You will be transported back to the Golden Age of France with a trip to the Palace of Versailles, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and emblem of French royalty and extravagance. You will be guaranteed fast-track entry, allowing you to jump the queue and travel in comfort on one of our fully air-conditioned coaches. You will marvel at the breathtaking royal chateau, transformed by the ‘Sun King’ Louis XIV in the 1660s from a hunting lodge. Playground of the French monarchs, Versailles was the centre of royal and political power until the French Revolution in 1789 which saw Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette forced to return to the capital.
Your audio guide will enable you to discover the State apartments of the King and Queen, the Royal Chapel and Hall of Mirrors, the epitome of French opulence: three hundred and fifty-seven mirrors line the gold-adorned hall and crystal chandeliers hang from the ceiling.
You will also be given time to explore the manicured gardens “à la française”, which mirrors the splendor of the interior. Designed by the French landscaper André Le Nôtre in 1661 for the King Louis XIV, the 2,000-acre park is an architectural expanse of perspectives, parterres, fountains and groves that since its inception has defined what a French garden should be.
The “Musical Gardens”
run every Tuesday from March 27 through May 15 2018 (Except May 1st and May 8) as well as every Tuesday From July 3rd Through October 30th 2018, and every Friday from April 6th through October 26 2018. During this period, access to the gardens will be included to see the fountains and groves spring to life to the rhythm of the music.
The “Musical Fountains”
run every Saturday and Sunday from March 31st though October 28 2018 as well as Public Holidays (May 8, May 10 and August 15 2018) plus Friday, March 30 and Tuesdays from May 22nd Through June 26 2018. During this period, access to the gardens will be included to see the fountains and groves spring to life to the rhythm of the music.
The Queen’s State Apartment are temporarily closed for renovation works.
Tours depart from our Paris TRIP office at 41 Avenue de la Bourdonnais 75007, situated close to the Eiffel Tower.