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  • Address: Versailles, France
As you exit onto the back terrace of the Palace of Versailles, the breathtaking view of the royal gardens is dominated by the Grand Canal, which leads your eye to the farthest perimeter of the grounds. But although it is a spectacular feature of the park, it was designed and is used today as a practical feature of the gardens.

Constructed over the course of a decade in the late 17th century under the reign of Louis the XIV, its original name – Little Venice – came from the canal's inaugural gifts from the Doge of Venice: a full set of gondolas, complete with Venetian gondoliers. Also moored there were various ships and yachts built to the scale of the canal and used in elaborate water shows and recreations of famous battles. But the canal is also the main feature of the irrigation systems for the gardens, used to drain off water from the higher elevations and pumped back uphill to re-water them – a genius move for its time.

Today the Grand Canal is not only the jewel of the gardens of Versailles, but thanks to row boats for rent, it also provides a unique view of the palace as it has been viewed for centuries. And watching the summertime fountain shows and fireworks reflected in the Grand Canal is a memory that lasts a lifetime!

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Versailles by Bike Day Tour, Paris, null
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Versailles by Bike Day Tour

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Take a tour of Versailles with a difference - by bicycle! It's the only way to see Versailles' expansive gardens plus you'll get to see highlights of ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: Approximately 8.5 hours

From USD $112.93
Versailles Bike Tour with Skip-the-Line Entrance to Palace, Paris, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Versailles Bike Tour with Skip-the-Line Entrance to Palace

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Tread in the footsteps of Marie-Antoinette during this full-day bike ride and tour of Versailles. Travel to the magical hamlet outside of Paris and enjoy ‘skip ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $96.96
VIP Versailles Tour with Private guide and Driver, Paris, Skip-the-Line Tours
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VIP Versailles Tour with Private guide and Driver

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Exclusive private tour to Versailles palace, with driver and licensed guide including pick up and return to your hotel in an an air-conditioned ...  Read more

Location: Versailles, France
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $163.13
Private Tour: Best of Versailles Day Trip from Paris Including Skip-the-Line Palace of Versailles ... 
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Private Tour: Best of Versailles Day Trip from Paris Including Skip-the-Line Palace of Versailles Tour and Grand Canal Lunch

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Experience the best of Versailles on this full-day private tour from Paris. After traveling to the must-visit town by luxury minivan, head straight past the ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $244.12
Versailles Gardens Segway Tour, Versailles, Skip-the-Line Tours
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Versailles Gardens Segway Tour

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A fun and easy way to experience Versailles, this Segway tour takes you through the amazing Versailles Park on a 2-hour or 3-hour narrated tour. Ride along the ...  Read more

Location: Versailles, France
Duration: 1 or 2 hours

From USD $39.93
Skip The Line entrance to Versailles, Versailles, Segway Tours
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Skip The Line entrance to Versailles

Immerse yourself in the magnificence of the Palace of Versailles with a skip the line entrance. Delve into a UNESCO - World Heritage-listed wonder and delight ...  Read more

Location: Versailles, France
Duration: Flexible

From USD $28.52
Viator VIP: Palace of Versailles Small-Group Tour with Private Viewing of the Royal Quarters, ... 
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Viator VIP: Palace of Versailles Small-Group Tour with Private Viewing of the Royal Quarters

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See the Palace of Versailles (Château de Versailles) as French kings once did – with this small-group tour that includes a once-in-a-lifetime private ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $279.48
Best of Versailles Day Trip from Paris: Skip-the-Line Palace of Versailles Tour, Grand Canal Lunch ... 
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Best of Versailles Day Trip from Paris: Skip-the-Line Palace of Versailles Tour, Grand Canal Lunch and the Grand Trianon

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See the highlights of Versailles in one day on this comprehensive trip from Paris. After traveling to the town by luxury minibus, skip past the entrance lines ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $203.05
The Versailles Day Bike Tour from Paris, Paris, Day Trips
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The Versailles Day Bike Tour from Paris

4.5 star rating: Recommended 92 Reviews

A magic way to experience Versailles is on a bike, as you cruise through Versailles's cycle paths, royal forest trails, along the grand canal and to the doors ...  Read more

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

From USD $96.96
Versailles Walking Tour with Optional Fountain Show, Paris, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Versailles Walking Tour with Optional Fountain Show

4.5 star rating: Recommended 620 Reviews

The chateau and gardens of Versailles are absolute must-sees beyond Paris. You have the option of attending the famous Fountain Show during the summer months. ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $169.97

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