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Sights Versailles, Palace and Gardens
Price €59 / person

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Versailles
59€/person

✓ Transportation from / to Paris

✓ Palace and Gardens

✓ Fast-track tickets & Audioguide

 

 

  • Chateau des ducs de Bretagne Chateau de France Which chateau de France you should visit - The “Chateau de France”, is the symbol of the splendidness of the French history. From Versailles to Castelnaud, passing by the “Chateaux of the Loire Valley”, the rich and fantastic culture of castle may sometimes make us confused when it comes to visit a chateau de France. So, this article is aiming to help you to have a clear vision of the chateau de France, in order to help you further to choose the best ones to visit. Castles of the Loire Valley In France, when we talk about the castles, the first thing that really comes to mind is the “Chateaux of the Loire Valley”. During the hundred years war, the French kings and the English kings opposed each other, and each one of them possessed of a bank of the Loire. Theses kings of different nationalities did the construction of several palaces and military fortresses that eventually became, especially during the Renaissance, the magnificent chateau de France. The Loire Valley is located in the west of the France, about an hour and a half from Paris (one hour and twenty minutes by train, and one hour fifty by car). The region is reputed for its natural landscape, cultural heritage and the castles which are very worth a visit. If you are passionate about the chateau de France, this place cannot be missed. Not only the famous castles like Chambord, Chenonceau, Amboise, Blois, Azay-le-rideau etc., you can also visit the little-famous ones such as Talcy, Menars, Abbaye de la Guiche, Chemery etc. If I write a list of the castles at this point, it will be long and tedious, I would suggest you buy and read a backpacker guide to get a more complete knowing about the Chateaux of the Loire Valley before your visit.   Castles in the Paris region The world-famous chateau de France in the Paris region (in the department Île-de-France) is also unavoidable for a visit, like the Palace of Versailles, the Palace of Fontainebleau, the Vincennes Castle and so on. The Palace of the Versailles is the most visited one among all the chateau de France, was constructed from 1661 to 1715, by King Louis XIV, in order to appease the rebellion and strengthen his kingship. The palace became since then, a very significant symbol of the greatness of France, which have been attracting people from all over the world to come and look at it with reverence. It is worth mentioning that, the chateau de France in the Paris region usually merges with the stories of French kings. For example, the Vaux le Vicomte Castle, located in the south-east of Paris, its background story is as fantastic as its look. Its builder, Nicolas Fouquet, was the superintendent of finance, imprisoned because of the manipulation of his colleague on the charge of corruption. And his Castle, Vaux le Vicomte, was then sealed and the king Louis XIV seized almost all his property. Also, the king Louis XIV used the Vaux le Vicomte Castle as the model for the design of the Palace of Versailles.   The chateau de France in the Paris region are all accessible by public transport, and it takes generally from 20 minutes to less than 1 hour by train. If you don’t have the availability to visit the castles which are outside the Paris region, the castles inside the Paris region are easy to reach and worth to visit, besides, don’t forget to get to know the stories behind these majestic castles.   The Castles outside the Paris region The most famous chateau de France outside the Paris region and the Loire Valley must be the Chateau de Castelnaud, which is in the town of Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, in Dordogne department. It is a magnificent medieval fortress, offering you an amazing panorama of the Dordogne valley. Classified as historical monument, this fort is entirely dedicated to the great era of the Middle Ages. The fortress shelters a huge number of weapons and armor. The models, the furniture, the machines of war, as well as the numerous restorations of the fort, make of it a museum of war more real than nature. The castle counts more than 200 000 visitors a year.   Other chateau de France that I suggest you to visit are : Chateau du Haut-Koenigsbourg in the Alsace region (Key words: medieval, furniture, weapon, rocky spur) Chateau des ducs de Bretagne in Nantes (Key words: Nantes history, Bretagne history, museum, Gothic-Renaissance)   Chateau de Valençay in the Commune of Valençay, the Indre department (Key words: French garden, English park, Renaissance, elegance, art) Peyrepertuse, in the Commune of Duilhac-sous-Peyrepertuse, the Aude department (Key words: ruined fortress, Cathar castles, rocky spur)     Related Articles Loire Valley Bike Tours Top 10 French Castles Loire Valley map
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    versailles, gallery of coaches The Gallery of Coaches - The gallery of Coaches, situated within the Great Stables, houses a unique collection of royal coaches and carriages. There you can find maginificent and luxury pieces, which belonged to the royal family.
    versailles, grand trianon The Grand Trianon - The Grand Trianon is the small palace where the King used to go to escape the strict court etiquette. There, he used to meet some of his mistresses, away from the court life and royal rules.
    versailles, petit trianon The Petit Trianon - The Petit Trianon is a masterpiece of neoclassical architecture from where the King could easily reach his gardens. There, he used to spend some time enjoying the gardens and developing his passion for botany.
    versailles, marie antoinette's estate Marie Antoinette’s Estate - In Marie Antoinette's Estate, the Queen could enjoy parties, dinner and walks with her friends. It consists of rural buildings, such as the Queen's Hamlet, and contains a personal Theatre where the Queen herself used to play.
    Versailles, Palace of Versailles, palace of versailles The Palace of Versailles - The Palace of Versailles represents the majesty of French Kings: it displays the power and the opulence of the royal court and consists of over 2,000 rooms. There you can find the famous Hall of Mirrors and the King's bedchamber.
    How to get from Paris to Versailles, Day trip from Paris, versailles, how to get from Paris to Versailles, the versailles gardens, day trips from paris by train The Versailles Gardens - The Gardens of Versailles are an example of classical and symmetrical beauty. There, it is offered a huge variety of different trees and flowers, along with a Grand Canal and several magnificent fountains.
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  • Versailles, Palace of Versailles, palace of versaillesGET THERE AND ENJOY THE TOURS

    You will be driven from Paris to Versailles in a double decker coach, for a short and comfortable trip. If you like and if you need any particular change, you can also choose a private transfer.

    Once you get there, you can enjoy the Morning Tour, which starts at 8 A.M. and ends around 12:30 P.M. (you will stay on site approximately 3.5 hours). However, if you prefer to get there later, you can choose the Afternoon Tour, which begins at 2 P.M. and finishes at & P.M.

    Versailles, Palace of Versailles, versaillesIn Versailles, you can visit the magnificent Palace, with its 2,300 rooms, the King’s and Queen’s apartments and the famous Hall of Mirrors. Later, you can have a walk around the beautiful Gardens, which in spring and summertime house the amazing fountains musical shows called  Jardins Musicaux and Grandes Eaux Musicales. You will also have the chance to visit the collection of carriages and coaches inside the Gallery of Coaches, and to relax in the Trianon Estate, where you will find a more rural and romantic atmosphere.

     

    Versailles, Palace of Versailles, versaillesTHE TOURS

    For Full Day Tours, you will leave around 8 A.M. and you will be driven to Paris at 12:30: with this option, you will have the opportunity to visit the Palace, the Gardens, the Trianon domain and Marie Antoinette’s Estate.

    With the Half Day Tour option, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the Palace and the Gardens (the tickets are included).

     

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  • What is included in the price?

    – Transfer round way to/from Paris (Eiffel Tower) in group coach (optional: in private vehicle)

    – Entrance ticket to the Palace and the Gardens (entrance in the gardens is not included on special days with Musical Gardens and Fountains Show – check the dates  here).

    – Audioguide in the castle available in 11 languages

    For Full Day Tour: the entrance tickets to the Trianon and Marie-Antoinette’s Estate

    What is NOT included in the price?

    – Access to the gardens on the days of Musical Gardens and Fountains Show (check dates here). If not bought in advance, an additional fee will be requested at the entrance of the gardens

    – Guide (unless selected as an option)

    – Meals

    – Personal expenses

     

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  • Customize your trip by adding additional activities and visits here!

     

  • ✓     Buy  your tickets as soon as you can! The Palace of Versailles is one of the most visited monuments and tickets sell very fast!

    ✓     The half day tour will allow you to see the palace, the gallery of coaches and a small part of the gardens. With a full day tour, you will be able to see the palace, the gallery of coaches, a big part of the gardens, the Grand Trianon and the domain of Marie Antoinette.

    ✓    If you are not going with a private guide, audioguides are included in the price with your ticket. They are available in French, English, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Chinese – Mandarin, Japanese, Portuguese, Korean and Polish. Do not hesitate to take one.

    ✓     Consider Approx. 90 mn to visit the castle by yourself or with an audioguide.

    ✓     If you are going for a full day by yourslef, you might want to visit the castle when the affluence is at the minimum: around 9 A.M. for the Palace and from 12:30 for the Trianon Estate and the Gallery of Coaches

    ✓      Wear good shoes (gardens and cobble stones in front of the palace, then, no stilettos!)

    ✓      It’s possible to bring a pick nick and have lunch in the park, outside of the gardens. There are some very nice spots along the Grand Canal. You can leave the gardens and enter again on the same day with your initial ticket.

    ✓       For the fountains show, some fountains are in activity at specific hours . Ask for the program when entering the gardens. For Neptune’s fountain, arrive at least 15 minutes in advance to be able to seat on the grass and have am interesting place which will give you a nice point of view on the entire fountain.

    ✓       You can download the free app to visit the gardens and the domain of Trianon:

    o from Apple store

    o from Google Play

     

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  • → Tour is available year-round but does not offer service on Saturdays, Sundays, national holidays, or the last two weeks of August.

    → Only small bags or rucksacks will be accepted in the minivan, don’t bring big piece of luggage with you as they are not permitted.

    → Cancellation policy: up to 1 month in advance: 100% refund / between 1 month and 2 weeks: 50% refund / less than 2 weeks : no refund.

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