Argh Thursdays just make me wish I could pack a bag and jump on a plane to France… actually I wouldn’t even need to stop to pack a bag. Who is with me!! 🙋🏼 Versailles was seriously amazing and made it into my top 10 places from the trip, better than that actually. When people would ask my absolute fav place from the whole trip it was between here and Chatsworth House. Yep I loved it that much!
Now Versailles is actually 40-45min outside of Paris, so to make the transport easier (and because we didn’t want to hire a car and drive on the opposite side of the road to Australia 🙈), I did my research found a ‘Skip the Line: Versailles Palace and Gardens Walking Tour’ run by Viator, which we could start in Paris.
We just met up with the tour group near a Metro stop in Paris and they gave us our Metro tickets and took us to Versailles to met up with our Tour guides. So easy and no stress of trying to navigate everything in French).
Our tour guide was extremely passionate and knowledgeable about the palace (not surprising considering he had first visited Versailles at the age of 5 and has been studying it ever since!). It is not hard to see why when you explore inside the palace.
- Location: Place d’Armes, 78000 Versailles, France
- Opening Hours: the palace 9am-6.30pm, the gardens 8am-8.30pm
- Cost: €20-27 (depending on your tickets), our price through Viator was different (and takes into account peak season and availability).
- Extras: we didn’t do these two things but there is also access to the Royal Stables and Estate of Trianon.
- Getting there: We caught the metro and it was an 5-10min easy walk from the train station.
Being a bit of a history buff, the whole reason I wanted to go to Versailles in the first place was because I remembered looking at photos of the Hall of Mirrors, from where the treaty for World War 1 was signed. It was stunning… I only wish there had been no one else in the room so I could’ve taken some awesome photos!
My top tip for picking this tour is to make sure you check which days the fountains will be on at Versailles. The systems are still traditional from the 17th century so can only can get switched on for 3 days a week and we got lucky. The fountains combined with classical music playing all throughout the grounds made the whole experience magical.
It wasn’t hard to imagine a garden party lasting for 8 days!