Your tour begins at the tour agency located next to the Eiffel Tower in Paris city center. From here you will travel in the comfort of a fully air-conditioned bus from Paris to Versailles for a half-day trip exploration of the palace. Your host will be on board the bus and ready to answer any questions you may have.
Be transported back to the Golden Age of France with a trip to the Palace of Versailles, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and emblem of French royalty and extravagance. Fast-track entry is guaranteed, allowing you to jump the queue and travel in comfort a fully air-conditioned bus. You will marvel at the breathtaking royal chateau, transformed by the ‘Sun King’ Louis XIV in the 1660s from a hunting lodge. Playground of the French monarchs, Versailles was the centre of royal and political power until the French Revolution in 1789 which saw Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette forced to return to the capital.
Your audio guide, available in 11 languages, will enable you to discover the State apartments of the King and Queen, the Royal Chapel and Hall of Mirrors, the epitome of French opulence; three hundred and fifty-seven mirrors line the gold-adorned hall and crystal chandeliers hang from the ceiling.
You will also be given time to explore the manicured grounds à la française, which mirror the splendor of the interior. Designed by the French landscaper André Le Nôtre in 1661 for King Louis XIV, the 2,000-acre park is an architectural expanse of perspectives, parterres, fountains and groves that since its inception has defined what a French garden should be. After your visit, you will be taken back to Paris by air-conditioned bus.
Know before you go
Please do not forget:
• Camera or video equipment
• Comfortable, sturdy footwear
• Warm clothing in winter, lightweight clothing in summer
On a hot day we were able to skip the line that stretched well outside of both entrance gates, which probably saved us two hours. The meeting point was easy to find, the air conditioned bus was a nice reprieve from the walking and crowded subway rides and we had enough time for a cursory introduction to Versailles and the grounds. Having been there twice before we didn’t need more time, but unless you are pressed for time or don’t want to walk the grounds and gardens, you might want to consider the full day. We had two hours on site after the bus ride which was just enough for a quick tour of the chateau and a short walk. The guide was nice, but didn’t say much – I had thought that she would point out monuments as we drove through the city, or at the least explain the history of Versailles on our way there, but her main role was explaining where to go on the grounds with limited time. Overall worth the price to skip those excruciating lines.
Versailles was great! The AC bus and skipping the line was well worth it. Definitely get the full day pass, with the half day pass people only got 2 hours at Versailles which is not enough time to fully see the inside and the gardens. The audio guide was interesting and you are able to go at your own pace.
Zero options were provided despite the fact that we informed the tour company we were running 5 minutes late. No alternate options, no options. They couldn’t care less that we just lost $200+