Versailles Palace & Gardens

10 hours | Paris/Normandy (Le Havre) | L E H - 1 2 0
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  • Versailles Palace & Gardens
Shopping Opportunities, Includes meal, Moderate activity

Description

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

Your tour begins as you board your motorcoach for a scenic, 2 ½-hour drive along the motorway to Versailles. En route, your guide will recount the history of the region and the palace and gardens.

Upon entering the Palace of Versailles, you'll marvel at its size and grandiose furnishings, gilded décor, and riches. The chateau has been on UNESCO's World Heritage List for 30 years, and is one of the most beautiful achievements of 18th-century French art. The site began as Louis XIII's hunting lodge before his son Louis XIV transformed and expanded it, moving the court and government of France to Versailles in 1682. Each of the three French kings who lived there until the French Revolution added improvements to make it even more impressive.

On your guided tour, you'll visit the king's state apartments, seven suites overlooking a courtyard devoted to royal audiences and court entertainment. You'll see the Hercules Drawing room with its elaborate painted ceiling and the Hall of Mirrors, scene of lavish court receptions. You'll also tour the queen's apartments, four rooms decorated in a variety of styles by several queens, including Marie-Antoinette.

You'll walk across the Versailles Gardens to a restaurant located within Versailles Park, where a lunch awaits. After a sumptuous French meal, you're welcome to explore the lush palace gardens. The great Le Notre laid out the palace gardens between 1661 and 1700, boasting meticulously planted parterres, bronze and lead statues, vases and ornamental ponds sprouting a multitude of superbly sculpted fountains.

Before your return drive back to the pier, you'll have time to shop in the Palace's gift shop for mementos of your visit.

Special Notes:

THIS TOUR IS NOT AVAILABLE TO PASSENGERS EMBARKING OR DISEMBARKING IN LE HAVRE.

This tour is not available on Mondays when Versailles is closed.

The fountains in the Gardens operate April through October - Weekends & Fridays from 11:00AM to 12:00PM and 3:30PM to 5PM.; Tuesdays from 11:00AM to 12:00PM and 2:30PM to 4:00PM.

Child Price:

12 years & under only

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Depart from ship for a guided tour of Versailles Palace

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach / Walking
Transport Capacity:
30
Travel time:
02:30
Time at site:
01:45
Inside visit:
Yes
Steps:
20
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Photo/video restrictions:
Yes

Lunch at a restaurant in Versailles' Park

Transport type:
Walking
Transport Capacity:
30
Travel time:
00:30
Time at site:
01:20
Inside visit:
Yes
Wheelchair accessible:
Yes
Restroom available:
Yes

Guided tour and free time at Versailles Gardens

Transport type:
Walking
Transport Capacity:
30
Time at site:
01:25
Free time at site:
45
Inside visit:
Yes
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Re-board your motorcoach and return to your ship

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
30
Travel time:
02:30