Versailles is at one hour drive far from Paris. During the trip our guide will tell you about the story of the Palace and how the cour during the Sun King reign.
With its three chateaux, gardens and parks, Versailles is an immense estate. Lousi XIV the Sun King is the creative force of Versailles. He turned Versailles into a sumptuous estate and the symbol of absolute monarchy in the 17th century.
Louis Le Vau and then Jules Hardouin-Mansart and Charles Lebrun are the main architects both Versailles and the Grand Trianon and André Le Notre for the gardens.
You will visit the State Apartments with its 8 rooms, the Hall of Mirrors, the King and Queens’ apartments and since July 2006 some new rooms recently renovated , the Royal Chapel and the Royal Opera Opera.
Depending of the choice you made with us, the visit will be guided or with an audio-guide in your language. There is a special entry for us avoiding long queuing.
After this visit which lasts around 1hour and 10 minutes, our guide will accompany you to the gardens.
Beyond the chateau, stretch the gardens and the park. At the foot of the chateau, Le Nôtre created the parterres, designed to be viewed from the terraces. You will see the Grand Perspective which draws the eye to the horizon with its Latona and Apollo fountains. You will stroll to the north and south parterres full of flowers. You will see the various groves in the gardens : the Baldroom and the Colonnade, the Enceladus…and some other our guide will let you discover.
On Sunday from April 1st to October 1st there are the Musical Fountains display. Stroll around the fountains and admire the water jets, explore the groves while enjoying live music concert from Lully the most famous Versailles musical composer from the 17th century. You will have access to this gorgeous show with additional fee of 7 euros per person
Our guide will drop off at your hotel after this very intensive visit which will throw you back to the century of lights.
You will visit the Palace, The States Apartments in the morning as indicated in the Versailles tour description ( please look at it ). You will have also enough time to explore the Hall of Battles situated in the South Wing of the Palace covering the first floor and the attic on the park side. This is a setting for the vast paintings dedicated to the great French victories from Tolbiac won by Clovis in 497 to Wagram, a victory for Napoleon in 1809. You will then visit the gardens and the various grove with its 32 fountains.
On Sunday from April 1st to October 1st there are the Musical Fountains display. Stroll around the fountains and admire the water jets, explore the groves while enjoying live music concert from Lully the most famous Versailles musical composer from the 17th century. Additional fee of 6 euros.
Our guide will advice you how to have lunch or just a snack inside the estate. There are many possibilities. After Lunch, you will visit the Grand Trianon also called the Marble Trianon. It is richly furnished and decorated with Napoleon furniture from the 18th century. You will stroll in the Park to get in the new renovated “Domaine de Marie Antoinette” with the Small Trianon and the Hamlet Village. The architect Gabriel built this edifice in 1761 for King Louis XV and Madame de Pompadour. It becomes some years later the preferred residence of Marie Antoinette. The gardens , the Queen Theatre one of the most beautiful in Europe and the French and English gardens with many statues have just been renovated and re-opened in July 2006 as well as the Hamlet Village close to the Trianon.