If you have time for only one day trip from Paris then this should be the one! Everyone should visit Versailles at least once in a lifetime.
The world’s most opulent château, Versailles was in the 17th century created by Louis XIV, Le Roi Soleil (The Sun King), to demonstrate the absolute power of the French monarchy, then at its height.
Louis’ passion for the arts as well as for self-glorification meant that the Palace was decorated on a scale of lavishness unprecedented in France.
This convenient tour package includes fast-track entry to the Sun King’s extravagant creation so you do not need to spend precious vacation time waiting in line. An audio-guide (available in 10 languages) will explain what you are seeing as you tour the Hall of Mirrors, the Royal Opera, Marble Staircase, Mars Drawing Room, Venus and Diana Drawing Rooms, and the Royal Chapel.
Marvel at the lavish frescoes, woodwork and marble and gilt embellishments and don’t forget to spend time in the spacious grounds filled with fountains, sculptures, and beautiful gardens.
Your ticket also gives you entry to the beautiful Grand Trianon château and the Queen’s Hamlet, a rural idyll where Marie Antoinette could retreat from the pressures of life at Court.
This tour includes FREE access to the gardens during the musical fountains season (Saturdays and Sundays from April – October), which you normally have to pay a supplement for.
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.
Air-conditioned trip to Versailles, once arrived we entered immediately. Skipped a kilometre of queue !! Ample time in the morning to see the palace and in the afternoon whole... STEPHEN CASSAR
Everything was great. Easy to find the bus, the staff on bus spoke 3-4 languages. There was a mixup at the gate and took us a while to get in but that was out of the tour... Penny M Burton
17 Mar - 31 Oct: Daily Except Monday
01 Nov - 16 Mar: Tuesday & Saturday
Approx 10 hours
Start time: 0830h (8:30am)
Duration: Approx 10 hours
The start point for the tour is 11 Avenue De L'Opéra 75001 Paris. The nearest metro station is Pyramides (line n°14 and 7).
Please reach the meeting point 15 minutes earlier for pre departure briefing.
The tour ends at the starting point
Wear comfortable shoes for walking. Dress for the weather and don’t forget the camera to capture the glorious photo opportunities!
Upon arrival in Paris, please call the number on your voucher at least 48 hours in advance to confirm your departure time and location.
The fountain display takes place Saturdays and Sundays from 05 April to 26 October.
The musical gardens takes place Tuesdays from 01 April to 13 May and from 01 July to 28 October
Versailles is in the middle of a renovation program and you may find certain parts of the complex are temporarily closed.
Voucher information: No need to print! If you are travelling with a smartphone or tablet you can present your voucher on your device for this activity.
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