Transcript for Episode 248: Versailles: Yes or No?

Category: Paris


This is a join us in France short episode 248. Bonjour, I’m Annie Sargent and today I’ll answer this perennial question. Versailles yes or no, this is a short episode useful answers under five minutes. What you need to know is that a trip to website takes a whole day. If you’re in Paris for less than five days, I recommend you do not take a day out to go to Versailles. Of course, if it’s your lifelong dream to go to a site, then by all means go but for most people, it’s a big time commitment and it introduces a lot of complications to a short trip. The easiest way to get Versailles is to take the RER It takes about one hour each way plan on three hours just in transportation time because you have to get the right ticket, find the right platform, wait for the train, yada yada. Then you have to take the 10 minute walk to get to the gates of exercise. That part is easy, however, follow the signs or follow the crowd. You must get your website tickets before you arrive or your Have to line up for both the ticket line and the security line. And that’s only for people who are gluttons for punishment. These lines can take two hours in high season, show up with your ticket already bought. If you bought the museum pass entry to the website palace is included. But that’s the normal ticket that covers the entrance to the park in the Chateau. But you still have to go through the security line right. Versailles also often has special events for which you need another ticket. I highly recommend you visit the official website website that lists events and tourists. It’s called shadow side and I’ll put a link on your show notes so you can find that easily. I’ve taken the official website tours they are always totally worth it. You’ll get a really knowledgeable guide who specializes in this site alone and you get to enter faster because tour ticket holders have a special faster security line. So here’s tip number one, if you go to the site book one of their official tours. Tip number two, don’t show up at 9am. Unless you have a tour booked for that time, there are busloads of tourists that inundate the Chateau first thing in the morning. If you were not able to book a tour, plan to leave your hotel around 11am and that will put you at the gates around 1230 or 1pm. That’s when there’s a low in the security line. Tip number three, visit the gardens First, there’s plenty to see. It’s really beautiful. There are restaurants and cafes Take your time. Tip number four. You don’t want to be in the Hall of Mirrors until 5pm. This is true even for people who booked an official tour in the morning. Let the throngs of tourists leave starting at 4pm and then go see the shadow and the hall of mirrors. is around 5pm check closing times they do change with the seasons. If you cannot go to website go to the Omaha Gunny or to the Napoleon the third apartments in the Louvre instead. They are even more lavish if you can believe that. And right in the center of Paris, thank you so much for listening. Ask your questions on the join us in France close group on Facebook, and check out my voice map audio tours on join us in France com audio tours of wow

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Category: Paris