Visiting the opulent Palace of Versailles is on most people’s to do lists, famous through history for its decor, design and over-the-top glamour.
The grandest and most famous chateau in France was built during the reign of the Sun King, Louis XIV, and hosted the royal court from 1682 to 1789.
Inside, the huge palace’s 700 rooms are replete with gilded cornices, frescoed ceilings, carved details and mirrored halls. Outside, the palace is surrounded by famously formal gardens with geometrically designed walkways, fountains, canals and terraces.
There’s a lot to see at Versailles, so plan your visit based on the chateau’s four sections: the multiple-winged palace building, the vast gardens and two smaller palaces, the Grand Trianon and Petit Trianon.
The highlights of the palace itself are the Hall of Mirrors, Grand Apartments and King and Queen Apartments.
Review by Janet F. K, May 2013
Doing what: Viator VIP: Palace of Versailles Small-Group Tour with Private Viewing of the Royal Quarters
This was an excellent tour with a slower pace, and we avoided the crowds.
Versailles is gorgeous! Just be sure you look at the Metro map and figure out how to get to LIne C, which will take you to Versailles, otherwise, you may get lost like we did and not to many people spoke English when we asked for help. This is a must see! There's no place like it!!
Review by Chris G, May 2013
Doing what: Skip the Line: Versailles Palace and Gardens Walking Tour
Great tour, very organized to meet and get you to Versaille. The tour guides were very good and the whole day went very smooth. You had time at the end on your own and getting back to paris on the train was very easy after they told us exactly what to do.
The Chateau de Versailles is 21 kilometers (13 miles) southwest of Paris.
Trains run from Paris’ Left Bank RER stations, dropping you 10 minutes’ walk from the palace at the Versailles Rive Gauche station.