For your Versailles Fast Pass 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 the court from Paris. Many historians believe he did this because there was so much intrigue among the nobility and politicians during his reign that he was afraid to have them out of his sight. He therefore built Versailles large enough to house his entire court and ordered the aristocracy to stay with him there.
The scale and grandeur of Versailles defy belief. Most visitors focus on the Château, with its stunning array of attractions. You will see that every moulding, cornice, ceiling and door of the interior is embellished with frescos, marble, gilt and woodcarvings, many with themes and symbols drawn from Greek and Roman mythology.
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 01 April to 31 Oct) in which the beautiful ornamental fountains play in time to music.
This day tour also includes the Grand Trianon, Chapel, Queen's Hamlet (Hameau de la Reine), the replanted English Garden and other delightful attractions.
The Grand Trianon was a château large built by Louis XIV, as a retreat for the King and his mistress and as a place where the King and invited guests could take light meals away from the strict Court etiquette.
Within the park of the Grand Trianon, is the Petit Trianon – a small château originally built by King Louis XV for his mistress – Madame de Pompadour. Upon accession to the throne in 1774, Louis XVI gave the château and its surrounding park to his Queen – Marie Antoinette – for her exclusive use and enjoyment.
Louis XVI’s wife came here often to escape the pomp of Versailles and indulge in simple rustic pursuits. To develop the idyll further she commissioned the Queen's Hamlet in the park of the Petit Trianon. Designed like a typical Norman village, the hamlet has 11 houses spread around a lake fed by a stream that turned a mill wheel.
You will have about 8 hours in which to enjoy the best of Versailles. At the end of that time you will meet up again with your hostess and board the coach for the journey back to Paris. The tour ends back at the starting point at 11 avenue de l'Opéra 75001 Paris.