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Versailles by Night

By Viator, July 2012

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Heading out to the Palace of Versailles during a vacation to Paris is high up on every visitor's list. And so it should be. Not only does it give you a chance to head out of the city center, but it's an impressive site with a fascinating history and more gold-leafed surfaces than you've ever seen in your life. You can also fulfill your lifelong dream of stalking the Hall of Mirrors screaming, “Let them eat cake!” (Even though Marie Antoinette never actually said that, it's satisfying nonetheless.)

As frequent day trippers know, there's much more to do than take a tour of the famous rooms of the estate. The grounds at Versailles seem to stretch in every visible direction, and they're open to the public for picnicking, strolling, riding horses, cycling, and even rowing in the Grand Canal. But perhaps the best kept secret is that the real fun starts at Versailles after the sun goes down.

Versailles hosts a packed calendar of evening events all year long. There are special nighttime tours of the Palace that culminate in a classical concert in the normally-closed Royal Chapel. There are fireworks displays over the Grand Canal. There are light and music shows featuring the gardens' fountains. Holidays from Easter Week to Christmas to New Year's Eve all have fantastic nighttime events for the whole family.

Nighttime at the Palace also gives you a unique chance to enjoy France the way the French do. So when you're penciling in Versailles while planning your Paris trip, don't just put it down for the daytime. Check first to see what they've got going on at night, and let yourself have a once-in-a-lifetime experience that far too many visitors overlook.

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Versailles Gardens Ticket: Summer Fountains Night Show and Fireworks with Optional Royal Serenade Dance Show

4 star rating: Recommended 10 Reviews

Experience Versailles Gardens (Jardins de Versailles) at night, when they are transformed by music and fountain displays. These grand performances are ...  Read more

Location: Versailles, France
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $30.98

Skip the Line: Palace of Versailles Tour with Night Fountain Show

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 16 Reviews

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Palace of Versailles (Chateau de Versailles) and see a spectacular night fountain show on this half-day tour. Your ...  Read more

Location: Versailles, France
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $71.00

Versailles Night Fountain Show and Fireworks from Paris

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 10 Reviews

Feast your senses during a wonderful evening at the spectacular night fountain show and fireworks display in the Versailles Gardens (Jardins de Versailles). On ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: Varies

From USD $109.73

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