Travel back to the Golden Age of France with this full-day excursion to Versailles including round-trip transportation from Paris, skip-the-line tickets, audioguide, and visit of Marie-Antoinette's private hamlet!
Meet us at our agency close to the Eiffel Tower for the departure. After a 45 minutes coach ride to Versailles, you will skip the long ticket-booth-line with fast access and collect your audioguide to visit the interior of the palace. Playground of the French monarchs, Versailles was the center 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 will bring you to 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.
After the visit to the Palace, you will have free time to explore the famous gardens à la française, a 2,000-acre park designed by André le Notre with its magnificent groves, statues, and fountains. The grounds of Versailles boast two smaller, but equally beautiful palaces which are also well worth a visit, The Grand Trianon, The Petit Trianon, and a marvel the Queen’s Hamlet, a stylized Norman village and farm built for Marie Antoinette where she retreated with her closest friends to enjoy an intimately rustic life. Completed just a few years before the Revolution, the Hamlet remains a testament to the Queen’s desire for a simpler life over the cold marble vaults of the main palace.