Paris Day Trip: Versailles

Paris Day Trip: Versailles

You can read my full blog post about spending two weeks in Paris here.

I would say if the weather is bad, or if you can only visit on a weekend, it’s absolutely not worth going to Versailles — by far the best part was wandering the gardens and enjoying the interiors without anyone else around. But the gardens were gorgeous, and if you already have a Paris Museum Pass, it’s worth considering a visit.

Here’s how my day went:

  • 7:15AM: Leave the house, take the 8 Balard from Filles du Calvaire to Invalides, transfer to the RER C to Versailles (leaves at 7:48, arrives at 8:18AM, 10 min walk to the palace.

  • 8:20AM: Arrive at Versailles for 9AM ticket

  • 9AM: Versailles opens (tips here), and I was first person in hall of mirrors. I finished walking through the palace by 9:45AM.

  • 9:45AM: Walked through palace gardens behind the palace, and then rented a bike and bikes around the outside of the park

  • 11:30AM: Had a relaxing lunch at one of the overpriced and fine restaurant near the bikes and boats in the middle of the gardens.

  • 12PM: Biked over to Marie Antoinette chateau

  • 1:45PM: Returned bike, walked back to the train station through Versailles town

  • 3PM: Arrived back in Paris

Here are some photos from my day:

You can rent golf carts to drive around the grounds, they’re so expansive.

You can rent golf carts to drive around the grounds, they’re so expansive.

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Light over the gates in front of Versailles when I waited in line for it to open.

Light over the gates in front of Versailles when I waited in line for it to open.

The Hall of Mirrors, completely empty!

The Hall of Mirrors, completely empty!

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A sweet lunch scene on the grounds.

A sweet lunch scene on the grounds.

Stretching my legs on a bike.

Stretching my legs on a bike.

Selfie in the Hall of Mirrors.

Selfie in the Hall of Mirrors.

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The town of Versailles, early in the morning.

The town of Versailles, early in the morning.

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Paris Day Trip: Giverny

Paris Day Trip: Giverny