18 Jun Palace of Versailles
The Palace of Versailles, or Château de Versaille in French, is a royal house in the Île-de-France region of France, just outside of Paris.
What started as a hunting lodge for Louis XIII in 1624, was developed into the palace we know today by his predecessor Louis XIV, with work to convert the small lodge to royal accommodation beginning in 1668. It was the last major project of the architect to the kind at the time, Louis Le Vau.
Prices vary depending on how much you want to explore.
You can go for the ‘Passport’, allowing you access to the Palace, the gardens, and any exhibits on at the time. This is available for the day, or for 2 days if you want to delve into more detail.
One day ‘Passport’ (all day pass): €18
Two day ‘Passport’ (2 day pass): €25
If you’re in a hurry you can get a ticket to just see the palace itself for €15 euro, which also includes a multi-lingual audio guide.
In all circumstances it’s best to book in advance. You can do so on the official website here.
If you are driving to the Eiffel Tower you need to park in one of the underground car parks nearby to the tower, as there is no parking at the tower itself.
The Quai Branly car park is the closest to the Eiffel Tower so that would be the first choice, but it may fill up quickly as it will probably be first choice for many others.
We’d recommend booking your parking in advance if possible. You can do that through the the Saemes website (Saemes is the parking system operator for the City of Paris). Here’s the link for the Quai Branly Car Park. Up to date prices are also available through their site.
The Eiffel Tower prides itself on being open every single day of the year, with accommodating opening hours.
From mid-June to early-September it opens from 9am until midnight, and the rest of the year from 9.30am until 11pm.
If you are looking for those night-time views from the top be advised that the last lift leaves about an hour before closing; so get there early.