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Grand Canal Tours

As you exit onto the back terrace of the Palace of Versailles, the breathtaking view of the royal gardens is dominated by the Grand Canal, which leads your eye to the farthest perimeter of the grounds. But although it is a spectacular feature of the park, it was designed and is used today as a practical feature of the gardens.

Constructed over the course of a decade in the late 17th century under the reign of Louis the XIV, its original name – Little Venice – came from the canal's inaugural gifts from the Doge of Venice: a full set of gondolas, complete with Venetian gondoliers. Also moored there were various ships and yachts built to the scale of the canal and used in elaborate water shows and recreations of famous battles. But the canal is also the main feature of the irrigation systems for the gardens, used to drain off water from the higher elevations and pumped back uphill to re-water them – a genius move for its time.

Today the Grand Canal is not only the jewel of the gardens of Versailles, but thanks to row boats for rent, it also provides a unique view of the palace as it has been viewed for centuries. And watching the summertime fountain shows and fireworks reflected in the Grand Canal is a memory that lasts a lifetime!

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Versailles Bike Tour from Paris with Skip-the-Line Entrance, Paris, null
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Versailles Bike Tour from Paris with Skip-the-Line Entrance

Experience this 8.5-hour bike tour with skip-the-line access to the Palace of Versailles from Paris. With your guide, ride around the gardens and canals of ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 8 to 9 hrs

From USD $178.25
Versailles by Bike Day Tour, Paris, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Versailles by Bike Day Tour

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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 ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $118.43
Versailles Bike Tour with Skip-the-Line Entrance to Palace, Paris, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Versailles Bike Tour with Skip-the-Line Entrance to Palace

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Tread in the footsteps of Marie-Antoinette during this full-day bike ride and tour of Versailles. Travel to the magical hamlet outside of Paris and enjoy ‘skip ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $118.43
Versailles Night Fountain Show and Fireworks from Paris, Paris, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Versailles Night Fountain Show and Fireworks from Paris

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Feast your senses during a wonderful evening at the spectacular night fountain show and fireworks display in the Versailles Gardens (Jardins de Versailles). On ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: Flexible

From USD $113.65
Royal Evening at Versailles by Motorcoach from Paris, Paris, Night Tours
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Royal Evening at Versailles by Motorcoach from Paris

Enjoy an unforgettable Saturday evening with an immersive tour of Versailles at sunset, starting from a forty minute visit of the Grand Apartments in ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $89.72
Private Tour: Best of Versailles Day Trip from Paris Including Skip-the-Line Palace of Versailles ... 
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Private Tour: Best of Versailles Day Trip from Paris Including Skip-the-Line Palace of Versailles Tour and Grand Canal Lunch

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Experience the best of Versailles on this full-day private tour from Paris. After traveling to the must-visit town by luxury minivan, head straight past the ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $239.26
Versailles Gardens Segway Tour, Versailles, Skip-the-Line Tours
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Versailles Gardens Segway Tour

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A fun and easy way to experience Versailles, this Segway tour takes you through the amazing Versailles Park on a 1-hour or 2-hour narrated tour. Ride along the ...  Read more

Location: Versailles, France
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $41.87
Versailles Walking Tour with Optional Fountain Show, Paris, Segway Tours
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Versailles Walking Tour with Optional Fountain Show

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The chateau and gardens of Versailles are absolute must-sees beyond Paris. You have the option of attending the famous Fountain Show during the summer months. ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $178.25
From Paris: All Day Intimate VersaillesTour including Lunch, Paris, Walking Tours
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From Paris: All Day Intimate VersaillesTour including Lunch

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All Day Intimate tour from Paris to Versailles. By Private minibus, your guide will relate all about  Louis XIV's Kingdom, The Royal Appartments, The Halll of ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $192.90
Viator VIP: Palace of Versailles Tour with Private Viewing of the Royal Quarters, Paris, Private ... 
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Viator VIP: Palace of Versailles Tour with Private Viewing of the Royal Quarters

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See the Palace of Versailles (Château de Versailles) as French kings once did – with this small-group tour that includes a once-in-a-lifetime private ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $299.08

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