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Versailles at Leisure with Free Audio Guide - Tour from Paris

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Key Highlights

  • Be amazed at the opulence of Louis XIV's magnificent palace
  • Discover versailles at your own pace with this self-guided tour with an audio guide
  • Explore the royal gardens of the famous Chateau de Versailles
  • See the Hall of Mirrors and the Royal Apartments
  • Travel in an air-conditioned coach with bilingual hostess to assist
  • Individual audio guide available in 11 languages
  • Overview

    Get a glimpse of the extravagant lifestyle of the French nobility on a tour of the awe-inspiring Palace of Versailles in France.

    The Palace of Versailles draws tourists from across the world who come to explore its lavish interiors and formal gardens. The world’s most opulent Château, Versailles was in the 17th century created by Louis XIV (the Sun King) to demonstrate the absolute power of the French monarchy, then at its height.

    Louis’ passion for the arts as well as for self-glorification meant that the Palace was decorated on a scale of lavishness unprecedented in France.

    The beautiful gardens are almost as impressive as the palace itself. Designed in the formal style, they have marble and bronze statues, fountains and geometrically aligned terraces.

    An audio-guide (available in 11 languages) will explain what you are seeing as you tour the Hall of Mirrors, the Royal Opera, Marble Staircase, Mars Drawing Room, Venus and Diana Drawing Rooms, and the Royal Chapel.

    Marvel at the lavish frescoes, woodwork and marble and gilt embellishments and don’t forget to spend time in the spacious grounds filled with fountains, sculptures, and beautiful gardens.

    One of the most famous historical and architectural sights in France, the Palace of Versailles is a must visit.

    Should you wish to view the Fountain Display and Musical Gardens, we recommend an alternative which includes access to these shows, Click here for more details>>

  • Activity Schedule & Itinerary

    Activity Schedule

    When does it run?

    01 Apr 17 - 31 Oct 17:
    Versailles with Audio Guide - Morning Tour: Daily except Monday
    Versailles with Audio Guide - Afternoon Tour: Daily except Monday & Sunday

    Duration

    Approx. 4 hours

    Start time

    01 Apr 17 - 31 Oct 17: 8:30am & 2:00pm

    Meeting Point

    The start point for the tour is 2 rue des Pyramides, 75001, Paris.
    The closest metro station is Tuileries (line n°01), Pyramides (line n°14) or Palais Royal (line n°7).
    Please arrive at the meeting point 30 minutes before the start time for check-in.

    Ending Point

    The tour concludes at the original point of departure

    Itinerary

    Set out from Paris in an air conditioned coach and travel to the Palace of Versailles which was built by Louis the XIV in the mid-17th century. It is the most famous palace in France and served as the political capital of the kingdom.

    Versailles was created by Louis XIV (The Sun King) in the mid-17th century when he moved the court from Paris. Many historians believe he did this because there was so much intrigue among the nobility and politicians during his reign that he was afraid to have them out of his sight. He therefore built Versailles large enough to house his entire court and ordered the aristocracy to stay with him there.

    Explore the King’s Suite and see lavishly decorated rooms with frescoes, marble, gilt, woodwork and symbols from Roman and Greek mythology. The palace was designed by some of the most talented architects like Le Vau, Mansart and Charles Le Brun. The 75 metre long Hall of Mirrors is particularly impressive with 17 huge mirrors and stucco work showing the monarch in various guises (Louis the XIV was also called the Sun King). Continue to the apartments of Dauphin and Dauphine. An audio guide in 11 languages is available on this tour.

    You can also stroll in the formal gardens which were designed by Andre le Notre. Almost as impressive as the palace itself are its ponds, tree lined avenues, marble and bronze statues and fountains.

    Return to Paris by coach.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • Round trip transportation by luxury, air-conditioned coach
    • Hostess in coach
    • Ticket for the Palace of Versailles and its gardens (except on certain dates, mentioned in 'Please Note' section)
    • Individual Audio guide in the palace available in: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Russian, Korean, Polish and Mandarin Chinese

    Exclusions

    • Hotel pick up & drop off
    • Live guide
    • Food & drinks
  • Please note

    Please call the tour operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming the departure details.

    You might have to wait in line before entering the palace. Access to the palace is challenging for those with reduced mobility

    We do not recommend high-heeled shoes (parquet flooring in the rooms and cobblestones in the courtyard).

    Strollers are not permitted inside the palace.

    Photography without flash is permitted inside the palace.

    The entrance fee to the Versailles garden is not included in the tour price on days of Fountain Display and Musical Gardens from April to October. Below are the dates when garden ticket will not be included:

    Days of Fountain Display: Saturday & Sunday from April to October 2017 and Tuesday from 23rd May to 27th June, 2017and on April 4th.

    Days of Musical Gardens: Tuesday from 4th April to 16th May, 2017 and from 4th July to 31st October, 2017 and on Friday from 31st March to 27th October, 2017

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.
  • Customer Reviews
    • The bus took a scenic route through Paris and told us about the various sites, which was great to hear. The audio guide was excellent and easy to use. The trip was comfortable....

      Tracey stoneman, Australia, 11/Sep/2017
    • Lovely morning tour.

      Quick trip to Versailles and well organised once we arrived. Plenty of time to wander around. Good option for a half day activity....

      Leanne Keegan, Australia, 19/Sep/2017
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