For your Versailles and Giverny Full-Day Tour from Paris you should make your way to 11 avenue de l'Opéra 75001 Paris. Here, you will board a comfortable air-conditioned coach for the journey to Versailles. A bilingual hostess (English and French-speaking) will accompany you in the coach. Please hand your booking voucher to her on boarding.
On arrival at Versailles, your hostess will go with you to the entrance of the Palace of Versailles to collect the tickets and audio-guides. This will enable you to skip the queues for this ever-popular attraction. The tour is self-guided with an audio-guide in a choice of 10 languages (French, English, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese and Korean).
Versailles was created by Louis XIV (The Sun King) in the mid-17th century when he moved his court from Paris. Most visitors focus on the Château, with its stunning array of attractions. Every moulding, cornice, ceiling and door of the interior is embellished with frescos, marble, gilt and woodcarvings.
Make sure to see the State Apartments (both King and Queen's), Opera House and the Chapel Royal. Don't miss the beautiful Hall of Mirrors, a 75m-long ballroom with 17 huge mirrors on one side and, on the other, an equal number of windows looking out over the gardens.
Do try to leave time to visit the exquisitely landscaped grounds with their fountains, sculptures, and beautiful gardens.
Your package also includes entrance to the Grandes Eaux Musicales show (available on Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 01 April to 31 Oct) in which the beautiful ornamental fountains play in time to music.
At 1430h (2:30pm) you will meet up again with your hostess and board the coach for departure to Giverny and the home of the celebrated Impressionist painter Claude Monet. Again your hostess will collect your tickets at the entrance and allow you to skip the queues at this popular attraction.
One of the founders of the Impressionist movement, Claude Monet spent almost 43 years in Giverny finding inspiration in the gardens around his house. He diverted a stream, made a pond, filled it with water lilies and built a Japanese-style footbridge.
You will see Monet’s beautiful garden with the water-lily pond, the subject of so many of his paintings, and his house, in which the original color schemes have been retained. Monet had a passion for color which was at odds with the fashion of the day.
At the end of the day you will board your coach for the journey back to Paris. The tour ends back at 11 Avenue de l'Opéra around 1800h (6:00pm).