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Once upon a time in Versailles...

With the intimate setting of its pavillion and the splendour of its Château, its palace of the Sun and the Château de la France, Versailles is truly a long love-story. Four reminders of past glory, and a century in the building:  Louis XIII chose Versailles because of its passion for hunting, Louis XIV fashioned it in the image of his own grandeur, Louis XV added the touches of elegance, Marie-Antoinette the sparkle of her youthfulness. Versailles is the ultimate setting for France’s former absolute monarchy, its glories and its entertainment.

A specific optional tours program has been tailor-made for regularly registered participants and accompanying persons. 

These visits will be an excellent opportunity to discover some of the most outstanding artistic and historic highlights of Versailles and its region.

To sign up for tours, please tick the corresponding boxes on the online registration form and send your payment.

  • All tours will be conducted in English by a licenced guide
  • All tours depart from and return to the Congress centre 
  • Means of transportation : walking or private coach

The organizers reserve the right to cancel tours with less than 15 participants.

Cultural tours Programme 


Monday 10 July 
Thursday 13 July 
Morning


V1 / V1-F
Walking tour of Versailles
visit of Notre-Dame and
Saint-Louis districts 

 

V3
Visit of the Versailles Palace
Including lunch 
Afternoon
V1bis / V1bis-F
 Walking tour of Versailles
visit of 
Notre-Dame and
Saint-Louis districts


V2
Sightseeing tour of Paris
V4 / V4-F
The Grand Trianon
and the Hameau


 

V1 / V1-F - Walking tour of Versailles:
                    visit of Saint-Louis and Notre-Dame districts
 

Saint-Louis District

Notre-Dame Disctrict 

  •  "Le Quartier Saint-Louis"

At the beginning of the XVIIIth century, the "New Town" of Versailles was achieved and could not be extended any more.
A second town, completely pulled off from the 1st one, was going to be erected on the spot of the ancient "Parc aux Cerfs" (park of stags) of Louis XIII. It's the Saint Louis area.
Its ground, divided into plots like a draughtboard, spreads itself out around its magnificent cathedral and its picturesque squares.

  • "Le Quartier Notre-Dame" 

The ancient "new Town" of Louis XIV enables you to have a pleasant walk through its old cobbled streets or along the stals of its famous food market.
For the first time you could see the “trilogy”: a street crossed by an octogonal square leading to a church, model which has been used in the whole world.
Area of antiquaries and ancient parish of the king, Notre-Dame is still the heart of Versailles.

  • Monday, 10 July
  • V1 and V1-F:
  • Departure from the Congress Center by foot at 10:00 a.m.
  • Return to the Congress Center at 12.30 p.m.
  • V1bis and V1bis-F:
  • Departure from the Congress Center by foot at 2:00 p.m. 
  • Return to the Congress Center at 4:30 pm

Price per person: 19 € (VAT incl.) or included for registered accompanying persons

V2 - Seightseeing tour of Paris 


This seightseeing tour will enable you to discover all the most famous monuments of Paris. You will discover the history of French capital and will admire its main places, bridges, streets and monuments.

Visit Paris through its main spots: Place Vendôme - Opéra - Musée du Louvre - Cathédrale Notre Dame - Le Panthéon - Luxembourg - Musée d'Orsay - Place de la Concorde - Champs-Élysées  - Arc de Triomphe de l' Etoile - Tour Eiffel - l'hôtel des Invalides.

  • Monday, 10 July
  • Departure from the Congress Center at 1:30 p.m. 
  • Return to the Congress Center at 5:30 p.m. 
  • Transportation by coach

Price per person: 51 € (VAT incl.)

V3 - Visit of Versailles Palace and lunch

 

Surrounded by its 950 hectares of parkland, the Château de Versailles is a masterpiece of XVIIth century French art and architecture created at the behest of Louis XIV. It was classed 30 years ago as World Heritage of UNESCO and is considered as one of the most beautiful creations of the French architecture of the XVIIth century. During centuries and until the French Revolution, the Palace had been in constant development.
The morning will be dedicated to visit of Hall of Mirrors, the Kings Grand Apartment and the Museum of French History.

  • Departure from the Congress Center by foot at 10.00 a.m.
  • Return to the Congress Center at 2.30 p.m.
  • Lunch at the Restaurant la Flottille located on the canal front of the Parc de Versailles

Price per person: 93 € (VAT included)

 

V4 - The Grand Trianon and the Hameau

Constructed of marble and porphyry in 1660 during the reign of Louis XIV, with delectable gardens, the Grand Trianon was a place of relaxation for king and the royal family, away from all the ceremony of Versailles. The Petit Trianon was built in 1760 for Louis XV and Madame de Pompadour, and in Marie-Antoinette’s time it was further embellished with the addition of a landscaped park and the famous Queen’s Hamlet, the Hameau de la Reine in 1783. Marie-Antoinette will made of it her shelter where she will enjoy the pleasure of the countryside.

  • Departure from the Congress Center by foot at 1.30 p.m. 
  • Return to the Congress Center at 4.30 p.m. 

Price per person: 29 € (VAT included)