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Versailles Palace & Gardens: Ticket, Audio Guide & Transfer

1. Versailles Palace & Gardens: Ticket, Audio Guide & Transfer

Travel in the comfort of a fully air-conditioned bus from Paris city center to Versailles, home of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette until the French Revolution in 1789. Your host will be on board the bus and ready to answer any questions you may have.  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. Marvel at the breathtaking royal chateau, transformed by the ‘Sun King’ Louis XIV in the 1660s from a hunting lodge.  Your audio guide, available in 11 languages, 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. After explore the famous gardens of Versailles with access to the Grand and Petit Trianon, and the Estate of Marie Antoinette. Depending on the day and option booked, you will also be able to see either the Musical Garden or Fountain Show. After your visit, you will be taken back to Paris by air-conditioned bus.

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Paris: Versailles Palace & Gardens Ticket and Audioguide

2. Paris: Versailles Palace & Gardens Ticket and Audioguide

Venture into the grand ball and state rooms of the Palace of Versailles on a full-day tour from Paris. Choose from one of 3 departure points in the French capital for your transfer by comfortable bus. Upon arrival at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed monument, a trilingual host will first escort you to the château. You then will discover more about the site from the informative audio guide available in 11 languages. Delve deep into the heart of court life and learn how the Palace of Versailles grew from a hunting lodge for Louis XIII before his son Louis XIV transformed and expanded it, moving the court and government of France to Versailles in 1682. Explore the dazzling Hall of Mirrors and the opulent State Apartments. Follow in the footsteps of Louis XIV ("The Sun King"), and stroll among gardens designed by André Le Notre at your own pace. From May to October, your ticket includes the legendary Musical Fountains & Gardens Shows. Watch as the water features light up in a dazzling spectacle to complete your day in Versailles.

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Versailles Audio Guided Tour from Paris

3. Versailles Audio Guided Tour from Paris

Enjoy a day trip from Paris to the Palace of Versailles, an architectural beauty. Cross the western districts of Paris before taking the motorway to the Versailles town, a royal château located in a former village. The Palace of Versailles was the de facto capital of the kingdom of France over a century. Now it is known as the wealthy suburb of Paris. You can discover Versailles on your own as you tour the inside and wander the grounds. You will be given audio guides on arrival to enrich your visit with commentary, and this architectural masterpiece will enchant you through its beauty and historical richness. Visit the Royal State Apartments including the Hall of Mirrors, King’s apartments, and Queen’s apartment, followed by a leisurely stroll in the Palace gardens.

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Versailles Trip from Paris in Citroen 2CV

4. Versailles Trip from Paris in Citroen 2CV

On the paved roads of Versailles, go to the "château" and join the courtesans of the Sun King!! The Château de Versailles, which has been on UNESCO’s World Heritage List for 30 years, is one of the most beautiful achievements of 18th-century French art. Our driver will pick you up from your Hotel in Paris directly to the castle (20 minutes) and show you the amazing garden developed and design by the gardener André Le Nôtre! The entrance to the castle is included with audio guide to know more about the symbol of royal absolutism and embodiment of classical French art. Of course your driver will bring you back to your hotel in Paris after your visit.

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Paris: Eiffel Tower, Versailles & Arc de Triomphe Combo Tour

5. Paris: Eiffel Tower, Versailles & Arc de Triomphe Combo Tour

Optimize your stay in Paris by visiting the most impressive monuments in France with this combo tour. Discover the Eiffel Tower in the morning with a local guide. Go up to the summit and be amazed by the panoramic view of Paris. Next, visit the Arc de Triomphe and explore the monument and its museum at your own pace on a self-guided tour. Enjoy the amazing views from the terrace. In the afternoon, head over to the Château de Versailles, a symbol of the French monarchy. Marvel at the luxurious royal apartments and French gardens on another self-guided tour. All entrance tickets for the day are included.

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From Paris: Day Trip to Giverny & Versailles

6. 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.

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Skip the Line Versailles Tour from Paris via Train

7. Skip the Line Versailles Tour from Paris via Train

Visit the stunning Palace of Versailles on a half-day tour from Paris, and stay as long as you like to stroll the chateau and gardens at leisure. There’s no need to worry about all the little details, such as arranging train tickets and navigating the grounds. Take the train to Versailles, and then skip the long lines (which can sometimes be up to 2 hours) to discover the Sun King’s opulent palace at your own pace. Inside the chateau, you will receive an audio guide with heaps of interesting stories and facts about the Hall of Mirrors, royal apartments, and more. Your guide will offer a fascinating orientation to the gardens and palace grounds. Learn about the French formal style of landscape architect André Le Nôtre, and see aspects of his splendid creations you’d otherwise miss. You are free to return to Paris in the late afternoon in your own time.

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Paris: Giverny & Versailles Small Group or Private Tour

8. Paris: Giverny & Versailles Small Group or Private Tour

Visit Claude Monet’s house and its magnificent gardens in Giverny. Be dazzled by the beautiful flowerbeds and see the famous water lilies and weeping willows in the water garden. Afterwards, explore the quaint village that attracted several Impressionist painters. Visiting Sainte-Radegonde Church where the artist is buried, and stop for a drink in a local coffee shop. Continue on to Versailles Palace visit the Sun King’s home – one of the most important French artistic achievements of the 17th century. A captivating guided tour will reveal the history behind this majestic Palace of Versailles. Here you will witness classic and baroque architectural styles. Explore King Louis XIV’s court and get lost within the magical Hall of Mirrors. Visit the outstanding designs at Grands Apartments and the beauty of the French gardens designed by Le Nôtre. Everything in Versailles inspires elegance, perfection and harmony: a genuine 17th century masterpiece and symbol of the Sun King’s absolute power.

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From Paris: Versailles & Louvre Guided Tour with Lunch

9. From Paris: Versailles & Louvre Guided Tour with Lunch

After collection from your downtown hotel in Paris, your guide will take you to the Château de Versailles, the former residence of the Sun King, Louis XIV. Admire the beautifully-kept French-style gardens outside Marie Antoinette’s hamlet and the Grand and Petit Trianon. You will then proceed inside the castle for a one-hour guided tour around the Grands Appartements and the Galerie des Glaces. Return to Paris at noon, after which you will enjoy lunch in the Opéra district and then continue your guided tour (in English, Spanish or French) at the Louvre Museum. Notable works at the Louvre include Venus de Milo, the Winged Victory of Samothrace and the Mona Lisa painted by Leonardo da Vinci at the beginning of the 16th century. You will then have the opportunity to take the rest of the tour at your own pace exploring other sections of this vast and impressive museum.

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Last Entry: Versailles Tour After the Crowds

10. Last Entry: Versailles Tour After the Crowds

Step inside one of Europe’s most opulent buildings on this fully-guided tour of the Palace of Versailles. From the immense fountains that punctuate Louis XIV’s gardens to the splendor of the King’s and Queen’s Apartments and the incomparable Hall of Mirrors, this tour immerses you in the sights, stories, gossip, and legends of France’s lost age of splendor. Head to the outskirts of Paris, where Louis XIII first built a hunting lodge that was later extended by his son into the royal palace you see today.  In order to retain some of the bucolic feel of his father’s lodge, the Sun King set aside nearly 2,000 acres for gardens and even sketched out a strict plan for how they should be visited. Your tour will begin these gardens, but don’t worry, you don’t have to follow Louis’ plan. Instead, you’ll learn how these came to be considered the epitome of the French style of gardens that you can still see all over the world. You’ll also get the story of how Louis snatched his garden designer off another project essentially out of jealousy. As you go, your guide will point out details like the various symbols of the Greek sun god, Apollo, which Louis used all over the grounds as a reference to, well, himself. The highlights of the gardens are the immense fountains, which are packed with beautiful statuary and run on a system of gravity-driven hydraulics that has not changed since they were first installed. If you are visiting during the week you’ll only see the architecture of the fountains, but if you go on the weekend you’ll witness their full grandeur when they are turned on — water spouts from them just as it did over 300 years ago.  After the gardens, you’ll enjoy skip-the-line entrance into the palace itself. It’s the final entrance of the day so Versailles will be as peaceful as you can get it without renting it for a private function (which is possible, but as your guide will tell you, it’s pretty expensive). This enormous palace wasn’t just a home for the King. In its heyday, it was a literal gilded cage for thousands of nobles whom Louis kept here for much of the year to make sure they weren’t plotting against him. As you go from one unimaginably decadent room to the next, your guide will bring the palace to life with stories of courtly intrigue and royal plots, while also giving you insight into the everyday lives of the people who lived here (it may not be as glamorous as you expect). On your small group tour you will visit the most famous and impressive rooms in the palace, from the Royal private apartments, where the last of the Bourbon monarchs lived out their private lives; to the public state apartments, like the War Room and Peace room, which hosted balls, concerts, and political functions. The most stunning of them all is the Hall of Mirrors, which is packed with so much art, symbolism, and imagery, your guide will make sure to spend extra time there helping you decode it all. This is one of, if not the greatest and most ostentatious throne room ever created, and it’s packed with diplomatic history. Be sure to ask lots of questions and soak it all up. Since you entered the chateau from the back, you’ll leave from the front, making your last view of Versailles also the most impressive.

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What people are saying about Palace of Versailles

This tour was absolutely perfect. Our two guides were so kind and answered all our questions. We spend the first two hours or so exploring the gardens on our own, and then met for our tickets to enter the castle for our self guided audio tour. Everything was easy to navigate and the ambiance was breathtaking. Once I wrapped up the castle portion of my tour, I actually headed back out to the gardens to explore some more. The ride home was quick and comfortable. Everything was perfect!! 10/10!!

To anyone booking not that this is just the transfer and ticket. When u arrive the guide take you to the gardens which are free but they are huge so rent a biggie to see them at €36 for 1 hour or use the little train. The trenon and Marie and sculpture are extra and u need time to see them. Once u get your ticket and the audio guide you are free in the palace which is beautiful. It is better than traveling by train and less expensive than a taxi.

We loved the experience. Both guides are great—- Phil and Maribeth.

Loved everything about it! Anna was such a helpful guide

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