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Versailles: Skip-the-Line Tour of Palace with Gardens Access

1. Versailles: Skip-the-Line Tour of Palace with Gardens Access

Discover the opulence, beauty, and history of Versailles Palace on an interactive guided tour. Access the palace through a separate entrance to begin your tour and then you head off to the famous gardens with a guide or on your own. During the 90-minute tour of the main palace, see the State Apartments, the King's Bedroom, and the emblematic Hall of Mirrors. Learn about the main figures of the French monarchy, from King Louis XIV to Marie Antoinette. Hear about the fascinating historical events that took place in many of the palace’s rooms, before stepping out to explore the vast gardens complex with your guide or on your own. Marvel at the gardens' grandeur, its bronze statues, and ornamental basins accompanied by rows of large trees. If visiting with a guide, gain fascinating insights about the garden on a 45-minute tour.

From Paris: Versailles Skip-the-Line Tour & Gardens Access

2. From Paris: Versailles Skip-the-Line Tour & Gardens Access

Travel from Paris on this half-day trip to Versailles. Save time with skip-the-line tickets, a convenient return transfer, and an engaging tour of Versailles Palace and its historic rooms and chambers. Start by meeting at a central point in Paris and transfer by bus to Versailles. Upon arrival, access the palace through a separate entrance. Then, discover the opulence, beauty, and history of the palace on an interactive guided tour. During the 90-minute tour, see the State Apartments, the King's Bedroom, and the emblematic Hall of Mirrors. Learn about the main figures of the French monarchy, from King Louis XIV to Marie Antoinette. Hear about the many fascinating historical events that took place in the palace's rooms. After your tour of the palace, take some free time to stroll around the beautiful French Gardens. After some time exploring the gardens by yourself, hop back on the bus for your journey back to central Paris.

From Paris: Fairytale Loire Castles with Wine Tasting

3. From Paris: Fairytale Loire Castles with Wine Tasting

From Paris, head to Château de Chambord. Disney fans will find this castle’s turrets familiar; it was the inspiration for the castle in "Beauty and the Beast." Though originally conceived as a royal hunting lodge, it was built to a scale that must be seen to be believed. Learn all about the castle’s captivating history from your guide, before getting your own chance to explore. Climb a staircase supposedly designed by Da Vinci, enjoy spectacular turret-framed rooftop views, and glimpse wild deer around the grounds. Having worked up an appetite, get back on the bus and continue on to the next stop: the quaint town of Blois. Take some free time to enjoy lunch (at your own expense) in one of the restaurants located around the beautiful and vibrant Square Louis XII. Alternatively, grab a bite and visit the royal Blois Castle on your own, notable for its unique mix of medieval Gothic and neoclassical Renaissance architecture. Last but not least is the elegant Château de Chenonceau. The chapel, bedrooms, and magnificent vaulted kitchens are still furnished and decorated from times gone by, showing off the castle’s many sweeping stone carvings. Don’t miss the impressive main hall, which spans the river Cher, or the gardens cultivated by Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medici — 2 of the famous owners that earned Chenonceau the nickname "the Ladies’ Château." After a guided tour, continue exploring or indulge in a wine tasting in the castle’s vaulted wine cellar. Your tour leader will entertain you between stops with insights and stories about the countryside and the nobility who once reigned over the region. Three uniquely beautiful French castles and a wine tasting, all amid the stunning scenery of the Loire Valley — this memorable day trip from Paris will delight all the senses.

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

4. 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.

Versailles: Palace of Versailles Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

5. Versailles: Palace of Versailles Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

Discover the splendor, beauty, and history of Versailles Palace on a guided tour with skip-the-line tickets. Step inside via a priority entrance and follow an expert guide through the lavish halls of this iconic French architectural masterpiece. Arrive at the meeting point to meet your guide who will give you a friendly introduction about the royal complex and lead you inside to begin exploring one of the largest palaces in the world. See the ornate King's and Queen's State Apartments and the glittering Hall of Mirrors, one of the most emblematic rooms in the Versailles Château and where many events of great historic significance took place, including the Treaty of Versailles. Learn about the main figures of the French monarchy, from King Louis XVI to his wife, Marie Antoinette. Listen as your guide brings these legendary characters to life with entertaining storytelling. Enjoy plenty of opportunities to ask questions during this interactive tour. Afterward, feel free to explore the palace or stroll through the gardens on your own. Please note that, on certain days between April and October, there may be a fee to access the gardens.

Versailles Bike Tour with Palace & Queen Farm Entrance

6. Versailles Bike Tour with Palace & Queen Farm Entrance

Explore the 2,000-acre grounds of the Palace of Versailles on a full-day bike tour from Paris with a skip-the-line ticket, and discover the unrivaled opulence of the Sun King’s royal residence. Following your transfer from Paris, start the day at the farmers market in the town of Versailles. Select the produce you want for a picnic lunch later in the day, choosing from the mounds of cheeses, fresh fruits, charcuterie, and more. Then, it’s time to cycle the landscaped grounds of the Palace, cruising effortlessly from one picturesque spot to another on lightweight aluminium bikes. Your guide will take you to the outhouse chateaux of the Petit and Grand Trianon, and show you Marie-Antoinette’s private village and farm. Pedal through sumptuous landscapes, ending with a look inside the Chateau of Versailles itself. Here, you will be given plenty of time to focus on what interests you most, using the audio guides to explore at your leisure. Feel free to take a rapid tour in 30 minutes, or loiter for 3 hours to marvel at the Hall of Mirrors, Marie-Antoinette's bedroom, the King’s Royal chambers, and more. Learn about the life, legends, and scandals of the decadent Sun King (Louis XIV) and Marie Antoinette, and the resulting French Revolution that brought about the beheading of the French Royalty.

Versailles Palace & Gardens: 2-Hour Guided Tour

7. Versailles Palace & Gardens: 2-Hour Guided Tour

Hidden away from the modern world, this majestic European palace on the outskirts of Paris is a perfectly preserved example of the extravagance of the French monarchy. Dive into Parisian life at its most luxurious with gold-brushed furniture, quilted four-poster beds and lush rolling lawns. Meet your English-speaking guide in Versailles where you'll begin your tour. With a maximum of 20 persons per group, your tour of Versailles will be intimate, unrushed and enjoyable. Skip-the-line with a pre-booked entrance to Versailles where your guide will lead you from one marvelous room to the next, pointing out where Louis XIV tormented his friends and family with long, boring ceremonies and where Marie Antoinette ate her cake. Marvel at the sheer size of the Palace of Versailles, one of the largest and most beautiful estates in the world with 700 rooms. Peruse its incredible array of fine art and the intricate design of its 1,250 fireplaces as you work your way through the highlights of the palace. Stand in awe of the King and Queen's apartments, the chapel, the coronation room, the Hall of Mirror and the Salon of Abundance. Following the interior tour, burst into the sunlight to encounter the ground's dazzling and manicured gardens with over 1,800 acres. On Thursdays, you'll have a tour of the gardens and some free time to wander or, when booking, choose a tour date when either the famous Versailles Fountain Shows or Musical Gardens are running. Watch the fountains explode to the sounds of a cello for the Fountain Shows or be enchanted by the simple beauty of classical music during the Musical Gardens event. The ticket to these shows will be included in your tour price. When you're ready to leave, hop on the next train back to the city. As the train chugs along, reflect on the day of pure indulgence, slowly bringing yourself back through the centuries to modern-day Paris.

From Paris: Versailles Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry

8. From Paris: Versailles Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry

Join an expert interpreter-guide on a half-day tour of the exquisite Palace of Versailles, and get priority, skip-the-line entrance. You will be led through the history of the Palace, one of the most important monuments in the world. Meet your guide in front of the Pullman Hotel in Paris. Board your luxurious air-conditioned coach, sit back, and relax on the short ride to Versailles. Once home to Louis XIV, also known as the Sun King, you will relive the glory days of Parisian royalty. Gaze in awe as you are guided through the most beautiful rooms of the palace, including the State Apartments, the Hall of Mirrors and the Queen's and King´s Private Apartment. After experiencing the grandeur of the interior, enjoy free time to explore the beauty of the Palace of Versailles’ gardens, filled with statues, busts, and marble vases that date back to 1661, when teams of sculptors were led by King Louis XIV's official painter, Charles Le Brun.

From Paris: Full-Day Loire Valley Chateaux Tour

9. From Paris: Full-Day Loire Valley Chateaux Tour

Escape the hustle and bustle of Parisian life and enter into the Garden of France. Stroll the walkways of the French monarchs, hear tales of royal love affairs and kidnappings, and behold the beauty of the Loire Valley's exquisite Chateaux.  The first stop of the day is Château de Chambord; the perfect example of French Renaissance architecture, this remarkable structure was built by King François I between 1519-1547 and is the largest château in the Loire Valley. Who designed this masterpiece is still in dispute, and with contenders including Leonardo da Vinci, its sights are sure not to disappoint. Next up is the charming Château de Chenonceau, a true fairy tale castle set picturesquely on the Cher River, its history and character has been shaped by the women who've inhabited it. The site of the first-ever French fireworks display, Chenonceau is really one to fall in love with. The last stop will be at Château de Cheverny, a 17th-century beauty furnished in great taste and with marvelous gardens. Enjoy free time for lunch (not included) during the day either at Chenonceau or Chambord. You’ll be back in Paris in the evening.

Skip-the-Line Versailles Palace Tour by Train from Paris

10. Skip-the-Line Versailles Palace Tour by Train from Paris

Visit the Château de Versailles, the royal residence of Louis XIV. See the Hall of Mirrors and the lavish state apartments, where the royals received the elite. Your English-speaking guide will make life at Versailles come alive. Meet the guide in central Paris and travel to Versailles by train. At the Château, skip the lines and begin a 3-hour journey through time in the Château and its gardens. Hear how the royal family recaptured France’s preeminence in fashion and art. Hear about the lavish lifestyle of Marie Antoinette. Tour the magnificent gardens with your guide, and enjoy either the beautiful Musical Gardens or the Fountain Show (depending on the day of the week). After your tour, your guide will be happy to provide you with return train tickets and instructions for the easy journey back to Paris on the train.

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The castle tour was really fun and learned lots of history. Self guided using an iPad. From there went to lunch which was good but they didn’t get the request with our dietary restrictions but it worked out. The wine tasting and learning about the wines and grapes and exploring the cave where they store the wine was really cool

Thanks Victoria and the 2 trainees Philip and Laura for the wonderful trip. Mont Sant Michel is wonderful, especially feel very relax and having fun along the way communicate with you guys. Definitely will book another tour with BlueFox Travel when i will get a chance back to Paris in the future!

What an amazing day! Lots of walking and learning and the gardens are so beautiful We did the lunch option as well and the food was delicious Nice break to the day Guides were informative and fun

Excellent very nice The guid she was helpful and explained well all history

Beautiful and nicely organized. Make sure to pack comfy shoes!