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From Paris: Full-Day Guided Tour of Versailles with Lunch

1. From Paris: Full-Day Guided Tour of Versailles with Lunch

Discover the Palace of Versailles and Trianons in their entirety on this full-day tour of the formal royal residences just outside Paris. Be transported back in time as your guide shares tales of love affairs and an assassination attempt within the palace compound.  Start your guided tour of Versailles in the ornate state apartments. Enjoy visits to the Hall of Mirrors, the Queen's Bedroom and the Reception Halls. Hear incredible stories about the Sun King and life at court as you explore the palace grounds and outbuildings.  Enjoy a noontime lunch, then head to the Grand Trianon. Here, you will learn why Louis XIV built this private residence for himself and his mistress Madame de Montespan. The tour continues to Marie-Antoinette’s picturesque retreat and ends in majestic gardens, which you can explore at leisure.

From Paris: Day Trip to Giverny & Versailles

2. From Paris: Day Trip to Giverny & Versailles

Take a fascinating excursion to 2 of the most impressive symbols of French culture, and discover the complex and rich history behind their walls. Start your excursion from Paris to Giverny with an audio guide or a guide (depending on option selected), a quaint village in Normandy that attracted several impressionist painters throughout the 19th century. See the home of Claude Monet, and be inspired by the touch of color and charm that influenced his work. Explore the colorful garden whose lilies, weeping willows, and flowerbeds are a vivid reminder of his masterful works. You will then enjoy a traditional lunch before visiting the stunning site of the Palace of Versailles. You will discover the masterful combination of classic and baroque architectural styles. Take a stroll through the beautiful gardens, walk by the hall of mirrors, and visit the Grands Appartements to get a sense of the grandeur that surrounded King Louis XIV. You will return back to Paris at around 6.00 pm.

Paris: Photo Shoot with a Private Travel Photographer

3. Paris: Photo Shoot with a Private Travel Photographer

Get a unique souvenir of your time in Paris and take part in a photo shoot of your trip at locations tailored to your personal requirements.  Work with a professional photographer to create magical moments, and capture your travels in a contemporary and candid style. The photographers are hand-picked, highly experienced local experts who will share their knowledge of their city like an old friend. Receive a link to your own, password-protected, online gallery within 5 working days to download your professionally edited images for free.

From Paris: Skip-the-Line Versailles Bike Tour & Guide

4. From Paris: Skip-the-Line Versailles Bike Tour & Guide

Meet your guide in Paris before traveling to Versailles by train where your bikes will be waiting upon arrival. The royal grounds are an expansive 2,000 acres. Your bikes are super comfortable and easy to ride which means you’ll really get to see it all, far more than you ever could by foot. Have a professional guide inside the château or have the option to explore at your own pace. French history is full of personalities, from the high heel wearing, ballet dancing Sun King, and Marie Antoinette, to the legend that was Napoleon. Your licensed guide’s lively commentary will be fun and interactive - this is no history lecture. A day trip to Versailles can be a holiday highlight or a complete disaster and this tour is designed to keep you away from the crowds. It’s all about how you do it. The stress will be taken out of your day so that you can sit back in your bike saddle and enjoy your break. The tour will be structured according to you, but on a typical day, the morning will be spent exploring the local town and the market. Every stall of this quaint and quintessentially French market will tempt you with its fresh baked pastries, crêpe stands, organic produce, cheese and wines - the things that you all love the most about France. Practice your French, have a free wine tastings and crêpe making demonstration while also stocking up on picnic supplies. The rest of the morning will be spent exploring the royal grounds, gardens, fountains, inside Marie Antoinette’s hamlet and the Trianons, with a few hidden secrets along the way. Having worked up an appetite, you will then lay out your picnic lunch by the Grand Canal overlooking the spectacular château, a fantastic place to sip wine and relax in the sun. You’ll be taken to a favorite and most hidden part of the royal gardens, where some of Louis’ fountains dance to music. You will then skip the infamous line at the château and be guided through its stunning state rooms, royal apartments, the Hall of Mirrors and even Louis' bedroom. At the end of the day, make the short trip back to Paris with plenty of travel tips and Parisian insider secrets to fuel the rest of your holiday. Et voilà, the most unforgettable tour of Versailles is complete. Versailles has a way of capturing the hearts of all who visit. 

From Paris: Versailles Full-Day Guided Tour with Lunch

5. From Paris: Versailles Full-Day Guided Tour with Lunch

The splendor of Versailles deserves a full day. On this tour enjoy the day, a guide, and lunch in the park. Starting from anywhere in central Paris, you will be picked up and driven in an air-conditioned minibus to Versailles, where your guide takes you right inside with no waiting. Tour the elegant State Apartments that Louis XIV built around 1670, including separate "grand apartments" for the king and queen, and the 73-meter-long Hall of Mirrors. When you finish touring the palace's splendid interior, wander through the equally impressive gardens before having lunch in the park near the Grand Canal. After lunch, your guide will show you the Grand Trianon, a smaller marble palace the king used for less formal occasions. Then discover the Queen's Hamlet, a Norman-style thatched cottage build for Marie Antoinette. On Sundays the tour includes the "Grand Eaux" water and music show.

Versailles Palace Skip-the-Line Entrance and Breakfast

6. Versailles Palace Skip-the-Line Entrance and Breakfast

In the recently renovated Pavillon Dufour, ore offers the great French classics, light bites and delicate pastries. Located at the first floor of Pavillon Dufour, the restaurant plan is divided into two main dining rooms, one bar and three salons. One can admire the Palace through the windows overlooking the cour Royale and the cour d’Honneur. In the salons, the subtle position of the mirrors allows the guests to look upon the Palace, even if their back is turned to the windows. Ore - Ducasse au château de Versailles offers contemporary French cuisine and artfully combining great classics and new dishes. Service is relaxed, professional and efficient. After breakfast, be guided to the skip-the-line access for the palace and enjoy the rest of your day in Versailles.

Versailles Palace & Gardens Tour with Gourmet Lunch

7. Versailles Palace & Gardens Tour with Gourmet Lunch

Meet your guide in central Paris and enjoy a short, escorted train ride to Versailles. On arrival, start a journey in the footsteps of the kings and queens of France. During the reign of Louis XIV, the Sun King, Versailles was the place to be and to be seen. Nowadays visitors from all over the world still come to Versailles to marvel at the splendors of this incredible palace. Your skip-the-line access allows you to bypass the long lines that form each day, and your friendly local guide will steer you expertly through the crowds, bringing the famous figures who once inhabited this palace back to life, and making sure you don’t miss a thing. After visiting the royal apartments inside the palace, your guide will lead you through the spectacular gardens, once the setting of balls, parties and elaborate firework displays. On fountain show days you will see the amazing waterworks, still running today as they did in the times of kings and queens. After your tour, dine like a king at the sumptuous new restaurant Ore, recently opened in the spectacular 18th century salons at the Chateau of Versailles by renowned chef Alain Ducasse. Savor a delicious gourmet lunch and discover fine French cuisine. Alain Ducasse is world-famous for his inspired cooking, combining fresh, local ingredients to produce timeless and contemporary dishes. Admire the beautiful views of the chateau while you feast on some of the best French food. It’s the perfect way to end your tour.

Versailles: Skip-the-Line Entrance and Lunch at Ore

8. Versailles: Skip-the-Line Entrance and Lunch at Ore

In the recently renovated Pavillon Dufour, ore offers the great French classics, light bites and delicate pastries. Located at the first floor of Pavillon Dufour, the restaurant plan is divided into two main dining rooms, one bar and three salons. One can admire the Palace through the windows overlooking the cour Royale and the cour d’Honneur. In the salons, the subtle position of the mirrors allows the guests to look upon the Palace, even if their back is turned to the windows. Ore - Ducasse au château de Versailles offers contemporary French cuisine and artfully combining great classics and new dishes. Service is relaxed, professional and efficient. After lunch, be guided to the skip-the-line access for the palace and enjoy the rest of your day in Versailles.

Versailles Full-Day Bike Tour + Skip-the-Line Chateau Access

9. Versailles Full-Day Bike Tour + Skip-the-Line Chateau Access

Pick up your bikes in Versailles and ride to the famous city market to shop for your picnic supplies. Continuing on to the 2,000 acres of tree-lined paths, enjoy a leisurely ride to visit Marie Antoinette's Hamlet and both the Petit and Grand Trianons. Next, it's on to your picnic at the end of the Grand Canal, to settle down for a royal feast. With your special access reservation, go behind the scenes to an exclusive section of the palace, closed off to the general public. Enjoy free time to take in the breathtaking Hall of Mirrors, Marie Antoinette's chambers, and the royal quarters. After visiting the palace, you can still walk around Versailles or return to Paris by train (transportation cost included).

Versailles-Giverny Day Tour with Lunch at Moulin de Fourges

10. Versailles-Giverny Day Tour with Lunch at Moulin de Fourges

A day of unforgettable impressions awaits you outside Paris at legendary Versailles and the home of Claude Monet. Select the private option, and you'll be whisked straight from your lobby or doorstep in downtown Paris to Giverny, the village where Monet produced some of the world's most beautiful landscape paintings. See the gardens the so-called Father of Impressionism magically recreated on canvas, with their trademark water lilies and Japanese bridge. A complimentary 3-course lunch at the renowned Moulin de Fourges restaurant will provide the perfect opportunity to rest and savor what you saw along with fine gourmet food. The second part of the day takes you to Versailles, where reality might exceed your idea of how kings and queens once lived. Spend an hour wandering about the Grand Apartments of the king and queen, and the famous Hall of Mirrors. Outside discover the famous palace gardens, the marble Grand Trianon palace retreat and Marie Antoinette's Hamlet.

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What people are saying about Palace of Versailles

Absolutely amazing tour. Probably the best I’ve done, the day was like a dream. Worth getting up early for. Met at the train station, visited Versailles with front of the line access. After Versailles visited an incredible market to pick up lunch. Ride bikes through beautiful town and forest to an amazing view over the canal for a picnic. Saw the queens garden and a nice bike ride back to the train. Train back to Paris. Everything well organized and guide was amazing. Please take this bike tour, it’s the best out of all Versailles tours.

This was probably our favorite activity in Paris! Alain was an absolute pleasure to work with and took better photos than our wedding photographer. We would highly recommend anyone that wants great photos of Paris.

We are very happy with our visit to Versailles. Everything went as booked. The breakfast was plentiful and the sightseeing was excellent.

Claire Elle est formidable! Very knowledgeable and soooo kind. Thank You for an extraordinary adventure!

Special & delicious lunch before touring Versailles!