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Versailles: Skip-the-Line Tour of Palace with Gardens Access

1. Versailles: Skip-the-Line Tour of Palace with Gardens Access

Discover the opulence, beauty, and history of Versailles Palace on an interactive guided tour. Access the palace through a separate entrance to begin your tour and then you head off to the famous gardens with a guide or on your own. During the 90-minute tour of the main palace, see the State Apartments, the King's Bedroom, and the emblematic Hall of Mirrors. Learn about the main figures of the French monarchy, from King Louis XIV to Marie Antoinette. Hear about the fascinating historical events that took place in many of the palace’s rooms, before stepping out to explore the vast gardens complex with your guide or on your own. Marvel at the gardens' grandeur, its bronze statues, and ornamental basins accompanied by rows of large trees. If visiting with a guide, gain fascinating insights about the garden on a 45-minute tour.

From Paris: Versailles Skip-the-Line Tour & Gardens Access

2. From Paris: Versailles Skip-the-Line Tour & Gardens Access

Travel from Paris on this half-day trip to Versailles. Save time with skip-the-line tickets, a convenient return transfer, and an engaging tour of Versailles Palace and its historic rooms and chambers. Start by meeting at a central point in Paris and transfer by bus to Versailles. Upon arrival, access the palace through a separate entrance. Then, discover the opulence, beauty, and history of the palace on an interactive guided tour. During the 90-minute tour, see the State Apartments, the King's Bedroom, and the emblematic Hall of Mirrors. Learn about the main figures of the French monarchy, from King Louis XIV to Marie Antoinette. Hear about the many fascinating historical events that took place in the palace's rooms. After your tour of the palace, take some free time to stroll around the beautiful French Gardens. After some time exploring the gardens by yourself, hop back on the bus for your journey back to central Paris.

Versailles: Palace of Versailles Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

3. Versailles: Palace of Versailles Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

Discover the splendor, beauty, and history of Versailles Palace on a guided tour with skip-the-line tickets. Step inside via a priority entrance and follow an expert guide through the lavish halls of this iconic French architectural masterpiece. Arrive at the meeting point to meet your guide who will give you a friendly introduction about the royal complex and lead you inside to begin exploring one of the largest palaces in the world. See the ornate King's and Queen's State Apartments and the glittering Hall of Mirrors, one of the most emblematic rooms in the Versailles Château and where many events of great historic significance took place, including the Treaty of Versailles. Learn about the main figures of the French monarchy, from King Louis XVI to his wife, Marie Antoinette. Listen as your guide brings these legendary characters to life with entertaining storytelling. Enjoy plenty of opportunities to ask questions during this interactive tour. Afterward, feel free to explore the palace or stroll through the gardens on your own. Please note that, on certain days between April and October, there may be a fee to access the gardens.

Versailles: Palace of Versailles and Marie Antoinette Tour

4. Versailles: Palace of Versailles and Marie Antoinette Tour

Walk in the footsteps of the “Sun King”, Louis XIV, on a guided tour of his opulent residence, the Palace of Versailles. You will also visit the château of Petit Trianon, located on the grounds of the Palace, which was once the private retreat of Marie Antoinette. Skip the long lines with your priority access ticket and discover the opulence, beauty, and history of the Palace of Versailles on a guided tour. During the 90-minute tour of the main palace, see King and Queen's State Apartments, the King's Bedroom, and the emblematic Hall of Mirrors. Learn about the main figures of the French monarchy throughout the centuries. Hear about the fascinating historical events that took place in many of the palace’s rooms. Then, step out into the lush gardens surrounding the palace. Enjoy a guided tour through the beautiful grounds and feel like a member of past royalty as you marvel at the gardens' grandeur, bronze statues, and ornamental basins accompanied by rows of large trees. Afterward, meet up with your guide and visit Marie Antoinette’s private estate of the Grand Trianon, Petit Trianon, and the Queen's Hamlet. Explore the building which was designed for her to escape from her royal duties. Learn about her private life away from the pomp and ceremony of the Palace.

Paris: Notre Dame Outdoor Walking Tour with Crypt Entry

5. Paris: Notre Dame Outdoor Walking Tour with Crypt Entry

See what remains of the famous Notre Dame Cathedral after the 2019 fire, and marvel at one of Paris' most iconic and historical buildings. Tour the archaeological crypt of Paris and see the old city's foundations on this daytime outdoor walking tour. See Notre Dame, an unmissable stop when visiting Paris, and see what remains of the history, tragedy and bright future of this beloved cathedral after the devastating fire in with this Notre Dame walking tour. Learn how construction began in 1163 and took over a century to finish and relive the night when people all over the world watched in horror as the cathedral filled the sky with ash, hearing what was lost but also what was saved. Share in the story of survival thanks to the valiant rescue and recovery efforts of first responders. Walk with a guide around the scene of the fire, as they share first-person perspectives about this historic event. Admire the iconic features of the well-known facade, including the towers and legendary gargoyles, reliving the moments when their survival was uncertain. Get as close as possible to Point Zero, the geographic center of Paris that’s sometimes considered a place of good luck, just steps from the famous cathedral. Finish the walking tour at the entrance to the archaeological crypt below Notre Dame. Learn about this unique site before going underground for a self-guided visit to the very foundations of Île de la Cité, the original Paris.

Paris: Stade de France Behind the Scenes Tour

6. Paris: Stade de France Behind the Scenes Tour

Tour France's largest stadium on this unique 90-minute tour. Sit in a spectator's seat and take in the incredible panorama. As a privileged visitor, you’ll get to see the private boxes and locker room and walk through the same tunnel that players use to access the pitch. Your expert guide will tell you about the stadium’s history, its unique architecture and the stars who have appeared on its manicured pitch. Apart from sporting events, the stadium also hosts international shows. The Rolling Stones were the first group to perform at the Stade de France. International stars such as Madonna and ACDC also chose this venue for their concerts, witnessed by 80,000 spectators each time. End your visit at the museum, where you’ll find heaps of items that are testament to the stadium’s legendary history. On display are archives, models, autographed guitars, jerseys and much more. On this unique tour you’ll be able to follow the footsteps of football legends Zidane and Ronaldo, who played the 1998 FIFA World Cup final. This is also the site where Cristiano Ronaldo lifted his first major Trophy for Portugal! Please note that for technical reasons, the stadium’s pitch cannot currently be seen.

Paris: Daytime or Sunset Skip-the-Line Eiffel Tower Tour

7. Paris: Daytime or Sunset Skip-the-Line Eiffel Tower Tour

Visit the Eiffel Tower with a local guide and a skip-the-line ticket. This activity will save you valuable time and make sure you get the most out of your visit to Paris' most iconic landmark. Take the elevator up to the second floor or the summit, depending on the option selected. The Eiffel Tower is a symbol of France and the brainchild of an engineer named Gustave Eiffel who built it between 1889 and 1891 for the World Exhibition. During your visit, your guide will tell you anecdotes and important facts in an engaging manner. Climb the elevators and arrive directly on the second floor where your guide will tell you about the different monuments that you see like the Arc de Triomphe, the Pont Alexandre III, the Invalides, Sacré Coeur, and Montmartre as well as the Louvre and much more. If you have chosen the option with the visit to the top, you must change the elevators; otherwise, you will visit the first and second floors. This activity promises to make for an unforgettable experience during your visit to Paris.

From Paris: Versailles Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry

8. From Paris: Versailles Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry

Join an expert interpreter-guide on a half-day tour of the exquisite Palace of Versailles, and get priority, skip-the-line entrance. You will be led through the history of the Palace, one of the most important monuments in the world. Meet your guide in front of the Pullman Hotel in Paris. Board your luxurious air-conditioned coach, sit back, and relax on the short ride to Versailles. Once home to Louis XIV, also known as the Sun King, you will relive the glory days of Parisian royalty. Gaze in awe as you are guided through the most beautiful rooms of the palace, including the State Apartments, the Hall of Mirrors and the Queen's and King´s Private Apartment. After experiencing the grandeur of the interior, enjoy free time to explore the beauty of the Palace of Versailles’ gardens, filled with statues, busts, and marble vases that date back to 1661, when teams of sculptors were led by King Louis XIV's official painter, Charles Le Brun.

Paris: Roland-Garros Stadium Guided Backstage Tour

9. Paris: Roland-Garros Stadium Guided Backstage Tour

Embark on a guided tour of the Roland-Garros stadium, Paris' legendary tennis venue. Walk in the footsteps of the greatest champions who have made history at the French Open tournament, from Rafael Nadal to Steffi Graf, Björn Borg, and Chris Evert. Visit the press rooms, locker rooms, the presidential tribune, and the corridor that leads the players to the clay court. From the stands, enjoy an unobstructed view of the famous court and its incomparable clay ground, as well as the surrounding cityscape.  From the historic four Musketeers to contemporary winners, you'll hear countless anecdotes from your guide, who'll also reveal the secrets of the new Philippe Chatrier court, a technological and architectural masterpiece with its retractable roof.

Paris: Loire Castles Day Trip by Coach With Wine Tasting

10. Paris: Loire Castles Day Trip by Coach With Wine Tasting

Discover iconic castles on this bus day trip from Paris to the Loire Valley and explore Château de Chambord on a self-guided tour. Have free time in the charming town of Bloise and have the chance to visit Blois Castle on your own. Visit Château de Chenonceau for a self guided tour and wine tasting experience. From Paris, head to Château de Chambord. Disney fans will find this castle’s turrets familiar; it was the inspiration for the castle in "Beauty and the Beast." Though originally conceived as a royal hunting lodge, it was built to a scale that must be seen to be believed. Learn all about the castle’s captivating history from your guide before entering the castle. You can then visit the inside at your own pace on a self-guided visit. Climb a staircase supposedly designed by Da Vinci, enjoy spectacular turret-framed rooftop views, and glimpse wild deer around the grounds. Having worked up an appetite, get back on the bus and continue on to the next stop: the quaint town of Blois. Take some free time to enjoy lunch (at your own expense) in one of the restaurants located around the beautiful and vibrant Square Louis XII. Alternatively, grab a bite and visit the royal Blois Castle on your own, notable for its unique mix of medieval Gothic and neoclassical Renaissance architecture. Last but not least is the elegant Château de Chenonceau. The chapel, bedrooms, and magnificent vaulted kitchens are still furnished and decorated from times gone by, showing off the castle’s many sweeping stone carvings. Don’t miss the impressive main hall, which spans the river Cher, or the gardens cultivated by Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medici — 2 of the famous owners that earned Chenonceau the nickname "the Ladies’ Château." After a your visit, continue exploring or indulge in a wine tasting in the castle’s vaulted wine cellar. Your tour leader will entertain you between stops with insights and stories about the countryside and the nobility who once reigned over the region. Three uniquely beautiful French castles and a wine tasting, all amid the stunning scenery of the Loire Valley — this memorable day trip from Paris will delight all the senses.

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Our guide was outstanding! As a food critic, her knowledge of and passion for food was incredible. We visited the best of the best and she educated us on cheese, croissants and fresh produce from the market. At the end, our tasting was so good and it was paired with wine. Merci!

Great session, our sommelier was attentive and interesting, giving us good insight into noticing good wine and areas of France

Absolutely amazing, tour guide was pleasant and knowledgeable very friendly and highly recommend

Hugo was great, very entertaining and the chocolate was amazing!

Great selection of French wines, lovely atmosphere