views along the Seine. Paris river cruises are a great way to take in the ambiance of the city and get a taste of the luxury that Paris is known for.

You'll enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne (or a soft drink) as you cruise around the sites of the city like the Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, Notre Dame, and more. As your boat ride comes to an end, you'll see the spectacular and most iconic sight in Paris up close as you approach the Eiffel Tower.

Eiffel Tower Second Floor

Along with your local guide, you'll breeze past the Eiffel Tower’s long lines and get priority access to the elevator which will take you up to the second floor. You'll hear stories about the construction of the Eiffel Tower and its meaning to the French people, as well as some fascinating tales about the history of Paris.

Finished in 1889 and initially met with a mixed reception from Parisians, the now beloved star of the Paris skyline also offers the finest views over the rest of the city. Get your camera ready and take in the panoramic views of the French capital while it buzzes some 377 feet beneath you.

After your guide waves goodbye to you and the rest of your small group, you’re welcome to stay longer at the Eiffel Tower on your own. You might not be ready to tear yourself away from that incredible Paris view!

What you get with this tour
Round-trip transportation by train from Paris to Versailles
Skip-the-line guided tour of the Palace of Versailles
Free time to explore the gardens and Trianon Estate
Free time for lunch in Versailles or central Paris (not included)
1-hour riverboat cruise on the Seine
One glass of champagne (or a soft drink)
Skip-the-line elevator tickets to the Eiffel Tower second floor
An engaging, English-speaking guide throughout
Maximum group size of 19
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Frequently Asked Questions

Where to meet?

Go to the corner of Pont d'Iena and Quai Branly and go down the stairs at the carousel. A friendly representative will be waiting at the bottom of the staircase by the river with a sign that says "The Tour Guy". If you look up and see a carousel above the staircase, you're in the right spot!

What to bring?

This tour involves a few sets of stairs at the river bank between the boat and the Eiffel Tower, as well as at the Palace of Versailles. You’ll also be on your feet for most of this tour, and unfortunately, it is not accessible for wheelchairs.

What to bring?

This tour involves a few sets of stairs at the river bank between the boat and the Eiffel Tower, as well as at the Palace of Versailles. You’ll also be on your feet for most of this tour, and unfortunately, it is not accessible for wheelchairs.

Where to meet?

Go to the corner of Pont d'Iena and Quai Branly and go down the stairs at the carousel. A friendly representative will be waiting at the bottom of the staircase by the river with a sign that says "The Tour Guy". If you look up and see a carousel above the staircase, you're in the right spot!

Can I stay in Versailles after the tour?

Yes, you will have about 90 minutes of free time after your tour. Just be sure you're back at the Versailles Château Rive Gauche station for the afternoon train back to Javel - André Citroën in Paris for the second part of your tour.

Is transportation included?

Yes, round-trip train tickets are included. Your guide will escort you on the outbound journey, and you'll return to a stop near the Eiffel Tower for the second part of your tour.

Is a guided tour of the Palace of Versailles included?

Yes, this tour includes a guided tour of the palace and an introduction to the gardens and Trianon Estate.

Will I have a tour guide with me throughout the day?

This is a combination tour of two popular tours. You'll be guided from Paris to Versailles and through the Palace of Versailles, then you'll have a new guide for your Eiffel Tower and Seine River cruise. Combination tours are a great way to save money and still see the sights!

Does this tour include lunch?

Lunch isn’t included, but you’ll have some free time in Versailles or central Paris to buy food, and your guide will tell you about plenty of great spots to choose.

Is the Eiffel Tower summit (top level) included on this tour?

No, the summit is not included on this tour. If you want to go to the summit at night, we recommend booking our Eiffel Tower Summit Evening Tour.

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