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Once a hunting lodge for the royal family, the Palace of Versailles have become the greatest monument of European absolutism, the UNESCO listed World Heritage site, and one of the most visited tourist attractions in France. Chateau de Versailles is strongly connected with one of the greatest events in the French history - the French Revolution, as well as the names of 2 probably the most famous French monarchs: King Louis the Great who expanded the complex and moved the royal court here from the capital, and Queen Marie Antoinette, associated with the decay of the French monarchy. The complex includes the main Palace, two smaller palaces, lavish English and French gardens, and occupies the total territory of 7 hectares. The central axis of the symmetrical French gardens is a mile-long Grand Canal which is set to reflect the sunset and to conduct the massage of "the power of humanity and the king over nature".

Some 1,400 fountains distributed all over the territory of the complex are worth special attention. Don't miss out on Neptune's and Appolo's Fountains during your visit! The latter was actually built to commemorate the glory of the Sun King - Louis XIV.  The extravagant interior of the main Palace contributes to the long-lasting perception of the complex as the model of the ideal royal residence. Probably, the most famous room of the palace is the Hall of Mirrors that extends for more than 230 feet and includes 17 huge mirrors opposite the 17 windows overlooking the gardens. This is exactly the place where the Treaty of Versailles was signed during World War I. During your guided tour of Versailles, you will get a chance to see the main Palace from both inside and outside, including the famous Hall of Mirrors, walk around beautiful gardens and admire some of the most spectacular fountains.

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See it on following tours

Cruise  |  Nearest Date:
Sep 09, 2018

12 days

3 cities

1 country

Paris | Bayeux | Rouen

The river cruise to Paris and Normandy is the ultimate French adventure. During this cruise, explore the icons of Paris, including Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, and Versailles Palace, make your way to the House of Van Gogh. Continue with an exploration of breathtaking Normandy and finish your tour in the capital with a visit to Montmartre district.

Cruise  |  Nearest Date:
Aug 27, 2018

14 days

7 cities

2 countries

Paris | Nice | Monaco | Cannes | Lyon | Avignon | Beaune

Explore the beautiful land of France from the north all the way to the south with a comprehensive 14-day cruise, stopping at the major cities and charming French villages in the comfort of a modern, upscale MS Amadeus cruise ship.