Skip-the-Line: Guided Visit of the Palace of Versailles and its Gardens - Afternoon Tour

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From November 01, 2016 to March 31, 2017 is at

What To Expect

Go on an exciting tour of the Versailles palace and its perfectly manicured gardens along with a knowledgeable driver-guide. Roam around the palace's world famous gardens. Learn more about the palace and its rooms from a headset commentary.

Highlights

  • Visit the Versailles Palace and see the luxurious rooms where the French royals used to stay in

  • Explore around the Versailles Palace's 800-hectare garden

  • Visit the Hall of Mirrors and the State Apartments of the King and Queen at the Versailles Palace

  • Learn about every site you visit inside the palace through the multilingual audioguide

Specifications

Type:
Tours around Versailles
Departs From:
Paris
Meeting Point:
2 Rue des Pyramides
Duration:
4 hours
Availability:
Wednesday and Friday at 2:00 PM
Product Code:
14273
Voucher info:
Paper voucher printout not required for this activity. You may show e-voucher from your mobile device.
Languages:
Featured On:
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Description

The Palace of Versailles was the residence of French Kings Louis XIV, Louis XV, and Louis XVI and their courts from 1682 until the French Revolution in 1789. With commentary from your guide played through individual headsets, discover the splendor of the Palace of Versailles, a symbol of royal power. Its sumptuous decoration, Baroque architecture, many works of art, and furniture were all created by the greatest craftsmen of the day. Then enjoy the beauty of its French garden of Versailles at your own pace.

Set off for the Palace of Versailles from our agency in Central Paris at 2 p.m. Take advantage of the 45-minute journey by luxury air-conditioned coach to listen to your guide's introduction to the palace's history.

Stretching for more than 721,000 square feet, the Palace of Versailles has over 700 rooms. Follow your guide straight to the front of the line to tour the palace's most beautiful rooms: the King's Grand Apartments, with seven rooms each dedicated to a different god (Apollo, Mars, Mercy, Venus, etc.), and the Queen's Grand Apartments, mirroring those of the king, including the Coronation Room and the Queen's Bedroom, once occupied by Marie Antoinette. Also, marvel at the majestic "Hall of Mirrors" Versailles, a large reception room in which to see and be seen, dreamt up by the famous architect, Jules Hardouin-Mansart. Almost 240 feet-long, it was created to astonish visitors to the Sun King, Louis XIV; it is lit by 17 windows and some 350 mirrors, and overlooks the palace's breath-taking gardens, the second part of your visit.

In 1661, Louis XIV commissioned the landscape architect Andre Le Notre to lay out the gardens and grounds, something that was just as important to the king as the construction of the palace. Spend time exploring the Gardens of Versailles and admire the 386 works of art (including more than 200 statues), fountains, ponds, flower beds, and woodland. During the Summer months, a range of activities are organized, for example, the Grandes Eaux Musicales, when the garden's fountains "dance" in time to music.

Return to Paris scheduled for around 6 p.m.

Available Languages

Summer (April to October)

  • English and Spanish: every departure

  • Italian: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday

  • Chinese: Friday

  • French: Wednesday

  • Portuguese: Tuesday

Winter (November to March)

  • English and Spanish: every departure

  • Chinese: Friday and Saturday

  • French: Wednesday

  • German: Saturday

Includes

  • Roundtrip luxury motorcoach transfers between Versailles to Paris

  • Services of a driver-guide

  • Individual headsets for assisting commentary

  • Priority entrance tickets to the palace of Versailles

  • Royal Apartments and Hall of Mirrors visit

  • Versailles Palace Garden access

Excludes

  • Admission to the gardens on certain dates*

  • Meals and drinks

  • Personal expenses

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Optional activity costs

Please Note

  • *The musical gardens and fountain display attractions will run from 01 July to 30 Sept 2016. On these selected dates in the summer, entrance to the gardens is not included.

  • Note that on public holidays or special occasions, there will be an extra charge for entrance to the gardens which is not included and is payable on site.

  • Children below 2 years old are free of charge.

  • Use of camera flash is strictly prohibited inside the Versailles Palace.

  • Comfortable walking shoes are highly suitable for this tour.

  • This tour is not suitable for participants with walking difficulties. Wheel chairs are not allowed inside the Versailles Palace.

  • High-heeled shoes are not recommended (parquet flooring in the rooms and cobblestones in the courtyard).

  • Strollers are not allowed inside the palace.

  • Access to the palace is difficult for those with reduced mobility.

  • Photography without flash is permitted inside the palace.

  • Tuesday mornings are not recommended because the palace is particularly busy.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation: 4 days or more prior to start date of activity.
  • 50% Cancellation Fee (50% reimbursement): 3 days prior to date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 2 days or less prior to date of activity.

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