The Palace at Versailles Estate
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From Paris: Day Trip to Giverny & Versailles

1. From Paris: Day Trip to Giverny & Versailles

Take a fascinating excursion to 2 of the most impressive symbols of French culture, and discover the complex and rich history behind their walls. Start your excursion from Paris to Giverny with an audio guide or a guide (depending on option selected), a quaint village in Normandy that attracted several impressionist painters throughout the 19th century. See the home of Claude Monet, and be inspired by the touch of color and charm that influenced his work. Explore the colorful garden whose lilies, weeping willows, and flowerbeds are a vivid reminder of his masterful works. You will then enjoy a traditional lunch before visiting the stunning site of the Palace of Versailles. You will discover the masterful combination of classic and baroque architectural styles. Take a stroll through the beautiful gardens, walk by the hall of mirrors, and visit the Grands Appartements to get a sense of the grandeur that surrounded King Louis XIV. You will return back to Paris at around 6.00 pm.

Skip-the-Line Versailles Palace Tour by Train from Paris

2. Skip-the-Line Versailles Palace Tour by Train from Paris

Visit the Château de Versailles, the royal residence of Louis XIV. See the Hall of Mirrors and the lavish state apartments, where the royals received the elite. Your English-speaking guide will make life at Versailles come alive. Meet the guide in central Paris and travel to Versailles by train. At the Château, skip the lines and begin a 3-hour journey through time in the Château and its gardens. Hear how the royal family recaptured France’s preeminence in fashion and art. Hear about the lavish lifestyle of Marie Antoinette. Tour the magnificent gardens with your guide, and enjoy either the beautiful Musical Gardens or the Fountain Show (depending on the day of the week). After your tour, your guide will be happy to provide you with return train tickets and instructions for the easy journey back to Paris on the train.

Versailles Palace & Gardens Tour with Gourmet Lunch

3. Versailles Palace & Gardens Tour with Gourmet Lunch

Meet your guide in central Paris and enjoy a short, escorted train ride to Versailles. On arrival, start a journey in the footsteps of the kings and queens of France. During the reign of Louis XIV, the Sun King, Versailles was the place to be and to be seen. Nowadays visitors from all over the world still come to Versailles to marvel at the splendors of this incredible palace. Your skip-the-line access allows you to bypass the long lines that form each day, and your friendly local guide will steer you expertly through the crowds, bringing the famous figures who once inhabited this palace back to life, and making sure you don’t miss a thing. After visiting the royal apartments inside the palace, your guide will lead you through the spectacular gardens, once the setting of balls, parties and elaborate firework displays. On fountain show days you will see the amazing waterworks, still running today as they did in the times of kings and queens. After your tour, dine like a king at the sumptuous new restaurant Ore, recently opened in the spectacular 18th century salons at the Chateau of Versailles by renowned chef Alain Ducasse. Savor a delicious gourmet lunch and discover fine French cuisine. Alain Ducasse is world-famous for his inspired cooking, combining fresh, local ingredients to produce timeless and contemporary dishes. Admire the beautiful views of the chateau while you feast on some of the best French food. It’s the perfect way to end your tour.

From Paris: Half-Day Trip to Versailles with Palace Tour

4. From Paris: Half-Day Trip to Versailles with Palace Tour

Travel from Paris on this half-day trip to Versailles. Save time with skip-the-line tickets. Discover the opulence, beauty, and history of Versailles Palace on an interactive guided tour. Hop on an air-conditioned mini-bus and travel to Versailles. Access the palace through a separate entrance and follow your guide through the lavish halls. Admire the ornate state apartments, the king's bedroom, and the glittering hall of mirrors.  Learn about the main figures of the French monarchy, from King Louis XVI to his wife, Marie Antoinette. Listen as your guide brings these legendary characters to life during your 90-minute tour. After your tour of the palace, have some free time to stroll around the beautiful French Gardens before heading back to central Paris.

Paris: Versailles Sunset Bike Tour with Fireworks Show

5. Paris: Versailles Sunset Bike Tour with Fireworks Show

Experience the magic of Versailles at sunset, and be amazed as the gardens are brought to life with lighting, music, special effects, and a stunning fireworks display. Meet your guide in central Paris and head to Versailles by train. After being fitted for your bikes, ride to the market square to buy supplies for a relaxing picnic at the bakeries and shops suggested by your guide. Continue to the grounds of Versailles, cruising along tree-lined trails and paths as you take in the majestic views. Stop at highlights such as Marie Antoinette's hamlet, as you learn the history and tales of life at the royal court from your knowledgeable guide. Pedal over to the Petit Trianon and Grand Trianon, and onwards to the Grand Canal. Stop for a picnic overlooking the sprawling palace, before visiting inside the famous landmark. Skip the lines with pre-reserved tickets and get exclusive after-hours access to the palace. Enjoy plenty of space to marvel the royal chambers, and watch costumed performers as they dance, sing, and play musical instruments. After exploring inside the palace, enter the gardens for a spectacular fountain show at sunset. Enjoy a fantastic evening filled with music, special effects, and an incredible fireworks display over the Grand Canal. Return to Paris by train, where your tour will end.

From Paris: Versailles Full-Day Trip by Train

6. From Paris: Versailles Full-Day Trip by Train

Your guide will meet you in downtown Paris and accompany you to Versailles by local train. Once you reach the Chateau, begin your trip through time as you gain a vivid understanding of the royal personalities who inhabited the site. Versailles was the most splendid capital in the world during the 17th century reign of Louis XIV. Your pre-booked entrance tickets will guarantee you direct access, and your friendly local guide will ensure you see all these rooms and halls have to offer. Hear about how the royal family was continuously on display, how they subjugated the proud nobles, and recaptured preeminence in fashion and art production from Italy back to France. Enjoy astonishing anecdotes about the lavish lifestyle of Marie Antoinette, and you’ll understand how uncomfortable she was at this public palace, preferring her private domains. Upon completing your tour of the royal apartments, your guide will accompany you through the luxurious gardens of Versailles, the setting for promenades, performances, and pyrotechnics. On days when the fountains are active, you’ll appreciate the elegant and omnipresent bubbling jets of water.  After a break for lunch,  enjoy an afternoon excursion to the queen’s personal domain. During this three-hour tour you’ll visit the Petit Trianon, an exquisite private palace set in a luxuriant garden where Marie Antoinette spent much of her time. You’ll also wander through the queen’s Normandy village, featuring a vineyard, a dairy, and a vegetable farm, arranged for her to simulate the healthy simplicity of country life. For your comfort, and to reduce the walking distance on the tour, take the 'Petit Train' from the Palace to and from the Petit Trianon. After your tour it's a short walk to the train station where you'll catch the direct train back to Paris. You can also choose to add on a gourmet 3 course lunch with wine in the restaurant in the Palace run by Chef Ducasse.

Paris: Full-Day Small Group Excursion to Versailles

7. Paris: Full-Day Small Group Excursion to Versailles

For one day, feel like a king or queen when venturing out to the famous and radiant Versailles. Start the tour with a pick-up from your accommodation. In your minibus, relax and meet your guide and get to know each other before your visit. Discover the palace, its spectacular architecture and its splendid rooms like the King and Queen’s Apartments, livings room steeped in stories and the breathtaking Mirror Gallery designed to impress visitors with its 357 mirrors. This visit will finish with a presentation of the Versailles Gardens. After being stunned by this fantastic place, take a deep breath and have a break. You are free to have lunch wherever you'd like in Versailles. Your guide will advise you on a restaurant located in the heart of Pavillon Dufour. Taste refined creations of Alian Ducasse in an exceptional and contemporary setting that remembers the Sun King’s splendor. Dine on preserved duck foie gras, quince and toasted brioche, steamed turbot, truffled hollandaise sauce and green apple pineapple vacherin. Appreciate a stroll at your own pace through the Le Notre’s gardens. Its fountains and sculptures tell mythological and exciting stories that will surprise you. Be charmed by numerous secrets of this natural area.  Finally, be surprised by a complete change of scenery and explore the Marie Antoinette Estate, a place marked by French characters such as the Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte or Marie Antoinette. Wander in the Little and Great Trianons, the most refined monuments in Versailles, and in the cute Queen Hamlet created especially for the famous Queen Marie Antoinette. Your local guide will be there at your disposal all day to answer your questions and to reveal all the secrets of the Versailles Estate.


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What people are saying about The Palace at Versailles Estate

It was a great and memorable trip. Though we took an audio guided tour, we were accompanied by a guide, who made things very easy for us. We had a good time at Giverny, (though the queues were a bit long). The lunch was served at an awesome place. Versailles was also nice... Though we had to pay separately for the gardens.

Our guide told was so knowledgeable and had such a beautiful perspective of the art and artists at the Picasso Museum. It was a wonderful experience and I would recommend it to all who come to Paris. It was my favorite tour so far.

Our guide was exceptional! She was so knowledgeable and informative. The lunch that was provided was not that great but overall our experience was excellent. Would recommend to others.

We loved it and the guide ( Maria, Brazilian) was very good!

The only thing we needed was more time at Giverny. Lunch at Moulin des Fourges was very good, great quality, very diligent and friendly staff.

Excellent experience - we had a great day. Well worth the price all around!