The Versailles Castle and Gardens Full Day Private Tour will immerse you in one of the most famous monuments in the world. Accompanied by your English speaking driver (and optional certified guide), learn everything there is to know about this astonishing place, a symbol of the Royalty in France.
The Palace of Versailles has been listed as a World Heritage Site for 30 years and is one of the greatest achievements in French 17th century art. Louis XIII's old hunting pavilion was transformed and extended by his son, Louis XIV, when he installed the Court and government there in 1682. A succession of kings continued to embellish the Palace up until the French Revolution.
Stroll around the gardens and visit the Grand Trianon a unique Palace that Louis XIV used as a private residence where he could spend time with Madame de Maintenon. It was originally known as the ‘Marble Trianon’ on account of the pink marble panels which adorned the palace’s elegant façades.
Visit the Petit Trianon which is something of a manifesto for the neo-classical movement. Completed in 1768, it provided Louis XV and his new mistress the Comtesse Du Barry with the privacy which was so sorely lacking at the palace.
This new royal residence was in fact an extension of the king’s passion for the botanical sciences.
The Queen’s Hamlet, constructed built in the 18th century, is an example of the fascination with the charms of rural life. Inspired by the traditional rustic Normand architecture, this peculiar model village included a windmill and dairy, as well as a dining room, salon, billiard room and boudoir. Although it was reserved primarily for the education of her children, Marie-Antoinette also used the hamlet for promenades and hosting guests.
You can spend the rest of your time strolling around the huge gardens designed by André le Nôtre with its majestic fountains. In 1661 Louis WIV entrusted Le Nôtre with the creation and renovation of the gardens of Versailles, which he considered just as important as the Palace.