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Palace of Versailles

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]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.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_empty_space height=”32px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]

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[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type=”normal” position=”center”][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1435936305737{padding-top: 20px !important;padding-bottom: 20px !important;}”]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.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_empty_space height=”32px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_text_separator title=”How to get there” title_align=”separator_align_left” border=”no”][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1430234145332{padding-top: 20px !important;padding-bottom: 20px !important;}”]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.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_empty_space height=”32px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_text_separator title=”Opening Hours” title_align=”separator_align_left” border=”no”][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1430234156117{padding-top: 20px !important;padding-bottom: 20px !important;}”]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.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Arc de Triomphe

The Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile (French pronunciation: ​[aʀk də tʀiɔ̃f də letwal], Arch of Triumph of the Star) is one of the most famous monuments inParis. It stands in the centre of the Place Charles de Gaulle (originally named Place de l’Étoile), at the western end of the Champs-Élysées.[3] It should not be confused with a smaller arch, the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, which stands west of the Louvre. The Arc de Triomphe (in English: “Triumphal Arch“) honours those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and the Napoleonic Wars, with the names of all French victories and generals inscribed on its inner and outer surfaces. Beneath its vault lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I.

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The Eiffel Tower

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Eiffel Tower (French: La tour Eiffel, [tuʁ ɛfɛl]) is an iron lattice tower located on the Champ de Mars in Paris. It was named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower. Erected in 1889 as the entrance arch to the 1889 World’s Fair, it was initially criticised by some of France’s leading artists and intellectuals for its design, but has become both a global cultural icon of France and one of the most recognizable structures in the world.[1] The tower is the tallest structure in Paris and the most-visited paid monument in the world; 6.98 million people ascended it in 2011.[2]The tower received its 250 millionth visitor in 2010.[2]

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_empty_space height=”32px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_text_separator title=”Price” title_align=”separator_align_left” border=”yes”][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1430234215548{padding-top: 20px !important;padding-bottom: 20px !important;}”]Of course it’s free to wonder over to have a look from afar, but if you want to go to the base of the tower you will need to buy a ticket. There are a few types;

  • Ticket with stairs access to the 2nd floor
  • Ticket with lift access to the 2nd floor
  • Ticket with lift access to the top

 

Tickets with access to the top of the tower are obviously the most expensive, but there are discounts available for those under 25, those under 11, disabled persons (and those accompanying them) and for groups.

Check the official Eiffel Tower Rates and Visiting Conditions page for current prices and more information.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_empty_space height=”32px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_text_separator title=”How to get there” title_align=”separator_align_left” border=”no”][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1430234145332{padding-top: 20px !important;padding-bottom: 20px !important;}”]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.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_empty_space height=”32px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_text_separator title=”Opening Hours” title_align=”separator_align_left” border=”no”][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1430234156117{padding-top: 20px !important;padding-bottom: 20px !important;}”]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.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_raw_html]JTNDZGl2JTIwY2xhc3MlM0QlMjJmYi1jb21tZW50cyUyMiUyMGRhdGEtaHJlZiUzRCUyMmh0dHAlM0ElMkYlMkZ3d3cudGhlYWEuaWUlMkZ0cmF2ZWxodWIlMkZ0aGUtZWlmZmVsLXRvd2VyJTIyJTIwZGF0YS1udW1wb3N0cyUzRCUyMjUlMjIlMjBkYXRhLWNvbG9yc2NoZW1lJTNEJTIybGlnaHQlMjIlMjBkYXRhLXdpZHRoJTNEJTIyMTAwJTI1JTIyJTNFJTNDJTJGZGl2JTNF[/vc_raw_html][/vc_column][/vc_row]