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The best 4 Versailles tours from Paris

by Paul Stafford  |  Published September 28, 2018

Roughly 20km (12 miles) outside the centre of Paris is one of the true treasures of France, and quite possibly the most opulent (a hard accolade to receive). The Palace of Versailles’ lavish royal apartments, reimbued with most of their furnishings that were stolen during the French Revolution, are a sight to behold, with paintings, gilded furnishings and magnificent chandeliers. Although only a royal residence from 1682 to 1789 (start of the Revolution) Versailles remains a unique snapshot of the decadence of the ruling classes that ultimately led to so much unrest in the country.

The grounds of the palace are formed of sprawling, manicured gardens that can also take a considerable amount of time to explore. Tours of Versailles from Paris are a great way to maximise your time there, while also combining the transport and learning that can be garnered from knowledgeable guides. There are plenty of good tours available from Paris, and here are four of the very best that you can get for your euros.