Versailles is one of the most famous and largest French palaces. The palace is located in the small town of Versailles (20 km away from Paris).
The Palace and the Park of Versailles are an outstanding architectural ensemble, an architectural masterpiece that impresses everyone with its luxury and scale. It was constructed at the same location as the small palace of Louis XIII. By order of Louis XIV, in 1661 architects André Le Nôtre and Charles Le Brun began expanding and rebuilding the palace.
We are happy to offer you an excursion to Versailles. There, you can enjoy the spectacular residence of French kings.
The approximate time of the tour to the Palace of Versailles (excluding the park) is 3 hours, or (including the park) 4 hours.
The territory of the palace and the park ensemble is huge. The whole area, including the park, is more than 1 km². This tour to Versailles will submerge you into the centuries-old history of France.
The entire ensemble of Versailles is majestic. The magnificence of the decorated royal palaces, and the amazing beauty of the park, shaped by the court gardener Le Notre, make it non-pareil among all the palaces of the world. Later, it became the model that other kings used to construct their residences (like Drottningholm Palace).
Types of Versailles tours:
Palace of Versailles
The tour at the Palace of Versailles includes a visit to the Mirror Gallery, the large royal apartments, the apartments of the Crown Prince (weekends only), and temporary exhibitions.
The palace is closed on Mondays. April, 1 – October, 31 at 9:00-18:30; November, 1 – April, 31 at 9:00-17:30.
The Petit and Grand Trianon Palaces and Marie-Antoinette’s village
The name comes from the village of Trianon, founded by Louis XIV in 1668, with the intention to build a pavilion for lunches. The Grand Trianon palace is connected with the name of Louis XIV. This architectural composition is reminiscent of Versailles and uses similar elements.
The Petit Trianon Palace was the favourite place of residence of Marie-Antoinette. It was Louis XVI’s present to his wife.
One of the curious places in the garden of the Petit Trianon is the farm of Marie Antoinette that includes 12 houses. It includes a cheese factory, a farm, a mill, a fishing workshop, a dovecote and more. This village was like a toy for Marie Antoinette: everything had to be pretty, neat, clean, and beautiful. For example, maids who did the laundry in the creek had to sing or hum songs. Cows and pigs were washed daily, and then coloured ribbons were tied on them.
It is the best option to go to Versailles for the whole day in order to be able to enjoy all of its beauty. However, if you do not have that much free time, you can come for a couple of hours to see this piece of French architecture. Our guides will tell you the most important and relevant information, and show the little-known works of art. The excursion to Versailles will have a long-lasting impression on you, and you will dream of a new journey to Versailles.
Itinerary: the big royal apartments, the Hall of Mirrors (recently reopened after restoration) and the main apartments of Louis XIV’s wife, Queen Maria Theresa of Austria, walk in the gardens in the French style.
Duration: 4 hours; Versailles day City Tour + Versailles: 8 hours.
The tour price includes:
— For groups and mini-groups: transportation, English-speaking guide, entrance fees;
— For individual tours with audio guide: transportation and entrance fees with an audio guide in English;
— For individual guided tours: transportation, English-speaking guide; the tickets and reservations are paid additionally at the time of booking.