Hi! I've been reading up on how to beat the crowds at Versailles. I am wondering if I buy a timed ticket, if that time is for entry into the chateau, or entry into the entire place. I think we would like to use the strategy of starting a little later, touring the gardens first, then hitting the chateau around 3pm until close. So would I buy my timed ticket for around 3, when we enter the chateau, or say noon when we would want to enter the gardens?
I thought about the advice to get there before open, but since we're leaving from Paris, that makes for quite an early morning and it sounds like if we even get there a half an hour after opening, we're in immense crowds. So the afternoon strategy might work better for us. We will be there on a Saturday in August.
Thanks for any advice! Also is this the "official" Versailles direct ticket buying site? I don't want to be tricked by a tour site!