Often tours in Europe which offer an overview on the hottest European destinations, will include a visit to Paris.? It is well worth considering searching for tours to Europe that include a visit to the Palace of Versailles, located just outside of Paris.? This amazing palace of the former Monarchy of France began being built by Louis the 14th in the 1600?s.? More than 36 000 workers were involved in the building of the Palace, and when it was completed it could accommodate up to 5000 people, including servants.
The Palace of Versailles has 10 000 rooms, and when the French Monarchy ruled over 4000 servants and 500 cooks lived here alongside the King.? The massive outlay of money spent on Versailles by Louis the 14th, 15th and 16th sent the monarchy bankrupt, causing Louis the 16th to raise taxes to almost 90%.? It has been said that the maintaining of the Palace, including the care and feeding of its staff consumed as much as 25% of the entire government income of France.? This extravagance of the Palace and the Monarchy running it was a major cause of the French Revolution in 1789, where the people of France revolted against the Monarchy and their laws for commoners.
After the French Revolution, Versailles fell into the hands of the French Government, and has been the location of significant treaty signings, particularly where Germany signed the Treaty of Versailles in 1919 stating that Germany was responsible for WWI.
Versailles is now open to the public, with tours of the Palace guiding you through rooms of the that are still in the original format from when the French Monarchy ruled.? It is quite a sight to see, with so much to see an entire day is often needed here.? Often when you travel with guided tours of Europe which visit Versailles, a personal group tour will be included, which is well worth it as there is much to see, and some areas of the palace are not accessible without a guide.? If you do travel to Versailles on your own, you can organize to join a guided tour run by the museum.
TravAddict has many options available when searching for cheap tours to Europe that include a visit to Versailles.? We suggest searching for Europe tours that specifically visit Paris, as most tours that travel to Paris include to have the option to make the trip out to Versailles which is approximately 25km from Paris.