What to expect
Our journey begins at 9:30AM in front of the main entrance of the Palace, at the foot of the majestic Grille Royale, which is our meeting point.
We will first head towards the south parterre, located on the opposite side of the Palace, where our rides (golf carts) will be waiting for us. Our golf carts are the perfect way to travel through the amazing formal gardens and discover all the wonderful hiddens groves created by the brilliant André Le Nôtre. Sit back and relax or take the wheel and enjoy the beauty of formal French Gardens while our guide tells you all about it !
After our journey through the groves and the Apollon Pond, we’ll arrive at the Grand Canal. We will then trade our carts for bikes and pedal to The Queen’s Hamlet. There, we will park the bikes and, after receiving some amazing historical informations about the place, you will enjoy free time to discover the rustic retreat built for Marie Antoinette, inspired by traditional architecture of rural Normandy and the Petit Trianon, where Marie-Antoinette would regularly come to escape the formality of court life and shake off the burden of her royal responsibilities. It will then be time for our picnic lunch break. Relax and sip some wine while our guide shares fun facts about French Royalty.
Once we have regained our strength, we will cycle to the Grand Trianon and after hearing more fascinating stories about Louis XIV and his mistresses Madame de Montespan, you will explore by your own this amazing pink marble palace. King Louis XIV used this enchanting palace to get away from the court and pursue his affair with Madame de Montespan.
We will then cycle along the Grand Canal and head to the Neptune fountain where we will leave our bikes and make our way back to the Palace on foot, crossing through more amazing groves and fountains.
It will time to access the Palace, when it is less crowed, with a skip the line ticket. From there you will be able to explore by yourself, at your own pace, the royal residence of French Monarchy and it’s most iconic room : the magnificent Hall of Mirrors.