Let us transport you back to the Golden Age of France with an entire day to discover the Palace of Versailles, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it’s gardens and the Trianons which includes Marie Antoinette’s private Hamlet.
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 have free time to explore the famous gardens à la française ; a 2,000 acre park designed by André le Notre with its magnificent groves, statues, and fountains. The grounds of Versailles boast two smaller, but equally beautiful palaces which are also well worth a visit.
The Grand Trianon was built for King Louis XIV to enjoy with his mistres Madame de Montespan and later by Napoleon Bonaparte and Empress Marie-Louise. The elegant, single-storey palace with pink marble radiates cosiness, sweetness and grandeur all at once.
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.
- Full-day trip to Versailles from Paris
- Get skip-the-line access
- See the palaces and grounds with a self-guided audio tour
- Visit Marie Antoinette's 'hamlet'
- Pickup from a centrally-located meeting point
- All entrance fees included
The price includes:
- Transport to and from Paris by air-conditioned coach
- Hostess in coach
- Skip the line entrance into the Palace (Hall of Mirrors, Queen's Apartment, State Apartments)
- Individual audioguide in the palace available in: English, French,
German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Russian, Korean, Polish
and Mandarin Chinese
- Access to the Gardens (Even during Water Fountain Show)
- Access to the Trianons and the Queen's Hamlet
The price does not includes:
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Food and drinks
- Gratuities (optional)