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Where in the world: Europe  /  France  /  Ile-de-France  /  Yvelines

Top 15 things to do in Yvelines

1. Palace of Versailles, Versailles

Considered the most illustrious and opulent castle in all of France, Palace of Versailles exemplifies the most beautiful achievements of French art in the 18th century. This former seat of royal power now chronicles the country's past as a museum of the history of France. On your exploration of the numerous buildings, be sure to see the the lavish Hall of Mirrors, the Queen’s bedchamber, the ecclesiastical chapels, and the King's Grand Apartments. If you love books, don’t miss the library, with its delicately carved wooden and stone panels. In the Clock Room, admire the famous astronomical clock encased in bronze. Arrive as early as possible to avoid long entrance lines. Even with advanced tickets, you'll have to wait your turn at the security checkpoint. Alternatively, book a local guide service to bring you to the château and skip the long lines altogether.
Suggested duration: 8 hours
Tours from $92 › Learn more about Palace of Versailles

2. The Trianons & The Hamlet, Versailles

Take a peek into Marie Antoinette’s favorite places to get away from the pomp of Versailles at The Trianons & The Hamlet. Walk across the gardens or ride the petit train to reach the Grand Trianon decked out in pink marble. The Petit Trianon and the surrounding park reflect the queen's eclectic, free-thinking nature through their rural, rustic surroundings. Inside The Petit Trianon, see her modest bedchamber and simple furnishings. At Le Hameau (Hamlet), survey the ill-fated queen's retreat overlooking Grand Trianon Lake, where the environment stands in stark contrast to the formal gardens at Versailles.
Suggested duration: 30 minutes
Tours from $56 › Learn more about The Trianons & The Hamlet

3. France Miniature, Elancourt

See a lot of France in one spot with a visit to France Miniature. This theme park features more than 150 authentic, detailed French monuments--from the Eiffel Tower to the port at Marseille--at one-thirtieth of their actual size. When you finished with the tiny tour, you can explore a variety of rides.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
Tours from $462 › Learn more about France Miniature

4. Versailles Day Bike Tour from Paris

Likely to sell out FROM $120
Take a tour of Versailles with a difference - by bicycle! It's the only way to see Versailles' expansive gardens plus you'll get to see highlights of Versailles that most visitors miss, including Marie Antoinette's country-style Hameau, the Petit Trianon and the Grand Trianon. You'll also enjoy a picnic by the Grand Canal then take a tour of the Palace of Versailles. Versailles is located just 16 kilometers/12 miles from Paris, so we’ll meet near a metro station within Paris before beginning our journey. From there, we’ll take the suburban rail (about 30 minutes) and then pick up our bikes just across from the train station.
Suggested duration: 8h 30min
Tours from $120 › More about this tour at viator.com ›
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5. The Hall of Mirrors, Versailles

Suggested duration: 30 minutes
Tours from $54 › Learn more about The Hall of Mirrors

7. Parc Zoologique et Chateau de Thoiry, Thoiry

Parc Zoologique et Chateau de Thoiry blends a castle, zoo, and botanical garden. The castle itself was originally designed as a solar calendar, with the garden walkways as the hands. Built according to the golden ratio, the castle's design is in harmony with the solar cycles. Outside, you can explore the gardens, which have been fashioned by famous landscapers for centuries, marking the styles of their respective eras. Beech, oak, hornbeam, and chestnut trees all shade the property. The safari park, which must be visited from inside your vehicle, houses about 800 free-roaming exotic animals. Parts of the zoo and botanical gardens have been made accessible by foot. There’s a Komodo dragon exhibit and a lion exhibit, where you can walk among the felines inside a glass tunnel. The Mysterious Island offers an adventure trail on suspended bridges.
Suggested duration: 4 hours
Tours from $50 › Learn more about Parc Zoologique et Chateau de Thoiry

8. Versailles Bike Tour with Palace Timed Entry Ticket & Marie-Antoinette's Domain

FROM $120
Discover the true beauty of Versailles on this full-day tour from Paris. Meet up at a train station in Paris and board the train to Versailles with your guide. You'll visit an award-winning French Farmers Market with fabulous food stalls. Leisurely cycle around the gorgeous 2,000 acres Royal Domaine of Versailles to see swaying wheat fields and lush green forests. Enjoy a picnic on the soft grass as you look out over a lake with swans in it. Visit two smaller chateaux called the Grand and Petit Trianon. Pet a sheep while you explore Queen Marie-Antoinette's adorable Private Farm village with thatched roof buildings. Learn all about the extravagance of King Louis and the French revolution from our fun and personable guide and, of course, visit the stunning Palace of Versailles with its famous Hall of Mirrors! All train and entrance tickets are included in our tour price.
Suggested duration: 7h - 8h
Tours from $120 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

9. Grand Canal, Versailles

In the gardens of Versailles, Grand Canal forms part of a grandiose cross oriented to reflect the setting sun. The cross-shaped body of water creates a long perimeter of 5.5 km (3.4 mi). Louis XIV used to hold boating parties here, and now you can rent a boat to paddle yourself, or hire a guide to row for you.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
Tours from $72 › Learn more about Grand Canal

10. La Galerie des Batailles, Versailles

Suggested duration: 30 minutes
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11. Temple de l'Amour, Versailles

Temple de l'Amour was built in 1778 in the middle of a small island. In the center of this circular temple is a replica Bouchardon statue, the original of which is in the Louvre. It is an especially popular site for couples, who often enjoy sharing a kiss at the center of the temple.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
Tours from $72 › Learn more about Temple de l'Amour

12. Versailles Palace and Giverny Monet House Guided Visit with Lunch from Paris

FROM $233
Think of France and what comes to mind? Chances are the Palace of Versailles and the Impressionists are up there in your top ten. However fleeting your visit, you do have time to experience a bit of both, thanks to our day trip from Paris. Ever wanted to step into one of Monet’s paintings? Your wish is our command! Wander through the lush gardens of the artist’s residence, inspiration for his Nympheas, among others. After lunch, head to Versailles, royal pad to three King Louis. From the moment you approach this imposing Palace, we dare you not to gasp at its lavish splendor. In fact, you’ll probably keep your mouth open for the rest of your visit!
Suggested duration: 9h 30min
Tours from $233 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

13. The Water Parterres, Versailles

Suggested duration: 30 minutes
Tours from $725 › Learn more about The Water Parterres

14. Le Grand Trianon, Versailles

Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
Tours from $32 › Learn more about Le Grand Trianon

15. Versailles Palace Guided Tour with Gardens & Fountains Show from Paris

FROM $116
Step back in time from Paris to Queen Marie Antoinette’s reign and marvel at the opulent luxury of the Royal Courts on this 4-hour Palace of Versailles guided tour with optional fountain show. Enjoy skip-the-line access and beat the queues to begin your tour. Marvel at the King and Queen’s luxurious Royal Apartments. Stroll along the stunningly beautiful Hall of Mirrors to the Salon de la Guerre and the Salon de la Paix. Wander among royal statues and busts in the palace’s immaculately manicured gardens during your leisure time at the end.The tour includes a return transportation from Paris.
Suggested duration: 5h
Tours from $116 › More about this tour at viator.com ›