The Palace of Versailles, a UNESCO World Heritage site, was the residence of French Kings Louis XIV, Louis XV, and Louis XVI and their courts, from 1682 until the French Revolution in 1789. The information provided by your guide will be played through your own individual headset, giving you an opportunity to learn about the majestic Palace of Versailles, a symbol of Royal power. Its Baroque decoration, artwork and furniture were all created by the greatest craftsmen of the period. After this you will have free time to be able to explore the stunning French-style gardens at your own pace.
The Palace of Versailles covers an area of over 721,000 square feet and has more than 700 rooms. You will be taken to the palace's most beautiful rooms: the King's Grand Apartments, with seven rooms each dedicated to a different god (Apollo, Mars, Mercy, Venus, etc.) and the Queen's Grand Apartments, mirroring those of the king, including the Coronation Room and the Queen's Bedroom, once occupied by Marie Antoinette, among others. Also, admire the spectacular Hall of Mirrors, a unique room in which guests were received and impressed, designed by the famous architect Jules Hardouin-Mansart. Almost 240 feet-long, it was created to dazzle visitors to the Sun King, Louis XIV; it is lit by 17 windows and some 350 mirrors, and overlooks the palace's breath-taking gardens, the second part of your visit.
In 1661, Louis XIV commissioned André Le Nôtre to lay out the gardens and grounds, something that was just as important as the construction of the palace in the king's eyes. Enjoy your free time strolling through the Gardens of Versailles and admire the 386 works of art (including more than 200 statues), fountains, ponds, flower beds, and trees. During the Summer months, a range of activities are organised, such as the Grandes Eaux Musicales, when the fountains are made to dance to music.
Commentaries available in English, Spanish, Italian, German, French, Portuguese, Chinese and Japanese.
Departure from central Paris near the Louvre, daily at 08.45 daily expect special events and at 14.00 on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
Duration: 5 hours.
Return: Same as departure point.
Please note: Closing of the Queen’s State Apartment for renovation works ; High-heeled shoes are not recommended due to parquet flooring in the rooms and cobblestones outside ; Strollers may not be taken into the palace ; Access to the palace can be challenging for visitors with reduced mobility ; Photography without flash is permitted inside the palace ; Visits on Tuesday mornings are not recommended because the palace is particularly busy ; The skip-the-line access is subject to the Versailles Palace procedures (The Vigipirate plan, the security control or an unforeseen crowd can slow down the entrance).
Included: Transport to and from Paris by luxury air-conditioned coach ; Priority access ticket for the Palace of Versailles and its gardens (except on certain dates for the gardens) ; Services of a tour guide with commentary played through individual headsets for added convenience.
NB: This tour is on request, so once we receive your chosen date and time, we will check availability and then call you in order to confirm the booking and take payment. You will then be sent a voucher by email with your tour reservation number. All required information will be clearly indicated on the voucher.