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Versailles Gardens

These gardens are a feat to match the palace's interiors, designed by King Louis XIV's royal gardener.

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Spend the morning in the palace, before getting lost the gardens and having a picnic for lunch.

The garden of Paris

The gardens of Versailles occupy some 800 hectares of land on the outskirts of Paris, and every inch is perfectly manicured. From the central window in the Hall of Mirrors, you can look down and see them laid out in grand perspective, dotted with parterres of flowers, sculptures and fountains.

The fountains date from the time of Louis XIV and still use much of the same complex network of hydraulics to produce their powerful jets.


No detail spared

In 1661, Louis XIV commissioned the designer and architect André Le Nôtre. In total, the works to over forty years to complete to the high standards demanded by the reigning monarch. Some other big names took part too - Jules Mansart and Charles Le Brun drew many of the outlines for the statues and built the Orangerie.

Vast amounts of effort were required. Tons of earth were moved by whole regiments of men; trees were imported from all the provinces of France; huge pieces of stone had to be quarried to sculpt the statues that adorn the fountains.

Make sure you take in the Orangerie, situated on a slope to protect the oranges in winter, and the statues from greek mythology which are the only remnants of the Grotte de Thétys.

Otherwise, you can walk for hours between parterres, fountains and bosquets - a typical formal French arrangement of trees, which requires at least five of the same species to be set out in a quincunx.


Nearby Attractions

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Versailles' Royal Chapel
This extraordinary two-level palatine chapel is one of many delights to be found at the Palace of Versailles.
Versailles' Hall of Mirrors
The Hall of Mirrors reflects the height of French prosperity under Louis XIV.
Seine River Cruise
Get delighted with the magnificent views of the city along the Seine River, on board the Bateaux Mouches.
Royal Apartments
Inside Versailles Palace, the Royal apartments were not only a place for rest but also the setting for important Palace ceremonies.
Versailles Palace
Located about 20 kilometres southwest of the centre of Paris, The Palace of Versailles was the principal royal residence of France from 1682, under Louis XIV, until the start of the French Revolution in 1789, under Louis XVI.
Musical Fountains show
Enjoy the extraordinary beauty of the water features synchronised to the tune of period music.

Related Tours

Private Versailles Palace & Gardens Tour, Musical Fountain Show & Hotel Pick-up (tickets included)
When visiting Paris, the Palace of Versailles should absolutely be at the top of your to-do list. It is one of France’s most visited attractions and a UNESCO world heritage site. This fantastic tour of Versailles will introduce you to the splendour and tragedy that surrounds one of the most enigmatic, and indeed largest royal palaces in the world. Here you will witness the beautiful achievements of 18th century French art that remained symbols of absolute monarchy for more than a century. On your private tour of Versailles, you will: 

  • Travel in comfort with private return transportation from central Paris
  • Learn about French royalty and the palace's impressive Baroque architecture.
  • See the best of the palace, including: the Royal Chapel, Hall of Mirrors, The Peace Room, War Room, and the King’s Grand Apartments. 
  • Relax and take in the awesome beauty of the Gardens of Versailles.
  • On select days when running, enjoy the splendor of the Musical Fountains show in the garden. 
  • After tour of the famed gardens, enjoy an easy, private transfer back to Paris. 
  • This tour is free for children up to age 11 (inclusive). 

As you explore this supreme symbol of royal power, your expert licensed guide will introduce you to the impressive Baroque architecture, extensive works of art, and period furniture that fills the palace. You will discover the most famous parts of the Palace, such as Versailles' Royal Chapel, the Hall of Mirrors, and the King's Grand Apartments. 

After exploring the decadent interior of the estate, relax and take in the awesome beauty of the Gardens at Versailles – the grandest example of classical French landscaping anywhere in France. Strewn with many beautiful statues and colossal fountains, the and its Grand Canal will be sure to leave you awestruck. On select days, enjoy the Musical Fountains show, which incorporate sound into the beauty of the garden. Generally the show runs from April through October, on weekends and some Tuesdays and Fridays. On days in which the show is not on, your guide will take you on a walking tour through the Gardens after which you will return to Paris via private transportation.
Private tour: Palace of Versailles, Gardens and Musical Fountain Show (tickets included)
When visiting Paris, the Palace of Versailles should absolutely be at the top of your to-do list. It is one of France’s most visited attractions and a UNESCO world heritage site. This fantastic tour of Versailles will introduce you to the splendour and tragedy that surrounds one of the most enigmatic, and indeed largest royal palaces in the world. Here you will witness the beautiful achievements of 18th century French art that remained symbols of absolute monarchy for more than a century. On your private tour of Versailles, you will: 

  • Meet your guide outside the palace, where they will escort you in with priority admission.
  • Learn about French royalty and the palace's impressive Baroque architecture.
  • See the best of the palace, including: the Royal Chapel, Hall of Mirrors, The Peace Room, War Room, and the King’s Grand Apartments. 
  • Relax and take in the awesome beauty of the Gardens of Versailles.
  • On select days when running, enjoy the esplendor of the Musical Fountains show in the garden. 
  • Your tour ends inside the famous Gardens of Versailles, giving you time to explore the rest of the estate at your own pace. 
  • Note: your tour includes priority admission to the palace and access to the whole Estate at the end of your tour
  • This tour is free for children up to age 11 (inclusive). 

As you explore this supreme symbol of royal power, your expert licensed guide will introduce you to the impressive Baroque architecture, extensive works of art, and period furniture that fills the palace. You will discover the most famous parts of the Palace, such as Versailles' Royal Chapel, the Hall of Mirrors, and the King's Grand Apartments. 

After exploring the decadent interior of the estate, relax and take in the awesome beauty of the Gardens at Versailles – the grandest example of classical French landscaping anywhere in France. Strewn with many beautiful statues and colossal fountains, the and its Grand Canal will be sure to leave you awestruck. On select days, enjoy the Musical Fountains show, which incorporate sound into the beauty of the garden. After your guided tour, you will have the opportunity to further explore the expansive grounds at your own pace. 

Please note: The Musical Fountain show runs from April to October on weekends, and on select Tuesdays and Fridays. 
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