Palace of Versailles
The Chateau de Versailles was the creation of Louis XIV. He took his father's hunting lodge, transformed it into a work of wonder and excess and moved the whole court and government of France from Paris to Versailles in 1682. The next two French kings added their own special touches but eventually it all became too much for the starving French people and in 1789 they revolted. After the French Revolution, Versailles was no longer the seat of power and after 1830 it became the Museum of the History of France.
Any visit to Versailles must include seeing the Hall of Mirrors, the King's Grand Chambers, the Grand Trianon, the extensive formal gardens and Marie-Antoinette's famous estate where she went to play at being a simple country girl.
This tour was a highlight for my five girls and I on our trip to Paris. Our tour guide, Peter, was AMAZING. We biked to the market in Versailles and shopped like the locals do. We biked the perimeter of the grand Palace and stopped for lunch and several interesting facts, then toured the Palace.
The palace of Versailles lived up to its advance billing - it is simply spectacular! Our guide did a wonderful job of providing interesting details and answering all of our questions. We were unable to make this trip when in Paris in 2010 but made certain that we could attend this year. This trip is simply a "must see"!
Review by Kat, United Kingdom, October 2012
Doing what: Viator VIP: Palace of Versailles Small-Group Tour with Private Viewing of the Royal Quarters
The palace is located in the small township of Versailles outside of Paris. It is easy to reach by train. Catch RER C from Paris to Versailles Rive Gauche station. You can also catch the SNCF train from Paris Montparnasse station to Versailles Chantiers or from Paris Saint Lazare to Versailles Rive Droite station.