Immerse yourself in the beauty and excess of the one of the world’s most dazzling royal palaces. With some 700 rooms and 2,000 acres of gardens, this flamboyant chateau still evokes the same sense of awe that it must have over 300 years ago when it reached its apex under the Sun King, Louis XIV of France.
Considered among the highest achievements of 17th and 18th century art and architecture, this palace par excellence started with humbler beginnings as Louis XIII's hunting lodge in the early 1600s. But over the century that followed it became an extravagant show of power as the court's official seat from 1682 to 1789, and was home sweet home to figures like Marie Antoinette.
Its gardens are equally sumptuous. Designed by master gardener André Le Nôtre and court painter Charles Le Brun in the 1660s, this vast French formal garden originally stretched as far as the eye could see. Admire the statues, secret groves and numerous fountains that were designed to extend the palace's interior into nature itself.
Join us for skip the line guided visits to Versailles' most renowned wings, as well as privileged access tours where you'll literally cross velvet ropes to find yourself nearly alone in its immense majesty.
Palace of Versailles