VISIT OF VERSAILLES WITH AUDIOGUIDE :
Visit of the State Apartments, (King & Queen's rooms and the Hall of Mirrors) with audioguide
Free time in the gardens
the Magic Fountain display on Saturday & Sunday afternoon (in summer only).
Included services : Departure from and return to your hotel in Paris by minibus, Driver-guide, Audioguide in the palace, Entrance ticket (Palace and Gardens).
Departure times : 8:00 am, 1:15 pm.
GUIDED VISIT OF THE PALACE OF VERSAILLES – MORNING :
Guided Visit of the State Apartments, Hall of Mirrors
Free time in the gardens
Included services : Departure from and return to your hotel in Paris by minibus, Driver-guide, Entrance ticket (Palace and Gardens - priority access).
Departure time : 8:00 am
FULL DAY AT VERSAILLES :
Guided visit of the State Apartments, (King & Queen's rooms and the Hall of Mirrors) and of the gardens
Lunch close to the “Grand Canal”
Guided visit to the Trianons and to Marie-Antoinette estate.
Included services : Departure from and return to your hotel in Paris by minibus, Driver-guide, Entrance ticket (Palace, Trianons and Gardens) priority access, Lunch.
Departure time : 8:00 am.
PALACE OF VERSAILLES
The Château de Versailles is a royal palace, 20 kilometers (12 miles) southwest of Paris.
The château, built from 1661 by Louis XIV (the Sun-King) as the seat of political power in the Kingdom of France until Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette were forced to return to Paris at the beginning of the Revolution in 1789.
At Versailles life was determined by position, favour and, above all, one's birth.
The Palace of Versailles is famous as a symbol of the system of absolute monarchy of the French Ancien Régime.
Today, the Palace is seen as unparalleled in its magnificence and splendour.
THE HALL OF MIRRORS
It is the central gallery of the château de Versailles. Its construction began in 1678.
The hall is famous for its seventeen mirror-clad arches that reflect the seventeen arcaded windows overlooking the gardens. Each arch contains 21 mirrors with a total complement of 357 used in the decoration of the Hall of Mirrors. Many of its attributes were lost to war for financial purposes.
It was used daily by Louis XIV. Courtiers assembled to watch the king and members of the royal family pass. Famous events that transpired in the Hall include the Siamese Embassy of 1685–1686, the reception of the ambassador of the Shah of Persia, the establishment of the German Empire in 1871 and the signing of the Treaty of Versailles that ended World War I on 28 June 1919.
LE HAMEAU DE LA REINE (MARIE-ANTOINETTE'S HAMLET)
The Queen's Hamlet is a rustic retreat in the park of Versailles.
It was buit for queen Marie-Antoinette in 1783 and served as a private meeting place for the Queen and her friends. It includes a meadowland with lakes and streams, a classical Temple of Love, a belvedere with a neighbouring grotto and cascade.
It also includes a farm which produced milk and eggs for the queen, a dairy, ...
Each building is decorated with a garden, an orchard or a flower garden.
The Queen's Hamlet is the best-known of a series of rustic garden constructions built at the time, fashionable among the French aristocracy at the time.