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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: Food & Palace Bike Tour

Versailles: Food & Palace Bike Tour

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Skip the lines in Versailles. Begin by exploring the scenic town on a bike tour, sample crêpes and wine, stop at a farmer’s market, and enjoy a picnic lunch on the banks of the canal. Ride through the palace gardens and listen to scandalous stories about the royal family. Bypass the line and enter the Château to tour its ornate staterooms, bedrooms, and Hall of Mirrors with a guide.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$124.80
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$124.80

Versailles Gardens Segway Tour

Versailles Gardens Segway Tour

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Explore the enormous Versailles Park with ease on a 1- or 2-hour Segway tour. Glide along the Grand Canal to see the Grand Trianon, Petit Trianon, Queen's Hamlet and more. Take in magnificent views of the Palace of Versailles. Listen to stories about the UNESCO-listed site from your guide and cover a large swath of ground easily with a fun Segway ride. During the 3-hour tour, extend your reach to see some of the city of Versailles, too. Group size is limited to 14, ensuring more personalized attention from your guide.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$73.42
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Versailles Bike Tour with Skip-the-Line Entrance to Palace

Versailles Bike Tour with Skip-the-Line Entrance to Palace

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Pedal your way around the parks of Versailles and enjoy skip-the-line entrance to the magnificent palace on this full-day tour from Paris. Learn the secrets of palace life, the truth about Marie Antoinette and the palace’s role in the French Revolution on a bike tour of Marie-Antoinette's Hamlet and the Petit and Grand Trianons. Next, bypass the queue and head straight inside the Palace of Versailles, where you have time to explore independently and discover the King’s apartments and famous Hall of Mirrors.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$123.54
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Best of Versailles Domain Skip-the-Line Access Day Trip with Lunch from Paris

Best of Versailles Domain Skip-the-Line Access Day Trip with Lunch from Paris

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Delve into the Versaille’s visionary architectural array on a comprehensive full-day tour from Paris. Sail past long lines outside of the Palace of Versailles with your priority-access pass. Embark on a guided tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed wonder and see grand chambers like the Hall of Mirrors. Absorb the botanical beauty of the palace gardens, and then head to an esteemed restaurant by for a gourmet 3-course lunch (if option selected). Conclude with a visit to the Queen’s Hamlet and the Grand Trianon.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$222.13
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Day Bike Tour of Versailles from Paris

Day Bike Tour of Versailles from Paris

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The gardens of Versailles span an impressive 1,976 acres. Rather than exploring the sprawling grounds on foot, pedal your way around with an informative guide on this full-day Versailles bike tour from Paris. Discover garden trails and tree-lined paths behind the palace, and reach parts of the grounds that visitors on foot do not frequent, including Marie Antoinette's country-style hamlet, the Petit Trianon, and the Grand Trianon. Stop by the Grand Canal before heading inside the Palace of Versailles with skip-the-line admission.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$121.57
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Intimate Giverny & Versailles all Day Tour from Paris including Lunch

Intimate Giverny & Versailles all Day Tour from Paris including Lunch

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Save time and see Giverny and Versailles in one day on this action-packed day tour from Paris. You’ll save hours planning transport and waiting in long visitor lines by having round-trip transport and entrance fees included. Explore Monet’s House and Gardens in Giverny, and the Musée des Impressionnismes-Giverny, before heading to Versailles to visit the Palace of Versailles. When you’ve worked up an appetite, you’ll enjoy a traditional lunch in Moulin de Fourges.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$1,928.02
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Skip the Line: Versailles Palace and Gardens Day Trip from Paris by Train

Skip the Line: Versailles Palace and Gardens Day Trip from Paris by Train

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Don’t like to waste time waiting in lines? Book this half-day Palace of Versailles tour that includes round-trip train transport from Paris, a skip-the-line entrance ticket and an audio-guide. After reaching Versailles by RER train, an informative guide takes on you a pleasant 2-hour tour of the garden grounds. Then, sail past the queue at the palace and explore its stately rooms at your own pace before returning to Paris via train at a time of your choosing.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$92.10
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$92.10
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Small Group Versailles Palace, Gardens & Fountains, Hamlet, Day Trip Guided Tour

Small Group Versailles Palace, Gardens & Fountains, Hamlet, Day Trip Guided Tour

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Go back in time to experience the opulence of the Palace and Gardens of Versailles on this small-group tour from Paris. Walk through the glittering Hall of Mirrors, see the Royal Apartments, and admire the enormous gardens and beautiful fountain displays. Weekend visitors from April to October can see the famous fountain shows. Choose either a half-day independent tour in either the morning or afternoon, or a full-day guided tour. Pick-up and drop-off at central Paris hotels is included to make everything hassle-free.
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  • 4 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$311.99
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$311.99
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Intimate Half-Day Morning Tour at Versailles from Paris

Intimate Half-Day Morning Tour at Versailles from Paris

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Swap Paris for Versailles on this intimate half-day tour. It’ll be the ultimate hassle-free experience with hotel pickup, drop-off and transfers included. By having a private guide, you’ll be able to ask questions along the way and personalize your experience. You’ll save time waiting in line by having a skip the line entrance ticket when visiting the Palace and Gardens of Versailles.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$875.91
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Versailles Half Day Trip from Paris by Coach with Independent Audio Guided Visit

Versailles Half Day Trip from Paris by Coach with Independent Audio Guided Visit

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This tour allows you to explore Versailles independently and includes round-trip transportation from Paris to help make things easier for you when traveling. Skip the hassle of figuring out your own transport and settle in for the ride to Versailles, listening to recorded audio commentary about the French landmark as you relax on the way over, with priority access admission to the palace and gardens included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$89.89
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Versailles and Trianon Guided Full Day Trip from Paris

Versailles and Trianon Guided Full Day Trip from Paris

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Enjoy skip-the-line access to the Palace of Versailles to avoid the often-long queues. Explore the opulent palace and expansive gardens, and — in the summer — take in the optional Versailles Fountain Show. This is a great way to see this must-see attraction outside Paris.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$192.17
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Versailles Palace Intimate Day Tour with Lunch from Paris

Versailles Palace Intimate Day Tour with Lunch from Paris

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Discover the magic of the Palace of Versailles, the magnificent former home of King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. This full-day tour offers plenty of time to take in all the palace highlights including the lavish States Apartments, the palace gardens, Marie Antoinette’s hamlet, and the Petit and Grand Trianons. Also included is a delicious 3-course lunch looking out over the Grand Canal and the palace gardens.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$829.23
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Small-Group Versailles Guided Tour from Paris

Small-Group Versailles Guided Tour from Paris

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Escape the city of Paris for a day, and go on a tour to Versailles, which is known for its magnificent regal architecture. Travel in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle to Versailles, which takes the stress out of organizing transport. Conveniently, an entrance ticket to the Palace of Versailles is included, so you beat the crowds. Your guide enriches your experience with stories about the area’s royal history.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$173.94
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Versailles Domain Guided Day Bike Tour with Palace Entrance from Paris by Train

Versailles Domain Guided Day Bike Tour with Palace Entrance from Paris by Train

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Experience the magnificence of Versailles on a fun full-day bike tour, including round-trip transfers by train from Paris. Meet your guide on arrival and spend the day pedaling around the beautiful parks, royal gardens, and forest trails. Stop to explore Marie Antoinette’s hamlet, snap photos of the grandiose palace from unique viewpoints and enjoy a picnic (own expense) along the Versailles' Grand Canal.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$116.65
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Intimate Half-Day Afternoon Tour at Versailles from Paris

Intimate Half-Day Afternoon Tour at Versailles from Paris

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The lavish Palace of Versailles is France’s most famous chateau, once home to King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. This leisurely afternoon tour is ideal for late-risers or those who prefer to spend the morning sightseeing in Paris. Travel in the comfort of an air-conditioned minivan, save time with skip-the-line tickets, and enjoy a guided tour of the State Apartments, the Hall of Mirrors and the palace gardens.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$372.49
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Best of Versailles Palace Private Day Tour including Lunch & Queen's Hamlet

Best of Versailles Palace Private Day Tour including Lunch & Queen's Hamlet

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Spend a full day exploring the historic grandeur of Versailles with a private tour from Paris. Skip the long lines at the Palace of Versailles and wander through the mesmerizing Hall of Mirrors and the fantastically ornate apartments where French royalty once lived. Stroll through the sprawling palace gardens, and visit the Grand Trianon palace and Queen’s Hamlet — a recreated country village built as a private escape for Marie Antoinette. Midday, take a break for lunch with a gourmet three-course meal near Versailles’ Grand Canal.
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  • 8 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$673.88
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VIP Versailles Bike Tour from Paris with King's Apartments Access

VIP Versailles Bike Tour from Paris with King's Apartments Access

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Explore the unmatched opulence of Versailles in down-to-earth style on a full-day bike tour from Paris. Ride the train from the capital with a guide, then take a two-wheeled tour among canals and leafy boulevards to see outlying attractions many visitors miss, including the Queen’s Hamlet and Petite Trianon. Enjoy a French-style picnic in the famous gardens, and skip the line at the grand palace to access exclusive sections of King Louis XIV’s apartments, plus decadent highlights like the Hall of Mirrors and Marie Antoinette’s chambers.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Versailles Palace and Gardens Private Tour for Families

Versailles Palace and Gardens Private Tour for Families

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Skip the long lines and uncover the secrets of French royalty with this family-friendly tour of Versailles. Your guide, an art historian who specializes in family tours, will provide all children with activity sheets. As you tour the ornate rooms and lush palace gardens, your kids will be on the hunt for royal symbols and secrets. Listen to entertaining anecdotes that bring the colorful history of Versailles to life.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$693.85
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All Day Small Group Guided Versailles with Skip the line Access

All Day Small Group Guided Versailles with Skip the line Access

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Benefit from a small-group tour from Paris to the Palace of Versailles that includes access to the gardens and Trianon palaces. See the Royal Apartments, Hall of Mirrors, and other highlights of Versailles Palace during a 1-hour guided tour. Then have time to explore the gardens, Trianon palaces, and enjoy a 3-course lunch. On weekends from April to October, you can also watch the musical fountains show.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$311.99
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Versailles Palace Skip the Line Guided Tour with Fountains Show

Versailles Palace Skip the Line Guided Tour with Fountains Show

Relive history at the time of the Sun King thanks to this full day passport, accompagnied by your Private Professionnal Guide. This expert will give you the keys to understand and visualize why this building is part of the World Heritage of Humanity. You will be amazed by Louis XIV's splendour passing through the worldwide known Hall of Mirror : host of the most important figures since the XVII° C. Admire the Royal Apartments and the Stabling facilities. Then, step into Marie Antoinette's life discovering it's Trianon and estate. Enjoy free time, on your own, to discover the marvelous French Style Gardens imagined by the master Le Notre. You will be impressed by the work of perspective, the magnificent fountains and great spaces. If you admire great work of art, sumptous baroque, history and legacy; this tour is your.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$65.08
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$65.08
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Versailles Private Guided Day Trip With Lunch & Marie-Antoinette's Hamlet Estate

Versailles Private Guided Day Trip With Lunch & Marie-Antoinette's Hamlet Estate

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 entrance lines with your skip-the-line ticket and then explore the Palace of Versailles. Stroll through the State Apartments to see the ornate Hall of Mirrors, and then explore Versailles Gardens. Savor a 3-course restaurant lunch near the Grand Canal and then visit the Grand Trianon palace and the Queen’s Hamlet.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$673.88
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$673.88
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