What To Expect
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.
Summer (April to October)
English and Spanish: every departure
Italian: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Winter (November to March)
English and Spanish: every departure
Chinese: Friday and Saturday
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
Admission to the gardens on certain dates*
Meals and drinks
Tips and gratuities
*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.
All our card payments are protected by thawte to give you peace of mind.
1 hour and 30 minutes
3 hours and 45 minutes
7 hours approx.