Imagine journeying to the awe-inspiring Palace of Versailles, nestled just 3 hours away from Paris, before setting sail on a luxurious Viking River Cruise. Luckily for us cruise-goers, we get to skip the tedious 2-hour lines and dive straight into the majestic world of French royalty!
Get ready to explore a true UNESCO World Heritage Site, the remarkable home of French Kings and a symbol of supreme elegance. You won’t believe your eyes once you step inside this legendary château.
The Magnificent Versailles Palace
It’s fascinating to think that this amazing palace began as a simple hunting lodge, transforming through time as each King added their own flair. The pièce de résistance? The extravagant Louis XIV, who truly elevated Versailles to the ultimate splendor it’s known for today.
Time to get your royal fix and savor every moment of this enchanting adventure!
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Discover the dazzling Palace of Versailles, where the Hercules Drawing Room boasts enchanting ceiling frescoes and the glittering Hall of Mirrors leaves a lasting impression.
This iconic space has inspired many replicas worldwide and holds the history of the Treaty of Versailles, which brought World War I to an end.
Though the palace’s gilded gold and crystal décor may be flashier than anticipated, there’s no denying the entrancing beauty that shines through the sunlight in this luxurious abode of French royalty.
Immerse yourself in the opulence of Chateau de Versailles and see if it leaves you breathless! For me, it did not.
If you’ve had the pleasure of exploring palaces in St. Petersburg or Istanbul, which I have, you know they’re simply awe-inspiring. But let me tell you, the Palace of Versailles is worth the visit too.
It might not leave you as spellbound, but there’s a certain charm to it that’ll surely make you glad you stopped by. I appreciated that Viking River Cruises offered this Palace of Versailles excursion.
The Sprawling Grand Gardens
Discover the breathtaking beauty of the enchanting gardens just outside the Palace of Versailles. Stroll leisurely through the Grande Perspective, marveling at the meticulously maintained landscape and snapping stunning pictures from the Palace windows.
Let the splendor of 221 exquisite marble statues, nestled among pristine green hedges, captivate you as you explore the world’s largest open-air sculpture museum.
Planning your visit between April and October? Get ready for a mesmerizing experience as the gardens come alive with enchanting musical performances and mesmerizing fountain shows (for a small admission fee).
And here’s a fun tidbit for you: America’s National Mall was inspired by these very grounds. So go on, soak in the grandeur of the Versailles gardens and create unforgettable memories!
Other Things to Do at the Palace of Versailles
You won’t want to miss the stunning Chamber of Marie Antoinette, an absolute highlight of the Palace of Versailles.
Once you’ve explored the palace, enhance your experience by browsing through the King’s Medal Cabinet and the beautifully stocked Gardens Shop, where you’ll probably find the perfect souvenir.
Don’t forget to indulge yourself at Angelina at the Petit Trianon food stand, where the heavenly chocolates are truly great. Yes, they might cost a pretty penny, but every bite was worth it.
If sweets aren’t your thing, relax with some chips and a refreshing drink at an outdoor shop, taking in the sights and sounds of the palace grounds. And if you’re in the mood for an exquisite meal, treat yourself at the upscale Restaurant Angelina.
Imagine strolling through the enchanting gardens of Louis XIV as you’re captivated by the mesmerizing night fountain show, a true highlight for any evening adventure. Don’t forget to marvel at The Orangery, a genius architectural masterpiece filled with exotic trees from every corner of the globe.
Luckily for you, this experience is made even more accessible thanks to Viking River Cruises!
Things to Keep in Mind
Remember, each visitor (even those under 18 or EU residents under 26 who receive free admission) must secure a valid time slot entry. For a deeper understanding of the wonders around you, download the free audioguide app and let it be your personal storyteller on this magnificent journey.