Few places can be better suited to a luxury retreat than Versailles. Marvel at the awe-inspiring opulence of the famous Chateau de Versailles. Lose yourself in its vast, blooming gardens. Or while away the day nibbling macaroons in a traditional patisserie before retreating to your exclusive hotel.
An elegant city wrapped around the immense palace, just minutes from buzzing Paris.
Things to do
Versailles owes its fortunes to the astounding Chateau de Versailles – the palace that transformed it from sleepy village to bustling royal city. Be transported back to aristocratic, pre-revolutionary society on a private tour, taking in lavish state rooms and the dazzling Hall of Mirrors. Then step outside and explore miles of manicured lawns, fountains and bright flower parterres.
After an afternoon spent boating on the Chateau de Versailles’s meandering Grand Canal, take in an Equestrian show at the royal stables. Or, for an action-packed family adventure, the thrilling rides and magical sights and sounds of Disneyland Paris are within easy reach.
Louis XIV chose to build his palace at Versailles because it was so close to Paris. Travel into this romantic city to tour must-see sights like Notre Dame cathedral and the Eiffel Tower. View a fine collection of Impressionist paintings at the Musée d’Orsay, or striking modern art at Centre Pompidou. Then stroll along the Left Bank, stopping off in cafés, bookshops and boutiques as you go.
Escape the crowds around the Chateau. Visit Versailles’ many other attractions, including the striking Centre of Contemporary Arts.
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