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Audio Guide Tour of the Palace of Versailles

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Description

A UNESCO World Heritage site, the Palace of Versailles was the residence of the Kings of France Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louis XVI from 1682 until the French Revolution in 1789. Your audio guide commentary gives you the perfect opportunity to visit the majestic Palace of Versailles at your own pace. Admire its Baroque architecture, sumptuous decoration, works of art, and the furniture created by some of history's greatest artisans. After your tour, enjoy a stroll through the palace's gardens.

Room in Versailles Palace
Palace of Versailles

Stretching for more than 721,000 square feet, the Palace of Versailles consists of over 700 rooms. Your audio guide will help you find your way during your visit, tell you about the history of the palace, and immerse you in its special atmosphere. Visit the palace's most beautiful rooms: the King's Grand Apartment, with seven salons each dedicated to a different god (Apollo, Mars, Mercy, Venus, etc.), and the Queen's Grand Apartment, laid out in a mirror image of those of the king, including the Coronation Room and the Queen's Bedroom, once occupied by Queen Marie Antoinette.  Spend time marveling at the spectacular Hall of Mirrors, a unique room in which guests were received and impressed, designed by the famous architect Jules Hardouin-Mansart. Almost 240 feet-long, it was designed to astonish the Sun King's (Louis XIV) visitors and is lit by 17 windows and 350 mirrors. It also offers breathtaking views of the palace's beautiful gardens.

In 1661, Louis XIV commissioned the gardener André Le Nôtre to lay out the grounds and gardens, something that was just as important as the construction of the palace itself as far as the king was concerned. Spend time exploring the Palace of Versailles gardens and admire the many artworks they contain (more than 200 statues), fountains, ponds, flower beds and woodland. During the Summer months, a range of activities are organized, such as the "Grandes Eaux,” when the many fountains are made to dance to music.

Statue of Louis XIV at Versailles Palace
Statue of Louis XIV

Please note :

  • Important: Closing of the Queen’s State Apartment for renovation works
  • From April to October 2016, the entrance fees to the gardens are NOT INCLUDED:
    Days of « FOUTAIN DISPLAY»: Saturdays and Sundays from April to October 2017 + Tuesdays from May 23rd to June 27th, 2017 + April 4th, 
    Days of « MUSICAL GARDENS »: Tuesdays from April 4 to May 16 and from July 4 to October 31 + Fridays from March 31rst to October 27th
    Additional exclusion dates can be added during the year
  • From April 1rst, 2017: Priority access to the Palace of Versailles
  • We strongly advise against high-heeled shoes (parquet flooring in the rooms and cobblestones in the courtyard)
  • Strollers are not permitted inside the palace
  • Access to the palace is challenging for those with reduced mobility
  • Photography without flash is permitted inside the palace
  • Tuesday mornings are not recommended due to the high number of visitors

The price includes:

  • Transport to and from Paris by luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Ticket for the Palace of Versailles and its gardens (except on certain dates for the gardens)
  • Palace of Versailles audio guide rental

The price does not include:

  • Transfers to and from your Paris accommodation
  • Admission to the gardens on certain dates (see above)

Further information on your confirmation voucher:

You will receive your confirmation and your tour voucher in 2 separate emails. Please print your tour voucher and present it to the PARISCityVISION office on the day of your departure.

Highlights
  • Enjoy a half-day excursion to the Palace of Versailles from Paris by luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Ticket for the Hall of Mirrors and the Royal Apartments 
  • Self-guided tour with an audio guide to tell you about the history of the palace
  • Explore the gardens designed by André Le Nôtre at your own pace
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Key details
  • Audioguide
  • 4 hour(s)

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Guide's recommendations
Mônica, Tour Escort since 2015

I am fascinated by the monarchy. Versailles is an example of the supremacy and sovereignty, and the fashion and luxury of a select elite who, within its walls, established many of the customs we still follow today. It is a reflection of a unique era in world history, of a powerful and sovereign king, envied throughout Europe. Come and discover the anecdotes, the daily life of the chateau, the secrets of the Court and the behind-the-scenes stories.

Practical information

Organized by ParisCityVision

Code : VO

Departure

Address : PARISCityVISION Agency
2 rue des Pyramides 75001 Paris
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Metro: Tuileries , Pyramides

Duration

4 hour(s)

Return

PARISCityVISION Agency

Travelers reviews

Number of reviews : 5
Average rating : 3.8 /5
1/5
Absolutely awful. Total rip off. We had to wait for more than an hour in line to enter the palace. We asked the tour guide if there was anything he could do with the buses but disappeared without answering our question. Many people, including myself, opted to get back to Paris by our own method, defeating the overpriced $55 we spent on transportation. Extremely irresponsible.
4/5
Very busy and crowded. Make surer to go in the summer time when you can see the gardens in full bloom. The gardens are also very large so be sure to plan enough time if going in summer.
5/5
Very courteous, and the guides helped us get out first when a suspicious package was found that altered the exit plan. Very well done!
5/5
We had a great trip to Versailles. The bus was large and comfy,, the Tour guide was well informed and we had a driver who came back on a route that got is close enough to the Eiffel Tower to snap some memorable pictures. Simply a pleasant experience all around.
4/5
The tour was good. I had been once in Versalles and I loved it so much that I wanted to come back. Nevertheless, Versailles was so crowded and hot that I couldn't enjoyed it the way I wanted.