Why You Shouldn’t Miss This
Giverny and the Palace of Versailles are two of the most visited sights near Paris. Giverny, a village of timeless beauty, was once home to Claude Monet impressionism. Visit the famous gardens that inspired the artist, as well as his studio and home. Passionate about gardening and nature’s changing colors, painter Claude Monet designed his flower and water gardens as if they were works of art.
One of the most extraordinary achievements in 17th century European art, The Palace of Versailles, continues to attract over 10 million visitors each year. An elaborate complex that once thrived as an epicenter of political power for the Kingdom of France, the royal estate has been an iconic French landmark since it was built in the late 1600s. Today, the Palace, also known as Château de Versailles, boasts 700 rooms and 250 acres of gardens waiting to be explored.
Illustrating more than five centuries of French history, the Palace not only houses remarkable works of art – it stands as a work of art itself. One of the most ornately designed rooms of all, the Hall of Mirrors features 357 mirrors, including seventeen mirror-clad arches that reflect the seventeen arcaded windows overlooking the gardens.
A place of immense beauty, Versailles stands as a symbol of France’s monarchy and lives on as the location of several important peace treaty signings, including two treaties of the 1783 Peace of Paris, by which Britain recognised the independence of the US, as well as the Treaty of Versailles, which formally ended the First World War.
Spend the day discovering two remarkable sights near Paris: Giverny and the Palace of Versailles. Begin your tour with your departure from Paris to Giverny. Soak up the world of the painter, Claude Monet, famous for painting different corners of his garden. During your visit, admire the multicolored flower beds that inspired some of his most renowned works of art, including the Clos Normand Flower Garden with its many Eastern plants, and the lush water garden, famous for its water lilies and Japanese bridge.
Then take advantage of your free time to visit Claude Monet’s pink-plastered house, where he lived and worked (guided tours of the interior are not permitted due to the lack of space). Explore the reading room, leading into the larder and the artist’s studio. Visit the bright yellow dining room, which has been reconstructed down to the very last detail, with earthenware dishes and a blue-tiled kitchen. At the end of your visit, explore the village and treat yourself to some souvenir shopping.
Palace of Versailles
Your Versailles Skip-the-Line Tour tickets will allow you to bypass the long entry line, saving you upto 3 hours of queueing. In addition, having pre-booked tickets online, you will also avoid the hassle of having to wait in line at the on-site ticket box office. Keep in mind that all visitors, regardless of ticket type or vendor, are still required to pass through security. On your tour of the royal estate, visit the ornate King and Queen’s State Apartments. Learn about the French monarchy and peek into the private lives of the infamous King Louis XIV and Marie Antoinette.
Next, make your way to the glittering Hall of Mirrors. After admiring the inside of the Palace, head outdoors and take in the grandeur of the estate’s impressive architecture. Stroll along the cobblestone grounds, through the beautiful French gardens, and pass by the gorgeous Versailles fountains. You can choose to linger at the estate or, at the end of the tour, hop back on the coach and get dropped off at Trocadero.
Know Before You Go
The tour is available at 8 and 8:45 AM on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The tour lasts approximately 10 hours. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start time of your tour.
The meeting point is located in front of the main entrance to the Architecture Museum at the Palais de Chaillot, 1 Place du Trocadero et du 11 novembre, 75016 Paris. The building is at the junction of the Place du Trocadero and the Avenue du President Wilson, the entrance faces the road.
Take lines 9 or 6 and get off at the metro stop Trocadero. Follow the exit signs to the Eiffel Tower (the signs are brown). The exit is number 1. As you exit the metro you will see the Palais de Chaillot directly on your left. Your guide will be waiting just outside the metro exit holding a sign.
What to wear
Comfortable walking shoes are highly recommended. Casual attire is suggested.
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