The meeting and trip to Versailles
To begin with, your tour guide and his/her driver will pick you up at your hotel for your very special journey to the marvelous Chateau de Versailles. During the trip to Versailles, your guide will introduce himself and he will propose you a short presentation of the half day that you will spend in her/him hands. Once arrived in the town of Versailles, your driver will take a side entry unknown by the general public to enter in the parc of the Palace of Versailles directly by car. This way, you will avoid the crowd of the main door. Your driver will park is car near the grand canal directly in front of the gardens! You will quickly enjoy a breathtaking view on the park with the magnificent Palace in the background.
It is also the perfect location to discover the massive dimensions of the Garden. As a French garden, it was built according to a very rigorous and geometric architectural plan. From that view, visitors are transported into another world and can imagine an endless and beautiful garden.
Your visit starts here with your guide at the Water Parterres inside the Garden of Versailles which is the ideal place to admire the great façade of the Palace. The visit will carry on with the South Parterre where you will see Sphinx and colorful flowers.
The gardens by itself
As you can imagine, it is difficult to see the 80 hectares of the gardens in a day… The gardens of Versailles may appear as a true labyrinth. Even after visiting Versailles several times, a French from Paris can still easily miss some interesting parts (even sometimes the best parts) of the gardens.
That is why our expert tour guide will enable you to see the best part of the Gardens: its groves, its 400 sculptures inspired from the Greco-Roman mythology, its vases and its statues which make it one of the greatest gardens throughout the world.
As there is an incredible large number of objects which attract eyes, you may feel lost and you may easily miss out the key elements of this place. To avoid such a situation, we offer you to follow our expert eyes in order to fully discover this amazing Garden & its history.
You will discover some of the 210 000 flowers and 200 000 trees which gives Versailles his so special atmosphere. We will make you discovered the best of this huge garden including trees pruned, ponds, statues and tidy walkways which make this garden the best of France.
Our well trained guide will make you imagine the feeling you could have encountered 400 years ago in this magical parc.
More details about your gardens tour
Depending of the day, some groves & fountains may be open/close. Our job is to be able to adapt our visit to offer you the best of the gardens, thanks to our knowledge. We propose you one typical way:
You will follow green paths inside the labyrinth, that the garden represents, to discover the most beautiful groves and fountains:
- You will see the grove where Louis XIV got his title the King of Sun: the Ballroom.
- Another grove, which is a true jewel of the Garden of Versailles, is the Colonnade. This grove will bring you back to Antiquity.
- You will also admire the magnificent Enceladus Fountain whose subject is taken from the myth of the fall of the Titans.
- In the second part of the visit, you will see The Grove of Apollos Baths which displays the bath of Apollo and his Sun Horses served by the Nymphs.
- You will then visit the Dragon Fountain by going through The Grove of the Three Fountains and the Children Path (which featured several sculptures of children).
- Once you arrive at the Dragon Fountain, you will be able to see the major Neptune Fountain.
- Afterwards, you will make your way back to the Palace by going through the North Parterre where we will talk about statues, vases and fountains…
At the end of the visit, your Guide and his driver will take you back to Paris to the location of your choice.
The next step of your visit is the Orangerie. The Sun King was warm enough to be able to grow orange trees in our chilly countryside! You will very shortly arrive above the Orangerie where 2000 orange, lemon and pomegranate trees grew up at the time of the King. Now there are still hundreds trees standing in front of the Swiss Ornamental Lake, an amazing surface of water which used to be a smelly lake next to the Palace. During this visit your tour guide will tell you the story of this place & you learn where the 2000 trees were kept during winter! Enjoy the view and listen to your guide…
At the end of the visit, your tour guide and his driver will take you back to Paris at the location of your choice.