The palace and gardens of Versailles count among the most prestigious monuments of the world’s artistic heritage, and are certainly the finest and most complete achievement of 17th century French art. During this full-day tour you will see the best that Versailles has to offer without having to wait in line.
We will take you back to the Golden Age of France to the former residence of the ‘Sun King’ Louis XIV; a sumptuous royal palace which was home to three of France’s most illustrious Kings for over 100 years. The tour of the palace includes the State Apartments of the King and Queen, Royal Chapel and Hall of Mirrors, a richly decorated gallery which boasts 357 mirrors, french bay windows and crystal chandeliers.
After having been dazzled by the splendours of the chateau you will discover the famous gardens à la française ; a 2,000 acre park designed by André le Notre with its magnificent groves, statues, and fountains. Beyond the formal gardens arranged in the Petit parc (185 acres), the extensive Grand Parc provides opportunities for pleasant strolls or long walks.
Savour your 3 course lunch in the “La Flotille” restaurant located at the foot of the Grand Canal, a majestic setting which allows you to appreciate the beauty of the estate.
After lunch your guide will take you to the Petit Trianon, a small chateau in the grounds of Versailles used by Marie Antoinette for festivities and to escape the overwhelming court etiquette. You will also discover the Queen’s Hamlet, a stylised Norman village and farm built for Marie Antoinette where she retreated with her closest friends to enjoy an intimately rustic life. Completed just a few years before the Revolution, the Hamlet remains a testiment to the Queen’s desire for a simpler life over the cold marble vaults of the main palace.
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.