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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: Skip-the-Line Versailles Bike Tour & Guide

2. 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: Day Trip to Giverny & Versailles

3. 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.

Versailles Palace Skip-the-Line Entrance and Breakfast

4. 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.

Paris: Versailles Palace & Trianon Castles E-Bike Tour

5. Paris: Versailles Palace & Trianon Castles E-Bike Tour

Rendez-vous is at 9.00am at the meeting point. Ride electric bikes so that the journey are effortless. Cross the park of Saint-Cloud (1500 acres). Discover the fountains of the Grande Cascade designed by Hardouin-Mansart and Le Pautre. Be amazed by the history of the former Royal Castle of Saint-Cloud. This castle was the residence of Philippe d'Orléans, the young brother of Louis XIV. It was also the residence of Napoleon. Pass through the statues of the Parterre des 24 jets. Take a selfie with a view of all of Paris in the background. Drive bike through the small village of Marnes-la-coquette. It is composed of old houses and manors. Only 800 inhabitants are lucky enough to live in this small village at the gates of Paris. Relax while crossing Fausses-Reposes forest. Take paths sheltered from the sun under a roof made of trees. Enjoy the calm and the nature so close to Paris. Discover the incredible Palace of Versailles, its fountains and gardens. Avoid the queue with skip-the-line entry. Visit the famous Hall of Mirrors (audio guide). The schedule will be adapted to avoid peak traffic. This visit will be done in the early morning or late afternoon. The guide will wait for you near the electric bikes. Go to the Notre-Dame market. Compose your picnic like a Frenchman (wine, cheese, baguette, saucisson...). Your guide, a former restaurateur, will be happy to advise you. Purchases are made at your expense. You can thus compose according to your budget. Lunch by the water on the banks of the Grand Canal. The Grand Canal is located in the grounds of the Palace of Versailles. Visit the Trianon estate at your own pace. See the Gand Trianon castle so dear to Louis XIV. Then, discover the Petit Trianon castle offered to Marie-Antoinette by Louis XVI. Stroll through the gardens, the Temple of Love and the hamlet of Marie-Antoinette. Your guide will be waiting for you near the bikes. He will leave you time to linger on the spaces that you like the most. Start your way back through the forest. You will enjoy the return to the park of Saint-Cloud with Paris in the background.

Versailles Palace & Gardens Tour with Gourmet Lunch

6. 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

7. 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: Palace Trip by Motorcycle with Sidecar

8. Versailles: Palace Trip by Motorcycle with Sidecar

You will be picked up in Paris and driven through scenic Parisian suburbs to the Palace of Versailles. The Palace gently comes into view and after parking in front, you will enter with a timed ticket allowing to skip the main line. An audio-guide is included, but your tour guide will also accompany you through the hour-long tour of the Palace. After the main Palace, you will be brought to the market of Versailles where together with your guide you will choose a picnic lunch to enjoy on the Grand Canal, and soak up the view of the grounds and the Palace. Hopping back into the sidecar, we zip along to a quick restroom stop before entering the Trianon Domaine to walk off the copious picnic lunch. Spying Marie Antoinette's Temple of Love from her bedroom window, you will also explore the the Queen's Hamlet, where she would delight in distancing herself from the rigours of court life. Upon exiting the Trianon Domaine, you're back in the sidecar for a relaxing return to Paris to be dropped of where you started, on the Pont Bir Hakeim. Other more convenient drop-off locations can be considered if not too far.

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What people are saying about The Palace at Versailles Estate

Great tour, easy to ride around Versailles (mostly flat with bike lanes). We enjoyed the charming town and bustling market with a large selection of pate and saucisson (sausage). The guide offered details on the history of the palace, I enjoyed the fountains and grove the most!! You are able to see a lot in one visit via bike and it’s was an easy shady ride on comfortable bikes, highly recommend this day tour!

My family and I loved this, the e bikes were very easy to ride and the scenery was amazing!! We felt like we were on the set of a movie at times. Our guide was very knowledgeable. I would highly recommend this tour, it’s a great way to get out of the city and take in the sights of Versailles!

Great value for money. The food was great and the restaurant looks beautiful. We also skipped the line to enter the palace, which saved us hours of waiting. I recommend.

The full day is amazing, small group, great guide, excellent lunch, so you stroll to the main castle and the small ones with leisure and don’t rush or feel stress out

Very professional Very knowledgeable Very engaging Very fun Very good value for money